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



QB – Drew Bledsoe, Cowboys: I can't believe I just typed that. But the new Drew is a fantasy force to be reckoned with. He ranks third among QBs and gets to face the NFL's second-worst pass defense this weekend when the Cowboys visit the Raiders.

RB – Deuce McAllister, Saints: The Saints play their first game at their home away from home in San Antonio, and -- good news for Deuce -- they're facing the team with the NFL's worst run defense, the Bills.

WR – Steve Smith, Panthers: This is getting a little too formulaic – find team that's playing Packers, identify said team's No. 1 receiver, et voila! But seriously, Smith went off for three scores last week, and he's facing the team that ended his season in Week 1 a year ago. If he score fewer than two TDs, I'll write a personal letter of apology to Al Harris.

TE – L.J. Smith, Eagles: If Donovan McNabb is going to throw the ball 50-plus times a game, Smith is going to get his share of catches. He's facing a K.C. defense that gave up 124 yards and TD to Jets TE Chris Baker in Week 1.

K – Neil Rackers, Arizona: The top-scoring PK through three weeks faces one of the league's worst defenses as Arizona and San Francisco tangle in Mexico. This is the best we can offer our neighbors to the south? Cardinals-Niners?

DEF – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs are back and facing a Lions team coming off a bye week, which means Joey Harrington has two weeks worth of turnovers saved up.


QB – Jake Plummer, Broncos: Remember how bad Plummer was in Week 1 against the Dolphins? Count on something similar against the Jags, who rank No. 2 against the pass, shut Plummer down last season and did a number on Peyton Manning a few weeks ago.

RB – Tiki Barber, Giants: Tiki has been held under 100 yards in seven of his past eight games and faces a Rams defense that's giving up fewer than 68 yards per game on the ground.

WR – Keenan McCardell, Chargers: With a pair of two TD games already under his belt, McCardell is closing in on his scoring quota for the season. He's due for a dropoff as the Chargers head to Foxboro.

TE – Jerramy Stevens, Seahawks: He's back to splitting time with Itula Mili and facing a Redskins defense that held Cowboys TE Jason Witten to four catches and 35 yards in its last contest.

K – Ryan Longwell, Packers: Longwell hasn't impressed this season -- he missed an extra point last week -- and the Packers don't score enough to make him worth using.

DEF – Philadelphia Eagles: Denver shut down K.C. on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs won't let it happen again, particularly if OT Willie Roaf returns to the lineup.

Byes: Pittsburgh, Miami, Detroit, Cleveland