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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org