NFL Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Mike Thomas Is Targeted for Success

Matt Piccicuto@@matt_piccContributor INovember 18, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 14:  Mike Thomas #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs after a catch during a game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field on November 14, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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It’s getting closer and closer to the fantasy football playoffs

Now is the time to solidify those rosters and make sure to stay ahead of the curve on the waiver wire.  This week, we will jump in and take a look at some of the fall out from this week’s action.


Mike Thomas WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: After being on the receiving end of an improbable David Garrard bomb on Sunday, Thomas has thrust himself onto the fantasy football scene.  For those of you have haven’t been paying attention, Thomas has been the most heavily targeted receiver in the Jags’ offense and his excellent route running makes him a favorite of his veteran QB. There will be weeks where Thomas takes a backseat to Mike Sims-Walker, but he remains an integral part of the game plan.

Fred Jackson RB, Buffalo Bills: Jackson led all backs in scoring this week.  After exploding for 170 total yards and two scores, F-Jax will get all the work he can handle while CJ Spiller is sidelined.  Jackson has always had the ability to put up solid fantasy football stats, but the opportunities have not always been present.

Keiland Williams RB, Washington Redskins: The running back carousel keeps on spinning in Washington. The injury troubles that have plagued Ryan Torain in the past have caught up to him and the door is wide open for Williams.  After a very impressive Monday night showing from no. 35, he is a worthy roster stash until we see how the situation resolves itself.

Jon Kitna QB, Dallas Cowboys: With Tony Romo weeks away from returning (if at all), Kitna has stepped in and taken full advantage of the weapons surrounding him in Big D.  With Dez Bryant emerging as a legit playmaker and Miles Austin continuing to produce, owners could do a whole lot worse than Kitna for the remainder of the year.


Steve Smith WR, New York Giants: An ill-timed pectoral tear and the overall success of the Giants are the reasons Smith finds himself on this list.  With the Giants playing well and planning for the playoffs, they are in no hurry to rush Smith back into the lineup and risk further injury. There isn’t a whole lot owners can do aside from stash Smith on the bench and hope for a late season return that can boost his value come playoff time.

Santonio Holmes WR, New York Jets: Despite a late game touchdown against the Browns last week, Santonio Holmes still doesn’t instill a great deal of confidence in fantasy football owners.  Since coming back into lineups after his four game suspension to start the season, Holmes has hasn’t tallied more than five grabs in any contest.  He’s the definition of a boom or bust flex play.

Tim Hightower RB, Arizona Cardinals: Hightower has been in and out of the Cards lineup since the beginning of the season and his value has always been really tough to gauge.  With Beanie Wells dealing with a sore knee and missing some time, Hightower was handed a golden opportunity to seize the starting gig, but he has done absolutely nothing with it.

Aaron Hernandez TE, New England Patriots: Hernandez has been a pleasant surprise for owners this season and his numbers have been anything but rookie-like.  With 34 grabs on the campaign and a couple of touchdowns, Hernandez has been one of the top tight ends in fantasy football lineups this season.  Unfortunately, he is just one in a long line of weapons that Tom Brady has at his disposal and is prone to put a goose egg up every now and again.