Every Thursday, That Fantasy Guy looks at some of the best and worst fantasy football plays of the week in the Fantasy Forecast.



QB – Kerry Collins, Raiders: The Week 1 returns were encouraging for Collins, who showed what he's capable if given a little protection. He threw for 343 yards and three TDs vs. the Chiefs in Oakland last year. And that was before Randy Moss joined the silver and black.

RB – Corey Dillon, Patriots: The Panthers gave up a couple of rushing touchdowns last week, and now they're without their big man in the middle, Kris Jenkins. That's good news for Dillon, who could make it four TDs in two games.

WR – Joe Horn, Saints: The last time Horn faced the Giants, he scored four TDs and made a memorable phone call. Expect another big effort – minus the cellular shenanigans – against a Giants defense that had no answer for Larry Fitzgerald in Week 1.

TE – Randy McMichael, Dolphins: With gunslinger Gus Frerotte running the show, there's plenty of passes to go around on the NFL's No. 2 scoring team. That's good news for McMichael against the J-E-T-S Jets.

K – David Akers, Eagles: Akers and the Eagles got off to a shaky start in Atlanta, but look for both to get straightened out vs. San Francisco, which gave up four FGs last weekend against St. Louis.

DEF – Chicago Bears: Chicago's offense is offensive, but the defense is pretty darn good. The Bears didn't give up a TD last week, and they figure to get at least three turnovers against Joey Harrington and the Lions this week.


QB – Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks: Donovan McNabb couldn't pick apart the Falcons secondary, so there's no reason to think Hasselbeck (four turnovers in Week 1) can crack 200 yards against Atlanta. If you don't have a better option, you're in for a long season.

RB – Clinton Portis, Redskins: OK, don't bench him, but don't expect a lot, either – Washington hasn't run for a TD against the Cowboys since 2002. Portis averaged 63.0 yards in two games vs. Dallas in 2004.

WR – Hines Ward, Steelers: Love his tenacity, but Pittsburgh's limited passing attack (the Steelers threw 11 times in Week 1) makes Ward a fantasy liability unless your league awards points for good down-field blocking.

TE – Dallas Clark, Colts: A fine option if he plays, but Clark has been slow to recover from a concussion and could miss Sunday's game vs. Jacksonville. Put him in the lineup and you risk getting a goose egg from the TE spot.

K – Lawrence Tynes, Chiefs: The Chiefs score a bunch, sure, but it won't help Tynes if he doesn't have a job. K.C. brought in free agents earlier this week to challenge their placekicker, who missed a 32-yard try in Week 1.

DEF – Carolina Panthers: I don't think you can overstate the impact losing Jenkins will have on this unit. They'll work everything out eventually, but it won't happen this week against the world champs.