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Free Agent Forecast - Week 17
Paul Sandy
December 28, 2004

QUARTERBACKS

Obvious acquisitions: None

1. Patrick Ramsey, Redskins

Last Week’s Stats

19 comp.

29 att.

158 yds.

1 TD

2 rush yds.

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Many fantasy leagues schedule a “loser bowl” or “toilet bowl” in Week 17, in which the two worst teams face each other. If you have the unfortunate obligation to play in such a game, consider acquiring Ramsey this week. He could be a guy who can help you avoid being tagged with the title of the worst team in your league. Ramsey will face the Minnesota Vikings this week – a team that’s allowed 11 passing touchdowns in the last four games. He’s a lock for two touchdowns this week. If you can live with that, you can live with Ramsey.

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MIN

 

 

 

 

One Week Wonders: Josh McCown

RUNNING BACKS

Obvious acquisitions: Lee Suggs

1. Ladell Betts, Redskins

Last Week’s Stats

13 car.

43 yds.

0 rec.

0 yds.

0 TDs

Breakout Performer

 

Redskins starting RB Clinton Portis will miss the final game of the regular season with a chest injury. It’s a tough end to a tough season for the former Broncos standout. While Portis starts healing up for 2005, Washington will turn to backup Ladell Betts to close out the 2004 season. Betts is likely available on your waiver wire and could be poised for a big performance in Week 17. He’ll face a Minnesota Vikings defense that gives up about 126 yards on the ground per game.

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MIN

 

 

 

 


2. Dorsey Levens, Eagles

Last Week’s Stats

10 car.

44 yds.

1 rec.

23 yds

0 TDs

Breakout Performer

With the #1 playoff seed locked up, the Eagles will rest their starters in Week 17. That means Dorsey Levens will likely get another start this week. Levens looked pretty spry last night during the first half against the Rams. He could have a good game next week against a Bengals defense that allows 132.1 rushing yards per game.

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CIN

 

 

 

 

One Week Wonders: None

WIDE RECEIVERS

Obvious acquisitions: Lee Evans and Joey Galloway

1. Eric Parker, Chargers

Last Week’s Stats

7 rec.

103 yds.

1 TD

 

 

Breakout Performer

Parker was recommended here a couple weeks ago when Keenan McCardell went down with an injury. With McCardell still sidelined, Parker was the focal point of the offense on Sunday. If you need a wide receiver for the final week of the season, you may not find a better option than Parker. He and the Chargers will face Kansas City’s league-worst pass defense. In his last meeting with the Chiefs, Parker finished with 78 yards receiving.

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2. Dennis Northcutt, Browns

Last Week’s Stats

4 rec.

114 yds.

1 TD

 

 

Breakout Performer

In the last seven games, Dennis Northcutt has posted more than 60 yards five times. That’s pretty consistent for a guy who can be acquired off the waiver wire in most leagues. Last week, Northcutt put up his best numbers of the year against a tough Dolphins secondary. Look for another strong performance to close out the year. The Browns will square off against the Texans. No team in the NFL has allowed more passing touchdowns than Houston (31).

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HOU

 

 

 

 

One Week Wonders: none

TIGHT ENDS

Obvious Acquisitions: None

1. Teyo Johnson, Raiders

Last Week’s Stats

3 rec.

52 yds.

0 TDs

 

 

Breakout Performer

Raiders tight end Teyo Johnson has posted 101 yards and a touchdown in the last two weeks. He’s developing a rapport with QB Kerry Collins just in time for the season to end. He’ll face a Jaguars defense that has been effective at shutting down tight ends, so Johnson isn’t necessarily the guy you want to trust if you’re playing for your league’s championship this week. However, he is a TE to look out for next year.

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JAC

 

 

 

 

One Week Wonders: Mike Seidman

Defense / Special Teams

Obvious Acquisitions: Carolina Panthers

1. Seattle Seahawks

Last Week’s Stats

21 PA

2 INTs

0 FR

4 sacks

0 pts.

Breakout Performer

 

Seattle started off the 2004 season as one of the hottest defenses. Then they tapered off and were average. Then below average. Then just plain bad. But in Week 17, they have an excellent chance to rank among the top five defenses. They’ll face an Atlanta Falcons team that will likely start backup QB Matt Schaub. Schaub looked like the second coming of Peyton Manning during the preseason, but the regular season proved to be a whole different ball game. He tossed two interceptions and fumbled once. This week’s game has a lot of meaning for the Seahawks, so expect them to play inspired football.

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ATL

 

 

 

 

One Week Wonders: None