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Pickups - After Week 13

Pickups - After Week 13

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/05/11

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Pickups and Drops After Week 13




Pickups & Drops - After Week 13



Pickups After Week 13 Action:



At this point in the game, most of the players on lists such as these are guys that are highly unlikely to be available, but may have either been dropped in your league for various reasons or are simply out there on the waiver wire by sheer chance.


Also on this list are guys who you may not normally think of as a viable pickup, but their schedules over the next few weeks (the Fantasy Playoffs) will at least make them useful for teams in deeper leagues:



Rex Grossman - QB - Washington Redskins


I know—"Bad Rex" came out to play this last weekend, but unless your name is Tom Brady going against the Jets, it's pretty much par for the course and certainly doesn't mean "Good Rex" is dead and buried.


Sexy Rexy may have a bit of a hard time getting used to life without TE Fred Davis (suspended for the final four games of 2011), but his schedule for the rest of the season is just mouth-watering enough to consider starting him in your upcoming fantasy playoffs with all four teams in the bottom-12 in terms of QB fantasy points allowed (Weeks 14-17: New England, NY Giants, Minnesota, Philadelphia)



Whoever the Bears Sign, If They End Up Signing Anyone - QB - Chicago Bears


This is obviously pure speculation at this point, but with back-up QB Caleb Hanie pretty much screwing the pooch the last two games, the Bears may look elsewhere for a QB to lead them into the playoffs.


The more enticing reason to watch for a Bears move here is their remaining schedule. Weeks 14-17 feature three of the worst four defenses in defending the pass with Denver (4th worst) up next in Week 14, followed by Seattle (21st), Green Bay (1st) and Minnesota (3rd)



Marion Barber - RB - Chicago Bears


If you own Matt Forte, this pickup is a no-brainer. Barber isn't what he used to be, but he'll handle the ball quite a bit over the next 2-4 weeks and will undoubtedly retain his goal-line job.


Chicago doesn't have a very favorable schedule against the run the rest of the way, but like I said, if you were depending on Forte, you just might need Barber.



Brandon Saine - RBs - Green Bay Packers


The Packers running backs, as a whole, have been teasing owners all season in this offense. However, with James Starks injured yet again, either Brandon Saine or Ryan Grant is going to get a chance to do a little something as the Packers will likely shut Starks down for a week or two so he can make it back healthy for the playoffs.


There are two reasons I'm going with Saine here instead of Grant:


First—because it's pretty much clear as day to anyone who watches football on a regular basis—Ryan Grant sucks. He lacks both speed and hands and can barely break a tackle anymore.


Second, and more importantly, Green Bay's remaining schedule is better set up for a running back who is good at catching passes out of the backfield...a situation in which Saine is FAR better suited for than Grant is. In fact, at some point during the Packers-Giants game, one of the TV announcers said that he heard Aaron Rodgers actually claimed that Brandon Saine has the best hands on the entire team! I'm not sure I believe it, but at least Rodgers seems to like him.



Isaac Redman - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers


This is a pickup meant more for owners playing in 16-man leagues than anything else with it being yet another situation where you would be looking at the team's schedule as opposed to the actual player himself.


In this case, Rashard Mendenhall's back-up, Isaac Redman, becomes a viable option down the stretch due to the Steelers matchups in Weeks 14, 16 and 17 (Cleveland, St. Louis, Cleveland). Redman has been seeing a decent amount of carries in relief of Mendy this season, and if Pittsburgh wants to keep their workhorse healthy and fresh for the NFL playoffs, they may use Redman even more.



Nate Burleson/Titus Young - WRs - Detroit Lions


Defenses have been sliding double- and triple-coverage onto Calvin Johnson for a good month or so now, thus leaving both Nate Burleson and Titus Young quite a bit of room to get open in the secondary. Burleson has been the one making the most of it catching an average of almost six balls a game over the last five weeks, but Young hasn't been too shabby either grabbing a couple of touchdown passes and nearly equaling Burleson in fantasy points.


Besides the Megatron factor, Detroit also owns a sweet remaining fantasy schedule against the pass facing Minnesota, Oakland, San Diego and Green Bay in Weeks 14-17. Yowza!



Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos


Demaryius Thomas has all the intangibles you look for and is likely the most talented of the Broncos' receivers (Eric Decker is awfully close, however), though we won't get to see performances like the one he had against the Vikings very often while Tim Tebow is under center. Don't get me wrong because no matter what you think of him, Tebow is a full-fledged winner and certainly the right man for the job at this point. That said, Denver only throws the ball around 15 times with him running the show, so Demaryius' opportunities to shine are extremely limited.


That said, the Broncos DO happen to play a few more teams susceptible to the pass over the next four weeks highlighted by a Week 15 matchup against the Patriots, so not all is lost for the 6'3" former first-rounder.



Golden Tate - WR - Seattle Seahawks


When Sidney Rice was put on IR last week and subsequently done for the remainder of the season, a starting receiver spot was suddenly up for grabs in the Seahawks offense. The initial thought was that Ben Obomanu would be the guy and Seattle would pretty much go with him, Mike Williams and Doug Baldwin as their three top receivers the rest of the way.


Not so fast, because here comes playmaker extraordinaire, Golden Tate.


Tate has a touchdown in two straight games now and actually leads the team outright with three on the year. Coach Pete Carroll said before the season that he was intent on getting Golden more involved in the offense this season and sees him as one of the Seahawks starting WRs for the future. With a relatively easy schedule against the pass over the next four weeks, Tate may finally begin to live up to expectations.



Dexter McCluster - RB/WR - Kansas City Chiefs


McCluster is one jittery little SOB out there on the field and has become more and more involved in the Chiefs offense lately because of it. Well, that and the fact that the Chiefs don't have a running back and their quarterback can't throw the ball 30 yards.


