Week 7 Upgrades/Downgradesby David Dodds and Clayton Gray, Exclusive to
He’s getting closer to returning, and the team has given no indication that they’ll stick with Anthony Wright. No, we’re not excited about Boller, but in a huge league, some teams are desperate for a starting QB.
The Saints seem to mail it in on the road, but when he plays at home, Brooks is at least a serviceable fantasy QB.
Not only is Brunell playing very well right now, but his next two opponents are the 49ers and the Giants. He should do quite well the next two weeks.
The Lions offense is simply horrible with Joey Harrington behind center. Garcia practiced a little last week, but his actual return hasn’t been pinpointed. However, whenever he’s ready, he seems like a lock to push Harrington aside.
Holcomb has the Bills atop the NFC East and is not going back to the bench. He is producing decent numbers and could be a nice bye-week fill-in.
With Brian Griese out for a few weeks or the rest of the season, Simms takes over an offense that is at least decent.
If it weren’t for LaDainian Tomlinson, he’d have the MVP trophy sewn up already.
He’s not Denver’s starting RB (yet), but he keeps producing like one.
That’s the kind of production (112 total yards and two TDs) everyone knows a healthy Brown is capable of producing.
T.J. Duckett is nicked up and that is Dunn's gain. Even with just 20 carries, he can be very effective.
Forget all of that “Alvin Pearman is the backup” talk. With Fred Taylor on the sidelines, the Jaguars surprisingly got their best production from Jones. He’s probably available in most leagues.
If Cedric Benson only gets three carries when Jones spends all week in the training room and questionable, then Benson is no where near being a factor.
With Kelly Holcomb under center, McGahee looks like the first round fantasy pick that we all expected him to be.
The Vikings are sinking, but Moore is playing well. He won’t score many TDs (no one will light up the scoreboard on this team), but he gets decent yardage and can catch the ball well.
Wow. Don’t expect very many carries when Corey Dillon gets back on the field, but Pass will catch a lot of balls.
He is playing at a high level right now. He is definitely the backup/change of pace back, but Perry is among the best in the league in reserve and is very active as a receiver.
Lately, every week we hear that Cadillac Williams is improving and might make it back to the field, but every week we see Williams on the sidelines watching Pittman posting great numbers.
Smith will share with Aaron Stecker, but he is definitely the goal line back. Note that we’d be a little worried starting him on the road. Actually, we’re not big fans of any Saints player on the road right now.
He would have a ton of value if Antowain Smith wasn’t on the roster, but Stecker will see some touches every week.
If it weren’t for Shaun Alexander, he’d have the MVP trophy sewn up already.
He wasn’t very spectacular on the ground (though he did have a 13-yard run called back), but we were impressed by the six catches. Williams definitely will see the ball.
He will become a starting WR while Randy Moss heals.
Going into week six, Gaffney had ten catches on the season. With Andre Johnson on the sidelines, Gaffney caught ten balls against the Seahawks. If Johnson misses more time, Gaffney could put up nice numbers.
He seems to be working his way into the offense and is likely sitting on your waiver wire.
Glenn may catch the bombs, but Johnson is seeing a ton of targets. He had another big game where he was actively involved in the offense.
Kelly Holcomb is looking his way often in the passing game.
With Randy Moss looking like he will miss some games, Porter will need to be more involved.
He should move into the role vacated by the injured Patrick Crayton.
Old man Smith still finds the seams. Jake Plummer has a lot more confidence throwing it to Smith than to Ashley Lelie right now.
It looks like the D.J. Hackett Experience is over. Warrick will get plenty of chances to succeed until Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson return.
Clark was huge around the goal line against the Vikings.
Each week Cooley seems to be open often. He has a very good matchup this week against the 49ers.
After an injury-filled offseason, it looks like Heap is rounding into form and has a TD in each of the last two games.
After a slow start (two catches with one score in his first three games), Miller has been very good lately (eight catches and two TDs in his last two games).
Wiggins was absolutely on fire against the Bears. For a while, it seemed like he was the only receiver on the field. He finally finished with 68 yards on an amazing ten catches. We would have liked to have seen a TD, but the Vikings as a whole are woeful.
Witten now has five straight games with four or more catches (and two TDs over those games as well). He is a consistent producer at TE.
Bironas has scored nine or more points in four of his last five games. That’s impressive from a guy that is probably on your waiver wire.
We didn’t like the two missed attempts, but Cortez has nine FGs in the last three weeks.
He has five FGs and six PATs with no misses in last two games.
The San Diego offense is among the best in the league. He will get his chances. He has seven FGs and nine PATs without a miss in the last three games.
They are allowing less than 250 yards per game over the last 3 weeks. If your league awards points for yards allowed, the Buccaneers are huge.
