Holt, Rice race back into the spotlight
Originally Published: November 21, 2004By Scott Engel | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
Want to use a Minnesota RB? Try Moe Williams: It's becoming too late in the fantasy schedule to continue to worry about which Minnesota running back you are going to start. Michael Bennett started against Detroit, and was ineffective again. Onterrio Smith wasn't useful, either. At least Williams found the end zone, and will continue to do so as the certain goal-line runner. When Randy Moss returns, the offense should open up a bit more, but Bennett lacks his explosiveness of the past, and Smith doesn't get enough touches. For now, we advise you to stop worrying who is going to get the touches, and use Williams if you simply must depend on a Vikings' running back. Smith has the most upside of any runner on the roster, but Mike Tice still has yet to really turn him loose. Until then, the Minnesota backfield will simply be too risky to invest in during this crucial time of the year. Ashley Lelie is finally living up to the hype: Lelie caught a 37-yard TD pass at New Orleans. He has scored in three consecutive games, and in five of his past six games. Lelie is now becoming a near lock as a No. 3 fantasy receiver, as the Denver passing game has become very difficult to contain. Finally, in his third season, Lelie is putting it all together. He is becoming a very productive big-play receiver who has good size, soft hands and nifty separation quickness. Tampa Bay's offense is becoming more balanced: It seems like the Buccaneers are putting the pieces together in time for the most important part of the fantasy season. Joe Jurevicius, Joey Galloway and Mike Alstott are back in the lineup, together with a reborn Brian Griese and Michael Pittman, who is playing the best ball of his career. Fantasy leaguers need to start paying more attention to this offense. Griese should be solid for the stretch run and possibly the fantasy playoffs, and a deeper receiving corps could continue to produce a healthy amount of big plays. Alstott, however, could steal a good amount of TD opportunities from Pittman.
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