Talk about a crazy week! Week 10 showed just how far the mighty have fallen.
Superstars Priest Holmes and Terrell Owens, who were for sure first-
rounders, both discovered that they will be spectators for the remainder of the 2005 season.
We, as fans, also saw what may be the beginning of the end for Brett Favre. Favre is steering a Green Bay vessel that has lost two of its featured wide receivers and is now forced to start its fifth string running back. OUCH!
Let's take a look at Week 11.
Always remember, before making the difficult lineup decisions, to bench the players who will be off due to a bye week. Week 11 has the Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, and Tennessee Titans sitting at home, watching the action from their recliners. Keep in mind that Week 11 is the final week for byes.
From this week on we will have the entire NFL player pool to choose from.
Eli Manning (NYG) -- Eli is probably licking his chops right about now. He will be going up against one of the softest defenses in all of football. As bad as the Vikings have been overall, this season, the defense is even worse on the road. The Giant offense is playing bigger than ever, so look for Eli to throw for at least two touchdowns and to top the 300 yard mark. START HIM.
Brian Westbrook (PHI) -- With Terrell Owens' suspension from the team and Donovan McNabb's questionable health, one thing is certain. Brian Westbrook is going to have to shoulder the load for the Eagles offense. He already has five touchdowns on the season, but look for that number to jump, as his number of touches do. His receiving skills help to make him a great start for the remainder of the season. START HIM.
Larry Johnson (KC) -- Johnson has been solid every time he's been given a chance to play. Though Priest Holmes is out for the remainder of the season (neck/back), I doubt the Chiefs ground attack will miss a beat. Unfortunately, you Holmes owners will have to drop him, but hopefully you had the foresight to pick Johnson up as one of your backups. START HIM.
Santana Moss (WAS) -- Moss has been dreadful as of late. He doesn't seem to know how to get into the end zone. He has made some catches and gained some yards, but look for another option at wide receiver this week, for he will be going head to head against the Tampa Bay Buccaneer defense, which has allowed just three TDs through the air this season. SIT HIM.
Terrell Owens (PHI) -- Unless you live under a rock, you have heard that Terrell Owens was suspended by the Philadelphia Eagles until Week 14. They also went on to make it perfectly clear that they have no intentions of letting him play the remainder of the season as an Eagle. And, to add insult to injury, his locker has already been issued to another player. If you are in a keeper league, bench him for next year. If you are in a yearly draft league, drop him! But in Week 11--SIT HIM.
Jeremy Shockey (NYG) -- In my first article I said that I would not list "no-
brainers" in this column. Shockey is obviously that, but the reason he is being mentioned is because I think he will have a career game, catching two touchdown passes while gaining over 100 yards. By all means, START HIM.
Neil Rackers (ARI) -- He is not a new name to the list, but it is hard to suggest any other kicker in the league. He has more 50-plus yard field goals (4) than any other kicker in football.
The reason he is the perfect fantasy kicker is because his offense does not score touchdowns, yet puts him close enough to bang home a field goal. Matter of fact, he has more field goals from 40-49 yards (9) than he does PATs (8). START HIM.
BEARS (CHI) -- The Bears are playing the San Francisco 49ers this week. The Bears have the 3rd best overall defense in the NFL, allowing 12.5 points per game. The 49ers offense is 32nd overall, averaging just 14.3 points per game. You do the math. START THEM!
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