My Watch List reflects the cream of the crop of the players I am genuinely watching in my fantasy league, in order to monitor them to see if their fantasy situations keep improving, or in some cases to pick them up and roll the dice with them as early as this week.
Alex Smith was probably scooped up in most leagues already, and rightfully so he just played the best game of his NFL life and was just officially named the starter for the next game. Still, I’m taking a hands-off approach. I wanted to see Smith make good on his high draft selection, gave him two or three years to show me something, but any bright flash was followed shortly thereafter by clunkers. I’m not buyin it this time around until he can string three good games together. Take him, he is yours.
Matt Moore/A.J. Feeley- Although John Fox hasn’t announced Jake Delhomme is getting canned just yet, it may be just because he hasn’t decided who he should give the promotion to. Feeley is a veteran with instant credibility, whereas Moore is a young gun with a strong arm who lacks experience. Whoever gets the call has a decent shot at getting more productivity out of the Carolina offense. Might be worth a look in bye weeks anyway.
Bruce Gradkowski- Hard to say what is going to happen in Oakland, but I think Gradkowski has more to offer than he showed vs the Jets, and probably more to offer than the inconsistent Jamarcus Russell.
Beanie Wells had a coming out party of sorts vs the Giants. To me, one of the biggest signs was also one of the more subtle ones- the Cardinals got Beanie going in the screen game and left him in for some passing downs, something they hadn’t before, proving their increased confidence in his all-around value. The most obvious sign of course was that he ran for his first TD on a dazzling double stiff-arm 13-yard scamper, and he carried the ball 14 times for 67 yards, both team highs. He is likely already gone from your waiver wire, but if he is still there snatch him up. It is likely that he will get an increased workload going forward.
Shonn Greene finally got his chance for the Jets due to an unfortunate injury to Leon Washington. He made plenty good by romping for 144 yards and 2 TDs on only 19 carries. Again, I’d be shocked if he is still available, but you never know. Go take a look and scoop him up if you are lucky. Still, he will be sharing the workload with Thomas Jones, and they won’t be playing the Raiders every game.
Jamaal Charles is back on my list because Larry Johnson is a moron, using his Twitter account to make some ill-advised comments. If he is disciplined, Charles will get more touches. Even then, the Chiefs have a bye in Week 8.
Jason Snelling put up a curious stat line in that he out-produced fellow Falcon Michael Turner. Snelling had 68 yards rushing and 10 receiving, and if Jerious Norwood remains sidelined could be a flex option.
David Clowney was the leading receiver for the Jets with Jerricho Cotchery out, and Braylon Edwards only catching one pass. I don’t think this is a reliable trend though.
Sam Aiken is worth mentioning because No.3 WR Julian Edelman is sidelined and he displayed blazing speed vs. the Bucs in England. Still only caught two balls though.
Eric Weems is another Falcon making the list because he returns punts and kickoffs and is the a speed threat the team lacks since Harry Douglas went on IR before the season started. Still likely won’t grab a ton of balls though.
Sammie Stroughter has 3 catches in the last 3 games. Probably can’t rely on the Bucs passing game though.
Donald Lee gets a bump with Jermichael Finley sustaining a knee sprain.
Gary Barnidge is a young athletic player with pretty decent speed for the Panthers, but they have 3 TEs they are throwing to right now so you’ll have to wait until one of them emerges as the go to before taking any of them seriously.