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Buy these guys by the Bay: Lots to like about DHB, Crabtree

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Be careful what you wish for, Tim Tebow fans. You might get Morena Baccarin in short hair. I'll explain ...


Broncos fans have been vociferous in their desire to see Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback. I just caution them to be careful about their wishes.

For instance, I long believed a television studio should reboot the "V" miniseries. The 1980s version just didn't age well, and the advancements in TV technology made a reboot seem like a slam dunk.

So, imagine my joy a few years ago when ABC announced that it would re-imagine "V" with a new story and some slick production. Now imagine my horror when they gave us Morena Baccarin in short hair, a convoluted story and a plot that had more holes in it than the Bears' offensive line.

I'm not saying Tebow will fail like this reboot, but again, just a word of caution. And if you do need some hope, Tebow fans, realize Baccarin looks stunning in Showtime's "Homeland," which has been awesome.

With all that out of the way, I'm offering you my likes and dislikes for the coming fantasy week and more. That's right -- Facebook won't give you a dislike button, but I certainly will. And this all will be presented to you in a random, meandering style, which has been glowing referred to as "teenager on crack chic." Bolded names are my likes and dislikes.

Too many disclaimers? You always can check the rankings, but that's a terrible way to waste the final hours of your work week.

And without further ado ...

Niners WR Michael Crabtree seems like he'd be a natural for the Richard Grieco All-Stars, but he actually has a lot of value. Opportunity is a huge part of fantasy football. With Alex Smith playing better, Crabtree should receive the most targets with Braylon Edwards and Josh Morgan out. ...

Put Tony Romo in your lineup this week. The Patriots are considered one of the best teams in the NFL (I don't see it that way), but their defense gives up tons of fantasy points, meaning Romo and Cowboys WRs Miles Austin and Dez Bryant all are great starts this week. Romo currently is my fifth-ranked quarterback for Week 6. ...

Giants WR Victor Cruz has 17 receptions for 369 yards and three touchdowns over his last three games. Now he faces a Buffalo Bills defense that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to receivers this season. ...

A sign of the times: I'd much rather start Jason Campbell this week, instead of Jay Cutler. The Raiders have much more value as their offense begins to evolve. I'm not saying I'd start Campbell over Matt Schaub or Ryan Fitzpatrick, but if you've been burned by a bad quarterback situation (drafting Peyton Manning, perhaps?), then he's worth a look. ...

Put Colt McCoy on that short list of available panic plays for quarterbacks. The Raiders have allowed nine touchdown passes in the last four games. Maybe this could be an old-school AFL shootout. You know, if the Browns had played in the AFL. But the Browns were chastised for throwing the football when they first joined the NFL from the AAFC, so they're kindred spirits in a way. ...

The Raiders are vulnerable to tight ends, too. And Evan Moore is the guy McCoy is targeting in the red zone this season. ...

Music question of the week: What is the quintessential Quiet Riot song? "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" or "Cum On Feel the Noize?" There are no wrong answers where. But the correct answer is "Metal Health." ...

Give me an '80s-hair metal tribute band on a Friday night, and I'm a happy guy. ...

Darrius Heyward-Bey is a player I like going forward, and it is he, not Denarius Moore, who is the Raiders receiver to own. Just don't expect too much from him if Browns CB Joe Haden plays this week. Current reports out of Cleveland indicate Haden won't make it. ...

NFL trades. Why don't more teams make deals? The summer trade deadline is so exciting in baseball, but football's seems to go by without much consideration. Why? Our Gil Brandt broke down some trades that he'd like to see happen before the Tuesday deadline. Some of them make too much sense. This is something the NFL should improve. ...

Buccaneers RB Earnest Graham went from one-week replacement to a guy you need to have on your roster amid reports that LeGarrette Blount could be out awhile. See, this is why we need trades. The Dolphins (who ranked No. 2 in the alternative rankings this week) should send Reggie Bush to the Bucs for a conditional pick or something. Why can't this happen? ...

Bye-week season is the fantasy equivalent to "brush-fire season," where your fantasy campaign can go up in flames if bye weeks and injuries start to consume you. Take no further look than my team, "You Have Not Seen the Last of Me," which started the season with Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Kenny Britt as my starting WRs. I traded Marshall and Tim Hightower for 'Dre Johnson, and those good times lasted about one week before 'Dre and Britt were injured. I'm starting Greg Little and Jason Avant this week. I have Lee Evans waiting in the wings, too. ...

