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Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Taking a dive

Travis Henry. Sure, he stole a TD from Selvin Young but not being the Broncos' feature back was one of the biggest disappointments, and surprises, of last week. And it keeps Denver's whole running back situation in flux again. Young looks to be in as the main guy, but if he isn't getting TDs, he will not be much more valuable than Henry in his limited touches. Henry was supposed to be primed for a sprint to the finish. Instead, he is back to the bench.

Torry Holt. Brock Berlin squeezed off eight passes to Holt for 90 yards against the Bengals, but that might be the high point of the Berlin-to-Holt era. The Rams are not sure who will play quarterback; if Berlin goes again, figure on him having some trouble against Green Bay and Pittsburgh -- the Rams' next two opponents and who have defenses better than Cincinnati's. Holt would be a playoff drag if he does not get his quarterback back.

Calvin Johnson. Johnson had five catches for 51 yards last week against the Cowboys. It was one of two games he has had with at least five receptions but otherwise was a non-descript game in an underwhelming rookie season. The problem is that Johnson did nothing notable in the team's first game without WR Roy Williams. Shaun McDonald had a team-high eight catches and even somebody named Sean McHugh had a productive game. Quit hoping for a sudden surge out of Johnson.

Maurice Jones-Drew. What's good for Fred Taylor has been bad for Jones-Drew. He has just 119 yards over the past four games while Taylor has ripped off three consecutive 100-yard games. Taylor also is picking up a few TDs, which further drops Jones-Drew's value. If Jones-Drew does well this week, it will be with a few yards and picking up a TD - not having a big all-around day.

Santana Moss. With Moss on pace for his worst all-around season since his rookie year, it is hard to downgrade his value even more. And even though backup QB Todd Collins acquitted himself nicely last week against the Bears, he also has a great grasp of the Redskins' offense. Al Saunders' scheme ideally is designed for a bunch of passes to tight ends and running backs, which would reduce Moss' meager role even more. Consider that Collins' two TD passes went to backup TE Todd Yoder and RB Ladell Betts.

Ben Roethlisberger. For whatever reason, Roethlisberger has been only marginal for three of the past four weeks (one or zero TDs). He has played in horrible weather and against good teams, but the magic he had that might have gotten you into the playoffs seems gone. He will have a tough time getting back in a difficult matchup against the Jaguars. Be careful with him this week if you have another good quarterback.


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Matt Pitzer writes about fantasy football for USAToday.com.
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