Engel's Rankings Update: Dropping Steve Smith
Updated: November 18, 2007, 10:33 AM ETBy Scott Engel | ESPN.com
MOVING: The Cardinals are banged up in the secondary and Carson Palmer will look to expose any possible holes in coverage. Cincinnati cannot depend on their running game, either, and Chris Henry has returned, so look for Palmer to throw often, and he moves into the top 5. The Seahawks have vowed to throw a lot, but with Maurice Morris leading the running game and the game plan rather obvious, Matt Hasselbeck won't enjoy the same type of success he did against San Francisco. Kitna's offensive line is in for a long day against the Giants, so he doesn't make the top 12. You cannot overlook the fact that Daunte Culpepper is returning to Minnesota, and he makes a decent desperation play. I moved him ahead of Rex Grossman. Even though the Bears seem upbeat about the latest quarterback change, Grossman is notoriously inconsistent and you simply cannot trust him. MOVING: Brian Westbrook was at the top of this list when the week started, but is now listed as questionable with a knee injury. Andy Reid told the Associated Press he thinks Westbrook will be ready to go, so he remains in the top 5. With John Beck now at quarterback for Miami, and the recent play of the Philadelphia defensive tackles, I like Jesse Chatman less and move him down three spots. Chester Taylor should be an adequate fill-in for the injured Adrian Peterson and is an ideal No. 2 running back this week, moving up to the top 15 as Selvin Young drops slightly. Denver may still give Travis Henry a shot, but Young is in much better health and still is a very good option this week. Earnest Graham is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and falls three spots. Michael Pittman is listed as questionable with an ankle injury as well, although he is expected to return. He is still a risky play even though he has been able to practice, as the Buccaneers won't use him heavily in his return if Graham is able to go. Maurice Morris is set to start again, and you shouldn't expect outstanding totals, but he will at least get quality touches. Kevin Jones is now expected to play, but is not an ideal starting option with concerns about his foot surfacing again. Anthony Thomas is likely to see more field time than rookie Dwayne Wright for Buffalo because of his edge in experience. Of course, neither running back is a recommended play against New England. Ron Dayne gets the start in place of Ahman Green, but you should also keep an eye on how Adimchinobe Echemandu performs. Chris Brown is back in action this week, but LenDale White should certainly get most of the work against Denver. He has been able to overcome recent toe and knee concerns and has an extra day to rest before the Monday Night game. Brown is on the list again, but I would hesitate to use him.
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