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It's time to throw some roster Hail Marys


It's time to throw some roster Hail Marys
Happy fantasy owners are all alike; each unhappy one is unhappy in his own way.


Maybe you drafted Marvin Harrison in the fifth round. Perhaps you were counting on Edgerrin James or Willie Parker to carry the mail. Or against your better judgment you drafted Jeremy Shockey.

I feel your pain, brothers and sisters. But it's fantasy playoff season; there is no time to sit around feeling sorry for yourself. The postseason means you need to take your roster management to the next level. Control your own destiny, even. (Does anyone really control his own destiny?)

You know who your underachievers are. It doesn't matter now in which round you drafted them or how much pretend salary you're paying them. Those fantasy dogs won't hunt. Kick 'em to the curb and get some sleepers into the game, either from your bench or the waiver wire. It's time to throw some Hail Mary passes as a GM.

We've worn out our film projector watching games to find you some sleepers. Here is a Pick-6 of guys on which a flier is worth taking:

*Dolphins WR Davone Bess: The 5-foot-10 possession receiver is an undrafted rookie from Hawaii who had five catches for 87 yards last week against the Patriots. The season-ending knee injury to Greg Camarillo means more touches for Bess and for teammate Ted Ginn Jr.

*Bills RB Fred Jackson. He's the thunder to Marshawn Lynch's lightning, and has run for 60 and 56 yards in his past two games. Jackson has only found the end zone once, but we like this young man's upside.

*Falcons WR Harry Douglas: The rookie had four catches for 92 yards and scored twice against the Panthers last week, once on a 61-yard punt return. There are questions about his speed, but the Falcons on Sunday play San Diego, which is ranked dead last against the pass.

*49ers QB Shaun Hill has thrown six touchdown passes in his past three games while averaging 244 yards over that span. On Sunday he faces the Bills, ranked 16th against the pass at 211.5 yards per game.

*Giants WR Domenik Hixon: His 14.4 yards per catch leads the Super Bowl champions. The sporadic play of Plaxico Burress benefits Hixon, who had 102 receiving yards and a touchdown against Seattle when Burress was suspended in Week Five.

*Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez: Gonzalez has been one of the beneficiaries of Marvin Harrison's decline as a target for Peyton Manning. Gonzalez has caught three touchdowns in his past four games, and today he faces the Browns, ranked 20th against the pass.

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The Favre factor

Brett Favre must be good in the room as well as the huddle.

The 39-year-old gunslinger has not only had a personal rebirth as quarterback of the New York Jets (2,461 passing yards with 20 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 94.1 rating), Favre has been a catalyst for fantasy success for many of his teammates.

The Jets have six receivers with 20 or more receptions: Jerricho Cotchery (54), Laveranues Coles (53), Dustin Keller (33), Leon Washington (31), Thomas Jones (25), Chansi Stuckey (21). Keller is a tight end and Washington and Jones are running backs, so Favre likes to spread out his targets.

Balance is a Jets hallmark this season. New York ranks 16th overall in passing and eighth in rushing.

The running backs aren't quite a committee. Jones is the fantasy stud with 950 yards, 4.4 yards a carry and nine touchdowns.

But Washington has come on recently. He's running for 5.5 yards a pop and has four TDs.

This is a good year to have Jets.

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D.A. back in charge

A broken right index finger means Cleveland quarterback Brady Quinn is finished for the year, which brings Derek Anderson back into the picture.

Anderson, who faces Indianapolis, Tennessee and Philadelphia the next three weeks, did not get a vote of confidence from Browns coach Romeo Crennel on Wednesday.

"I had planned to go with Brady to be the quarterback," Crennel said. "When he comes back, he is going to be the quarterback."

e-mail: gconnors@buffnews.com



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 29, 2008

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