- Tristan H. Cockcroft, Fantasy
Bye Week: Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, Pittsburgh
Houston at Cincinnati: RB Domanick Davis rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown in his only career game against the Bengals, and his owners shouldn't worry about his 74.5 scrimmage yards per game average this season. Cincinnati's rush defense has allowed a 4.6 yards per carry average, sixth-worst in the NFL, and even if the Bengals mount an early lead, Davis should be a factor in the receiving game. ... QB Carson Palmer has averaged 255.1 passing yards while throwing for 19 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions in his last seven starts. ... RB Rudi Johnson leads the NFL with 907 rushing yards in his last nine games, and he has eight touchdowns during that span. He'll be facing the league's second-worst rush defense in the Texans (143.5). ... The Bengals' defense is an attractive play this week going up against QB David Carr, who has thrown for eight touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions in his last 10 games. Cincinnati has 12 interceptions and has allowed just one passing touchdown in three games.
Indianapolis at Tennessee: RB Edgerrin James always brings his best against the Titans; he has averaged 103.2 rushing yards and scored seven touchdowns in five career games against Tennessee. The Titans' rush defense ranks a respectable 17th (107.0), but that number is misleading based on Jamal Lewis' poor showing against them in Week 2. ... The Colts' defense has developed into a quality starting fantasy unit. Indianapolis has limited its first three opponents to fewer than 10 points, becoming only the sixth team to do that since World War II; only the champion 1962 Green Bay Packers did it in their first four contests. ... RB Chris Brown rushed for 100-plus yards in both games against the Colts in 2004, amassing 256 yards and one touchdown overall. With Travis Henry sidelined, Brown will get a hefty workload, making him an appealing No. 2.
4hBy Dan Graziano