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David Sabino
December 11, 2006
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP
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December 11, 2006

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WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

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RUNNING BACK

LADELL BETTS
Redskins VS. Eagles
Betts has shown some nifty footwork and has been a serviceable fantasy replacement ever since he stepped in for Clinton Portis four weeks ago--against the Eagles (28th against the run). Betts may not have Portis's goal line instincts, but he averages 3.3 receptions per game ( Portis averages 2.1).

WILLIS MCGAHEE
Bills AT Jets
Here's what Willis was talkin' 'bout: In four career starts against New York, McGahee has averaged a splendid 4.72 yards per carry and has never been held under 113 yards. (He had 150 against the Jets in Week 3.) What's more, the Jets recently have allowed monster games to Thomas Jones and Ahman Green.

FRED TAYLOR
Jaguars VS. Colts
Indy has allowed the most rushing yards (159.9 yards per game) and the second-most TDs (13) in the league. Taylor's a supersafe bet, considering his record against the Colts: In 10 career games he has logged only one subpar performance (19 yards in a loss last year) and has topped 70 yards in the other seven.

WIDE RECEIVER

TERRY GLENN
Cowboys VS. Saints
What a difference a few games make. In Week 9 it looked as if Glenn's season was in jeopardy after he suffered a knee injury. Now he is one of Tony Romo's favorite targets, hauling in 14 passes, including two TDs, over the last three weeks. New Orleans's foes have passed for 11 TDs in the last six games.

ANTONIO BRYANT
49ers VS. Packers
Bryant went the entire month of November without a TD catch but broke the drought last week against the Saints. This week he'll be Alex Smith's best friend as he provides the Niners QB with a deep threat against a Green Bay team that's been lit up for nine TD receptions in its last three games.

T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH
Bengals VS. Raiders
While Chad Johnson was challenging receiving records last month, Housh was relatively quiet nursing a sore hamstring. Now he has come up big in two straight games, including a 10-catch day against the Ravens. Carson Palmer will hook up with both wideouts for TDs in this game.

TIGHT END

CHRIS COOLEY
Redskins VS. Eagles
As in 2005, Cooley is looking solid down the stretch. After going scoreless in his first five games, he has five TDs in his last seven and has developed a nice rapport with second-year QB Jason Campbell, who tossed two of those scores. There's bad news down the road, though. As Campbell gains confidence, he'll throw more to his fleet of underused wideouts.

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