Week 10 Upgrades/Downgradesby David Dodds and Clayton Gray, Exclusive to
We arenít too excited about Bollinger, but he will start for the team.
Hasselbeck is playing at a good level with a lot of easy games to come - he gets SF twice the rest of the way.
It might just be the Detroit Lions talking, but the Vikings looked better overall with Johnson on the field.
Nothing has been announced, but we wouldnít be surprised to see HC Denny Green switch back to McCown after Kurt Warner threw three INTs in another Arizona loss.
He had season highs in attempts, completions and yards and finally showed good accuracy and decision making.
Alexander just keeps rolling up huge stats. With the way his season is going, two TDs seem like a bit of a disappointment.
It wasnít much, but Arrington had probably his best game of the season against Seattle. HC Denny Green should go ahead and bite the bullet and give the rookie 20 carries just to see what happens.
Welcome back from the dead Mr. Bennett. He could easily throw up a bagel next week, but there is still a little life in this guy. Even more important, HC Mike Tice isnít unwilling to use Bennett.
He still isnít ready to play fulltime in the NFL, but with Thomas Jones getting nicked seemingly almost every week there should be opportunities for Benson to excel.
He is keeping Travis Henry on the bench. You should ride Brown until his body breaks down Ė it looks like the Titans will.
He has 11 TDs already. He is not piling up a lot of yards, but the consistent scoring makes him a solid play every week.
As weíve said most of the season, Droughns is the only quality offensive player in Cleveland.
He only gained 62 yards on 26 carries (plus one catch for nine yards), but Gado ran hard and (most importantly) didnít put the ball on the ground.
He puts up Jerome Bettis type number (five carries for three yards and two TDs). In the Giants offense, Jacobs will have a chance to score every week.
At worst there are reports that Priest Holmes is out for the season. At best, Holmesí situation is cloudy and worrisome. One thing that is for certain, Johnson will be a stud every week that Holmes is on the sidelines.
Peterson has a much greater grasp of the offense than does rookie Cedric Benson. If Thomas Jones continues to miss time, Peterson will get a good number of touches.
On only 17 carries, Smith gained 110 yards against a very good Chicago defense. That definitely warrants an upgrade.
After spending most of the season either injured or inactive, Staley came up huge for the Steelers after Willie Parker was knocked out of action.
He set a new mark with four TDs against the Jets. When a player the caliber of Tomlinson has a career high in something, you know it has to be good.
Williams seems to be getting back into playing shape. After a rough start, he tallied 52 yards and a TD on just ten carries against the Falcons.
He filled in for Terrell Owens and caught five passes for 94 yards and a TD. Now he has a chance to keep it up for the remainder of the season.
It would have been better if he had caught the TD, but if the pocket passing version of Michael Vick sticks around, then Finneran will turn in some nice numbers down the stretch.
With Mark Bradley lost for the remainder of the season, Gage looks like he might be ready to be a viable threat opposite Muhsin Muhammad.
He could be available on the waiver wire due to his extended injury. Although he likely will be out of shape when he first becomes available, he could be that extra gem you need during the championship weeks. Seattle has a soft remaining schedule.
Heís finally back on the field, and he turned in a really good game with nine catches for 91 yards.
Heíll have another one to three games in the starting lineup before Anquan Boldin returns. If you have him, heís worth starting every week.
With Terrell Owens gone, Lewis will be given more opportunities to produce.
With Randy Moss ailing, Porter is playing the role of top WR very well (13 catches for 191 yards and three TDs in his last two games).
Amazingly enough (considering all the first picks on the roster) Vines easily looks like the best WR in Detroit right now. Over the last three games, he has 19 catches for 204 yards. Of course he hasnít caught a TD, but thatís asking a lot from a Lion.
He has 234 yards and 2 scores in his last two games. He has replaced Reggie Williams in the starting lineup.
After a very ragged start, Gonzalez is heating up. Over the last three weeks, he has 19 catches for 234 yards and a TD.
He still canít block well enough to be an every-down TE, but with Chris Baker lost to injury, Jolley should be much more involved in the passing game.
