Thursday, November 27, 2008

FANTASY FOOTBALL-WEEK 13 THANKSGIVING DAY PRE-GAME PLANNER...PLUS

It's Thanksgiving day and that means turkey and nearly 12 hours of football from noon to about midnight.
Tennessee at Detroit is an interesting matchup. The Titans should be ready to take no prisoners in this one after last week's first loss of the season to the Jets. But this game represents the Super Bowl for the hapless Lions who have already been eliminated from the playoffs.
If you're looking for a one-week quarterback, running back and receiver replacement, take a shot with the Lions' Daunte Culpepper, Kevin Smith, Calvin Johnson. The Lions likely won't win, but they should overachieve and put up some decent fantasy stats.
As far as the Titans, many experts are telling you to expect huge stats from Chris Johnson and adequate stats with LenDale White. I would reverse that sentiment. Any time an offensive star spouts off and complains before a game publicly that he needs to get more involved in the offense, that player is usually fed the ball a bit more to keep him happy. I see White getting 100-plus yards and at least two TDs today.
In the Dallas-Seattle game at 4:15, start all Cowboys with confidence and start Seahawks players only if you're desperate.
In the Arizona at Philadelphia game at 8:15 p.m., start Eagles players with confidence, including QB Donovan McNabb and receivers Kevin Curtis and DeSean Jackson. Brian Westbrook is expected to start. While most "experts" are saying don't expect much from Westbrook, he's basically all the Eagles have at back with Correll Buckhalter out and Lorenzo Booker tabbed as the backup. The Eagles need to win and will use Westbrook often, on the ground and in the passing game.
REGGIE BUSH WATCH: New Orleans injured back Bush had a limited practice on Wednesday and proclaimed himself ready to return from his knee injury this coming Sunday. But even if he plays he will face a stiff Tampa Bay defense.

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck if you have anyone active today!

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