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Questions for CAR/TB, CAR/TB & CIN/PIT

The bye week shuffling begins this week with the San Diego, Oakland, Kansas City and Dallas getting an early rest - too early in my opinion.

Carolina at Tampa Bay 1:00 p.m.

Until WR Steve Smith returns, QB Jack Delhomme is nothing but bye week filler.  The big fantasy question is whether the Panthers incorporate a RBBC this week with rookie D'Angelo Williams and DeShaun Foster.

Tampa Bay needs consistent offensive production.  Will Chris Sims move some of those 3 INTs last week to the TD column?  Will Cadillac Williams be able to procude a "mediocre" game for a RB1 - 24/78/0?

Chicago at Minnesota 1:00 p.m.

I am slowly being converted into a believer in the GRex Juggarnaut that is the Bears' passing game 9but not at the point of the sword!)  However, I believe the Vikings on the road in a classic division rivalry may make all those recent GRex converts rue that decision as a buy-high one.

Will GRex be decent this week?  Will RB Thomas Jones have a game that makes his 2006 owners recall fondly those 9 2005 TDs and 5 100 yard games?

The Vikings RB Chester Taylor have his 3rd consecutive quality rushing game against one of the best defenses in the league?  Fortunately, he has faced two good D's in Washington and Carolina already.

Can WR Troy Williamson erase all doubts about his WR2 status?  One wuld think 78  and 102 yards receiving in the first two weeks would be enough, but I still have a seedling of doubt.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 1:00 p.m.

The main fantasy question in Cincinnatti is how much of a drop-off WR Chris henry experiences when Houshmandazeh returns.  If Hous doesn't return this week, the drop-off question still needs answering.

Other than the #3 receiver on the team, the Bengals don't have too many questions- a very nice uncertainty to have.

Figure QB Ben Roethlisberger to improve over last weeks' listless effort.  Expect the same from RB Willie Parker.  if not, then the Bengals defense may be improved enough to be serious Super Bowl contenders - to the extent Week Three is predicitve of such things.