This time of the year players are nursing a lot of injuries and just about anyone can step up and win you your fantasy season, but nobody has given us a JC Superstar or Jerome Harrison kind of performance yet. But we are on the lookout!
Derek Hagan: Our man Hakeem Nicks will be a no go for at least the next three weeks and after reading a little bit about compartmental leg syndrome, I can’t say he is a lock to be back in three weeks. Steve Smith is out for next week, but could be back the week after. Hagan will become the #2 receiver for next week at least and they get the Jaguars. He’s worth a spot start if you are lean on receivers.
Blair White: I don’t believe Austin Collie will play next week, which makes White a good start. And there is a chance they will be very careful with Collie and we could get a few weeks out of White. Manning likes his hands in the slot (ewwww).
Maurice Morris: Jahvid Best has dueling turf toe-itis and won’t go on Thursday. Morris is no lock for a big game, but in PPR he is worth a flex play.
Cadillac Williams: Caddy seems to be excelling in the secondary roll now that LaGarrette Blount is getting the bulk of the carries. If you are in a PPR league he’s worth checking out.
Beanie Wells: He can’t seem to stay healthy, but he still has top 10 running back ability. Instead of grabbing a Mo Mo or the Cadillac Kid, get the Beanster on your team. He could continue to aggravate injuries and do nothing, but his upside is much higher than anyone you are going to grab off the wire.
Pierre Thomas: See above. He should be back for week 13 and has a decent schedule.
Keiland Williams: Clinton Portis lasted about a quarter and hurt his groin again. That kind of self mutilation is not cool Clinton. Ryan Torain looks like he is still hurting so Williams should get the start this week. James Davis has been activated and he has upside, but he’s just too much of a question mark at this point to grab unless you are in a very deep league.
Mike Thomas: Mike Sims-Walker has a high ankle sprain and I’ve yet to hear a timetable on his return so this give Thomas a little more time as the #1 guy. If he’s available he needs to be grabbed.
Brandon Gibson and Laurent Robinson: Here are two Rams receivers that could help some teams down the stretch, but you sure can’t rely on them. Sam Bradford is just plain good and if one of these guys can step up, he’ll get him the ball.
Joel Dreessen: If Owen Daniels is out again, Dreessen draws a nice matchup against the Titans who are weak against tight ends. He would just be a spot starter.
Jimmy Graham: If Payton has any clue (which he should) I think he’ll give Graham more work from here on out. Of course that has yet to be seen, so he is still a risky play.