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Free Agent Forecast - Week 14
Paul Sandy
December 7, 2004

QUARTERBACKS

Obvious acquisitions: Jake Delhomme and Chad Pennington

1. Billy Volek, Titans

Last Week’s Stats

21 comp.

35 att.

269 yds.

3 TDs

 

Breakout Performer

The 2004 season has really taken its toll on Steve McNair’s body. Just when you think he’s poised to return to his MVP form, another injury puts him on the bench. Fortunately, fantasy owners can find consistent production in the form of McNair’s backup – Billy Volek. Volek has started four games this season and thrown at least two touchdowns and 200 yards in each game. If he starts, he has an excellent chance to continue that pace in next week’s Monday night match-up versus the Chiefs.

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KC

@OAK

DEN

DET

 


2. Kerry Collins, Raiders

Last Week’s Stats

27 comp.

21 att.

373 yds.

3 TDs

 

Breakout Performer

Collins was listed in this same spot last week and he exceeded all expectations. He’s a great backup for your fantasy squad during the playoffs. Next week he’ll face an average defense in the Atlanta Falcons, but thereafter his schedule looks outstanding. Match-ups against the Titans and Chiefs could easily greet fantasy owners with three touchdown performances.

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@ATL

TEN

@KC

JAC

 

One Week Wonders: Luke McCown and Chad Hutchinson

RUNNING BACKS

Obvious acquisitions: Steven Jackson

1. Larry Johnson, Chiefs

Last Week’s Stats

20 car.

118 yds.

3 rec.

56 yds.

2 TDs

Breakout Performer

With Priest Holmes potentially sidelined for the duration of the season and the Chiefs out of the playoff hunt, Kansas City’s coaching staff is taking a long hard look at Larry Johnson. If you’ve been pinning your playoff hopes on Derrick Blaylock, Johnson is a solid acquisition. The Chiefs have a reasonably soft schedule in the coming weeks. Don’t be afraid to use Johnson when the match-up is right.

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@TEN

DEN

OAK

@SD

 


2. Tatum Bell, Broncos

Last Week’s Stats

7car.

31 yds.

0 rec.

0 yds.

1 TD

Breakout Performer

 

Two straight losses have the Broncos looking for answers. It’s been proven time and time again that head coach Mike Shanahan believes any RB can succeed in his system. Rookie Tatum Bell received seven carries in Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. As the season draws to a close, Bell could continue to see opportunities. If you’re counting on Droughns, consider backing him up with Bell for your playoff run.

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MIA

@KC

@TEN

IND

 

One Week Wonders: Kevin Faulk

WIDE RECEIVERS

Obvious acquisitions: Drew Bennett and Jerry Rice

1. Antonio Bryant, Browns

Last Week’s Stats

7 rec.

115 yds.

2 TDs

 

 

Breakout Performer

Bryant is one of three receivers who were listed here last week and deserve another recommendation. He followed up a breakout performance in Week 12 with another great game on Sunday. With Cleveland out of playoff contention and an interim coach manning the ship, Bryant will likely continue to be a major factor as the front office evaluates their needs for 2005.

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@BUF

SD

@MIA

@HOU

 


2. Lee Evans, Bills

Last Week’s Stats

4 rec.

110 yds.

2 TDs

 

 

Breakout Performer

Rookie Lee Evans is getting hot at just the right time for fantasy owners who need a #3 WR for their playoffs. Evans has posted excellent fantasy stats in back-to-back games. If he’s been overlooked in your league thus far, don’t miss your chance to pick him up now. The Bills have an incredibly favorable schedule in the next few weeks, so Evans can certainly be used as a spot starter.

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CLE

@CIN

@SF

PIT

 


3. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals

Last Week’s Stats

10 rec.

171 yds.

1 car.

16 yds.

1 TD

Breakout Performer

Of the three wideouts who were recommended last week, Houshmandzadeh had the best game. Unfortunately, he has the toughest remaining schedule. Of course, the argument could be made that Houshmandzadeh’s tremendous success in Week 13 came against the Baltimore Ravens. And if he can succeed against the Ravens, he can succeed against anyone. Perhaps, but I’d still give the slight edge to Evans and Bryant, who have much easier schedules.

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@NE

BUF

NYG

@PHI

 


4. Troy Edwards, Jaguars

Last Week’s Stats

5 rec.

90 yds.

1 TDs

 

 

Breakout Performer

Throughout the season, Edwards has been on the brink of deserving a roster spot a few times. He always seems to contribute a few catches each week and frequently finishes in the 40-50 yard range. That’s okay for a bench receiver, but Edwards finally busted out with a good fantasy performance. If your backup wideouts have been disappointing, Edwards could be decent from here on out. He has one of the easier remaining schedules in the NFL.

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CHI

@GB

HOU

@OAK

 


5. Marty Booker, Dolphins

Last Week’s Stats

5 rec.

96 yds.

0 TDs

 

 

Breakout Performer

Earlier in the year, it was foolish to shop Miami’s offense for free agents. However, the Dolphins have really been clicking lately. They’ve scored 24+ points in the last two weeks. They’re another one of those teams that needs to evaluate its players for next season. In particular, Miami needs to find out what type of player they have in QB A.J. Feely. Expect them to continue to feature a pass-oriented offense. As a result, Marty Booker could see more stats like the ones he posted Sunday.

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@DEN

NE

CLE

@BAL

 

One Week Wonders: Tai Streets

TIGHT ENDS

Obvious Acquisitions: None

1. Chris Cooley, Redskins

Last Week’s Stats

3 rec.

21 yds.

1 TD

 

 

Breakout Performer

Cooley hasn’t been flashy, but he’s getting the job done. In the last four weeks, he’s found the endzone three times. At this point, it’s probably not advisable to bench your regular TE if he’s the guy you’ve trusted to get you this far. However, Cooley has the potential to score a couple more touchdowns before the season is over. Games against the 49ers and Cowboys could look particularly enticing.

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PHI

@SF

@DAL

MIN

 

One Week Wonders: Jay Riemersma

Defense / Special Teams

Obvious Acquisitions: None

1. Green Bay Packers

Last Week’s Stats

47 PA

0 INTs

1 FR

4 Sacks

0 TDs

Breakout Performer

 

After a bloody Sunday against the Eagles, look for a bounce-back performance from the Packers defense in Week 14. In their last three home games against the Lions, the Green Bay’s defense has been dominant. They’ve held Detroit to less than a touchdown in two of those three match-ups. Even more impressive, they’ve scored two defensive touchdowns, recorded eight sacks, seven INTs and one fumble recovery. Maybe it’s the Lambeau Field mystique. More likely it’s the Lions QB stink.

 

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DET

JAC

@MIN

@CHI

 

One Week Wonders: St. Louis Rams