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
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
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
Alex Smith, QB, SF
Smith didn’t dominate the Arizona
defense, as the 49ers worked a balanced offense and ran effectively
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
Vince Young, but the downfield threat could see more targets
Kerry Collins is elevated to a starting role for this highly
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
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.
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.
Keith Null remains under center, Houston may help propel
more than a few fantasy owners into title contention.