Keys to the Games: Week 3

Originally Published: September 24, 2004
By Scott Engel | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
Each week in Keys to the Games, we'll look at every game from a fantasy angle and tell you which matchups and intangibles will greatly affect your fantasy strategy and decisions. We also spotlight certain players who might factor into your most difficult lineup decisions.

Arizona at Atlanta: MLB Ronald McKinnon is going to have his head on a swivel trying to chase both Michael Vick and Warrick Dunn down. Peerless Price should perform well against the Arizona secondary. Emmitt Smith is a good start again this week as the Cards will attempt to control the ball as much as possible. Scoring could be a problem for the Cards if they are forced to play from behind. Start and Smile: Vick, Dunn, Price, Alge Crumpler, Larry Fitzgerald. Watch and Worry - Neil Rackers.

Baltimore at Cincinnati: RB Rudi Johnson faces another tough defensive line, but with Ravens NT Kelly Gregg (knee) hurting, he should at least be able to penetrate enough through the middle for decent yardage totals. LCB Chris McAlister might limit Chad Johnson's yardage totals, but might not be able to prevent him from scoring. Jamal Lewis faces a highly vulnerable front seven, and could score more than once. His success on the ground should set up Kyle Boller for a few play-action strikes to Kevin Johnson. Start and Smile - Lewis, Kevin Johnson. Watch and Worry - Carson Palmer, Peter Warrick.