Whatever the reason, Dexter has seen an uptick in both his yardage and touches over the last handful of weeks and should continue the trend over the remainder of the season. With Kansas City facing Green Bay, Oakland and Denver in Weeks 15-17, owners in deeper fantasy leagues should give McCluster a real hard look if he's still on waivers.



Brad Smith - WR - Buffalo Bills


I mentioned Brad Smith as a pickup last week and to be honest, I wasn't quite sure if he would be worth it (though I did mention he would be a long-shot outside of return-yardage leagues). Turns out, my eye-test and instincts on him were right on.


Against the Titans this past weekend, Smith led all Bills receivers in targets (10), receptions (7) and yards (72), so it seems Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken quite a liking towards him as well. With Buffalo looking at San Diego, Miami, Denver and New England over the next four weeks, you could certainly do worse than having Smith as your flex or possible WR3 in deep leagues.



Kyle Rudolph - TE - Minnesota Vikings


Rudolph has finally emerged as the more talented tight end on this Minnesota Vikings team and could be worth a look if you were depending on Fred Davis for the remainder of the season.



Dallas Clark - TE - Indianapolis Colts


I'm adding in Dallas Clark here simply as a reminder to owners who might be in leagues where Clark was dropped either due to a lack of production or because of his injury. He should be back this coming weekend, so with QB Dan Orlovsky playing pretty well and Washington tight end, Fred Davis, almost certainly done for the year (four-game suspension), you just might need him.






Pickups & Drops - After Week 12



Pickups After Week 12 Action:



At this point in the game, most of the players on lists such as these are guys that are highly unlikely to be available, but may have either been dropped in your league for various reasons or are simply out there on the waiver wire by sheer chance.



Matt Moore - QB - Miami Dolphins


Is Matt Moore actually good?!?! Well, I think the more appropriate term would be "serviceable", but if you happened to have Matt Schaub or Michael Vick running as your QB1 for most of the year, he might be worth a look with each of the Dolphins next four opponents (Oakland, Philadelphia, Buffalo, New England) ranking in the bottom nine teams in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs.



Kyle Orton - QB - Kansas City Chiefs


The Chiefs grabbed Kyle Orton and his $2.8 million price tag off of waivers for a reason, and that's to have him be their starter for the rest of the season. It's more than obvious just how bad Tyler Palko is working under center as his arm is clearly no better than a schoolgirl's. Because of that, I expect to see Orton in there as soon as humanly possible regardless of whether he knows the playbook or not.


If Kansas City didn't have a good WR corps, I might let him sit on the wire until he proves himself, but Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin make up a pretty solid squad, so go ahead and take a chance on Senor Neck Beard.



T.J. Yates - QB - Houston Texans


Yes, he's a rookie with only a couple quarters of experience at this point, but being able to throw to Andre Johnson or dump the ball off to Arian Foster gives him immediate fantasy potential. If you have a spot for him and are looking to take a chance, Yates may be your guy.



Marion Barber - RB - Chicago Bears


It's clear Caleb Hanie won't be winning games for the Bears with his arm, so I expect the Chicago offense to switch to a predominantly run-heavy scheme until Cutler returns. They've already worn Matt Forte down to the bone over the first 11 games, so look for Barber to be used quite a bit in the next month in order to keep Forte fresh enough for the playoffs.


Besides, Marion the Barbarian already has five touchdowns in only eight games so far this year, so it's not it wasn't scoring some decent fantasy point beforehand anyway.



Marcel Reece - RB/FB - Oakland Raiders


With Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford still out, along with a couple other receivers and RB Taiwan Jones being a bit banged up, Reece has taken on a bigger role in the offense and responded very well. He was one of Palmer's main dump-off options against the Bears on Sunday catching five balls on seven targets for a team-high 92 yards, so if you're in a deep league and looking for a filler for your team, Reece could be your guy for a week or two if need be.



Donald Brown - RB - Indianapolis Colts


I'm mentioning Donald Brown one more time here even though he's likely already been snatched up in your league. However, one reason why he might still be available is because nobody knew what would happen in the Colts backfield with the return of Joseph Addai this last weekend.


The answer to that question is also the reason why I'm telling you to pick him up now because when it came down to it, the Colts liked what Donald has been showing them enough to basically sit Delone Carter all game long while getting Brown twice as many touches as Addai.


He also has three touchdowns in his last six games and at least 15 touches in his last three. Not too shabby.



Roy Helu - RB - Washington Redskins


Washington's backfield has no doubt been a mess (to put it lightly) all season long, but it seems coach Shanahan has finally found himself a winner.


Of course, the chance Helu is still available in your league is slim-to-none, but I just thought I'd mention him one more time just in case.



Johnny Knox - WR - Chicago Bears


Johnny Knox has ALWAYS been the best receiver/playmaker on this team, but it looks like the Bears coaching staff was the last to know.


If Johnny had never had a game-changing day before like the one he just had on Sunday, I might call it a fluke and tell you to stay away. However, he has, and will probably have at least one more of them with the Bears suddenly needing a guy like Knox now that Cutler is out for awhile and defenses likely loading up against the run.


With his speed, he's certainly worth a flier as a plug-in WR3/flex at this stage of the game.



Doug Baldwin - WR - Seattle Seahawks


Baldwin is probably still on someone's team in your league, but it's also possible he was dropped recently due to his lack of production and erratic play.


With Sidney Rice suffering another head injury, Baldwin should consistently lead the team in targets while he's out and could be a nice pickup for deep or PPR leagues.



Jason Avant/Riley Cooper - WRs - Philadelphia Eagles


I'm listing both Avant and Cooper here as a tandem because it will be tough to predict which one of these guys will have a better game this Thursday night with Maclin still unlikely to suit up. Two weeks ago, it was Cooper who stood up grabbing the game-winning touchdown while also leading the team in targets with 12. Last week it was Avant leading the way with 14 targets, eight catches, 110 yards and a TD.


