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THREE UP, THREE DOWN

Posted by Ed Ryan November 20, 2008 05:53 AM

UP Sammy Morris, RB, New England:
Morris was slowly worked back into the lineup against the Jets and faces a tough Dolphins run defense this weekend. But when you look ahead at New England's schedule, you realize there are some favorable matchups on the horizon: at Seattle, at Oakland, against Arizona. Expect Morris to start getting the bulk of New England's carries.

UP Lawrence Tynes, K, New York Giants:
John Carney has filled in for the injured Tynes since the season began and has been one of the top kickers in fantasy football. However, Tynes inked a long-term deal last off-season after helping the G-Men win the Super Bowl, and he's healthy. If you don't like your kicker, grab Tynes off waivers. He's going to get plenty of chances kicking for the best team in football.

UP Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco:
Earlier in the season we told you to drop Davis, and for good reason: He wasn't producing. But Davis has two touchdown catches since his spat with new coach Mike Singletary. He may be worth a spot on your bench if you need depth for the upcoming playoffs.

DOWN Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia:
Something seems wrong with the Eagles, and McNabb's whining after last weekend's tie with Cincinnati was weak. McNabb seemed to feign ignorance about the NFL's tie rules, but the point would never have come up if he hadn't thrown three picks and lost a fumble against one of the NFL's sorriest franchises. Next up are the Ravens, who are in search of a victim after getting steamrolled by the Giants.

DOWN Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati:
Benson has been a nice waiver-wire find this season, but he'll struggle Thursday night against Pittsburgh's top-rated run defense, which allows just 69 rushing yards per game.

DOWN Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee:
The Titans host the Jets, and that's not a good matchup for Johnson. The Jets are strong against the run, and it may be a day for Johnson's backfield mate, LenDale White, to earn the bulk of the tough carries. Keep Johnson on your bench if you have some depth at running back.

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