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THREE UP, THREE DOWN

Posted by Ed Ryan October 30, 2008 05:52 AM

UP: David Garrard, QB, Jacksonville One of the more underrated fantasy quarterbacks, Garrard has been on my bench behind Jay Cutler, but with Cutler on a bye last weekend, I finally inserted Garrard, and he responded with 283 yards passing and two touchdowns. I may leave him in the lineup again, as the Jags face the lowly Bengals this weekend.

UP: Donte' Stallworth, WR, Cleveland Stallworth began the season with an injured quad, and his stats in the three games since his return have been modest: a total of seven receptions and one touchdown. But the Browns have won two of three since Stallworth returned. If youÕre looking for a receiver with breakout potential, this is your man.

UP: Donnie Avery, WR, St. Louis The rookie from Houston is quietly becoming the RamsÕ No. 1 receiver, particularly since teammate Torry Holt is having such a tough season. Avery had a big game against New England last weekend (six catches, 163 yards, and a touchdown) but he didnÕt come out of nowhere: He had 14 catches in the previous four games.

DOWN: Jason Campbell, QB, WashingtonCampbell is a borderline fantasy starter anyway, but definitely keep him on your bench this weekend: He and the Redskins play Pittsburgh and their top-rated pass defense (164.4 yards per game).

DOWN: Jamal Lewis, RB, ClevelandLewis is a bruiser, but if you have any depth at running back and you're considering matchups, sit him this weekend. The Browns host the Ravens, and the Baltimore defense is no joke: Teams have averaged only 64.3 rushing yards per game against it.

DOWN: Fred Taylor, RB, JacksonvilleNo longer someone you can count on every week, Taylor is more of a backup fantasy runner. Teammate Maurice Jones-Drew is getting more chances, while Taylor has just 21 carries in his last three games. He has only one 100-yard effort this season, and last weekend against the Browns, his longest carry went for five yards.


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