Avant will have more value for the rest of the season as Jeremy Maclin will make it back onto the field at some point, thus sending Cooper back to the bench.



Brad Smith - WR - Buffalo Bills


When the Bills lost WR Donald Jones for the season, their plan was just to go with Naaman Roosevelt as they had when Jones was out earlier in the season. However, when Roosevelt was deemed to be out this past weekend, they asked the insanely athletic Brad Smith to step up and take his place. Smith responded by leading the team in yards with 77 while also making one of the more acrobatic/athletic touchdown catches of the year.


He's a long shot to make an impact for your team in most fantasy formats, but he's at least a great pickup for return-yardage leagues.


Kellen Davis - TE - Chicago Bears


Davis is a shot in the dark for the most part, but with Caleb Hanie under center for the Bears, he could start to see more targets on check-downs going forward. Besides that, Kellen played basketball for Michigan State a few years back and is a huge target for Hanie to throw to out there at 6'7".


It never hurts to have something in common with Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham, right?





Pickups After Week 11:


Caleb Hanie - QB - Chicago Bears


With Jay Cutler in need of (possibly) season-ending surgery on his fractured right thumb, the Bears will turn to backup QB Caleb Hanie to man the controls at least until he returns. Caleb is by no means a world-beater, but he played pretty well in last year's playoffs when Cutler went down so you never know.



Andy Dalton - QB - Cincinnati Bengals


Dalton is one of those guys who is likely already on someone's squad, but if not, go get him immediately. Rookies don't normally get a lot of action in the passing game during their first NFL season, but it seems the Bengals coaching staff has enough faith in his development to let him go wild if need be as Dalton has now thrown up 30-plus passes in eight out of ten games this season. He's certainly gotten better over the course of the year because of it, and now after going 24-for-45 against the Ravens on Sunday while putting up 373 yards and a TD without A.J. Green, you simply cannot let him sit on the waiver wire for one more second.



Kevin Smith - RB - Detroit Lions


We told you to pick him up two weeks ago...and you're probably kicking yourself that you didn't. We also told you just last week that because of Kevin Smith, it was safe to drop Maurice Morris despite his sweet matchup against the Panthers on Sunday.


So now after an outlandish 200-total-yard (140 rushing), three-TD performance this past Sunday, what do you think we're going to tell you?



Toby Gerhart - RB - Minnesota Vikings


It looks like Adrian Peterson will be out for at least one game with his ankle injury, so Toby might be a decent fill-in if you need it. His Week 12 matchup isn't the greatest going up against a tough Atlanta Falcons rush D, but losing Purple Jesus is one of those times where the saying "desperate times calls for desperate measures" might come into play.



Ryan Grant/John Kuhn - RB - Green Bay Packers


The Packers hardly get their running backs any love, but with Starks looking doubtful to play this Thursday against the Lions, either Ryan Grant or John Kuhn could step up and grab some love on their own.


If you play in a yardage-heavy league, Grant would be the guy you want as he'll likely get 20-plus carries against a middling Detroit rush D.


If you play in a touchdown-heavy league, go with Kuhn as the guy already has five TDs in ten games anyway.



C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills


Spiller is in an interesting situation up in Buffalo right now. With starting RB Fred Jackson nursing a calf injury and looking a little iffy to play at the Jets next Sunday, Spiller could see anywhere from five to 25 touches, depending on whether or not Jackson suits up for the game. Also, even though coach Chan Gailey announced that Spiller will return to the RB position (from his recent stint as a WR) in Week 12, the Bills may re-think that with the possible season-ending injury to WR Donald Jones.


One way or another, Spiller is going to be more involved in the offense now and will finally get a real shot to prove to the Bills brass that he was worth the first-round pick they used on him in 2010.



Joe McKnight - RB - New York Jets


Strangely enough, though smaller (5'11, 205-pounds) than both Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson, last Thursday night Joe McKnight ran harder and stronger than either of those two backs had at any time this season. The Jets always knew how fast he was, but after seeing how punishing of a runner he can be, they might start to use him a lot more in the offense going forward.


However, Greene and Tomlinson are both due back for next weekend's game against the Bills, so we wouldn't expect a ton out of him unless either happens to go down to injury again.



Chris Ogbonnaya - RB - Cleveland Browns


Jacksonville had only surrendered two 100-yard games to opposing RBs this season before Ogbonnaya carved them up for 115 yards and a TD on Sunday. Not too shabby for a guy nobody had heard of before the last few weeks.


Peyton Hillis has already been ruled out for Week 12, so even if Montario Hardesty makes it back onto the field, Ogbonnaya will still have some sort of role in the offense and could be a serviceable fill-in if needed.



Jerome Simpson - WR - Cincinnati Bengals


Simpson is another guy who is likely on someone's fantasy team already, but if not, go grab him. He'll still be second-fiddle to A.J. Green when he returns, but you can do worse than having a wide receiver who already has three 100-yard games under his belt this season as your WR3.



Jabar Gaffney - WR - Washington Redskins


Gaffney may have been dropped sometime in the last few weeks, but with the love Rex Grossman has for him and the way Rex played against the Cowboys on Sunday, you might want to take a shot on him one last time.



Santana Moss - WR - Washington Redskins


Like Gaffney, Santana might have been dropped at some point due to his multi-week injury, but the word is that he could make it back into action as soon as this coming weekend. If so, he'll step right back into the Redskins WR1 role and might be able to help your team out a bit down the stretch.



