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THREE UP, THREE DOWN

Posted by Ed Ryan November 27, 2008 05:53 AM

UP: Jerome Harrison, RB, Cleveland: Cleveland is a mess (1-5 at home) and may start looking at alternatives on offense. Pick up Harrison and stash him on your roster; he's been productive for two straight weeks playing behind Jamal Lewis and could provide valuable depth if you make the playoffs.

UP: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh: If you rotate Roethlisberger with another quarterback, this is a good weekend to start the Steelers' signal-caller. He's facing the Patriots, who have allowed big games to Chad Pennington (341 yards, three touchdowns) and Brett Favre (258 yards, two touchdowns) in the last two weeks. Expect Roethlisberger to produce at the same level, unless there are weather issues in Foxborough.

UP: Gus Frerotte, QB, Minnesota: Frerotte is a turnover machine and hasn't eclipsed 200 yards in four straight games, but he's got a favorable matchup this weekend: the Bears, whose pass defense is third-worst in the NFL. Even Jacksonville, which tends to play conservatively, threw for more than 300 yards through the air against Chicago last weekend.

DOWN: Jason Witten,TE, Dallas: Witten hasn't found the end zone in six weeks and his backup, rookie Martellus Bennett, has scored in the last two games. Witten hurt his ribs last weekend against the 49ers, and if you're heading into the playoffs with him as your No. 1 tight end, lower your expectations.

DOWN: Brian Westbrook, RB, Philadelphia: In four games this month, Westbrook has no touchdowns and has not eclipsed 61 yards rushing. Westbrook is playing through injuries, but something is drastically wrong in Philadelphia; quarterback Donovan McNabb was benched last weekend, so it's probably not safe to start any member of the Eagles.

DOWN: Matt Cassel, QB, New England: Cassel has thrown for more than 400 yards in two straight games, but don't expect a third. New England faces Pittsburgh this weekend, and the Steelers have the NFL's top defense: They lead the league in total yards allowed per game (235), passing yards allowed (168 ypg), and rushing yards allowed (66.5 ypg). If you've got another option at quarterback, use it.

3 comments so far...
  1. Well done - Witten and Westbrook both blew up yesterday. My grandmother gives better fantasy advice.

    Posted by Brian November 28, 08 12:10 PM
  1. This is great news for Cassel!

    Posted by Anonymous November 29, 08 02:42 PM
  1. Dang, Brian.

    Posted by Bayani November 29, 08 03:37 PM
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