Week 9 Upgrades/Downgradesby David Dodds and Clayton Gray, Exclusive to
Over the last three weeks he has 787 yards and 6 TDs.
Delhomme has been on fire lately. He has 11 TDs in his last five games.
The Kansas City passing game is finally coming around as Green had a huge day against the Chargers (and is finally getting Tony Gonzalez involved as well).
Sure, the Vikings are a sinking ship, but with Daunte Culpepper out for the year, Johnson is their new captain.
Over the last three weeks, he has 765 passing yards and 7 TDs.
If Chris Simms can not excel against the weak 49ers defense, then we wouldnít be surprised to see Rattay get a shot down the road.
It seems like it is just a matter of time before he is the starting QB again. Josh McCown is really struggling right now.
The Broncos are good on the ground. Even with Tatum Bell around Anderson is becoming a must-start player every week.
He had 206 rushing yards and a score yesterday. This offense is on fire and the team is playing better defense too. All of this bodes well for Barber down the stretch.
Julius Jones is showing no signs of coming back from his high ankle sprain, and Barber is showing a lot of signs that he can be the man.
The 49ers offense is terrible, but Barlow seems to be getting a little better every week. The performance Sunday (122 total yards) came with no support from the passing game (50 total yards through the air).
His homerun ability makes him dangerous from anywhere and makes him a viable fantasy back regardless of the number of carries he gets.
Once again, Davis is the only shiny spot in an ugly game. At least he won this week.
Dillon isnít spectacular, but in this offense he is always a threat for multiple TDs.
Droughns may never score a TD again, but heís definitely on pace to break the 1000-yard mark for the season. In Cleveland, thatís enough to get a street named after you.
Jackson (200 total yards and a TD against the Jaguars) is the only thing keeping the Rams offense together right now.
He has 392 combined yards and 5 TDs over the last 3 games. He is as hot as they come.
McGahee is a workhorse. He had 157 total yards against the Patriots, but it wasnít enough for the win.
With Culpepper out, we think the team may try to run more going forward.
Itís too bad his health is always a question mark. After being downgraded late last week, many owners might have missed out on his huge day against the Rams.
Heís finally getting positive yardage, so we have to upgrade him.
With Robert Ferguson out for a few weeks, Chatman stepped into the starting lineup and did well Sunday (8 catches for 97 yards).
With Anquan Boldin probably out for a while, Fitzgerald will become the unquestioned #1 WR in Arizona.
It doesnít matter who the QB is Ė Galloway is still explosive. His 8 catches for 149 yards included a TD strike of 78 yards.
Welcome back Mr. Horn. Even though Aaron Brooks had a horrible day under center Horn almost reached the 100-yard mark.
He simply puts up solid numbers every week that he plays. It's hard to ask for more from a WR.
If Anquan Boldin misses time, Johnson moves into the starting lineup and has enough talent to excel.
After a few weeks of nothing, Kennison finally showed up with 7 catches (one for a TD) and 115 yards against the Chargers.
The Buffalo offense is still not clicking, but Moulds is performing at a high level right now (27 catches and three TDs in the last four games).
What an outstanding day from Porter. Just when we were ready to give up on him, he responds with 123 yards and a pair of TDs.
The rookie has been thrust into a bigger role with all of the WR injuries. He led the team with 83 yards and a score on 7 receptions.
His four-game suspension is over, and the team is desperate for WR help. We donít know if heís up for the challenge, but there is definitely an opening for him.
Only one TD to go with those 201 yards? What a slacker.
While we are hesitant to get too excited about a WR that has faced the Rams, Wilford is becoming more involved in the Jacksonville offense. Heís definitely worth a shot if you need WR help.
Finally healthy, Franks turned in a solid game against the Bengals with 8 catches for 73 yards and a TD.
As if 10 catches for 145 yards and three TDs really warrants an upgrade.