Chaz Schilens - WR - Oakland Raiders


If it turns out Darrius Heyward-Bey is out for a week or more, Schilens could be worth a look as the guy likely to step into the starting lineup opposite Denarius Moore. That said, even though he was carried off the field on a stretcher on Sunday, it doesn't look like DHB was as injured as initially feared as coach Hue Jackson just came out to say that Darrius is moving and walking around just fine today (Monday).


Keep an eye on the news coming out of Oakland in order to determine what you should/can do.



Marcedes Lewis - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars


Marcedes finally stepped up his game a bit catching seven balls on a team-high 11 targets for 64 yards this past Sunday. It's possible the Jaguars coaching staff finally figured out a way to get their huge, athletic tight end into the game-plan more during the Jags Week 9 bye, so if you're hurting at the TE position, Lewis may be worth a flier for the rest of the season.




Pickups After Week 10:


Rex Grossman - QB - Washington Redskins


Well, it wasn't his greatest game, but at least Sexy Rexy is back in there doing his stuff.


Coach Shanahan must have finally realized what a mistake it was to have put his faith in QB John Beck, so it looks like Grossman will get the reins for at least a little while, if not through the end of the season. His ability to put up large numbers every once in a while makes him intriguing as a backup QB for your fantasy team, especially with so many others falling like flies around the league.



Vince Young - QB - Philadelphia Eagles


Turns out Michael Vick broke a couple of ribs in the first quarter of the game on Sunday, yet didn't tell the coaching staff because he wanted to complete the game. probably should have told them you dumb-ass because your awful play was painful to watch and played no small part in your team losing the game!


That said, Vick fantasy owners need to grab Vince Young if he's available in case he can't play against the Giants next Sunday night. I mean, how much worse could Vinsanity do for your team?!?!



Matt Leinart - QB - Houston Texans


With starter Matt Schaub possibly done for the season with a Lisfranc injury, Matt Leinart will be called upon to play under center for the Texans for as long as he is needed.


By no means is he the answer to all your prayers at QB, but because Houston has one of the leagues better sets of skill-position players (running backs, wide receivers and tight ends), Leinart is certainly worth a look if you were a fantasy owner of either Schaub or Matt Cassel (out indefinitely due to hand surgery).



Lance Ball - RB - Denver Broncos


This one is a bit of a reach, especially if you don't have Willis McGahee and/or Knowshon Moreno, but Ball at least did well enough in their absence on Sunday to be trusted should he end up starting due to injury.


McGahee looks like he'll be fine, but Moreno supposedly need season-ending knee surgery so keep an eye on the news throughout the week just in case grabbing Ball off the wire becomes a necessity.



Joe McKnight - RB - New York Jets


LaDainian Tomlinson has a sprained left MCL, the same type of injury that slowed him down considerably a few years ago for the Chargers in the playoffs. Couple that with the fact that he's been playing at a less than mediocre level since the first month of the season and it looks like the Jets will finally have their chance to get McKnight involved in the offense.


With Shonn Greene only playing so-so at best this season as well as being a terrible pass-catcher out of the backfield, look for New York to get the explosive McKnight involved in the offense enough to see at least 10 touches per game for as long as LT21 is out.



Donald Brown - RB - Indianapolis Colts


Brown has looked pretty good running for the Colts as of late, though it's likely he'll lose some playing time once Joseph Addai comes back from his injury.


It's possible, however, that with this season being lost, Brown gets an extra-long look in the last six games to see if he has anything worth holding onto for next season. Again, this one is a pretty hard-core long-shot, but if injuries have left you desperate, you could do worse.



Steve Smith - WR - Philadelphia Eagles


If you happen to own Jeremy Maclin, Steve Smith could be a nice pickup to grab as a "just in case". Maclin (hamstring, separated shoulder) will have a tough time suiting up to play against the Giants next weekend, so it's quite possible Smitty will be the one getting a start based on how he played in his stead on Sunday.


With DeSean Jackson out and Maclin all banged up, Jason Avant found himself having a little trouble getting open for Vick, so Smith became his guy for the majority of the game. Stevie ended up with 47 yards and five catches on 10 targets, numbers that may get better next week if Maclin can't make it.



Vincent Brown - WR - San Diego Chargers


Vincent looked pretty awesome out there on Thursday night against the Raiders, though his playing time may not stay the same if Malcom Floyd returns to the lineup next weekend (which is certainly in question right now).


Still, he definitely put on a show and could easily end up passing Floyd on the depth chart seeing the Malcom is about the most average receiver in the NFL.



Harry Douglas - WR - Atlanta Falcons


If Julio Jones ends up missing any more time with his bum hamstring, Douglas will certainly be worth a look on the wire seeing how he grabbed eight balls for 133 yards lining up opoposite Roddy White in his absence.


Douglas was actually billed as one of the fastest receivers in the NFL when he started playing a few seasons ago, so you wouldn't just be picking up a slouch who has no chance at success as Harry was a real prospect back in 2008.


Julio looks like he may need some time off to really cure that injured hamstring, so go ahead and take the chance on Douglas here.



Jerricho Cotchery - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers


This one is more for just Week 11 and maybe Week 12, depending on when Emmanuel Sanders makes it back into the lineup.


That said, Jerricho was clearly the WR3 for the Steelers this past Sunday as it looks like Hines Ward was demoted from that position into the WR4 slot against the Bengals. With Ward being as slow (and old) as he is, he simply can't keep up with the pace of the game anymore, so the coaching staff decided to use the dependable Cotchery in three-receiver sets over him. The move made a huge difference with J-Cotch catching two balls for 29 yards and the game's first touchdown.


Just know that this is only a move good for one or two weeks as the aforementioned Sanders will take back the WR3 slot upon his return



Titus Young - WR - Detroit Lions


With news that Calvin Johnson (undisclosed injury) is iffy to play in Week 11, those of you who have him on your fantasy team might want to take a real hard look at rookie Titus Young.


