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Fantasy Fever, Week Seven

Wow. After a high-scoring weekend (please just stop LT for the sake of all of us who don't have you in the backfield), what a whirlwind week of wheeling and dealing followed. Anytime three stud quarterbacks like A.J. Feeley, Tim Rattay and Cleo Lemon change teams, you know things are getting crazy.

At his point, I hate to say it, but it might be due time to completely give up on Daunte Culpepper and the Vikings' offense. That is unless you get points for drunken sex parties — what in the name of Ron Mexico got into that team?

On the bright side, there are some intriguing matchups on the horizon. What's better than a shootout between Drew Bledsoe and Matt Hasselbeck? I mean, Bledsoe is old, and Hasselbeck looks even older. But the two can certainly throw the ball. Any Colts on your team need to go in the lineup against the Texans who are just playing awful.


Another very interesting game should be the clash between the Broncos and Giants. Denver's not a stud team in terms of fantasy, but they're sitting at 5-1, and the Giants — other than last week — have lit up the scoreboard. If there was ever any doubt, Jeremy Shockey is in fact one of, if not the, elite tight end in football.

OK, so I rambled a lot this week. Let's get into it…

Player of the Week

Santana Moss, WR Washington Redskins

10 receptions, 173 yards, 2 touchdowns

Moss gets the nod over Shaun Alexander for the sole reason that Alexander's performance came in a blowout over Houston. Moss has returned to his 2003 form. I guess all he needed to do was to get out of that boring dink-and-dunk Jets offense. Brunell to Moss has been a sweet combination thus far for Daniel Snyder's bunch. Hail to the Redskins!


Dear Fantasy Fever,

My boyfriend has talked me into playing fantasy football. He helps me with picks, and by help I mean that he does it for me. I want to try my own at this fantasy football thing, but I need some advice. I noticed that I don't have a quarterback for this Sunday because Byron Leftwich has a bye. Any ideas?


Independent Woman

Dear Beyonce,

Wow. That is really sweet of your boyfriend. What a guy.

Well, you might want to look at your backup options with Leftwich taking a week off. By the way, I like the pick of Leftwich — he hasn't had a terrific start to the year, but with Matt Jones starting to emerge as a weapon, he should pick it up as the season wears on.

So, I'm getting the feeling that you probably have someone like Aaron Brooks currently on the bench, and he's a pretty solid option this week. Granted, Brooks has endured his fair share of struggles along with the rest of the New Orleans Saints, but he's playing a very suspect Rams defense this week. So you can be pretty comfortable sliding Brooks into the lineup. Oh, and you still have Najeh Davenport, who's out for the season, on your roster so you might want to cut him.

Don't let your boyfriend run your team. Drop Tom a line at [email protected].

Herald Smart Starts

QB Josh McCown, Arizona Cardinals

This is a big boom or bust pick. McCown had a huge game last time out, but after the Cards' bye, Kurt Warner might return under center. If McCown plays, he should fare well against Tennessee.

RB Aaron Stecker, New Orleans Saints

Antowain Smith benefited most from Deuce McAllister's injury last week, rushing for two touchdowns. But on the carpet in St. Louis should fit the speedy Stecker's style better. If he gets some carries, look for the former Ashwaubenon High star to rack up some points.

RB LaMont Jordan, Oakland Raiders

Al Davis can't be too happy with how the season has gone thus far. Jordan hasn't been that great in his first season in the Silver and Black, but he's facing a Bills defense that has been a sieve against the run.

WR Ashley Lelie, Denver Broncoos

Lelie definitely has not lived up to his pre-season billing. But, then again, the Giants' secondary could be a pretty good cure-all for that.

WR Chris Chambers, Miami Dolphins

True, Chambers has to deal with the challenge of having Gus Frerotte throwing passes to him. But, Kansas City's pass defense still sucks.

TE Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota Vikings

Wiggins is one guy who showed up for Minnesota last weekend in Chicago. And the Packers' defense is notorious for giving up big games to tight ends — just ask Steve Heiden.

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