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Market Watch: Who's Up, Who's Down
David Sabino
September 15, 2008
CHRIS JOHNSON Titans RB The fastest back ever timed electronically at the NFL combine (4.24 in the 40) had 127 yards (93 rushing, 34 receiving) and a TD against the Jaguars. Expect Tennessee to deploy Johnson and LenDale White in a classic "thunder and lightning" setup; in this run-happy offense both have the opportunity to thrive.
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September 15, 2008

Market Watch: Who's Up, Who's Down

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CHRIS JOHNSON
Titans RB
The fastest back ever timed electronically at the NFL combine (4.24 in the 40) had 127 yards (93 rushing, 34 receiving) and a TD against the Jaguars. Expect Tennessee to deploy Johnson and LenDale White in a classic "thunder and lightning" setup; in this run-happy offense both have the opportunity to thrive.

WILLIE PARKER
Steelers RB
So much for the theory that first-round pick Rashard Mendenhall would decimate Parker's fantasy value. Fast Willie scored one more TD against the Texans (three) than he scored all of last season. He should keep it going this week against a Browns run defense that gave up 167 yards and three TDs to the Cowboys.

JAKE DELHOMME
Panthers QB
Despite the absence of top receiver Steve Smith, Delhomme threw for 247 yards and a last-second, game-winning touchdown pass against San Diego's stingy secondary. It was an impressive return from last year's season-ending elbow surgery, and among those who should take note: Tom Brady owners, as Delhomme is likely available.

MATT HASSELBECK
Seahawks QB
As Bobby Engram and Deion Branch sat out with injuries, Hasselbeck played with a bulging disk in his back and had an awful day (17 for 41, 190 yards, one TD, one INT) against the Bills on Sunday. If he doesn't show any improvement against the 49ers this week, it's time to look for an alternative.

TORRY HOLT
Rams WR
St. Louis's once mighty passing game is all but grounded thanks to a porous offensive line and a lack of alternatives to Holt, who sees double and triple coverages opposite Drew Bennett and Dane Looker. Holt won't often be held to just one catch as he was on Sunday, but he won't supply the consistent production of the past, either.

ROBERT MEACHEM
Saints WR
So much for all the preseason talk about how Meachem, the only 2007 first-rounder not to play a down last season, had been wowing the New Orleans coaching staff. Meachem spent the 17th consecutive regular-season week of his professional career on the inactive list, watching Devery Henderson and David Patten fly past him in value.

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