Week 11 Upgrades/Downgradesby David Dodds and Clayton Gray, Exclusive to
He is supposedly a couple of weeks from returning. Vinny Testaverde and Brooks Bollinger have been horrible, so the job would likely be Fiedlerís for the taking.
He wonít get to play the Patriots every week, but Frerotte rolled up 360 yards and a pair of TDs. This offense is starting to come together.
HC Mike Mularkey has seemed to want to return to Losman as the starter, but he never had a reason (or an opening). Kelly Holcomb suffered a concussion against the Chiefs. Losman looked very good in leading this offense and will likely be named the starter again.
Three TDs and almost 297 yards passing Ė this is the Peyton Manning we all know and love (unless weíre playing against him of course).
Through 9 games he has just 3 interceptions on 264 pass attempts. His confidence is at an all-time high and he continues to manage the Broncos offense exceptionally well. The Broncos have not needed him to sling it much this year (hence the lower TD numbers), but if needed Plummer looks like he will be able to respond with a huge game.
Heís not a lock to play this week, but he should at least be back by week 12.
Simms had an outstanding day against the Redskins as he threw for 279 yards and three scores. Even more important, Simms led his team on a last minute game-winning drive. That will give him confidence and allow his coaches and teammates to have confidence in him as well.
He had over 200 yards passing and scored three TDs (2 in the air and 1 on the ground). If he can continue to pass for close to 200 yards a game, he is a good to great fantasy play (because of his rushing yards).
Warner didnít win, but he did post great yardage. You may still need to grab Josh McCown, but ďArizona QBĒ will be a good play over the remainder of the season. Right now, "Arizona QB" is Warner.
He posted 165 yards and 3 TDs yesterday. He has 17 TDs through 9 games played. He has a serious shot at 2,000 rushing yards this year. He is making a statement that he deserves to be this year's MVP. It's hard for the #2 fantasy player in the game to get an upgrade, but Shaun Alexander is having a career year.
Two TDs and a two-point conversion for the win - talk about a goal line monster. Alstott is obviously a Gruden favorite.
Arrington and the Cardinals finally scored on the ground. The rookie looked average at times (which sadly is enough to warrant an upgrade in this case). He should slowly get more looks as another disappointing season comes to a close for Arizona.
Against the Vikings, Barber scored a TD and a two-point conversion and had over 200 combined yards (95 rushing yards and 111 receiving yards).
One thing is certain: If Bettis is healthy, heíll be a threat around the goal line.
He had 128 combined yards and a score on Sunday. He is quietly putting up solid numbers every week. He already has over 1,000 combined yards.
Evans filled in nicely for the injured Corey Dillon. If the Patriots shut Dillon down, Evans would definitely be worth a look.
If you happen to be in one of the four leagues where Gado is still a free agent, you need to grab him now. He finished the day with 103 yards and 3 scores.
With Priest Holmes definitely out for the season, Johnson becomes an elite fantasy RB.
Jones has produced very well when Fred Taylor has been injured. He put up 106 rushing yards and a TD against the Ravens and gives the team the luxury of not having to rush Taylor back into the lineup.
Peterson had 120 yards and a TD against the 49ers. With Cedric Benson out for three to six weeks, Peterson becomes the primary backup for a Thomas Jones that has been nicked up in recent weeks.
Portisí performance (144 rushing yards and a TD) against the Buccaneers was impressive. Sure, he lit up the 49ers, but Tampa Bay actually has a good defense.
Thanks to the Samkon Gado show, Driver didnít make it into the endzone, but he did pull down 10 balls for 114 yards.
He tallied only three catches for 66 yards against the Chiefs, but two of them went for TDs. Weíre not overly excited about Evans, but itís nice to know that heís still playing.
There were times against the Lions where it looked as if Fitzgerald was all over the field. He finished with nine catches for 141 yards and a TD. Fitzgerald has a nice schedule to close the season.
He had another big week catching 7 passes for 131 yards and a TD. Only Steve Smith and Santana Moss have more receiving yards this year. He is second in receiving TDs with 7. With Chris Simms now playing better, Galloway's value remains red hot.
Johnson didnít have great numbers against the Colts, but we were just glad to see him on the field for two straight weeks. He really warrants an upgrade because of his next two opponents (Kansas City and St. Louis).
This is the kind of production the Jaguars envisioned when they made Jones a #1 pick. He certainly flashed big-play ability on his five catches for 117 yards (three grabs went for 30+) and a TD.
Bryant Johnsonís status for week 11 has not been determined, but if he sits again McCoy showed Sunday that he is capable of producing solid numbers (six catches for 70 yards).
He finally showed up this year after a lot of games where he was a complete bust. He finished with 73 yards and a score.
He is becoming a viable option in larger leagues due to opponents worrying about defending both Barber and Burress.
On Sunday, Ward caught eight balls for 124 yards and a TD (from Antwaan Randle El) and passed John Stallworth to become the Steelers' all-time leading receptions leader. He gets the upgrade, however, because Ben Roethlisberger is expected back as early as week 11.
Wow. Williams wasnít even healthy but was still able to catch seven passes for 117 yards and three TDs.
He didnít score (shocking to see the Chiefs kept out of the endzone), but Gonzalez caught eight balls for 81 yards.
He caught 7 passes for 81 yards on Sunday. More impressively, he was targeted a whopping 11 times in the game. That's Antonio Gates levels.
