As injuries pile up, all but the luckiest fantasy owners will at some point need to find the proverbial diamond in the rough: a waiver wire or bench player who is capable of putting up some points in a pinch. This weekly feature is dedicated to that part of fantasy football. It's not pretty, but it's part of the game.
Note: These recommendations do not trump our weekly rankings which are updated throughout the week and weekend.
Smith was impressive against the Packers
in Week 1 throwing for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns while completing 20 of 26 passes. It appears that the added weapons in the passing game -- namely Randy Moss
and Mario Manningham
-- have helped Smith's situation. The Lions
are not all that easy to run on, so expect the 49ers
to throw the ball against a suspect Detroit secondary.
If Blaine Gabbert
can throw for 260 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Vikings
, what will Luck be able to do? With or without Austin Collie
, Luck should be able to move the ball like he did against the Bears
in Week 1. He was picked off 3 times, but threw for 309 yards and a touchdown. His efficiency should improve against the Vikings
Locker injured his shoulder at the start of the 4th quarter against the Patriots
, but was on pace for 305 passing yards and 1.3 TDs. This week he faces a Chargers
defense that successfully shut down Darren McFadden
in the running game, so look for the Titans
to have to throw it to try to move the ball. He also will benefit from the return of Kenny Britt
torched the Colts
in Week 1, while Ponder fared pretty well -- 270 yards on 74% accuracy -- against the Jaguars
. Ponder didn't throw a TD pass, but that should change against the Colts
in Week 2.
Morris may still be out there in some very shallow leagues. He is shaping up as a mid- to low-end RB2 against the Rams
who really struggle against the rush last season. Against the Saints
in Week 1, Morris rushed for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns on 28 carries and appears to be the RB of the moment in Washington, though that can change on a dime.
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