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Key Fantasy Matchups for Sunday’s Rams-Skins Matchup


Rams RB Steven Jackson vs. Redskins LB London Fletcher

Jackson is coming off his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and finally has his legs under him after his 27-day contract holdout in the summer. To approach those kinds of numbers against Washington, he will have to avoid Fletcher, the tough veteran who still has a nose for the football and the range to get there in his 10th NFL season.

Rams WR Torry Holt vs. Redskins CB Carlos Rogers

Cornerback Shawn Springs may be limited this week with a sore calf that kept him out of the Philadelphia Eagles game. The assignment of checking Holt will therefore fall on Rogers, who is having an excellent season. Not even a year removed from knee surgery, Rogers has started every game and ranks fifth on the team with 20 tackles. He also leads the club with eight pass breakups. Holt has 15 catches for 187 yards this season and gets Marc Bulger back as the starting quarterback this week.

Redskins WR Santana Moss vs. Rams CBs Ron Bartell and Jason Craft

In the Redskins’ win last week against Philadelphia, and for only the second time since coming to the Redskins in 2005, Moss was held without a catch. The Rams’ cornerbacks aren’t nearly as good as Philly’s Asante Samuel, Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard. Expect the Redskins to re-establish Moss early in the game against the Rams’ 28th-ranked pass defense. Moss’ 27 catches are tied for eighth in the NFL, and he has three touchdowns. The Rams have only one interception. Less than three weeks after joining the Rams, Craft will find himself starting Sunday in what has become a patchwork secondary; starter Tye Hill (knee) is expected to miss three to four weeks. Craft, who began the year with the New Orleans Saints, has good footwork and speed, but his normal job is to cover slot receivers as the nickelback.

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