Kinney is easily Tennesseeís best healthy receiver, and they throw a ton of balls to the TEs in particular.
Sellers is becoming a factor around the goal line. In some leagues, a guy that can score an occasional TD is extremely valuable.
Shockey is very consistent right now and has a TD catch in four of his last five games.
Tampa Bay's offensive line is struggling so the team may look to get him more involved in the short passing game. He caught 3 passes for 41 yards this Sunday.
Akers is healthy and kicking FGs again.
Hall is healthy and kicking FGs again.
He had two FGs and four PATs with no misses on Sunday. Improved defensive play by the Panthers should give him plenty of opportunities going forward.
Of course the 49ers are terrible on offense, but any time you hold an NFL team to 138 total yards of offense, you have a good defensive unit.
They logged two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, five sacks while limiting Tampa Bay to just 44 rushing yards. What an awesome effort.
There is a reason that senior citizens donít make too many starts in the NFL, and it's not because the health care is too expensive.
He hasnít been benched, but Warner needs to get wins if he expects to continue as the teamís starting QB. The good news is that Detroit is next up. Of course the Lions have a better record than Arizona, so a win is far from a sure thing.
Lately, Bettisí injuries have seemed to keep him out for more than a game. He could easily miss more time with his latest quad injury.
The door opened for Fisher to be the teamís primary RB, but he couldnít stay on the field. Sam Gado may have slammed that door shut against the Steelers.
The story was that when Henry returned from suspension he would share time with Chris Brown. The fact is that Henry has taken one carry in the last two games. If Brown stays healthy, it looks like Henry will get little action.
It seems like this was a little more than a ďmild head traumaĒ. There are reports swirling that Holmes wonít play in week ten and could be done for the year (career?).
The bad offensive line play continues for the Lions. The receivers can't stay healthy. He is now injured again too. Even a soft remaining schedule might not be enough for Kevin Jones.
We love the healthy version of Jones tearing through opposing defenses, but we are getting a bit worried about seeing the no-so-healthy version of Jones that canít seem to finish a game completely healthy. He has only one 200+ carry season under his belt (last year), and he missed two games.
Thanks for playing Mr. Lee, but you've been Gadoed. Here are your parting gifts.
We know heís still the starter, but we really donít trust HC Mike Tice to stick with a single back for very long. With Michael Bennett putting on a good show against the Lions, he could at least eat into Mooreís touches. Another reason for concern is Mooreís sprained wrist.
If heís healthy, Parker will almost certainly continue as the teamís starting RB, but Duce Staley showed Sunday that heís capable of producing good numbers. If Parker struggles, it will be easy for HC Bill Cowher to turn to someone else.
J.J. Arrington might not be the answer, but itís pretty apparent that Shipp isnít either.
Instead of completely dominating the woeful Texans defense, Taylor left the game early due to injury.
We arenít sure if Brian Griese was really that important, but itís obvious that this is not the Cadillac Williams (or Buccaneers) of September.
Itís pretty harsh to get a downgrade after coming back from injury, but the 49ers QBs are simply atrocious.
He has just 59 yards in his last three games since coming back from injury.
We hope you werenít relying on Chrebet, but he has been lost for the remainder of the season after yet another concussion.
Lloyd is still making some great catches, but he is not worth a start when you consider the QBs that are throwing to him.
With Brooks Bollinger at the helm, there wonít be enough production available for McCareins to make much of an impact.
Heís pretty beat up and isnít a deep threat right now. He might be good for a few redzone looks, so Moss still has value Ė heís just not an elite fantasy WR at the moment.
For you cave dwellers, Owens has been suspended by the team and wonít play any more this season.
He has just four catches for 63 yards in his last three weeks.
He left the game injured again. It's probably time to give up on him.
He broke an ankle and will miss the remainder of the season.
With David Akers back, Cortez wonít be kicking any FGs.
Novak has been released from the team after the return of John Hall.
Their offense is struggling to mount any drives. This is putting immense pressure on the defense as they are always on the field.