People are scrambling to pick up Matt Leinart to replace Matt Schaub. Really??? Leinart was awful with the full slate of Arizona WRs a few years ago; how is he going to be even tolerable with an injured Andre Johnson and nothing else? Personally, I’d much rather take a chance on fellow USC grad Carson Palmer, if still available. Palmer has a much better track record, a deeper group of pass catchers and a reasonable schedule to close out the season. Alex Smith is also a possibility if available. As the trade deadline approaches in many leagues, this might also be a good time to pry away a backup from someone with too much QB depth.
Lance Ball, RB, Denver – Ball is the obvious addition of the week. With injuries to Knowshon Moreno, done for the year, and Willis McGahee, fighting a hamstring, Ball will already be the number two back in Denver and may see action at number one. However, bear in mind that it took Ball 30 carries to rack up his 96 yards on Sunday, not exactly an earth-shattering average. This is also Ball’s third year in the league after going undrafted as a rookie, so he is probably not going to break out to ridiculous fantasy heights. Ball may be decent start this week and could be a help in the long run as well, depending McGahee’s health.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle – A few weeks ago, Marshawn Lynch seemed like an ancient RB hobbling along at the end of his career. Now Lynch suddenly resembles the 25-year-old former high first rounder that he actually is. Which Lynch will we see going forward? I have absolutely no idea. However, as the primary back in Seattle, he probably has a better chance of contributing on a weekly basis than just about any other back that might be available. If you need RB help, I’d grab him and keep him around.
Laurent Robinson, WR, Dallas – Robinson is making a case for a solid workload even after Miles Austin returns. With TDs in three straight games and a few monster performances this year, you should grab Robinson if you are thin at WR. Moreover, with Austin’s inability to shake nagging injuries this year, Robinson may well remain near the top of the Dallas rotation. I’d consider starting him this week if Austin is out and hang on to him for the long term.
Damian Williams, WR, Tennessee – Williams had a big game on Sunday, going for 107 yards and a TD. Williams has gradually been seeing an increased work load in Kenny Britt’s absence. Its worth a shot to keep playing the hot hand this week, but it may be worth simply holding on to Williams to see if he can become a consistent threat.
Kendall Hunter, RB, San Francisco – Hunter has resurfaced again after an injury of some form to Frank Gore. Gore claims the injury is minor and rumors of his demise earlier in the season proved to be a great exaggeration, but he is 28 years old with high mileage on the odometer.
Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Kansas City – As I said earlier in the year, in an awful year, it only makes sense to turn players like McCluster lose to see if they are worth keeping for the long term. Kansas City might be showing some signs of doing that, giving McCluster an increased work load and taking carries away from Grandpa Jones. Keep an eye to see if this trend develops, particularly since McCluster may qualify at both RB and WR in some leagues.
Marshall has over ten years fantasy football experience and maintains a fantasy football blog over at Sunday Morning Legend (In My Own Mind).
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