Just another manic Monday night

Warrick Dunn has exceeded expectations thus far, and there's a good reason you won't find him on the above list of sell high candidates. He's got 223 rushing yards and 4 TDs in three games, and something tells me he can keep it up. Dunn was miscast in Atlanta's offense in years past, and he missed out on red-zone carries that went to the bigger, more powerful T.J. Duckett. But the Falcons' new West Coast hybrid attack spreads out defenses, leaving lots of holes for a shifty runner like Dunn – and leaving Duckett out in the cold.

  • Last week, Minnesota's Culpepper and Moss had fun at the expense of the injury-depleted Chicago secondary. This week, the league's top quarterback-receiver duo – McNabb and Owens – get their shot. McNabb's the top-scoring player in all of fantasy football. Good chance he'll stay there for at least one more week.

  • With his 101 yards last week against Jacksonville, Tennessee's Chris Brown became the second back in NFL history to rush for 100 or more yards in his first three starts (Stump Mitchell was the other). More impressively, Brown snapped the Jaguars' NFL-best streak of 17 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. The league's longest active streak now belongs to Baltimore (which will be put to the test by former Raven Priest Holmes this week) and Detroit at nine games.

    Starting nod

    Quarterback: Marc Bulger, St. Louis – He's thrown just one TD pass in each game this season but has steadily improved his yardage totals; he'll bust out against the Niners.

    Running back: Staley, Pittsburgh – He's got the most rushing yards (249) of any RB without a TD; he'll get one this week against the Bengals. Aaron Stecker, New Orleans – Deuce McAllister's stand-in faces the league's worst run defense (Arizona);

    Wide receiver: Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville – The receiver du jour against the Colts' suspect secondary. Amani Toomer, N.Y. Giants – 126 yards last week; this week he gets in the end zone.

    Tight end: Freddie Jones, Arizona – It's only a matter of time before Josh McCown throws his first TD pass this season.

    Kicker: Matt Stover, Baltimore – No team gives up more points per game than Kansas City, and there aren't many kickers out there better than this guy.

    Defense: New York Jets – They're fresh off a bye week, and they're playing the Dolphins. Feeley or Fiedler? Either way, I've got a good feeling about this one.

    Ravens report

    Jamal Lewis dropped in most drafts because of his uncertain status beyond Nov. 1, but he's paying huge dividends for owners willing to roll the dice on the NFL's reigning rushing champ. With his performance against the Bengals – the second best fantasy outing by a RB in Week 3 – Lewis once again affirmed his status as a fantasy stud. Expect a similar effort against a reeling K.C. defense that ranks 29th against the run.

    Randy Hymes continues to make the most of his opportunity to start and is worth adding for teams in need of a No. 2 or 3 receiver. He picked up his first career TD against the Bengals (this one actually counted) and will continue to see balls thrown his way, especially with Todd Heap and Travis Taylor out of the mix. Head coach Brian Billick said earlier this week that the second-year WR is slowly becoming "the guy we have to go to on the outside," which says a lot about Hymes – and about Kevin Johnson.

    On the other side of the ball, it doesn't get much better than the Ravens' defense. Chris McAlister runs back an interception for a TD vs. Pittsburgh; Baltimore gets four turnovers and four sacks vs. Cincinnati. What next? One of Ed Reed's patented punt blocks for a touchdown would be nice.

    Dave Alexander is a sports producer at baltimoresun.com. Send questions or comments to dalexander@baltimoresun.com
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