Ramsey could rule this week

Since we last wrote to you, the loyal football fan, [we had our bye week last week due to Fall Break] Peyton Manning and the Colts shocked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by scoring 21 points in under 4 minutes. As if that was not enough of a surprise, Carolina turned around and shocked the Colts in overtime to remain one of the three unbeaten teams (Kansas City, Minnesota). How ’bout those Panthers! Lots of great football left to play as we approach the halfway mark of the season, so let’s get to our Week 7 picks.

Quarterbacks: Throw it deep: We’ve been harsh on Patrick Ramsey this year since he has been facing tough defenses the last few weeks, including the Eagles and Buccaneers to name a few. Sorry Pat. This week, look for Ramsey to pull out all the stops in Buffalo where they face a Bills team on the decline. If Vinny Testaverde can light those guys up, Ramsey must be salivating at the chance to do the same! It took a broken leg for Holcomb to claim the starting job, and it might take a broken leg for him to lose it. Tim Couch has been everything and more that the Cleveland fans thought they were getting with their first pick in that famous draft. Cleveland goes up against one of the worst pass defenses in the league as they take on San Diego in the Dawg Pound, and there are no signs of Couch slowing down!

Quarterbacks: Ouch! I’ve got splinters: Jeff Garcia has had an up-and-down year. Just when you though he would rebound nicely, the Buccaneers come to town. Don’t be surprised to see Terrell Owens jumping up and down, screaming, and acting like a little schoolgirl again this week. S.F. should be beaten soundly again. Drew Brees sure looked good against the Jaguars two weeks ago, but don’t kid yourself. Brees will continue to struggle as he faces a surprisingly tough Browns pass defense that has given up only 3 passing touchdowns all year–two of those in one game to Chad Johnson.

Running Backs: Pound it on the ground: One of this years surprise teams is the Dallas Cowboys. One reason they have done well is the consistent play of Troy Hambrick. Look for Hambrick to get plenty of yards, and find the end zone this week against a Detroit defense as soft as Joel Hammond’s workout routine. Low and behold there has been a William Green sighting! After a sluggish start Green has turned it around and is looking like the solid runner he can be. Again, with Cleveland facing San Diego, look for Green to get plenty of carries and build upon his two previous performances in which he amassed 115 yards against the Steelers and 145 yards against the Raiders. You gotta love those Chargers!

Running Backs: Watchin’ from the bench: Where has Eddie George gone? One would think that with Air McNair hooking up with Mason and Calico, Eddie would have plenty of room to run, but it’s just not the case. Rumor has it that he may start splitting time with back-up runner Robert Holcomb, who looked impressive in his TD run. As the 49er offense goes, so goes Garrison Hearst. Hearst, who is usually a viable #2 back, has been hurt by the inconsistency of the passing game, and his numbers have diminished. Don’t look for anything better this week against the Tampa Bay defense.

Wide Receivers: Go long: Quincy Carter sure has looked like a true pro QB this year, and part of that has been because of the stellar play at the WR position. Terry Glenn and Joey Galloway have been very good this year, and facing a Detroit secondary that tends to give up the big play, this wide receiver duo could be in for a big, big day. Looking for that WR on the waiver wire to get you through a bye week? Look no further than Darnerian McCants of Washington. With teams looking to put pressure on Gardner and Coles, McCants has 4 TDs this year, and is becoming a favorite target of Ramsey in the Red Zone. With Spurrier’s wide open offense, McCants has taken advantage of the mismatches he creates on the inside against slower DB’s and LB’s.

Wide Receivers: Aint Catchin’ nothin’ but a cold: Moulds has been hurting and sat out last week’s game. However, his numbers have been on the decline along with the entire Bills team. Starting him this week may not be the best option, as he will probably split time with Bobby Shaw, even if Moulds does play. Amani Toomer has struggled the last few weeks, and did very little against an aggressive N.E. defense. Facing a similar defense this week in the Eagles, Toomer figures to continue his quiet streak and isn’t worth starting unless your league starts 3 or more wideouts.

Tight End/Kicker: I think I can, I think I can: Denver travels to Minnesota which figures to give the Vikings the first true test on the defensive side of the ball. Elam should get plenty of points this week. As mentioned before Alge Crumpler is having a fine season, and as tightends go, he could be looking for plenty of Red Zone opportunities against the Saints this week. If your league requires a TE, he should be a nice pick up.

Tight End/Kicker: Not your best option: For all the talk about putting in packages just for him, Randy McMichael has done little to nothing this year. Facing an opportunistic defense in New England, McMichael shouldn’t see too many passes his way as the Dolphins try to pound out a win. In the same game, Adam Vinatieri shouldn’t expect to see the field too much on Sunday. Miami’s defense has been sound and New England offense has not. Don’t be surprised if the Patriots don’t put up more than 7-10 points this week, leaving Vinatieri a risky starter at kicker.

Well, that does it for this week’s addition. It’s been an incredible 2003 season so far with tons of comebacks, close games, and surprising performances. We hope your Fantasy teams are cruising along, and until next week, good luck to all of you!