Obviously Young won't be a savior for your team, but he has had four games of 50-plus yards so far this season, including two in the Lions last two games (he also had a touchdown in one of those games).



Drops After Week 10:



Here are a few guys you might have been holding on to, but can probably cut ties with at this point:


Peyton Hillis - RB - Cleveland Browns


Hillis has already been ruled out for Week 11 and has been largely ineffective even when he does make it out onto the field. If you're hurting bad at RB, go ahead and keep him on the off-chance he turns things around, but don't expect any miracles.



Maurice Morris - RB - Detroit Lions


You probably grabbed him when you saw the Jahvid Best was going to be out for awhile, but our bet is that you haven't even used him. If you have, you were likely just as disappointed with the results as it seems the Detroit coaching staff is.


The signing of Kevin Smith and slight usage of him despite his only being on the team for a short time indicates that a change is coming to the backfield real soon, whether it be with Smith leading the way or a return of Best.



LaDainian Tomlinson - RB - New York Jets


The guy has basically done nothing since Week 3 of the season and now that he's injured his knee again, you can't expect production to make a turn for the better anytime soon. Cut him loose and go take a chance on someone else at this point.



Hines Ward - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers


If you were holding onto the old man hoping that he'd somehow find the elusive fountain of youth, you can put your hopes to rest now...both he and the Steelers have called off the search.





Pickups After Week 9:



Most of the players on lists such as these at this point are guys that are highly unlikely to be available, but may have been dropped in your league for various reasons or are simply out there on the waiver wire by sheer chance.



Earl Bennett - WR - Chicago Bears

After missing 5 games with an injury Cutler looked happier than a pervert in a porno shop last night having #80 out there to actually catch the balls he's drilling in there. If the offensive line of the Chicago Bears can give Cutler that kind of time for the rest of the season, they can challenge anyone in the league. That defense is fast as hell. I like what I saw last night.


Roy Helu - RB - Washington Redskins 

Helu secured the starting job for the rest of the season with his play against the 49ers on Sunday. Ryan Torain can safely be dropped at this point.


Kevin Smith - RB - Detroit Lions

This one is simply a flier as the Lions just signed him on again with Jahvid Best's status being unknown for the time being. He showed a lot of heart and adequate skill during his rookie campaign with the Lions back in 2008, but serious knee and shoulder injuries knocked him out of football over the next couple of seasons after that. He probably won't have much of a role, but if you have RB problems, have room on your bench and are looking to take a chance on someone, Smith may be your guy.


Laurent Robinson - WR - Dallas Cowboys

With Miles Austin (hamstring) finding himself injured yet AGAIN and likely out for 2-4 weeks, Robinson will be bumped up into the starting role opposite Dez Bryant and immediately become a viable starting fantasy option as a WR3.


Jacoby Ford/Denarius Moore - WRs - Oakland Raiders

For whatever reason, both of these receivers started for the Raiders this past weekend while Darrius Heyward-Bey stood on the sidelines for most of the game. Moore had a team-leading 12 targets, Ford had six, whileT.J. Houshmandzadeh (4) and Chaz Schilens (2) both came away with more targets than DHB (1). With everything that the Raiders gave up to get Carson Palmer, it looks like they will cater to whatever he wants out on the field...and it looks like he wants Moore and Ford out there instead of Heyward-Bey.


Austin Pettis - WR - St. Louis Rams

Fellow rookie WR Greg Salas had been working out of the slot for the Rams for a few weeks now and doing quite well. However, Salas will be out for the year after fracturing his left fibula in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game. That opens the door for Austin Pettis, who actually caught four balls on five targets for 43 yards after Salas went down. With as much as Sam Bradford checks down to his slot guy, Pettis is as good of a waiver add as anybody at this point, especially for those playing in PPR leagues.


Leonard Hankerson - WR - Washington Redskins

Hankerson was highly regarded going into the 2011 NFL Draft and is just now getting a good look by the Redskins. The combination of Coach Shanahan stating that Anthony Armstrong will no longer have a chance to start and Leonard being on the field for all but ONE snap on Sunday, it looks like the rookie is here to stay.


John Beck is NOT a very good quarterback, so Hankerson won't have much of a chance to be fantasy relevant while he's in there. However, we're guessing that the Redskins go back to Grossman sometime very soon, a move that would make a deep-threat like L-Hank worth a flier at this point.


Jacob Tamme - TE - Indianapolis Colts

This one is only if you are desperate at the tight end position as Dallas Clark wasn't doing squat this season up until his possible season-ending leg injury this past Sunday. Tamme came into the game and ended up leading the team in targets (7), but only caught two balls for six yards on the day. He did, however, do well filling in for Clark last season when he went down, so you never know.




Pickups After Week 8:


Kevin Faulk - RB - New England

Faulk returned to the Patriots from the PUP list last weekend and immediately took over his old passing-down role. No one can claim to know what goes through Emperor Belichick's head, but whether it's a trust factor or just his idea of messing with everybody, Faulk happened to have the most carries as well.


Tashard Choice - RB - Washington Redskins

The Cowboys finally decided they had enough of Mr. Choice and put him out on waivers for the world to grab. As expected, the intradivision rival Washington Redskins put in a claim for him (on Halloween, no less) with their RB situation looking like a steaming pile of $*&#, but he likely won't play until Week 10 due to his recent hamstring injury.


Ben Obomanu - WR - Seattle Seahawks

We've mentioned Ben Obomanu before, but feel we should do so again with him looking like a solid bye week fill-in as of late. With the Seahawks turning to the pass more than ever, you could do worse if you happened to be strapped at the WR position.


