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Peyton Manning, Colts: Each week when I put this team together, I try to go with guys who offer surprising performances. Certainly, Manning doesn't fit into that category, but his 342-yard, four touchdown performance against the Redskins is simply impossible to overlook.

Leon Washington, Jets: The fourth-round pick from Florida State was impressive against the Lions, running for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Washington's numbers could have been even more impressive had he gotten all the carries. Kevan Barlow carried 12 times for 49 yards and a touchdown.

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Chester Taylor, Vikings: The ex-Raven ran 26 times for 169 yards and a score against the Seahawks. Taylor's 95-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the longest in Vikings history. He has run for 100 yards in back-to-back weeks.

Hines Ward, Steelers: Pittsburgh's No. 1 receiver caught eight balls for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his three touchdowns came from Charlie Batch so don't be afraid to start Ward in the future if Ben Roethlisberger misses time.

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Darrell Jackson, Seahawks: He posted seven catches for 136 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's loss to Minnesota. Jackson is quietly having a solid year. He's got five touchdowns and two 100-yard performances in six games.

Alge Crumpler, Falcons: Crumplestiltskin caught six balls for 117 yards and three touchdowns. Crumpler had been experiencing a disappointing season, but had a monster game against the Steelers.

Matt Bryant, Buccaneers: Tampa Bay's kicker had three field goals against the Eagles, including a ridiculous 62-yarder to give the Bucs their second straight victory.

Buccaneers defense: Although it gave up 506 yards of offense to the Eagles, Tampa Bay's defense forced four turnovers and scored twice for a productive fantasy day. Donovan McNabb had only thrown two interceptions all season, but was picked off three times in this one.

Monday night pick

Giants at Cowboys

This NFC East battle became even bigger after the Eagles lost to Tampa Bay. Both teams will want to run the football early, but this game will be decided in the fourth quarter. I haven't learned much making picks this season, but one thing I do know: Do not bet on Drew Bledsoe if you expect the game to be close.

The pick: Giants (+3)

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