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Free Agent Forecast - Week 16
Paul Sandy
December 21, 2004

QUARTERBACKS

Obvious acquisitions: Drew Bledsoe

1. Kerry Collins, Raiders

Last Week’s Stats

21 comp.

37 att.

371 yds.

5 TDs

10 rush yds.

Breakout Performer

Collins drew the wrath of the fans in Oakland’s black hole earlier in the season when he threw seven interceptions in his first three games. But he’s starting to get comfortable in the offense. Collins has four multi-touchdown games in his last five starts (14 total TDs). This week he’ll square off against a Kansas City defense that he burned for three touchdowns just a few weeks ago. The Chiefs rank dead last in pass defense. Collins merits consideration as a starter if you have made it to your playoffs by platooning QBs in and out of your lineup.

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@KC

JAC

 

 

 

One Week Wonders: Joey Harrington

RUNNING BACKS

Obvious acquisitions: Tatum Bell and Lee Suggs

1. Shaud Williams, Bills

Last Week’s Stats

14 car.

30 yds.

1 rec.

10 yds.

0 TDs

Breakout Performer

 

Leading up to Sunday’s game, Willis McGahee had been one of the hottest RBs in fantasy football. But McGahee hyperextended his knee and may miss Sunday’s game in San Francisco. If he’s sidelined, Shaud Williams is expected to get the start. Former starter Travis Henry will begin some light running this week, but probably won’t be ready to go. He’s missed significant time with a leg injury. If you’ve been relying on McGahee, Williams gives you an option. He figures to be the Bills primary ball carrier and earned a goal-line carry two weeks ago during garbage time.

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@SF

PIT

 

 

 

One Week Wonders: None

WIDE RECEIVERS

Obvious acquisitions: Lee Evans and Joey Galloway

1. Koren Robinson, Seahawks

Last Week’s Stats

SUSP.

SUSP.

SUSP.

SUSP.

SUSP.

Breakout Performer

 

Koren Robinson has missed the last four weeks due to a suspension for a substance-abuse violation. He will return to action this week, just in time to help the Seahawks salvage an up-and-down season. If you’re one of the unlucky owners who lost Terrell Owens to injury this week, Robinson might be your best free agent possibility. Acquire him if available.

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ARZ

ATL

 

 

 


2. Antwaan Randle El, Steelers

Last Week’s Stats

5 rec.

149 yds.

1 TD

 

 

Breakout Performer

Randle El was recommended here a couple weeks ago after Plaxico Burress got hurt. Although he didn’t produce immediately, Randle El put together a fine performance on Saturday. Burress is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season, so Randle El will have some value for the duration of your fantasy playoffs. The Steelers have a tough match-up this week against the Ravens, but Randle El could be better than some of the other wideouts available on your waiver wire.

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BAL

@BUF

 

 

 


3. Todd Pinkston, Eagles

Last Week’s Stats

2 rec.

34 yds.

0 TDs

 

 

Breakout Performer

 

Pinkston has been the target of much criticism in the past two weeks because he gave up on a couple plays when he was afraid to take a big hit. With all the bad publicity, he’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder and should be focused on doing well. The injury to Terrell Owens puts additional pressure on Pinkston to overcome his case of alligator arms. Look for him to finish with at least 70 yards against a weak Rams defense. As an alternative if Pinkston is already on a roster, consider Greg Lewis who has impressed the coaching staff in limited duty.

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@STL

CIN

 

 

 


4. Sammie Parker, Chiefs

Last Week’s Stats

3 rec.

84 yds.

1 TD

 

 

Breakout Performer

John nie Morton missed Sunday’s game versus the Broncos with a knee injury. Morton’s status for this week is unclear, but if he misses time, Sammie Parker could be a quality fill-in.

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OAK

@KC

 

 

 

One Week Wonders: Az-Zahir Hakim and Dez White

TIGHT ENDS

Obvious Acquisitions: None

1. L. J. Smith, Eagles

Last Week’s Stats

4 rec.

41 yds.

0 TD

 

 

Breakout Performer

The loss of Terrell Owens means the Eagles tight ends are going to become a more important part of the offense. So far in 2004, L.J. Smith and Chad Lewis have shared the tight end receptions. Smith has 32 and Lewis 29. Smith has the edge in touchdowns with five versus Lewis’ three, so I give him the edge. Both players will likely factor into Monday’s match-up against the Rams and can be used as starters.

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@STL

CIN

 

 

 

One Week Wonders: Teyo Johnson

Defense / Special Teams

Obvious Acquisitions: Carolina Panthers

1. Miami Dolphins

Last Week’s Stats

28 PA

3 INTs

0 FR

1 sack

0 pts.

Breakout Performer

 

The 2004 season can’t end soon enough for the Dolphins, but before it’s over, you might be able to squeeze a solid defensive performance out of them. Miami will face a beleaguered Cleveland Browns team next week. The Browns were shut out by the Chargers in Week 15 and only scored seven in Week 14. In those games, QB Luke McCown threw three interceptions and was sacked eight times. The Dolphins put up a fight Monday night against the Patriots and their ball-hawking secondary should be good for at least two interceptions against the Browns.

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CLE

@BAL

 

 

 


2. Tennessee Titans

Last Week’s Stats

40 PA

1 INT

0 FR

2 sacks

0 pts.

Breakout Performer

 

The Titans spent the better part of the past five seasons earning the reputation as one of the top defensive teams in the NFL. But this year they’ve been no better than average. Even so, I like their chances to post a good stat line in Week 16. They will face Denver. Broncos QB Jake Plummer has thrown eight interceptions in the last three games.

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DEN

DET

 

 

 

One Week Wonders: None