Tim Tebow (DEN QB)- IF and I mean IF he’s still available then get him. Although all his points game late, and although he played the winless Dolphins, Tebow put up big fantasy points this past week. I expect the second half of that game to be an indicator of what Tebow will do each week. Of course he had some rust to shake off in the first half. Feel comfortable with him as a backup right now, but he’s probably good enough to start because of his rushing yards.
Christian Ponder (MIN QB)- He was pretty impressive in his first ever start. He played well against a very tough GB defense and that’s a great sign. Of all the rookie QB’s this year not named Cam, I think Ponder has the best chance to be a solid NFL QB. He may actually be a sneaky play vs. CAR next week.
Carson Palmer (OAK QB)- Starting Kyle Boller was a terrible mistake. Palmer didn’t play very well himself. But he will continue to get better as he gets comfortable. Palmer still has something in the tank and has a lot to prove.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (OAK WR)- He’s officially legit. He puts up a high amount of yards no matter who the QB is. It could be terrible Jason Campbell, terrible Kyle Boller, Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor, or an un-retired Rich Gannon.
Plaxico Burress (NYJ WR)- Because he scored 3 TD’s that’s why.
Roy Williams (CHI WR)- He followed up a 50 yard performance from week 6 with a 59 yard touchdown performance in week 7. Cutler is looking better, the Bears are looking better, and Williams is now a decent #3 WR for your team.
James Jones (GB WR)- There is room for him to perform every single week. Jennings, Nelson, Finley, and Jones should all at least get good yardage every week. Jones scored the last 3 weeks in a row and followed it up this week with 63 yards. That’s 4 productive weeks in a row.
Anthony Armstrong (WAS WR)- With Santana Moss out 3-4 weeks Armstrong will likely become the go to WR. Fred Davis is the best option they have, and Gaffney puts up consistent numbers, but Armstrong will be considered the #1. He just returned himself this past week and didn’t really have an effect on the game, but he will. I expect Armstrong to put up WR #3 quality numbers.
Antonio Brown (PIT WR)- He’s been off and on this article of mine so many times this year. Just when you think Hines Ward is the #2 WR again Brown gets 7 catches for 102 yards. He led his team in targets as well. So stash him once again, but you’ll learn quickly that you can’t trust or predict him. When the matchup seems good Hines Ward will vulture in and take all his yards.
DeMarco Murray (DAL RB)- Last week in this exact article I said to pick him up. Did you listen? I started him. Those of us who did got 253 yards and a TD. Wow. So where does he go from here? I don’t know he’s a rookie. Rookies are unpredictable. But he shouldn’t be available in any leagues. Start him again next week against the Eagles for his low risk high reward. If you want then just leave him sit there another week to see what happens. You never know though, he could be the next big thing. Guys like Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson came out of nowhere just like this.
Jackie Battle (KC RB)- Yup he’s the #1 guy. 16 rushes for 76 yards isn’t bad. Pick him up because he’s playable during good matchups now.
Ryan Torain (WAS RB)- It looks like Tim Hightower is probably out for the season. That makes Torain the #1 starter. He should be owned in all leagues. The Redskins are a run heavy team with a weak passing game so Torain could get a lot of carries.
Roy Helu (WAS RB)- He is now the #2 RB on the team. I personally think he is more talented and a better player than Torain. And I am a Redskins fan who is at each home game on the sidelines. So I’ve seen how good Helu is up close. By the end of the season Helu will be the #1 guy. He is very quick and explosive.
Montario Hardesty (CLE RB)- He’s proven that he’s good enough to be the #1 RB. This past week he put up 122 combined yards starting in place of the injured Peyton Hillis. It’s going to be questionable whether or not Hillis will be back next week so you might as well add Hardesty just in case. He’s good enough to start on your team if you do.
Delone Carter (IND RB)- He should be starting every week because Addai is old and injury prone. I’m not sure what their current situation is like, but Carter had 10 rushes for 89 yards and a TD, and Addai only got 2 rushes. I expect Addai to be a pain in Carter’s side and make Carter unpredictable and inconsistent though.
Kregg Lumpkin (TB RB)- Lumpkin may now be the starter just in time for pumpkin season. See what I did there? I know, that was bad. LaGarrette Blount has missed a few games and now Earnest Graham has gone down. That leaves Lumpkin. He definitely has upside. The problem is that Tampa Bay is on a bye in week 8 and Blount may be able to return for week 9. But incase he’s not back you can grab Lumpkin now.
Knowshon Moreno (DEN RB)- I know he’s been cut a good bit. But how long do you seriously expect Willis McGahee to hold up? Moreno will be the starter by the end of the year again. His combined yards and good enough to make him fantasy worthy. Plus with Tebow at QB the team will start to put up more points and win more games.
Fred Davis (WAS TE)- No way he’s available. If he is then get him right now. He is now a top 5 TE in the entire league.
Jared Cook (TEN TE)- Big sleeper before the season started. I’ve been saying to get him the last few weeks. He scored another TD this week.
Houston Defense- They were a top 5 defensive point scorer this week, and next week they play the terrible Jacksonville offense with their rookie QB.
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