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Drew Brees, New Orleans at Tampa Bay -- Brees and the Saints have had extra time to prepare after the team's disappointing 41-10 loss at Indianapolis last Thursday. Last sea son, Brees went 24-for-32 with 314 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-14 win at Tampa Bay.


STARTING NOD -- Ben Roethlisberg er, Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo: Roethlis berger threw for just 161 yards in last week's season-opening win at Cleve land, but four passes went for touch downs. After an injury-marred 2006 season, Roethlisberger looks to be on track and comfortable in new coach Mike Tomlin's system.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Jon Kit na, Detroit; Brett Favre, Green Bay; Jake Delhomme, Carolina.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Matt Leinart, Arizona; Philip Rivers, San Diego; J.P. Losman, Buffalo.


STARTING NOD -- Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland: After rush ing for just 50 yards against the Rav ens on Monday night, Johnson has to be happy to see the Browns . He has scored at least one touchdown in each of the past five meetings - seven total - with a 145-yard, two-touch down performance at home last season.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Willis McGa hee, Ravens; Cedric Benson, Chicago.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Thomas Jones, New York Jets; Jamal Lewis, Cleve land; Tatum Bell, Detroit.


STARTING NOD -- Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis at Tennessee: Fantasy's most consisent wide receiver has been particularly consistent against Tennessee, catching at least one touchdown in the teams' past five meetings. At Tennessee last season, Harrison had seven catches for 172 yards and a score.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Donald Driver, Green Bay; Bernard Berrian, Chicago; Chris Chambers, Miami.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Ronald Curry, Oakland; Laveranues Coles, New York Jets; Darrell Jackson, Arizona.


STARTING NOD -- Todd Heap, Rav ens vs. New York Jets: Heap caught four passes for 29 yards in Monday night's loss at Cincinnati, but his po tential tying touchdown catch in the final minute was called back because of offensive pass interference. Expect him to respond in a big way at home against the Jets.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Chris Cooley, Washington; Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City; Heath Miller, Pittsburgh.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Ben Watson, New England; L.J. Smith, Philadel phia; Owen Daniels, Houston.


STARTING NOD -- Robbie Gould, Chicago vs. Kansas City: This game has field goals written all over it, with Gould and the Bears getting the decisive nod.


STARTING NOD -- Jacksonville vs. Atlanta: The Jaguars, still smarting from Sunday's 13-10 loss to Tennes see, will take their frustration out on a Falcons offense that has no identity. Defensive tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson provide a constant push on a solid defensive line, and cornerback Rashean Mathis anchors the Jags' secondary.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- Steve Smith, Carolina: seven catches, 118 yards, one TD.

Quarterback -- Tom Brady, New England: 22-for-28, 297 yards, three TDs.

Running back -- Shaun Alexan der, Seattle: 105 rushing yards, one TD; two catches, 12 yards.

Wide receiver -- Terrell Owens, Dallas: three catches, 87 yards, two TDs.

Tight end -- Vernon Davis, San Francisco: two catches, 4 yards.

Kicker -- Jeff Wilkins, St. Louis: two FGs, one extra point.

Defense -- Minnesota: two INTs, two TDs, six sacks.

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