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Week 11: Lancaster's Locks
Jimmy Lancaster
November 16, 2007

Madagascar Green Mountains

The Lancaster will hit the road this week, but no, not to Madagascar; that will be in June. This road trip, with a slightly improved Aspen, will be to the Green Mountains of Vermont, where autumn, football and pancakes prove an enticing cultural combination. Some highly recommended Vermont goods are the Grand View Winery and Lake Champlain Chocolates, both excellent treats for the discerning taste. Also, if you have never tried maple syrup candy, it’s a Lancaster fall favorite.

This week I’m taking three games straight up, due to the near-miss of a teaser last week (3 out of 4!)

Oakland: The Raiders, with Culpepper at QB and Peterson out, on CBS (an “AFC game, whereas last week they played the Bears in an “NFC” game on Fox), should be able to keep it within one score. This is the type of game Oakland wins; they take on the “bad guy” role quite well.

Arizona: Cincinnati is hurting at safety, and for a team so bad against the pass, this means points for the Cardinals. Madieu Williams and his back-up Purple Haze Jones (a converted CB) are slowed, if they even go at all. Therefore, Cincy will rely on TCU rookie Marvin White at FS for at least a few plays. Also, if DT Thornton sits, look for Edge to have a field day and open it up deep for Warner and Fitzgerald even more. Just when you thought Cincy would turn it around, even with the return of Chris Henry (as predicted last week by the Lancaster) they should lose one they should win; it’s just like that for small market teams like the Bengals, who can only work the salary cap to stock their roster on one side of the ball, and that side is not defense, at least not with this current team.

Under 44.5 in the Chiefs/Colts: I really like the Colts to grind it out against a decent Kansas City defense. Here we have two coaches who respect each other and won’t run it up. Plus, Indy is still banged up; even if some of their weapons were to return, they would be game rusty. The last time these two met it was the playoffs last year, and the score was 23-8 Indy, with a ton of field goals. Therefore, my fantasy sleeper this week is Adam Vinatieri, who should make up for his “choke” last week.

Notes: Thirty-five year old playmaker Willie McGinest has 13 tackles in 6 games in his reduced role, but could be fresher if the Browns are still around in December, if his hammy holds up; Nathan Vasher practiced on Thursday for the Bears, so look for a needed upgrade in their secondary in a tough match-up with veiled playoff implications; Chad Clifton looks to be a go for Green Bay, but if Mark Tauscher continues to ail, an undersized (yes, undersized at 6’5 300) RT Tony Moll may be overmatched by the Carolina pressure; second year safety Reed Doughty from North Carolina fills in for Sean Taylor in Washington, which means inexperience and big time trouble against Dallas’ pass offense, and yes, I am playing T.O. this week; I like Detroit to rest Kevin Jones’ foot as much as possible Sunday and work him more in the division game against Green Bay on Turkey Day; the Giants on the other hand are hurting at WR, with Plaxico’s ankle and rookie Steve Smith also questionable; interesting how this game has major wildcard implications already; speaking of the wildcard, despite last week telling us otherwise, I like the Titans to edge the Jags as the AFC representative; If LT Jammal Brown is out for the Saints, look for Zach Strief, a solid and beefy 2nd year man out of Northwestern, to fill in adequately; Finally, and unfortunately, Dwight Freeney’s injury all but eliminates the Colts from Super Bowl contention.

Last Week’s Fantasy Sleeper: Cedric Benson: 97 total yards and a TD.
Last Week: 0-1-0
Season: 15-24-2

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