Laurent Robinson - WR - Dallas Cowboys

Robinson actually looked pretty darn good in the WR3 role last Sunday night as he now has two 100-yard games in the Cowboys last four contests. He's always been a talented guy at 6'2", 200-pounds, but seems to have finally found a niche as the WR3 in Dallas after being kicked around the league a bit his in first few years in the league.


It's quite possible his obvious improvement this season has something to do attending Larry Fitzgerald's Wide Receivers Camp during this past off-season. Both Sidney Rice and Dwayne Bowe attended Fitz's camp after disappointing starts to their careers and look what happened with them...


Tarvaris Jackson - QB - Seattle Seahawks

After tossing up his first 300-yard game against a Bengals squad that was only allowing 189 passing yards a game this past weekend, Tarvaris is looking like he might be a pretty decent bye week fill-in at quarterback for the next few weeks.


Jonathan Baldwin - WR - Kansas City Chiefs

Baldwin was taken in the first round by the Chiefs for a reason, and it seems they are finally coming to fruition here in the middle of the season. First of all, the kid is huge at 6'4", 230-pounds, but he's also pretty fast running the 40 in just under 4.5 seconds. After a nice, long TD pass from Cassel on Monday night, it looks like Kansas City might try to get his freakish upside more involved in their offense going forward.


Curtis Brinkley - RB - San Diego Chargers

The guy has a bullet lodged near his heart, but looks to finally get some playing time on what is normally a stout running team. With Mike Tolbert currently injured and Ryan Mathews leaving the Monday night game with a groin injury, Brinkley could end up with a starting role as soon as next weekend. If not, he's at least carved out some sort of role with the nice fill-in performance he had and with Mathew's injury history, you just never know.


That said, Brinkley also reportedly suffered a concussion in the Monday night game, so it looks like all three of the Chargers RBs are banged up right now...


T.J. Houshmandzadeh - WR - Oakland Raiders

We're kind of joking on this one...and kind of not. Basically, what the Raiders picking this guy up means is that the team and coaches are fully committed to Carson Palmer for the time being. Why else would they sign a 34-year-old slow receiver (pretty much the LAST thing the Raiders would normally do) other than to provide Carson with someone he's familiar with?


Housh will play, maybe even this weekend, though he'll likely work solely out of the slot and only on third downs, so he's really not worth a damn in fantasy...or in reality for that matter.


Chris Ogbonnaya - RB - Cleveland Browns

We would never tell you to pick up a guy with such a lack of talent like Ogbonnaya if it wasn't a bye week and if there wasn't a chance for him to produce, but there IS a possibility Ogbo ends up starting this week with Montario Hardesty out and Peyton Hillis' health still in question.


Watch the news coming out of Cleveland this week to see if he's worth a one-week flyer. If Hillis seems to be okay, don't bother.



Drops After Week 8:


Here are a few guys you might have been holding on to, but can probably cut ties with at this point:


Montario Hardesty - RB - Cleveland Browns (Injured Calf - expected to miss at least two weeks)


Danny Woodhead/Stevan Ridley - RBs - New England Patriots


Thomas Jones - RB - Kansas City Chiefs


Lee Evans - WR - Baltimore Ravens


Andre Roberts - WR - Arizona Cardinals


Devery Henderson - WR - New Orleans Saints


Austin Collie - WR - Indianapolis Colts


Anthony Armstrong - WR - Washington Redskins


Mike Williams - WR - Seattle Seahawks


Chad Ochoschizo - WR - New England Patriots


Steve Smith - WR - Philadelphia Eagles



Pickups After Week 7:



Shaun Hill - QB - Detroit Lions

Stafford will have an MRI on Monday for his ankle/knee injuries and if they end up keeping him out at all, Hill is a must-have...ESPECIALLY for Stafford owners


DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys

OBVIOUSLY if the rookie is still available, you gotta go grab him after that record-breaking performance


RB Michael Bush - RB - Oakland Raiders

He'll be going on a bye in Week 8, but still, if McFadden's sprained foot is said to keep him out longer than one week, you have to grab him...if he's still available, of course


Roy Helu - RB - Washington Redksins

Tim Hightower could be done for the year with a torn left ACL but we'll see for sure after his MRI on Monday. With Ryan Torain's own injury-riddled past, you'll want to grab Roy Helu now if he's still available


Knowshon Moreno - RB - Denver Broncos

Willis McGahee has a fractured hand though it's not known how long he'll be out just yet. Moreno will immediately take on the lead-back role and could end up a solid RB2 for whoever picks him up


Pierre Thomas - New Orleans Saints

If it comes out that Mark Ingram will miss any time, Pierre would see a significantly increased workload in his absence


Phillip Tanner - RB - Dallas Cowboys

Tashard Choice came out of the game with an injured left shoulder; he lost another fumble; and was completely ineffective yet again


Alfonso Smith - RB - Arizona Cardinals

If he was dropped during the last couple of weeks since Beanie Wells has been back, go back out and get him now as Wells might be out again with a knee injury. We'll know more after his MRI on Monday


Jabar Gaffney - WR - Washington Redskins

If it turns out Santana Moss is out for 3-4 weeks with a fractured left hand, Gaffney will see a much larger role in this offense


Anthony Armstrong - WR - Washington Redskins

Again, Santana Moss could be out for 3-4 weeks with a fractured left hand, so Armstrong could be the one to slide into a starting role next to Gaffney. He's at least worth a look


Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers

If Hines Ward's busted up ankle keeps him out at all, both Sanders and Antonio Brown will see a lot more targets


Michael Jenkins - WR - Minnesota

Bernard Berrian is supposedly about to be released while Jenkins was tied for the most targets on the team and caught a TD pass this last weekend. Ponder also seemed to like his size quite a bit


Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos

Thomas saw 10 targets from Tebow (more than double any other player on the Broncos) and scored a touchdown this last week. Not too shabby of a season debut


Evan Moore - TE - Cleveland Browns

Ben Watson went out with a concussion on Sunday and Moore did well in his absence. Evan was already a big red-zone target and would see a lot more catches otherwise if Watson happens to miss any time


Visanthe Shiancoe - TE - Minnesota Vikings

Shiancoe has basically been nonexistent since his 2009, 11-TD campaign, we know. However, like with Michael Jenkins, rookie QB Christian Ponder continued to go after the bigger targets out there with Shiancoe getting eight balls thrown his way while catching his first TD of the season



Drops After Week 7:


Charlie Whitehurst - QB - Seattle Seahawks

WOW did Whitehurst look bad. You know you're pretty much worthless when your teammates can't wait to get Tarvaris Jackson back under center.


