Turkey? Not Favre

November 20, 2007 5:20 AM
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Right up there with remembering to get all your groceries before the stores close on Thanksgiving is getting your Fantasy players active that are participating in Thursday’s games.

There’s nothing worse than forgetting about the games and then realizing what you’ve done in seeing your QB facing Detroit going for 306 and 3 TD’s.

Last year was the beginning of the NFL Network’s additional Thursday game giving us a total of three on Turkey day. The three this season feature plenty of superstars led by the Cowboys, Colts, Packers, and Lions. The Lions and Cowboys will play at their traditional times while the NFL Network telecast of the Colts/Falcons will be at 5:15 pm. It’ll be interesting to see just how bad the USC/Arizona St college football game beats the NFL Network telecast in the rankings. So few in America actually have the NFL Network.

As for Week 11, Chester Taylor showed that the Minnesota offensive line doesn’t care who runs behind them. A minimum 150 yards and 3 TDs has become the norm for that crew. The Randy Moss/Tom Brady hookup thing is just ridiculous. Coach Belichick is making a mockery of the league and the only ones that care appear to be the fantasy owners of Moss and Brady.

On the other hand, Tony Romo and Terrell Owens with their 4 TD hookup Sunday appear to have free reign and public approval for bombs away because they do it in a manner within the game. It was a foregone conclusion that Belichick would have Moss try to outshine the Sunday’s top performer with his own crew as another badfinger to the league for making his Mangini actions public. He’s elevated the Patriots to such heights that has never been seen by anyone in the league. When and if they fall, it will be the loudest THUD any sport has ever seen.

Thanksgiving studs

QB Brett Favre (GB): You always hate to jump on the bandwagon late, but we’ve got our trumpets, tuba, and bags packed as we hop aboard. Favre is not the Favre who tired out last season amid all the, "you should retire" talk. No, he’s putting up numbers that make real GM’s and fantasy GM’s rethink how smart they are in evaluating not only talent, but measuring heart. In 3 of Favre’s last 4 games, he’s thrown for over 300 yards and combined to throw for 10 TD’s. A Thanksgiving day audience is the perfect avenue for him to show his new found "Old Skills". If the audience doesn’t get him going, maybe beating the closest rival in his division is good enough. He traditionally doesn’t do well in Detroit, but last season he had his best game there with 340 yards, 3 TD’s, and no picks. Look for the Pack to win and Favre to lead the way.

RB Julius Jones (DAL): He hasn’t rushed for more than 66 yards in any game this season and only has two TD’s as Marion Barber has taken over the bulk of the carries. This could be a matter of preservation which would make Wade Phillips quite the genius if true. Barber started out 2006 on fire with a succession of 100 yard games and then tired down the stretch. Jones is still the starting back and down the stretch, look for him to start getting more carries.

RB Warrick Dunn (ATL): The Falcons coaching staff thought of every reason not to run Dunn full-time. Finally three weeks ago, they ran out of reasons. Dunn has over 26 carries in two of the last three games and responded with a 100-yard game and two TDs. Look for Dunn to lead the charge in what will be a competitive game.

TE Dallas Clark (IND): Clark scored a TD in five consecutive games from Weeks 2-7, then suffered a concussion in Week 9 against the Patriots.  With WR Marvin Harrison out with a knee injury over the last several weeks and Clark’s woozy head, Manning has looked very average to bad vs the Chargers and Chiefs.  Expect the Falcons to double team WR Reggie Wayne and cover Clark with an outside linebacker.  Look for Manning to exploit that matchup with his "at the line audible" and get Clark’s head right with an end-zone celebration.

Sunday’s shiners

WR Torry Holt (STL): Holt and the Rams have shown some life over the past two weeks as the health of RB Steven Jackson and QB Marc Bulger has improved. The Rams were lit up 33-6 by Seattle in Week 7 so for payback. In that first game, Holt still managed to haul in eight for 82 yards.  Expect him to hit the century mark and hit paydirt in what will be an aerial show in St. Louis by both teams.

QB Eli Manning (NYG): The Giants host the NFL’s worst pass defense in the Vikings this weekend so look for the Giants to attack through the air.  After much early season success with WR Plaxico Burress these two have failed to connect in their last four games.  Look for Manning to find Burress again this week with Toomer and Shockey getting in on the fun.

QB Matt Schaub (HOU): It’s amazing how good or bad someone can look based on the support of one person. Schaub appears to be night and day when he has his unstoppable WR Andre Johnson in the lineup. Johnson has played in only three games this season, but the Texans are 3-0 and he had at least 120 yards and a TD in each win. The Browns are the perfect team to revive a passing game.

Sunday busts

QB Drew Brees (NO): The Saints lost four straight to start the season and then won four straight to even their record. The only thing that was consistent throughout that span was the Saints not having a running game and the other team being able to read what Brees was going to do. Brees has thrown 13 interceptions in his six losses and just one in his four victories. The Panthers do have a good enough defense to rattle Brees.