Paulie Walnuts’ Picks of the Week

Paul Kasabian

To continue the string of good Maroon-News fantasy football picks (hopefully), I’m taking Broncos QB Jay Cutler. He developed a great rapport with WR Javon Walker near the end of the Bills game and showed that he is capable of leading Denver to a deep playoff run. Also, if Lions QB Jon Kitna can throw for three touchdowns on the road against Oakland, how do you think Cutler will do at home against the Silver and Black? I predict four touchdowns for the Vanderbilt alum.

My pick at running back this week is Pittsburgh’s “Speedy” Willie Parker. A bit of a dangerous pick because Parker is notorious for his inconsistency, but the Bills’ defensive line is a sieve (sorry, Bill). Look for Speedy Willie to have his second consecutive 100-yard game at home against the Bills next Sunday.

Step aside, Colts WR Marvin Harrison. You are no longer Colts QB Peyton Manning’s number one target. Even though Colts WR Reggie Wayne had a turnover that led to a Saints touchdown last week, Manning kept looking in his direction every time. At the end of the night, Wayne had seven catches and two touchdowns while Harrison had four receptions and a score. More of the same will occur against Tennessee on Sunday. Wayne will add two more touchdowns on his way to becoming an elite NFL receiver.

Last Sunday, Cowboys TE Jason Witten proved why he is the best tight end in the NFC. The Giants’ defense looked like the Little Sisters of the Poor every time Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw to Witten over the middle. Not only does Witten have great hands, but he also has wheels. The aging Dolphins defense will always be one step behind this future Hall-of-Famer on Sunday. A Romo to Witten touchdown is guaranteed in my book.

My pick at defense was too easy to make. The Jags’ D is astounding to say the least. With bust Falcons QB Joey Harrington coming into town, Jacksonville will show the nation why it is a top-five defense with an All-Pro performance on Sunday. Atlanta will not score a touchdown on its way to an utterly miserable season.