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DREW BREES has
been getting much MVP love recently, and deservedly so: He has thrown for 3,649
yards while guiding the division-leading Saints to an 8--4 record. However,
when he meets Dallas's stingy pass defense in a matchup loaded with fantasy
significance, Brees could be without two of his top receivers-- Marques Colston,
who has missed almost three entire games with a sprained ankle, and Joe Horn,
who left Sunday's game with a groin injury. With Brees's wideouts ailing, the
most intriguing player will be Reggie Bush. On Sunday the man with the moves
made for EA Sports had the kind of performance that many had been expecting all
season (168 total yards, four touchdowns). The rookie looks as if he's coming
around, just in time for the playoffs.
important week on the fantasy schedule arrives, many owners still alive will
have either Larry Johnson or LaDainian Tomlinson in their lineups, so there's
no bigger showdown than the Chiefs-Chargers game. Owners of fantasy's top two
studs may not get the usual production out of their workhorses, however.
Tomlinson has rushed for 75.3 yards per game against K.C. in his career (his
lowest average among teams he has faced at least four times) while Johnson has
run for 68.8 against San Diego (his lowest mark among teams he has faced more
WILL PEYTON play?
And if he does, how much? In a week in which most fantasy league championships
will be on the line, the answers to those questions could determine who wins
bragging rights for the next year. The Colts (10--2) may have home field
advantage throughout the AFC playoffs clinched by the time they face the
Texans, and remember what happened last year: With the home field clinched
entering Week 16, Manning played only the first quarter in a 28--13 loss to the
Seahawks, killing every fantasy team that had him in its starting lineup. If
Manning plays against Houston, he's likely to have a statistical field day.
(The Texans rank near the bottom of the league against the pass.) But starting
him could be the biggest gamble of the season.
GOING DEEP: THREE TO TAKE A FLIER ON
Saints AT Cowboys
With his offensive
weapons limited by injuries, coach Sean Payton can throw a curveball at his old
team by calling Copper's number in a few key situations.
2. ARNAZ BATTLE
49ers VS Packers