Well here we are; one last week of byes and we are in the home stretch. Let's see if there are any players available to help you through next week and beyond.
May Be Available Now
Sage Rosenfels QB (HOU)
If Schaub misses any time, Sage steps in. As explosive as the Houston offense is, he would be someone you would consider starting week to week. Grab him if it is not looking good for Schaub or if you own Schaub.
Dan Orlovsky QB (DET)
His 292-yard, two-touchdown performance versus the Bears on the road indicates that he could be a decent desperation play next week at home against a Jacksonville team that just laid a big one in Cinci. Oh, and he has Calvin Johnson to throw to.
Tyler Thigpen QB (KC)
He had 280 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets and then 164 passing with a touchdown and a 37-yard touchdown reception (yes, you read that right). The Chief seem to be moving the ball, and Kansas City plays pretty weak defenses from here on out. He may be worth a start next week against San Diego if you need some bye week help.
Tim Hightower RB (ARI)
He is probably gone, but check just in case. His first start got him 22 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. If he continues to be the man, he will be a decent start almost every week on this offense.
Jamaal Charles RB (KC)
He went from questionable to playing and getting 106 yards against the Bucs' defense after Kolby Smith went out with an injury. Larry Johnson will not be playing next week since he is suspended and Kolby might still be out, so Jamaal could be a decent start against San Diego, as the Chiefs are putting together some offense.
Ray Rice RB (BAL)
Rice had 154 rushing yards and caught three passes for another 22 against Cleveland. If you have McGahee, you better have Rice. If you don’t have McGahee, you might want to find some room. He does have a bye next week.
Pierre Thomas/Aaron Stecker RB (NO)
With Reggie Bush out for a few weeks and Deuce McAllister facing a possible suspension for juicing it up, these guys will provide some decent fantasy production. I would be all over Pierre, but he didn’t really show much earlier in the season when he had a chance. That said, he does have the most upside of the two. Stecker is my choice in PPR leagues. He had five catches for 27 yards against the Bolts.
Kevin Faulk/Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis RB (NE)
If Morris and Jordan continue to miss time, Faulk and Green-Ellis are going be solid plays as a RB3 or flex. If you can afford to keep one of these two on the bench, do it for spot duty.
Cedric Benson RB (CIN)
This is what I said last week: “The desperate owner's only deep league special. He is here because he starts but that is about it at this point.” So what does he do? He goes out and posts 104 and a touchdown. Not bad. He's worth a roster spot at this point, but he will be on a bye this week.
Billy Miller TE (NO)
For three weeks in a row, Billy has gone over the 50-yard mark (this week—seven catches for 82 yards). Not sure what's up with Shockey, but if he continues to battle injuries and be a pain in the ass, Miller looks like he could be a solid TE option going forward.
Miami D (SEA)
They have been causing turnovers, getting sacks, and generally making things rough for opposing offenses. Next week they get the horrible Seahawks at home. Seattle does not travel well, especially when they go two or three time zones.
Keep an Eye on
Rex Grossman QB (CHI)
If Orton misses any time with the sprained ankle, Grossman could be a decent play in deeper leagues (except maybe next week versus Tennessee).
Shaun Hill QB (SF)
Came in for O’Sullivan after a bad interception. Not sure if he is the starter now and I’m not sure how he will do if he is but watch him this week. In a Mike Martz offense he could present some value in deeper leagues or leagues that start two QBs.
Ryan Torain RB (DEN)
Didn’t do much against Miami—three carries for one yard—but with all of the preseason hype and Shanahan’s affinity for him, we should keep an eye out.
Chad Johnson WR (CIN)
Is it possible someone in your league gave up on him? He caught two touchdowns against Jacksonville. He is on a bye next week. After that he has a pretty stiff schedule but he could be worth a flier if the Bengals continue to improve.
Mark Bradley WR (KC)
He had four catches for 65 yards and one pass for 37 yards and a touchdown this week. The week before, he had five for 42 and a touchdown. They found a few ways to get him involved Sunday. He might be someone to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.
Brent Celek TE (PHI)
After catching six passes for 131 yards, he is definitely worth considering in spot duty if L.J. Smith misses more time.
Peyton Hills FB (DEN)
Who? And did that say fullback? When he grabs seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown we should take a minute to recognize him. Since he came out of nowhere it is hard to believe he will be worth much going forward. If I see something Thursday night in Cleveland maybe I’ll bump him up.
Koren Robinson WR (SEA)
The four catches for 106 and a touchdown is something that you might not see again this year...that is if Hasselbeck doesn’t return.
Derek Stanley WR (STL)
One catch for 80 yards and a touchdown. Pretend you never saw this.
Remember the Bye Weeks
This upcoming week: Bengals, Cowboys, Buccaneers, and Redskins.
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