He was active in the passing game and finished with 5 catches for 47 yards.
With David Givens and Dan Graham unable to play, Ben Watson had his finest day of the year scoring 2 TDs. We expect he could become a bigger target going forward.
The Broncos bogged down a few times in the redzone against the Raiders. Elam seems to be rounding into form.
The Panthers offense is playing extremely well and giving Kasay plenty of scoring opportunities.
When you kick three FGs in winds gusting to 40 MPH, you deserve an upgrade. HC Mike Nolan has a ton of confidence in Nedney right now (as evidenced by that insane 52-yard attempt).
Itís been evidenced all season long Ė great passing game + weak running game = many stalled drives = many FG attempts. Rackers has a ton of confidence right now and just keeps booming in threes.
Yeah, they were playing the Cody Pickett led 49ers and in swirling winds, but allowing just one completed pass and 161 total yards of offense is outstanding.
They recorded 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery and 6 sacks as they pressured Kansas City all day. They held the Chiefs to just 166 passing yards.
They recorded 3 interceptions and 4 sacks while allowing just 163 total yards and 3 points. Even against Baltimore's weak offense that is impressive.
On Sunday they had 4 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 sacks while allowing just 3 points. This unit is playing at a very high level right now.
The Vikings are the only team to score on an INT return, a punt return, and a kick-off return in the same game. That would probably qualify as a big-play defense.
Batch broke his throwing hand against the Browns.
We waited nine weeks for that?
Bring back Glenn Foley.
He had no TDs, 3 interceptions and a fumble. Over the last 3 games, he has just 3 TDs. Even without Priest Holmes, this team's style of play is to run every chance they can.
Itís hard to throw for three TDs and end up with a downgrade, but HC Steve Mariucci says Jeff Garcia is the teamís starting QB.
He left the game with a concussion and then saw his backup have a great game. The team was already leading towards benching him. Now it seems like a given.
He has yet to throw an interception, but his stats are still pretty bad. He had just 144 passing yards and no TDs yesterday.
Manning was at home and facing a defense that most opposing QBs have shredded this season. Of course he went out and tossed a single TD along with four terrible INTs.
One pass caught by a 49er. One pass caught by a Bear. In 40 MPH wind, thatís consistencyÖsort of.
As if Benson needed anything to slow his development, he will miss the next three to six weeks with an MCL sprain.
He lasted a single play against the Dolphins before succumbing to a calf injury. This is on top of the ankle injury he has been battling for weeks. Heíll likely be questionable all week and miss parts of practice all week. Heíll likely be labeled a game-time decision, but with the way his health is now, heís a risky play.
Griffith had a few good games with T.J. Duckett on the bench, but Duckett is now back.
For the season, he has just 480 yards on 159 carries (3.0 ypc) with 1 TD. Chester Taylor is averaging nearly 5 yards a carry running behind the same line in a reserve role. Brian Billick's continued reluctance to give Chester Taylor a bigger role could sink his own job soon. We think Jamal's days as the full-time starter are very limited.
With the passing game in shambles, we expect teams to line up 8 to 9 in the box reducing any chance that Curtis Martin will beat them.
HC Mike Tice said Moore was ďworrying about (his injured wrist) too muchĒ to carry the ball. He didnít look too worrying on his 71-yard punt return. Trying to figure out Tice is like trying to figure out why there was a Wookie on Endor Ė it does not make sense.
He missed last night's game due to injury, but it did not matter. The Steelers still ran the ball well. So now add Duce Staley into this mix going forward. That cannot be a good thing for Willie Parker who already was lifted in short yardage and goal line situations.
J.J. Arrington is starting to get the hang of things, so Shipp will likely see a reduced role going forward. A reduced role for an Arizona RB is barely significant.
With Greg Jones filling in very well, the team does not need to rush Taylor back to the field.
Greg Jones is making Toefield worthless as a fantasy option.
Itís bad enough that Williams is averaging two yards per carry, but Mike Alstott getting all of the goal line work makes Williams a very unappealing play right now.
His skills have not diminished, but Eli Manning is struggling. It is not helping that Burress is constantly double-teamed either. He has not scored a TD in his last three games.
Holt and Bruce are back which means less targets going forward.
Hilliard had a shot to impress with Michael Clayton sitting out, but the veteran was out-produced by Edell Shepherd.
Johnson suffered a shoulder injury last week in practice. There is no word on his availability for week 11.
Jureviciusí production has waned since Bobby Engram got back on the field. Darrell Jackson is expected to return soon, so that will make Jurevicius even less appealing.
Randy Moss is healing up, so Porter can be expected to resume his role as ďalso ranĒ WR.
He injured his shoulder against the Ravens, and Matt Jones had his best game of the season. There isnít enough offense in Jacksonville for Wilford to be a consistent threat.
He was getting playing time because everyone was injured. Roy Williams and Charles Rogers are now healthy again.
Over the last three weeks he has just 44 yards on three catches.
It is OK for a kicker to miss an occasional FG in the wind, but multiple misses closer than 35 yards is inexcusable.
When a Joey Harrington and a one-legged Roy Williams light you up, you arenít a good defense.
In their last 3 games they have recorded just 1 sack, no fumble recoveries and only 2 interceptions.
Over the last three weeks, the patriots have given up 1284 yards, 72 points while recording just 2 sacks.
They have been torched for 82 points in their last 3 games.