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Friday, September 23, 2005

Week 3 tips

Must starts: Dante Culpepper, Minnesota. It seems odd to have to put him on here, but he can't continue to be this bad. This is New Orleans' third consecutive road game. That should have an effect.
Brian Griese, Tampa Bay. People will be lining up all season long to face this Packers defense.
Drew Bledsoe, Dallas. San Francisco's defense is awful.
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle. Arizona has gotten torched through the air this season. That should continue.

Bench them:
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants. Young man is going into beehive playing the team he spurned.
Michael Vick, Atlanta. That hamstring is still sore. If he can't run, he's no better than Anthony Wright.
J.P. Losman, Buffalo. J.P. just hasn't shown much. And Atlanta's defense is tough.
Chad Pennington, Jets. He didn't get a lot on his passes before his shoulder surgery. Now it looks like he's lobbing grenades.

Running backs:
Must starts: Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay. He's reaching no-brainer status quickly. The Cadillac should have a big game in the battle of the bays.
Thomas Jones, Chicago. I'm still not sold on the Cincinnati defense yet. The offense is outstanding. But the Bengals can be run on.
Julius Jones, Dallas. Thomas' little brother should have a big day against San Francisco.
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh. Like the Cadillac, Parker is going to be a no-brainer before long. This New England team can be run on.
Travis Henry, Tennessee. Surprise! Chris Brown is banged up with a concussion. That could open the door for Henry.
Steven Jackson, St. Louis. Should find plenty of holes against Tennessee.

Bench them: Ronnie Brown, Miami. Has struggled and playing Carolina isn't going to help.
Curtis Martin, Jets. Are all of those carries catching up with him?
J.J. Arrington, Arizona. Looking like a flop. Has been passed by Marcel Shipp.
Michael Bennett, Minnesota. The hot rumor has him going to Arizona. Mewelde Moore will get more carries this week.

Wide Receiver:
Must Starts: Travis Taylor, Minnesota. This is just a hunch. Nate Burleson is out and somebody has to get open.
Terry Glenn, Dallas. Drew Bledsoe remembered his old running mate was still on the team last week. Glenn can still get deep.
Brandon Stokely, Indianapolis. The Colts are ready to break out after playing two tough defenses. Get all of your Colts in the lineup.
Braylon Edwards, Cleveland. The Browns will be behind.

Bench them: Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville. He'll be matched up with Ty Law and quarterback Byron Leftwich is banged up.
Plaxico Burress, Giants. If Eli struggles, it will be at least in part because the Chargers take Burress out of the game.
Michael Jenkins, Atlanta. Vick throwing from the pocket isn't good.
Lee Evans, Buffalo. Losman is struggling and Atlanta's defense is good.

Tight Ends:
Must Starts: Ben Watson, New England. The way to move the ball on the Steelers defense is with the tight end - if you have a good one.
L.J. Smith, Philadelphia. Last week's big game was just a taste of what he can do.
Jeb Putzier, Denver. Jake Plummer should look his way this week.
Randy McMichael, Miami. Is turning into the team's No. 1 receiver.

Bench them: Eric Johnson, San Francisco. He was placed on IR and is done for the year.
Bubba Franks, Green Bay. Too banged up to play this week.

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