Harmon’s waiver review

The preliminary bouts are done. You’re no longer wrestling

with owners who still have

Chris Cooley or

Owen Daniels in an active tight end slot. You’re no

longer playing against owners who won’t bench a player

because of the logo on his helmet. It’s playoff time.

Fantasy owners who have survived the war of attrition and

have made it to this level are scouring the wire to steal every

last point. No stones will be left unturned. I’ll be curious

to monitor roster activity to see how many former fantasy heroes,

such as a

Jason Witten or teammate

Marion Barber, will be left on benches this weekend as the

playoffs kick into high-gear.

What’s your thinking? Let’s delve into this

week’s

Baker’s Dozen piece and start by tossing out a few new

additions to the fantasy scene for this week’s high-pressure

activities. Will the rookie running backs help bring fantasy gold?

Arian Foster, RB, HOU

Chris Brown ripped your hearts out in Week 13 with an

interception toss from the five-yard line. He and

Ryan Moats have also had trouble impressing Gary Kubiak

while putting the ball on the carpet. Therefore, the rookie from

Tennessee is likely to see the lion’s care of the workload

this weekend against the pathetic St. Louis run defense. Foster

carried the ball 13 times for 34 yards while adding four receptions

for 54 yards in the blowout win over Seattle.

Maurice Morris, RB, DET

Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed that

Kevin Smith’s been lost for the final three games

because of a knee injury sustained in Week 14. As a result,

longtime NFL backup Maurice Morris will lead a timeshare for the

Lions, ceding some of the workload to rookie

Aaron Brown. Morris produced five touches for 20 yards in

the blowout loss to Baltimore. If I were a betting man or a

desperate eighth seed looking for a “Hail Mary” play

against Arizona, I’d make a run at Brown. The Lions know what

they have in Morris and need to evaluate Brown before the 2010

combine and roster decisions in advance of Smith’s eventual

return to action.

Quinton Ganther, RB, WAS

Ganther stepped into the lead role

for the Redskins, the fourth player to do so, and produced a strong

effort against the Raiders. He rolled to 50 rushing yards on the

ground with two short touchdowns and caught three passes for 43

yards.

Rock Cartwright was relegated to the role of bystander in

Week 14, and I don’t expect much more of him this week.

Chris Jennings, RB, CLE

I had envisioned Jennings becoming

the lead option in Cleveland in Week 13, but we watched

Jerome Harrison produce a top-notch effort instead. Jennings

got his chance in Week 14, and he posted a season-high 20 carries

for 73 yards and a touchdown against the stout Pittsburgh defense.

The Chiefs rank 28th in the league against the run and surrender

148.1 rushing yards and a touchdown per game.

Jason Campbell, QB, WAS

Campbell’s been more

comfortable and fluid in the pocket in recent weeks. He’s

registered three consecutive multi-touchdown games and has passed

for at least 222 yards in four straight starts. I’m

definitely encouraged by the progress of this offense and the

development of both

Devin Thomas and

Fred Davis. Both will play huge roles this weekend.

Let’s face it, this isn’t your father’s (or your

brother’s) Giant defense. Anybody who watched Sunday’s

debacle against Philadelphia had to leave shaking their heads. The

season finale of “Dexter” wasn’t as horrific as

that performance.

Alex Smith, QB, SF

Smith didn’t dominate the Arizona

defense, as the 49ers worked a balanced offense and ran effectively

with

Frank Gore and

Glen Coffee. He did take advantage of the wealth of

turnovers to record his sixth multi-touchdown effort in eight

appearances this season. This weekend’s matchup certainly

isn’t a layup, as Philly can bring the heat. However, the

Eagles secondary has been susceptible to big plays (218.6 yards and

1.62 touchdowns per game), putting the onus square on the San

Francisco offensive line.

Kenny Britt, WR, TEN

Britt saw his three-game scoring

streak ended in Week 14 by the Rams, but the talented rookie did

haul in two receptions for 75 yards. It was his fifth consecutive

game with at least two receptions. He’s on the radar this

weekend for a possible start against the Miami pass defense (233.6

yard and 1.1 touchdowns per game). He obviously had a fabulous

rapport with

Vince Young, but the downfield threat could see more targets

if

Kerry Collins is elevated to a starting role for this highly

important matchup.

Greg Camarillo, WR, MIA

Camarillo posted his best game of

the season, a seven-reception, 110-yard effort in the Week 14 win

over Jacksonville. It was his second straight solid effort (four

catches for 61 yards in Week 13), and I expect to see him on the

radar as a solid PPR contributor this weekend.

Davone Bess injured his ankle in Week 14, and his status for

this weekend’s tilt with Tennessee is unknown. Camarillo

isn’t going to post many huge plays, but he can aggregate a

nice, consistent effort and tally both receptions and yardage.

Antonio Bryant, WR, TB

As expected, Bryant was shut down in

Week 14 by

Darrelle Revis in the Buccaneers’ blowout loss to the

Jets. His matchup is much better this weekend against a soft

Seattle pass defense, even with

Marcus Trufant back in the mix. Bryant had averaged 3.7

receptions and 82.3 yards in the three games prior to his battle

with Revis. He’s definitely worthy of a look-see at the third

receiver slot in deeper leagues.

Johnny Knox, WR, CHI

Knox stepped back into the forefront

of the Chicago offense with

Devin Hester sidelined by a calf injury. He caught five

passes for 83 yards against the Packers and scored for the second

time in three weeks. He’s caught multiple passes in all but

two games this season while averaging 38.3 yards per game (five

receiving touchdowns).

Devin Aromashodu was impressive during training camp and

finally got a shot as a downfield option against Green Bay. He

caught eight passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Week 14

contest and represents an intriguing deep sleeper option against

Baltimore. He stands 6-foot-3 and has the ability to out-leap

defenders. Why not see what he can do if you’re the outgoing

offensive gurus in Chicago?

Fred Davis, TE, WAS

Davis has been an absolute red zone

monster the past three weeks. He owns a three-game scoring streak

(four total touchdowns) and has averaged four receptions and 46.3

yards with five touchdowns since taking over for the injured Chris

Cooley. He’s become a go-to receiver for Jason Campbell (see

above) and has helped jumpstart this offense in recent weeks.

Kevin Boss, TE, NYG

As expected, Boss excelled against the

Philly pass defense in Week 14, a unit that’s been very

generous to opposing tight ends this season. It was a nice rebound

from the two quiet games that followed a three-game scoring streak.

He’s averaged 3.3 receptions and 42.9 yards in the past seven

games with five touchdowns. He caught three passes for 62 yards in

the Week 1 matchup against Washington.

Houston Defense

What else can you say? The Texans are the

latest team to get their shot at the putrid St. Louis offense, and

we’re at the point where

Steven Jackson may not be much of a factor because of his

mounting injury woes. The Rams have scored an average of 11.2

points per game, have allowed 29 sacks and committed 25 turnovers.

If rookie

Keith Null remains under center, Houston may help propel

more than a few fantasy owners into title contention.

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