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Lock of the Week  |  Players You Should Start
Players You Should Bench  |  Gene's Team


By Gene Wang
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006; Page E2

Personnel Department
Lock of the Week
QB Jeff Garcia, Eagles Opp.: Cowboys
237 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT last week
Cowboys give up too many long passing plays, and Garcia has the savvy to expose their secondary.

Last week's lock: Reggie Bush, Saints: 33 total yards, 0 TDs.

Players You Should Start
Quarterbacks | Opp | Yards | TD | INT
Drew Brees, Saints | NYG | 207 | 0 | 1
Expect bounce-back performance after Sunday's dud.

Brett Favre, Packers | MIN | 174 | 0 | 3
What if it really is his last game at Lambeau?

Vince Young, Titans | BUF | 85 | 0 | 0
One of the best stories in the league.

Running backs | Opp | Att. | Yards | TD
Frank Gore, 49ers | ARI | 29 | 144 | 0
Stock has soared for next season.

Brian Westbrook, Eagles | DAL | 19 | 97 | 2
Perhaps best multipurpose back whose initials are not LT.

Tiki Barber, Giants | NO | 19 | 75 | 1
Most likely his final game at Giants Stadium.

Wide receivers/Tight Ends | Opp | Rec. | Yards | TD
Anquan Boldin, Cardinals | SF | 5 | 60 | 0
One of the few bright spots for the Cardinals this season.

Alge Crumpler, Falcons | CAR | 5 | 59 | 0
Panthers apparently have given up on the season.

Javon Walker, Broncos | CIN | 5 | 84 | 1
Finding comfort zone with QB Jay Cutler.

Players You Should Bench
Quarterbacks | Opp | Yards | TD | INT
David Garrard, Jaguars | NE | 233 | 1 | 3
1 TD, 4 INTs in past two games.

Jon Kitna, Lions | CHI | 135 | 0 | 2
How Matt Millen still has a job remains a mystery.

Running backs | Opp | Att. | Yards | TD
Ahman Green, Packers | MIN | 22 | 79 | 0
Vikings do one thing well, and that's stop the run.

Julius Jones, Cowboys | PHI | 13 | 26 | 0
Eagles' run defense is starting to come together.

Wide Receivers | Opp | Yards | TD
Any Viking | GB | 14 | 188 | 1
Too uncertain with rookie Tarvaris Jackson at QB.

Any Raider | KC | 14 | 138 | 0
Season can't end soon enough for Oakland.

Gene's Team
With a loss in the first round of the playoffs, dreams of consecutive fantasy titles are no more. So for the final three weeks of the season, the fantasy matchup will focus on a game involving teams stocked with must-starts.

Head-to-Head
Pos. | Player, Team | Season Stats
RB | Jamal Lewis, Ravens | 986 yards, 8 touchdowns
RB | Willie Parker, Steelers | 1,331 yards, 14 total touchdowns

RB | LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers | 1,626 yards, 31 total touchdowns
RB | Shaun Alexander, Seahawks | 664 yards, 4 touchdowns, missed six games

WR | Plaxico Burress, Giants | 60 receptions, 907 yards, 9 touchdowns
WR | Marques Colston, Saints | 66 receptions, 1,001 yards, 7 touchdowns

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
JAMAL LEWIS VS. WILLIE PARKER: Teams with similar offensive philosophies figure to lean heavily on the running game. Lewis is coming off his best game of the season, running for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. Parker was selected to his first Pro Bowl and has produced much better at home this season. The Ravens pride themselves on stopping the run, but the Steelers probably will try to establish Parker nonetheless.

MARQUES COLSTON VS. PLAXICO BURRESS: Colston has not had a 100-yard game since Nov. 12. The rookie of the year candidate has been battling a sore ankle but looked to be back in midseason form last week with 84 yards on seven catches. Burress had 120 receiving yards in his most recent game but did not score, ending a streak of four straight games with a touchdown. He's still the only viable deep threat for the Giants in a game that could be high-scoring.

LADAINIAN TOMLINSON VS. SHAUN ALEXANDER: For the second week in a row, Tomlinson faces a top challenger for the title of league's best running back. There is no disputing Tomlinson is the fantasy MVP this season, and he's the front-runner to win that award in reality as well. Because Tomlinson broke his single-season touchdown record set last year, Alexander figures to have a major motivation this week. Although the Seahawks appear to be doing all they can to give away the division title in the weak NFC West.

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