By Mike Cannici
Jon Kitna– Kitna has now put together two straight solid starts, totaling 7 touchdowns including one rushing. He seemed to just need a few games to adjust after not playing in two years and has now found a groove, plus the new team “attitude” with Wade Phillips gone. He’s a solid backup add and must add in 2QB leagues.
Sam Bradford– Bradford has been pretty solid throughout most of the year, averaging a little less than 16 points per week. He has a favorable schedule the rest of the way with the Saints being his only tough matchup going forward. The rest of the pass defenses he faces are all ranked outside the top 15 in the league. The next few weeks are all on the road but two of them are very favorable at Denver and at Arizona. If you’re in need jump on board, especially in deeper leagues and keeper leagues. This kid is going to be a good one.
Mike Goodson– Goodson has compiled two straight hundred yard efforts in games where the Panthers were getting trampled. With DeAngelo Williams done for the year and the ineffectiveness and now concussion suffered by Jonathan Stewart, this could be Goodson’s job the rest of the way. He’s a must add in all formats at this point.
Keiland Williams– This is a guy from preseason I said by midseason would be the Redskins starter the rest of the way. Goshdarnit, now he is. Portis reaggravated his groin tear during his return Sunday and Ryan Torain who knows when he’ll be back at this point. If Williams is still somehow available in your league, he must be a top priority, especially in PPR leagues.
Maurice Morris– With Kevin Smith placed on IR and Jahvid Best still hurting from his turf toe, Morris is likely to handle the bulk of carries Sunday against the Patriots. Morris had 10 carries in Sunday’s loss vs. the Cowboys along with four receptions. The Patriots are a decent matchup for him especially at home in the dome so if you need some help in your backfield, grab this guy as he does have some talent.
Vincent Jackson– I hope for your sake, your league mates have still left him on the waiver wire, as VJax will return this week for San Diego. I’d expect him to make an immediate impact as he has been practicing with the team and should be very well rested. The way that Rivers flings the ball through the air, Jackson could immediately become a legit WR1.
Sidney Rice– Rice returned to the lineup last week and hauled in three passes for 56 yards. He’s being worked back in slowly, and with the firing of Brad Childress, the reemergence of the Vikings offense might have the same effect as the Cowboys offense did after they fired their coach. Rice probably isn’t available if you’re in any type of competitive league, but if he is grab him ASAP.
Blair White– With Austin Collie potentially missing this week’s game, White is a solid pick up after finishing with 5 catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Peyton Manning loves his slot receivers and that’s exactly where White fits in. If you’re starving at receiver, especially in PPR leagues, White is your man.
Brandon Gibson– The Rams receiver was targeted and caught 5 of them for 42 yards and a touchdown. Gibson has had at least 5 catches and 40 yards in three straight and seems to be Bradford’s second option just after Amendola. Gibson is a solid add especially in PPR formats.
Ben Obomanu– With the foot injury suffered by Mike Williams now potentially being serious, Obomanu seems to be the new number one target for Hasselback. Sunday, Obomanu finished with 5 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. Obomanu stepped into the starting lineup for the first time last week and definitely didn’t disappoint. He’s a must add in all 12 team or deeper leagues, and worth a look in shallower leagues.
Derek Hagan– Hagan was a cast away after training camp for the Giants, but after the Steve Smith injury, was brought back in last week. He caught three balls for just 10 yards, but did get into the end zone Sunday against the Eagles. The guy knows the offense like the back of his hand, and with Hakeem Nicks expected to miss the next 3 weeks, Hagan will be forced to step into the starting lineup. The Giants like to pass the ball and Hagan is a better red zone threat than Mario Manningham. In deep leagues he’s definitely worth a look on an offense that is 7th in the league in passing yards.
Joel Dreessen– He’s a guy I’ve liked for a while now, and with Owen Daniels status week to week being totally up in the air, Dreessen is a worthy pick up. Dreessen picked up four catches for 104 yards and a touchdown during Sunday’s loss to the Jets. He hasn’t been a complete model of consistency, but with all the injuries to tight ends this year, he’s not a bad replacement, if the Marcedes Lewis’s and Todd Heaps of the world are rostered.
Jimmy Graham– Graham is a big rookie tight end out of The U. of Miami(6’6 260lbs) who has struggled to get playing time as his blocking abilities having quite caught up to his receiving abilities. He got his chance Sunday with Jeremy Shockey out with a rib injury. Although his size might fool you, he is very quick and has great hands and he showed it Sunday with 5 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. He’s the future at tight end for the Saints, and the future might just start now. If you’re in deep or keeper league’s he’s a very solid prospect with tons of upside. Watching some highlights of him from Sunday, he reminds me a bit of a young Antonio Gates.