developments--from personnel changes to injured teammates--can make everything
go right for one player and nothing go right for another.
MARC BULGER Rams,
A coaching change,
to Jim Haslett after Week 4, and the emergence of rookie wideout Donnie Avery
have combined to give the St. Louis offense new life. On Sunday against
the Patriots, Bulger (above left), who was benched in September, had his first
300-yard game since Nov. 11, 2007. Facing the Cardinals at home this week, he
has a good chance for a repeat performance.
The speedy back is
becoming a favorite of the opportunistic Brett Favre. On three carries and
three catches against the Chiefs, Washington had 101 combined rushing-receiving
yards and two TDs. Washington remains a gamble, but one with a potentially high
Reggie Bush is on
the shelf; Deuce McAllister could be facing suspension for violation of the
NFL's drug policy; and Jeremy Shockey is a regular in the trainer's room. All
this works in favor of Miller, who has become a big part of the New Orleans
offense; for October his 252 receiving yards were in the top five among NFL
Maroney out for the year and Sammy Morris and LaMont Jordan sidelined, this
former practice-squad player is suddenly showing fantasy value. He has TDs in
consecutive games and should do more damage this week against the
run-challenged Colts defense.
KELLEN WINSLOW JR.