The Cowboys are playing really well on defense right now. Against a potent Giants attack, they forced four turnovers, had four sacks, and held New York to 270 total yards.
The Jaguars were fortunate to face Tommy Maddox, but they still forced four turnovers, had two sacks, and allowed only 218 yards. They still have upcoming games against Houston (twice), Baltimore, Cleveland, and San Francisco.
They have eight INTs, four fumble recoveries, and six sacks over the last three games. It is too bad their offense can't play better ball.
The Ravens forced three turnovers, had four sacks, and held Cleveland to 186 total yards. Now that is what is expected of the Baltimore defense.
This is simply a terrible team, and Carr is their leader.
Losing Moss will definitely impact his numbers. Just ask Daunte Culpepper what that feels like.
Sure, the Bears are a solid defense, but three points is simply pathetic.
Sure the Redskins have a good defense, but take away Priest Holmes’ huge screen pass and Green struggled all day. His numbers should be much better.
The early word is that he’ll miss at least a few weeks and could be out for the remainder of the season.
With J.P. Losman on the bench, Harrington is the frontrunner for “worst starting QB in the league”.
He is way too inconsistent for our liking. This team seems comfortable running the ball and playing solid defense. And because they are in every game, they are not forced to play from behind and pass a lot.
The conventional wisdom was that Wright needed to light it up to keep Kyle Boller from regaining the starting job. It hasn't been lit, so Boller (when finally healthy) should return as the team’s starter.
He will still see a good number of carries, but Tatum Bell is getting far too many looks for Anderson to be considered a solid fantasy RB.
Thomas Jones was hobbled all week, but Benson was still a non-factor in week six.
He had four yards on four carries – so much for an increased role.
Ricky’s Williams’ return means Brown can not be a fantasy force. Williams simply steals too many looks.
He missed his chance to put some distance between DeShaun Foster. This looks like it will be RBBC all year.
Gone are the games where the Patriots have a two TD lead in the fourth quarter. And that was when Corey racked up the stats usually.
RBs with high ankle sprains are generally not very productive.
Take away his long catch, and Holmes was horrible.
Now add injured to his woes. He needs a better offensive line to do anything. He likely gets Schlesinger back this week and his schedule is improving, but we don't think it will be enough.
He has looked horrible in all but one game. Maybe the return of Kyle Boller is what is needed for ….oh never mind.
The Steelers game made it obvious that Pearman will not be a force this season. Greg Jones is far more capable of running the ball when Fred Taylor is not around.
With the way HC Bill Cowher talks about Staley, he might not get on the field all season.
After promising the media he would play, he scratched. His injury is likely worse than he was letting on.
After saying all week that either Thompson or Anthony Thomas would start if Julius Jones couldn’t go, the Cowboys went with Thomas. That wasn’t too big of a surprise, but seeing Marion Barber get so many looks was. Thompson is a talented player, but HC Bill Parcels obviously lacks confidence in him in a close game.
We’re getting a little tired of the whole, “Williams is improving and will be a game-time decision” routine.
He’s been nicked all season but suffered a dislocated thumb against the Bengals. He underwent surgery and will miss an unknown number of games.
What little value he had was lost Sunday when he injured his ankle.
The Bills are passing more, but they are using Eric Moulds as the primary receiver.
This really isn’t a knock on Galloway, but we’re concerned with the switch from Brian Griese (who Galloway was obviously clicking with) to Chris Simms.
His hamstring is simply not healed. He tried to play against the Falcons but could not continue. For his fantasy owners, that’s worse than not going at all.
He is expected to miss the next four to five games after knee surgery last week.
Not only are the Texans terrible, but Johnson is ailing a bit. Unfortunately, he has been so bad this season that you can’t even trade him away.
We don't expect eight catches for 100 yards and a score every week, but we get real worried when a team's #1 WR goes 0-fer.
After starting the season with 17 catches in his first three games, McCardell has caught only four balls in his last three outings. That’s terrible.
We are concerned here as WRs with groin injuries lose their effectiveness. Moss could easily be hobbled for a while.
Williams is injured and on a team that cannot stop the pass rush. That limits his deep threat possibilities.
He is getting no action with Vinny Testaverde at the helm.
We know that TEs are not always consistent producers, but Conwell now has two games with zero catches and one outing with only one reception. That’s just not going to get it done.
The return of Willie Roaf was supposed to help get Gonzalez more involved in the passing game. That was not the case on Sunday.
He is struggling right now with just two FGs made (two missed) in his last three starts.
Losing Randy Moss will limit his opportunities going forward.
He has two FGs made, two FGs missed, and just four extra points in the last three games.
Reed has just two FGs in his last two games.
This group made the Chicago Bears offense look potent.