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Originally Published: October 4, 2005
By Kevin Rounce | ESPN Fantasy Games
Josh McCown
47/79 for 534 yards and 2 TDs
When Kurt Warner went down, Cardinal fans and fantasy owners had to wonder whether Josh McCown could make the most of another chance. In 2004, Dennis Green looked like he would rather suit up and take a few snaps himself than have McCown start. But this week, Green put McCown out there and he had a great game. McCown is a mobile quarterback who throws well when he's forced to flee the pocket, which will likely be a regular occurrence in Arizona. Fantasy owners do need to take into account that his Week 4 opponent, San Francisco, has one of the worst defenses in the league, but if you are in a deeper league, McCown is an attractive matchup option. After Carolina this week and a bye, McCown faces Tennesse (11th worst) and Dallas (fourth worst), two of the worst defenses in terms of giving up fantasy points to QBs.

Alvin Pearman
5 carries for 24 yards and 0 TDs
Longtime fantasy owners know of the frailty of Fred Taylor. He's usually a big tackle away from being down for several weeks. That's why fantasy owners are usually looking for any news of who might be his backup. Initially, LaBrandon Toefield had the job, but now it looks like Pearman will be the primary backup in Jacksonville. Pearman is a small back (5-foot-9, 208), but he's very elusive and can catch the ball out of the backfield. It would be hard to imagine him as an everyday back if Taylor does go down, but he will get the first opportunity. Pearman is good Taylor insurance and if he gets the opportunity, he's a guy to play based on matchups. He will not, however, put up consistently good numbers.

Najeh Davenport
18 carries for 51 yards and 0 TDs
Davenport is another running back to look forward to, as Ahman Green is hardly looking impressive and might be slowed by a bruised knee. This might lead to an increase in Davenport's workload this season. Davenport has a career average of nearly 5 yards per carry. A noted injury risk, but with very high reward, Davenport is a skilled back who uses his substantial size to run over defenders. Green's owners may want to pick up Davenport and handcuff those two just in case the Packers, whose offensive line is currently in shambles, see Green go down for a significant period of time.

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