Tashard Choice - RB - Dallas Cowboys

Choice has been given every chance in the world to take on some sort of role in this offense and has failed more miserably each time. Dump him


Tim Hightower (if he tore his ACL) - RB - Washington Redskins

Keep an eye on the news over the next 24-hours before dropping him but at this point, it's not looking too good


Earnest Graham - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Graham looks to have torn his Achilles tendon and if so, will be placed on IR and be done for the year. Check the news to be sure, but this looks like a done deal


Devery Henderson - WR - New Orleans Saints

In a game where the Saints scored 62 points and set records all over the place, Henderson was only able to catch one ball for nine yards on a measly two targets. That just about says it all


Brandon Gibson - WR - St. Louis Rams

Gibson was a healthy scratch this past weekend with Brandon Lloyd joining the team. The future doesn't look much better with Mark Clayton close to returning



Pickups After Week 6

Christian Ponder - QB - Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings simply have to play the rookie and see what they have at this point. McNasty is now McMarginal. This is not the "win now" that they thought they were to start the season, so if they can't win with him in there, why not continue losing while at least teaching their future QB how to play at this level.  Sidney Rice must have been on to this fact when he went to Seattle, a place where free-agent WRs go basically to get cut a year and a half into their deal.  It's not a good time in Minnesota right now...especially for Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin owners.


Carson Palmer - Selfish D-Bag - TRADED TO THE OAKLAND RAIDERS

Let us just mention that this guy is NOT a good NFL QB anymore...but at least he'll be playing.  Though Palmer's skills have eroded far past the value of his name, he could end up being better than someone you already have (i.e. - Donovan McBenched).  Still, it's hard not to notice how much better the Bengals have played without "me-first" guys like Carson Palmer, T.O. and Ochoschizo as they already have as many wins in 2011 as they did all of last season.


Bernard Scott - RB - Cincinnati Bengals

Cedric Benson has been running away from a suspension for a few weeks now but when it finally happens, Bernard Scott will be getting the carries on what looks to be a competitive team. He's not great, but we still believe Boat Party Benson will be getting at least a two-game suspension this year and possibly even more.


Montario Hardesty - RB - Cleveland Browns

We said to grab Hardesty all the way back in Week 2 but at this point, he needs to be mentioned again.  The fantasy world was positive the Browns were going to force-feed Hillis this past week in order to keep the jerseys selling, but after suffering from something far worse than the Madden Curse (hamstring injury), it didn't quite end up that way.  Montario was already getting the ball more lately and with it looking to be at least a RBBC the rest of the season, we just hope you didn't go too high on Peyton in your draft.


DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys

With Felix Jones having a high-ankle sprain and Tashard Choice being part of what cost the Cowboys the game against the Patriots last week, Murray is the guy you're going to want here.


Greg Salas - WR - St. Louis Rams

The Rams trade for Brandon Lloyd today makes this rookie wideout from Hawaii pretty much a non-factor, but if you are in Dynasty leagues or have to play a rookie...or just like stockpiling white WRs on your bench...he could be your guy and turn into something down the road.


Mark Clayton - WR - St. Louis Rams

It looks like Clayton could be making his return to the field this coming week. Last year Mark had 10 catches for 119 yards in the season opener and then followed it up with two TDs the next week. Bradford loves him so it's possible he becomes a starter from day one.



Drops After Week 6

Matt Ryan - QB - Atlanta Falcons

We're not actually telling you to flat-out drop the guy, but Matty Ice is Ice cold in fantasy football all season. Things could turn around for him, but you might want to think about trading him to another owner who is still high on him.


Mike Sims-Walker - WR - FREE AGENT

The Rams just released Sims-Walker to make room for WR Brandon Lloyd (traded from Denver for a sixth-round pick), so along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, that's now TWO teams with awful wide receivers that have let him go in the last year.


Brandon Gibson - WR - St. Louis Rams

You could maybe hold onto him if you're in a deep league and hope for the best, but we just don't see him contributing anymore this season.


Denarius Moore - WR - Oakland Raiders

Denarius looks like he was more of a two-week wonder than anything else. With DHB stepping up, Louis Murphy back in the mix and Jason Campbell going down, it's looking like his run might be over.


Donovan McNabb - QB - Minnesota Vikings

Pretty sure we've had him as a drop every week but at this point, we're stressing that he should be nowhere near your team.


Jason Campbell - QB - Oakland Raiders

The word is he's likely done for the year but at the very least, he'll be gone for the next six weeks. As it is, if you were at the point where you needed to play him on your team, you probably weren't going to make the playoffs in your fantasy league anyway.


All New Orleans Saints RBs...except maybe Darren Sproles

With Chris Ivory coming back next week and quite possibly being thrown into the mix immediately, we're not entirely sure who to drop (probably Pierre Thomas if anyone actually has him), but they ALL lose value regardless.  With Pierre putting up just 11 yards on seven carries (including a lost fumble) this past weekend, I think the Saints may actually start to de-activate him shortly.


