Ronnie Brown is now on IR , a crushing blow to the Dolphins. In a matter of hours we will see what this will mean for Ricky Williams owners going forward.
One potential sneaky addition to your watch list is Pat White . It is highly likely that White will get enough touches to warrant fantasy consideration, but then again who cares?
Can't we just put aside concern for how many fantasy points we can accrue and just enjoy some good old-fashioned football? Especially when it could mean the official unveiling of White, the Ferrari sitting in the garage that has been, up until this point, underused?
Speaking of exciting new talent finally getting their chance, I like Bernard Scott to make some noise for Cincinnati this week with Cedric Benson likely out . I had high hopes for him in preseason, what with over 7,000 rushing yards and 101 total TDs in college. Little did I know that Benson was going to go off with a career year and keep Scott on the sidelines.
The wild card in this picture is that the Bengals went out and signed Larry Johnson , talent-wise a very smart move in my opinion. I am not buying that Larry is all washed up. I think he was simply unhappy playing for a bad team.
We will have to wait and see how much of an immediate impact Johnson will make. My hope is that he is simply insurance and Scott gets his chance to shine first.
In Houston, Owen Daniels' torn ACL has left a huge void. His No. 1 backup is the team's long snapper Joel Dreessen . Enter rookie James Casey , a former minor league baseball player who played seven different positions at Rice University before turning pro at age 25. Anyone that can play defensive end, safety and wide receiver in the same game has to be a freak of nature athletically.
I already targeted Casey once this week—I am so excited to see what he will do with his golden ticket that I just had to write about him. Something in the back of my mind is telling me that I may be over-hyping a guy with only two career receptions, but his upside is huge.
As my new buddy Lee Lazear points out , don't be surprised if you see Houston try their own version of the Wildcat with Casey taking the snap.
With Broncos QB Kyle Orton potentially missing the team's next game, how will Chris Simms fare in his absence?
Or how about Bruce Gradkowski in Oakland replacing the benched JaMarcus Russell ? I wouldn't expect fantasy fireworks. It might even get ugly, so I wouldn't recommend watching too closely.
Speaking of ugly, apparently Tom Cable is actually considering starting Charlie Frye at QB instead of Gradkowski. Really?
How about Chris Chambers in Kansas City? Is he suddenly the No.1 receiver for Matt Cassel now that Dwayne Bowe has been suspended four games , or will that title go to the surprising Lance Long ? Stay tuned.
Justin Forsett is the beneficiary of Julius Jones' injury. If you are desperate for a running back, you've probably already picked up Forsett. The sticky part is that he may only get one start because Jones is not expected to be out long , and it comes against the stingy Vikings this week.
Then again, if he finds a way to excel, you've landed yourself a nice waiver wire addition.
As much as I like Michael Turner , Jason Snelling is no slouch and should do just fine in his absence. Snelling reminds me of Le'Ron McClain , a very versatile all-purpose back. If there is any possible chance he is still available in your league, you need to grab him yesterday, especially knowing that there is no timetable for Turner's return from an ankle injury.
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