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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEKLY FEATURES

The Fantasy Chop Shop - Week 13
Paul Sandy
November 29, 2006

Chop

Cut ‘em

Anthony Thomas, Bills
The return of Willis McGahee to action spells the end of Thomas’ run as a viable fantasy player. Cut him at will.

Jake Plummer, Broncos
Jake “the Snake” is no more. Plummer was benched in favor of rookie Jay Cutler, making him expendable in most fantasy football leagues.

Shop

Buy ‘em

Marvin Harrison, Colts
Harrison reportedly isn’t happy with his suddenly decreased role in the offense. The last thing the Colts need as they head into the playoffs is a malcontent wideout. Look for Peyton Manning to get Harrison more involved from here on out.

Tiki Barber, Giants
Statistically speaking, Barber is coming off his worst two-game stretch of the season. And with the Giants showing signs of dissention in the locker room, Barber’s value is at its lowest point in years. On the bright side, the team is still in the thick of the playoff hunt and they face a favorable schedule during the fantasy playoffs—Eagles in Week 15 and Saints in Week 16. They are the 28th and 29th ranked run defenses respectively.

Marion Barber, Cowboys
Many fantasy owners don’t trust Barber yet. To use the classic Cris Carter line, “All he does is score touchdowns.” True, but he scores them with such a high frequency that he’s a double-digit point scorer on most weeks. A couple other reasons I like him: Julius Jones has a tendency to break down. Barber is a twisted ankle away from being a Top 7 RB. Then there’s the schedule. Starting in Week 14 Barber faces the Saints, Falcons, and finally the Eagles. All of them look like 2-TD games for Barber.

Javon Walker, Broncos
New starting QB Jay Cutler has a cannon arm to get the ball to Walker downfield. With the Cardinals and Bengals on tap for the fantasy playoffs in Weeks 15 and 16, Walker could come up big.

Rex Grossman, Bears
Grossman is a fantasy stud when he faces soft defenses. He lit up teams like Detroit, San Francisco, and Buffalo for multiple TDs earlier in the season. With that in mind, he’s a good buy at this point because the Vikings, Rams, and Lions are coming up over the next several weeks.

Ronnie Brown, Dolphins
Don’t overpay for him, but know that during Weeks 15 and 16 Brown will face the Bills and Jets. He had two of his better games this season (120+ yards of total offense in each) against those two division rivals. Brown is expected to return from his injured hand in time for those games and could give your team’s RB2 or flex position a boost.

Sell ‘em

Carnell Williams, Tampa
In fantasy football, Week 15 is what I like to call the money week. If you win your Week 15 matchup in most leagues, you play for the championship the following week and you’ll be rewarded with a decent financial haul win or lose. That’s why I recommend that owners put added emphasis on Week 15. It just so happens that Williams faces the Bears in Week 15. Not good. He’ll then travel to Cleveland for what promises to be a cold weather game. Again, not good.

Andre Johnson, Texans
Johnson gets the Patriots in Week 15 followed by the Colts in Week 16. The Pats have given up just seven TDs through the air—fewest in the league. Indy ranks third in the NFL against the pass. Shop Johnson around to see if you can get fair value.

Hines Ward, Steelers
Ward underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a broken bone in his knee this week. He will reportedly miss a few games. If you’re headed to the playoffs in your league, consider seeing what you can get for Ward and adding someone who can contribute to your squad. Even if he does return for the fantasy playoffs, Pittsburgh’s schedule isn’t particularly attractive for those Weeks 15 and 16 (Panthers and Ravens).