The Raiders allow the 15th-most points to fantasy receivers this season, so this isn't the worst matchup ever for Little. ...

Ced Benson has scored only one touchdown in his last seven games, but the Colts have allowed the seventh-most points to fantasy running backs this season. And really, when you toss out that great game against the Steelers, they've been even worse. ...

Who is the non- Greg Jennings receiver to own on the Packers? James Jones, who has seen his fantasy points increase over the last four weeks. Add in that St. Louis has allowed the eighth-most points to fantasy receivers this season, and you have to play him. Jordy Nelson, too. Heck, I'd almost consider Randall "Tex" Cobb. But just almost on Cobb. ...

The big question of the week is, which Redskins running back do you play this week? Mike Shanahan hasn't tried to make your decision any easier with the kind of posturing that would make Phil Hellmuth envious. That being said, I'm going with Ryan Torain this week. Shanahan has loved this guy going back to their days in Denver, and as long as Torain is healthy, he'll likely be preferred. And you have to start one of these guys. The Eagles have allowed 140.2 rushing yards this season, and runners are averaging more than 5 yards per carry. The Redskins rushed for 137 yards per game and three touchdowns against the Eagles last season. ...

Some TV likes of the week:

Darth Maul is alive and returning to the " Clone Wars" on Cartoon Network. Excellent news. This certainly doesn't make up for all of the other nonsense George Lucas has done while tinkering with the "Star Wars" franchise, but this is good. ...

The only show I have to watch the night it comes out is " Sons of Anarchy." I can catch " Dexter," " Homeland" and other stuff on different nights, but I have to see "Sons of Anarchy" on Tuesday night. And this past Tuesday, I spent a good portion of the show rewinding the "Oh (expletive) moments." ...

" Psych" returned Wednesday night. That's why I had to bail on "Survivor" this season. Wednesday already is too packed. ...

Back to football, though. And I appologize if taking 20 seconds to read about TV put you out in any way. ...

I hate to like Mark Sanchez, but the Dolphins have allowed the second-most points to fantasy quarterbacks this season. And it looked like Sanchez could have made some noise against the Patriots last week, but the Jets looked more intent on establishing the run and all of that. So you can roll with Sanchez, though I'd still rather have McCoy, Campbell and Josh Freeman. ...

Danny Thomas is practicing, and he has a great matchup against the Jets this week. Sure, you think the Jets pose a tough matchup, but realize that New York has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs this season.

Mike Shanahan. ...

The above goes without saying. Shanahan just can't commit to a running back. He's like Archie trying to choose between Betty and Veronica (although I believe the newest issues have him with Veronica, right?). But Tim Hightower seems like the odd man out. His rushing attempts have decreased in the last three weeks. ...

Patriots RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis missed practice Thursday because of a toe injury. Green-Ellis already had a tough matchup, so it's not hard to dislike him for that. But the injury also is why you still need to hang on to Stevan Ridley. ...

This will be a tough week for Redskins WR Santana Moss, too. The Eagles have been disappointing, but not Nnamdi Asomugha, who has shut down No. 1 receivers this season. Fantasy receivers are lucky to get even five points with Nnamdi covering them. ...

Anybody who follows me on " Fantasy Live," the DDFP or Twitter knows I'm rooting for the Lions this season. So it pains me to have Jahvid Best on my dislikes this week. Nothing against Best or the Lions. But the 49ers haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 27 consecutive games (the longest active streak in NFL) and have allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. So this is just a bad matchup for Best. But chin up, Detroit: Your Lions will beat the 49ers. ...

I want to like Peyton Hillis. Met him this summer at the NFL Network studios, but there's just something that stinks about him not playing against the Dolphins this season. Hillis hasn't scored in seven of his last eight games. He has topped 100 rushing yards only once in his last seven. But I don't think a lot of you have much choice. I mean, I'd play him before I'd run LaDainian Tomlinson out there, mind you. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. ...

