Fantasy Forum

Oct 292003
Authors: Steve Latuda

Last week St. Louis Rams running back Arlene Harris made whoever

listened to me very happy. Harris ran for 81 yards and found the

end zone three times.

With injuries beginning to pile-up, it is important to pay

attention to the news, as well as me. This week we will look at

players who will see the field a lot more than normal due to

injuries, bad performances and/or other problems.

James Jackson, RB, CLE – Attention William Green owners:

purchasing a James Jackson insurance policy is probably a good move

for the second half of the fantasy season. Green sat Sunday out

with some bumps and bruises, and Jackson stepped in to post 15

rushes for 71 yards. Mix that with Green’s arrest on Monday for a

DUI and Jackson looks pretty enticing.

Marcel Shipp, RB, ARI – Shipp made it happen last weekend for

the Cardinals against the 49ers with 165 rushing yards on 35

attempts. Although probably not available in many leagues, he

warrants attention.

Chester Taylor, RB, BAL – Jamal Lewis owners, this one is for

you. Lewis has a shoulder sprain that has ailed him the past couple

of weeks, though his play suggests otherwise, but Ravens head coach

Brian Billick has said he will not wear out his star back. Although

Lewis says he will play through injuries and pain, it might not be

a bad idea to pick up Taylor as an insurance policy.

Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, OAK- With Rich Gannon nursing an

“injury,” Tuiasosopo will be handed the reigns of this offense,

into which he injected life two weeks ago. Coming off a bye week in

which he practiced with the first team, Tuiasosopo should tear into

a horrid Detroit defense.

Brian Griese, QB, MIA – Even though I hate the guy, he did

perform well on Monday Night. Keep in mind though that it was

against a sloppy Chargers’ defense. If you have a solid starting

quarterback, do not start Griese, but keep him around in case of

injury or bye weeks.

Michael Bennett, RB, MIN – I have been harping on fantasy

players to pick him up for a couple of weeks now, and it is just

about time for your patience to pay off. Bennett expects to see the

field this week, but in a limited role. Start him this week only if

you are in dire need of a running back. Next week Bennett should

step into the starting role.




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