Well folks, that's all for this week. Be sure to check out the best and worst fantasy performances later tonight and the Fantasy Monday-morning quarterback tomorrow. Here's one more birthday shout out to my fantasy girl, Jess, and a Cowboys shout out to my sister, Denise -- hope you enjoyed the win!
» Dallas Clark is inactive for the Indianapolis-San Diego contest. Ben Utecht will see more work in his absence. ... Mark Clayton has eight catches for 107 yards against Cincinnati in what has been his best stat line of the season. ... Rex Grossman tosses a 59-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian. ... Willis McGahee scores on a 1-yard run. ... He has Tank Johnson with a sack on Eli Manning. He could be huge for the Dallas defense down the stretch.
» Larry Fitzgerald scores on a 20-yard pass from Kurt Warner. Warner now has three touchdown passes, while Fitzgerald has two scores of his own. ... Kyle Boller has replaced Steve McNair in the Cincinnati-Baltimore contest. I bet this is a permanent move. ... Touchdown, Terrell Owens, on a 50-yard pass from Tony Romo. Romo now has four touchdown passes, two of them to T.O. ... Seven field goals for Shayne Graham. Can he tie the NFL record Rob Bironas set (eight field goals) earlier this season?
» Despite an incredible matchup, Steve McNair has been an absolute fantasy dud against Cincinnati with 128 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The Ravens need to turn to Kyle Boller or take a chance on Troy Smith, but McNair is done. ... Shayne Graham now has six field-goal conversions (34, 19, 22, 35, 35, 21). ... Make it five field goals for Shayne Graham. ... The insomnia special of the week is in Oakland, where the Bears and Raiders are tied at 3-3. Yawn. ... Touchdown, Roy Williams, on a 7-yard pass from Jon Kitna. ... Detroit has minus-19 rushing yards in Arizona. Wow. ... Shayne Graham has four field-goal conversions in Baltimore.
» Touchdown, Leonard Pope, on a 16-yard pass from Kurt Warner. Pope and Warner both have two scores on the afternoon. ... Terrell Owens scores on a 25-yard pass from Tony Romo. The stud quarterback now has three touchdowns on the afternoon. ... Anquan Boldin has one catch against Detroit. ... Jeremy Shockey has nine catches for 92 yards and one touchdown against Dallas. ... Here's a note of interest: T.J. Houshmandzadeh is in the midst of his worst stat line of the season (34 yards, no TDs) in the first week Chris Henry has played. Coincidence?
» Kevin Jones has four carries for minus-4 yards and one touchdown. Odd stat line. ... Stud running backs continue to fall like flies, as Adrian Peterson has been diagnosed with a sprained knee and will have an MRI tomorrow. Add Chester Taylor now. ... Patrick Crayton scores on a 20-yard pass from Tony Romo, who now has two touchdown passes in the first half at the Meadowlands.
» Kenny Watson headed the first half with four carries, while Rudi Johnson has six. The duo combined for 13 yards. ... I'm shocked that Cincinnati has scored six points against a Baltimore defense that's littered with injuries. ... Rex Grossman has replaced an injured (and ineffective) Brian Griese under center for the Bears. ... Larry Fitzgerald scores on a 1-yard pass from Kurt Warner. ... Reuben Droughns scores from one yard out as the Giants take the lead over Dallas, 14-10. He seems to have taken over the role of goal-line back from Brandon Jacobs.
» One quick non-football note -- Happy Birthday to my fantasy girl, Jess, who turns the big 3-0 today. Hope you liked the roses! ... Jeremy Shockey scores on an 8-yard pass from Eli Manning. ... Touchdown, Kevin Jones, on a 4-yard run. ... Tony Romo eluded the rush and just made a sick throw (it looked like a dead duck) for a touchdown to Tony Curtis.
» Touchdown, Brian Westbrook, on a 10-yard run. He now has three scores on the afternoon. ... Alge Crumpler scores on a 30-yard pass from Joey Harrington. ... Brian Westbrook scores on a 57-yard catch-and-run connection with Donovan McNabb. Westbrook now has two touchdowns, and McNabb has four scores. ... Heath Miller makes a spectacular catch for a touchdown to put Pittsburgh ahead 31-28. Ben Roethlisberger now has three total touchdowns in the contest.
» Clinton Portis has 159 all-purpose yards against Philadelphia. ... Touchdown, Aaron Stecker, on a 2-yard run. ... Reggie Bush was injured in the St. Louis-New Orleans contest. His return is questionable. ... Touchdown, Cleveland defense/special teams, on a 100-yard kick return from Joshua Cribbs! That came right after the Steelers had scored to take the lead. ... Ben Roethlisberger scores on a 30-yard touchdown run. It was the longest run of his career. ... Brett Favre connects on his third touchdown pass, this one to Ruvell Martin.
» Donovan McNabb throws his third touchdown pass of the afternoon, this one to Reggie Brown on a 45-yard connection. I wonder if all the talk of being benched has motivated McNabb this week. ... Marshawn Lynch scores from two yards out. He also converted on the two-point chance. ... Touchdown, Billy Miller, on a 1-yard pass from Drew Brees. ... LenDale White has been invisible for Tennessee this week: Eight carries, 12 yards, no touchdowns. ... Adrian Peterson has an injured knee. His return is questionable.
