Sunday, February 25, 2024

Plummer, Bulger unlikely QB starts

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is nearing bust status if he doesn't return from his bye week to post big numbers in Week Four.

Rams quarterback Kurt Warner is on the bench.

Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon is playing like he should be on the bench.

Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey has made 300-yard passing weeks a norm.

And the ageless Jets passer Vinny Testaverde is posting big stats.

The NFL has been anything but predictable so far this season.

Stevie E. says start 'em

Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has shown he's no fake the past two weeks, throwing five touchdowns and running for one.

He'll keep his Broncos undefeated as he torches the Lions weak secondary on Sunday.

Consecutive big games by Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey should be enough proof that the second-year slinger is ready to play and deserves a spot in your lineup.

Ramsey, the league's leading yardage passer, should post good numbers and toss at least two touchdowns as the 'Skins continue to soar in Week Four.

Cardinals rookie receiver Anquan Boldin doesn't lead the NFL in receiving yardage anymore. But that's not to say his 23 catches for 378 yards are anything shabby.

Look for the Cards' cub receiver to haul in at least one touchdown when he meets the Rams defense that has allowed 71 points in three weeks.

Styf says sit 'em

The battle of two struggling offenses in Buffalo should prove that Donovan McNabb and the Eagles are really going to have a bad season. Make sure that you sit McNabb and struggling Oakland Raiders signal caller Rich Gannon until they prove again that their offenses can score points.

They are both playing as if they want to join Kurt Warner on their respective team's benches.

The third quarterback to sit this week would be Tommy Maddox, when he faces the tough Tennessee Titans defense.

Don't even consider sitting Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, because even though it took him three weeks to get a single touchdown, he will eat up Oakland this week.

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Also, for all of you Lions lovers out there, I shouldn't have to tell you this, but despite an awesome first week, do not continue to play quarterback Joey Harrington. Even though Steve Mariucci says that Harrington will remain his starter, don't play him in fantasy leagues.

Styf says sign 'em

This is the week to sign Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Jake Delhomme. If your starter is Jay Fiedler or Matt Hasselback, you can pick up Delhomme for a spot start against Atlanta with their bye weeks going on.

Also consider signing San Diego wide receiver Eric Parker. he is listed as David Boston's backup, but he has been Drew Brees' top target for much of this season.

If you haven't done so yet, which you should have when I told you to start him last week, make sure that Mike Alstott is on your roster. He will score touchdowns and that is a good thing in fantasy leagues.

Make sure that you sign Denver's defense. After a good third week, the Broncos get Detroit this Sunday, so they will have a field day.

Also, consider signing Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The Colts get a pretty weak New Orleans Saints team this week, which will mean Peyton Manning will throw the ball to Wayne.

Make sure that you sign St. Louis Rams running back Lamar Gordon. With Marshall Faulk out for four to six weeks, Gordon should be a good option. Remember how Trung Canidate made a name for himself?

Stevie E. scouts the Spartans

The normally proud Spartan receivers were held scoreless in Week Three, combining for less than 150 total yards on 15 catches.

Titans receiver Derrick Mason caught four balls for 47 yards, Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress had five catches, 56 yards, and Lions receiver Charles Rogers hauled in six for 54 yards. Panthers receiver Muhammad had a bye week.

In Week Four, look for the Spartan receivers to bounce back. Look for both Mason and Burress to post good numbers when they face off this week in Pittsburgh.

Keep Falcons running back T.J. Duckett on the bench after his three-carry, 6-yard performance in Week Three against Tampa Bay.

The unheralded part of the Spartan alumni group is kicker Paul Edinger. He beat the University of Florida with a long field goal in the 2000 Citrus Bowl and he eliminated the Lions from any chance of the playoffs the following season, so he is a known rally-killer. Plus, with the Bears offense struggling and thoughts of his face on the horse trailer dancing through his head, Edinger should have a huge game Monday night.


Styf's picks Steve E's picks
QB Jake Plummer Marc Bulger
RB Clinton Portis Charlie Garner
WR Isaac Bruce Terrell Owens
TE Alge Crumpler Shannon Sharpe
DEF Broncos Buffalo
Spartan Paul Edinger Plaxico Burress
Week 3 58 S46
Overall 104 126
Season series STied 1-1


Jon Styf can be reached at styfjona@msu.edu. Steve Eder can be reached at ederstev@msu.edu.

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