I’m moving on Josh Morgan this week.Faced with what I’m sure is a typical “week four dilemma,” and with three of my top four wide receivers on the bye, I was forced to start Josh Reed and Kevin Walter this week.Thursday morning I sat at my monitor overlooking the large red Q by Walter’s name and perused my league’s list of free agent receivers. Hank Baskett stared back at me, along with the likes of Ike Hilliard and Antonio Bryant. I went to pick up Baskett, but then cancelled the move.That’s when I decided, “Screw it; I’m picking up Josh Morgan.”Josh Morgan, deep sleeper. So deep that ESPN’s projection is blank. They can’t even slap him with one catch for 12 yards.Why roll the dice with Josh Morgan?Because when the preseason started he was the 49ers' best receiver, and O’Sullivan’s favorite. He came down with a mysterious illness that caused him to lose 15 pounds and miss the last two preseason games. By week one, Bryant Johnson was over his hamstring injury and took Morgan’s place in the starting lineup.This week Morgan has been telling reporters that he’s finally starting to gain back weight. He’s starting to get his strength back. This isn’t a case of Salma Hayek going on a crash diet before the Oscars. This is a pro athlete who was looking like a legitimate breakout candidate but became so ill that he practically fell off the face of the earth for the past five weeks.
Now, with his weight rising, Bryant Johnson is a game time decision. He is suffering the same hamstring problem that plagued him throughout the preseason, and they’re playing the Saints this week.
He may not even get the start but Johnson is a game time decision with a bad hamstring, and even if he does start, he might not finish. Morgan has the talent to keep him on the bench for the rest of the season.
He's not a sure thing by any means, but what the hell?
Don't start him unless you're ready to gamble, but if you have the roster space to stash him, stash him.
Here are two more I’d keep an eye on:
He’s on the bye this week, but he looked rejuvenated against the 49ers last week. On top of which, he caught more passes than I’ve seen him catch in his entire career, and looked good doing it. Definitely worth a flier if you’re in search of RB depth.
Look at his stats. Then take a look at his schedule.