Gonzalez was easily outclassed by Antonio Gates, but it was nice to see the Chiefs utilize him as a receiver again. Gonzalez now has 14 catches for 164 yards and a TD over the last two weeks.
He continues to be productive in this offense. He gets the upgrade because Ben Troupe left the game with an ankle injury.
He only hit five FGs against the Redskins. The Giants offense is explosive, and Feely is kicking well. That's the best combo a PK can have.
Likely available on your waiver wire, Mare has been red-hot lately hitting 8 FGs over his last three weeks.
The best thing about Suisham is that he didnít miss any of his kicking opportunities against the Cardinals.
He has been perfect over his last three games (hitting 7 FGs and 7 EPs).
They have allowed just 760 yards and 22 points over the last 3 games. That defines stifling.
They are still too prone to giving up the big pass play, but the Cowboys defense is becoming a very good unit. They had three sacks and two INTs (one returned for a TD) and allowed only 213 total yards against the Cardinals.
They have 7 fumble recoveries and just 3 TDs allowed over the last three weeks. They completely dominated the Redskins on Sunday.
We knew he wouldnít keep throwing for two or three TDs against everyone, but to fall flat against the Giants defense (65 passing yards) is quite worrisome.
Heís terrible (138 passing yards against the Browns).
He is gone for the year.
Heís terrible (185 passing yards against the Texans).
Forty yards? Get the rookie healthy again.
The Rams are running the ball more than they did with Martz. Bulger is also expected to be back soon.
Weíre a little worried here for two reasons: his 161 passing yards is terrible, and his team lost. A coach can overlook low stats if the QB is winning.
The 49ers have been whipping boys for QBs until Simms shows up. He produced decent yardage (264), but he turned the ball over three times (although we think umpire Darrell Jenkins should have knocked one INT to the ground). The bottom line: if Simms canít beat the 49ers, itís tough for him to be considered a winner. If he canít be a winner, it wonít be long before heís on the bench.
One step forward and two steps back. He gained just 5 yards on 4 carries while Marcel Shipp had 44 on 12 carries.
The Eagles do not run enough for the #1 RB to have value. Forget about the backup. He gained 8 ypc, but had just two attempts.
Fifty-three total yards and zero TDs is not getting the job done when you are considered a stud RB.
He keeps sitting and (if you listen to HC Bill Parcells) doesnít seem to be getting healthy. With Marion Barber III rolling up huge numbers, Jones status is questionable.
He left the game with a leg injury. With the way HC Bill Belichick reports injuries, heíll either be out indefinitely or a game-time decision for the next two months.
Goodbye three TDs in a game. Hello four carries in a game.
With Marion Barber III running so well, Thomas does not have a role on this team.
We waited all that time for Williams to post 20 yards on 13 carries? Such a tease. And against the 49ers? Such a disappointment.
The worry in Arizona is that Boldin has a torn meniscus. He missed several weeks last season with the same injury.
He has been coming on a bit lately but suffered a knee injury against the Lions. We donít know the severity but any missed time will hurt his development for the 2005 season.
Consider him officially dead. He has blown every chance ever afforded to him.
He wasnít even active against the Dolphins. With Joe Horn back, Hakim will have a greatly reduced role.
He is still a great player when healthy, but he has a multitude of injuries right now.
Early in the season, Smith was always there when the team needed a big play. Lately, Smith hasnít been doing much at all (eight catches for 102 yards and zero TDs in the last three games combined).
With Roy Williams and Charles Rogers either hobbled or suspended, Mike Williams had a huge opportunity to shine, but he failed to do so (Scott Vines out-produced Mike Williams against the Bears).
He was knocked out of the Rams game with a head injury. Before leaving, Williams had no catches.
Troupe suffered a high ankle sprain against the Raiders. The severity is not yet known, but thatís an injury we donít like.
Already struggling, the Vikings will now lose their starting QB going forward. This likely will translate to even fewer chances.
John Hall is healthy and has resumed his role as starter.
This group couldnít stop water from flowing up a hill Sunday.