Chris Cooley - TE - Washington Redskins

Cooley will need to have surgery on his fractured left index finger and should be out at least 4-6 weeks because of it. The Redskins are thinking about shutting him down for the season with his left knee being a bother all year as well, so cut him loose now and grab someone who at least has a little bit of value left in him.




Pickups After Week 5


Curtis Painter - QB - Indianapolis Colts

Curtis has played so well that it looks like Manning may be in jeopardy of his job... Ha! The guy is basically like a modern era Don "Magic Man" Majkowski. Anytime a guy can look like Jeff Spicoli and chuck the ball three-quarters of the way down a football field, I'll like him.


Jackie Battle - RB - Kansas City Chiefs

Looks like the Chiefs have finally found the guy they want to hold Jamaal Charles' jock for the rest of the season...


Earnest Graham - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

At this point it's looking doubtful that LeGarrette Blount (knee) gets out on the field in Week 6. In fact, Coach Morris has already stated that Graham will be his feature back and get the "bulk of the carries" against the Saints this Sunday.  Considering his PPR value, he's worth grabbing for at least this coming weekend as he's shown in the past (898 yards and 10 TDs in 2007 as a replacement) he can work as a starter if the situation arises.


Delone Carter - RB - Indianapolis Colts

With Joseph Addai going down for at least this weekend and possibly up to a month, who do you think the Colts are going to want to test out as a possible permanent replacement for the future? Donald Brown?  Nope, been there, done that.  They'll be taking a look at their fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, RB Delone Carter, to see if he has what it takes to work with Peyton Manning in the Colts backfield next season.


Ryan Torain - RB - Washington Redskins

Torain looked like a man on a mission in Week 4 when he finally got a chance to prove himself to Shanahan once again...and prove himself he did.  If Hightower's shoulder is bothering him even the slightest bit, you can bet Torain will be starting against one of the worst rush D's in the league this weekend (Philadelphia) and getting the lion's share of the carries.  It doesn't hurt that the Redskins have two more bottom-of-the-barrel rush defenses, Carolina and Buffalo, coming up in Weeks 7 and 8 either.


Early Doucet - WR - Arizona Cardinals

Arizona's WR2 had 16 targets this past weekend!!! That's right, 16 targets!!!  If opposing defenses are just going to double Larry Fitz all the time, Doucet will be left with a lot of fantasy value out there...


Doug Baldwin - WR - Seattle Seahawks

That was one seriously disgusting (in a good way) display out there against the Giants last Sunday. Eight catches on nine targets, 136 yards and one TD while five of those eight catches went for over 20 yards apiece. That's good enough for him to be on my squad any day of the week...


James Jones - WR - Green Bay Packers

Listen, Aaron Rodgers doesn't play favorites and can get any one of his sixteen receivers 100 yards and a touchdown if he wants, but it looks like James Jones has played his way into more snaps, so that certainly can't hurt.


Damian Williams - WR - Tennessee Titans

With Kenny Britt out, Damian has now caught a TD pass two weeks in a row and put up 66 yards on six catches last weekend.  If your WR corps is hurting, you could do worse.


Naaman Roosevelt - WR - Buffalo Bills

Starting WR Donald Jones just went down for at least a month with a busted ankle, so Roosevelt will get a shot to work out of the slot with David Nelson moving outside. He's not big (6'0", 190 lbs) and he's not incredibly fast (4.59 in the 40), but the Bills seem to have something going on over there on offense and he did catch five passes on seven targets last weekend.  He's a long-shot, but if you need someone to fill in during a Bye week, he could work.


Greg Little - WR - Cleveland Browns

If for some reason he was dropped during the Browns Bye week, snatch him up immediately as he was just promoted to the starting lineup and could see the most targets on offense going forward.  Serious playmaking skills here.


Jeremy Kerley - WR - New York Jets

Kerley replaced Derrick Mason as the third WR for the Jets at some point during last Sunday's game against the Patriots and turned in a nice three-catch, 35-yards and one TD performance.  Again, he's a long-shot seeing that the Jets will be turning back into a running team again, but you could do worse as a Bye week fill-in.


Jake Ballard - TE - New York Giants

 He's seems to be making plays and scoring TDs on a weekly basis and with Eli throwing the ball around as much as he is right now, you have to add Ballard to your team.


Jared Cook - TE - Tennessee Titans

If he was dropped based on his early season lack of production, now's the time to grab him. Maybe his promise will finally be realized with Britt out and Chris Johnson looking a little sluggish.


Other Guys to Keep an Eye On:


Jason Avant - WR - Philadelphia Eagles

Joel Dreessen - TE - Houston Texans

Steve Breaston - WR - Kansas City Chiefs



Drops After Week 5


Tarvaris Jackson - QB - Seattle Seahawks

Injured, and was never a fantasy-relevant QB anyway.


Donovan McNabb - QB - Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings finally won a game...and they used AP28 to do it. McNabb was absolutely AWFUL against a bad Arizona pass D, yet they still won despite him.  Coach Frazier is going to realize sooner or later that the only way this team is going to win is by running Peterson into the ground, which means it doesn't matter who quarterbacks the offense... which also means McNabb is expendible.


Kyle Orton - QB - Denver Broncos

The Donkeys are 6-22 in Orton’s past 28 starts. Suck it Merrill Hoge, you idiot!  It's Tebow's time to arrive.


Ryan Grant - RB - Green Bay Packers

First of all, the Packers don't run the ball enough. Second, James Starks is better. Third, Ryan Grant is coming off of season-ending surgery and is playing like it.  Trade him for whatever you can get.


Jerome Simpson - WR - Cincinnati Bengals

Jerome is looking a little lost out there without his weed...


Donald Driver - WR - Green Bay Packers

It's tough to drop a Packers wide receiver because, well, you just never know...but you have to with Driver. Rookie W