» Fred Taylor scores his first touchdown since last December. The Titans miss Albert Haynesworth a ton in this contest. ... Touchdown, Justin Gage, on a 20-yard pass from Vince Young. ... Jason Campbell throws his third touchdown pass, this one to Keenan McCardell on a 6-yard connection. ... Brett Favre throws his second touchdown pass, this one to Ruvell Martin on an 8-yard catch. ... Marc Bulger has 271 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans. His second score came on a 3-yard pass to Drew Bennett. ... Todd Heap is active for Baltimore, but Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle are both out. That's great news for Carson Palmer, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Chad Johnson and Chris Henry.
» Adrian Peterson left the Minnesota-Green Bay contest with an injured leg. No word on whether or not he will return. Peterson's absence will devastate fantasy football owners. ... Brodie Croyle is under center for Kansas City after Damon Huard left with an injured knee. ... Selvin Young scores on a 20-yard run. ... Touchdown, Donald Lee, on a 1-yard pass from Brett Favre. ... Jeff Reed has connected on three field goals in the first half for Pittsburgh. ... Jay Cutler hurt his leg in the Denver-Kansas City contest and has been replaced by Patrick Ramsey.
» David Martin (25 yards) has been more productive than Lee Evans (21 yards) in the first half in Miami. This is shaping up to be another one of those wild and unpredictable fantasy football weekends. ... Brett Favre threw 30 passes in the first half against Minnesota. He's on pace to throw for over 300 yards, but he hasn't found the end zone. ... Priest Holmes has 50 yards on 11 carries against Denver. Kolby Smith hasn't seen even one look out of the backfield. ... Touchdown, Carolina defense, on a 26-yard fumble return from Ken Lucas.
» Braylon Edwards makes a sick touchdown catch, as he dragged both feet and caught the ball fully extended. Derek Anderson now has three touchdown passes. I can't believe the Steelers have allowed 21 points in less than one half. Their defense had allowed an average of 6.5 points per game at Heinz Field headed into the weekend. ... Jesse Chatman has 83 rushing yards against Buffalo. Marshawn Lynch has 18 rushing yards in the same contest. Weird, huh? ... Drew Brees is off to a dreadful start in St. Louis with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
» Jason Elam boots a 50-yard field goal. He now has nine fantasy points in the contest. ... Another touchdown for James Thrash! ... Touchdown, Randy McMichael, on a 2-yard pass from Steven Jackson. No, that's not a misprint. Steven Jackson threw a touchdown pass. He has two scores in the first half.
» It's a baseball score in Kansas City -- Chiefs 5, Broncos 3. Tony Scheffler has left the contest. ... Touchdown, Maurice Jones-Drew, on an 8-yard run. The Titans miss Albert Haynesworth a ton this week. ... I remember when talk around the office was that Cleveland won't win much after Pittsburgh destroyed them in Week 1. However, they've been dominant against the Steelers this week and are now very much in postseason contention. Unreal. ... Steve Smith loses a touchdown, as he fumbled at the goal line and the ball falls out of bounds. Talk about bad luck.
» James Thrash (of all people) scores on a 4-yard pass from Jason Campbell. ... Touchdown, Lawrence Vickers, on a 2-yard pass from Derek Anderson. ... I am so impressed with Ryan Grant. The Vikes have a solid run defense, but Grant has been dominant with 92 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. ... Jeff Reed connects on a 28-yard field goal. ... Touchdown, Steven Jackson, on a 1-yard run. The versatile back looks good in his return from back and groin ailments. ... Eight carries, 61 yards for Jesse Chatman.
» Greg Jones scores on a 2-yard catch. Tennessee will miss Albert Haynesworth in that contest. ... Jesse Chatman has 39 yards on five carries against Buffalo. ... Derek Anderson finds Kellen Winslow on a 4-yard touchdown pass. ... Touchdown, Ryan Grant, on a 30-yard run. The fantasy girl is going to kill me! ... Brian Westbrook scores on a short shuffle pass from Donovan McNabb. ... Selvin Young has 30 yards on two carries in Kansas City. ... Warrick Dunn scores on a 30-yard run. He was a nice option this week with Jerious Norwood out.
» Jason Elam connects on a 44-yard field goal for Denver. ... Touchdown, Reggie Bush, on a 7-yard run. ... Vinny Testaverde starts for Carolina. That's good news for Steve Smith owners. ... I got my sister, Denise, and brother-in-law, Tony, tickets to see the Cowboys-Giants game at the Meadowlands. My sister is a huge Cowboys fan (yes, I raised her well), and this is her first time in hostile territory. Let's hope the Cowboys win and she has a great time. Let's also hope she doesn't mouth off (she is Italian) and get Tony into a fight!
» The fantasy girl took a trip to Savannah, Ga., this weekend, so I have to set her lineup. In a league where points are awarded for catches, I went with Patrick Crayton and Muhsin Muhammad over Ryan Grant. Most of the time I would side with the running back, but Grant has a very bad matchup against Minnesota. Crayton can't do worse than he did last week (0 fantasy points), and Muhammad faces an Oakland defense that could be without CBs Fabian Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha. We'll see how it works out. Let's hope it's the right choice, or Jess might not talk to me for a week.
» Priest Holmes will start in the absence of Larry Johnson, who is expected to miss several weeks with an injured foot. ... Travis Henry is out, so Selvin Young will start in his absence. ... Albert Haynesworth is out for Tennessee, which could be good news for the value of Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor. ... Reggie Bush is active and will start against St. Louis. ... Alge Crumpler is active and will start for Atlanta. Jerious Norwood is inactive, so Warrick Dunn will see more work and is a more viable fantasy option. ... Marvin Harrison didn't make the trip to San Diego, so Reggie Wayne and Aaron Moorehead will start at wide receiver for Indianapolis in tonight's AFC contest in San Diego.