I really want to like Alex Smith this week. Smith is one of those guys you can't help but root for because he has been in an impossible situation for some time in San Francisco, and now he seems to be putting it all together. Smith has thrown only one interception in his last seven games, and two in his previous 11. Here's the deal, though. The Lions are brutal against fantasy quarterbacks, allowing the fifth-fewest points this season. I'd say you should look for some other options. Still, I'd start him over Jay Cutler. Just not McCoy, Campbell or Sanchez. ...

I initially was on the Harry Douglas bandwagon after Julio Jones was ruled out for Week 6. But Falcons coach Mike Smith has said Eric Weems and Kerry Meier will get snaps, too. So that hurts Douglas a little bit, even with so many missing players because of the bye week. ...

Colts QB Curtis Painter has started to catch the fancy of fantasy enthusiasts. But the Bengals have allowed the fourth-fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks this season. ...

Music snobs. ...

You're almost obligated to start Brandon Marshall, but you don't have to like it. He'd be a lot lower in my rankings if other options didn't include Percy Harvin (averaging less than 40 receiving yards per game) and Johnny Knox (worthless in fantasy). ...

I don't like the notion of the Texans trading for WR Derrick Mason. I do like trades (see above), but Mason hasn't scored a touchdown in his last six games. Plus, he seems to complain a lot. Should you pick up Mason? No. But should we be worried that 'Dre's injury is worse than we all know? Oh, that's right, Gary Kubiak is a Shanahan prodigy. But this probably has more to do with Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones. Neither took the ball and ran with it (or caught it) when given the chance in 'Dre's absence. ...

Don't like the idea of Boise State joining the Big East. The BCS should just do the right thing and give the Broncos the automatic qualifier. ...

The best story of the sports year thus far has been the Red Sox's September collapse. In fact, it might be one of the best things to happen to America in quite some time. And sure, there are some in Canada and other corners of the world who no doubt enjoyed it, too. But make no mistake, the discerning American sports fan has been rooting against the Red Sox for some time. The most delicious part of the collapse is the reports that Red Sox pitchers -- notable bad guys Josh Beckett (who called the Angels unstable after Nick Adenhart's death at the hands of a drunken driver) and John Lackey -- being the cause of the whole thing as they'd rather spend time drinking beer, eating fried chicken and playing video games in the clubhouse instead of being in the dugout with their teammates. Of course, this tip comes from anonymous sources, so you have to take it with a grain of salt. But the collective psyche of sports fans is just wishing this is true. (And it sounds believable enough.) ...

This deserves more space than I can devote here, but if you're one of those people who quantify things by saying, "Well, I am a Mets fan, but I am also a Red Sox fan," you set a rotten example for the youth of America. ...

I don't think I have ever included a kicker in this space, but let's add Josh Brown. St. Louis has been terrible, and Brown has hurt my fantasy team on occasion. This is a tough matchup this week at Green Bay, and the Packers have allowed the seventh-fewest points to kickers this season. ...

Who doesn't love Packers receivers? But Donald Driver has gone 25 consecutive games without 100 receiving yards. He has scored only one touchdown in his last nine games, and two in his last 16 games. He's one to avoid. ...

Remember when Mario Manningham was supposed to be a fantasy sleeper? Me neither. Manningham has scored fewer than six fantasy points in each game this season. ...

There were signs of life for Shonn Greene last week against the Patriots defense, but I'm not ready to commit to him after one great performance. The Dolphins have allowed just two rushing touchdowns this season. Look for the Jets instead to turn to the passing game this week. ...

How did the WWE make like an episode of "Dallas" and reset the entire organization? At some point, I imagined that HHH would be in the shower with Stephanie walking in and realizing the whole thing was a dream. Oh, wait, I shouldn't give it any ideas. ...

Make sure to bench Mike Williams South, who's suffering from a sophomore slump, otherwise known as Michael Clayton Syndrome. The Saints provide a favorable matchup for the Bucs, but Williams is 67th in fantasy points among receivers. You're better off looking for other options such as Plaxico Burress or Jason Avant at this point.


For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy has 28,000 followers, and Fabiano has 35,000. Me? I only have 2,500. So the odds are better that I will answer your question, just based on the numbers. So hit me up on both via Twitter or via Facebook. Be sure to catch the latest on "The Dave Dameshek Football Program."

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