Ken Darby, RB, St. Louis Rams: This is not really a head smacker for a couple of reasons, first because Steven Jackson will probably play and second, even if he doesn’t Darby will not be able to jump into Jackson’s role without missing a beat. So, only a head smacker if you have Steven Jackson already and have room for a stash.
Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Harbaugh has always been a “running back with the hot hand” coach, that is how Ray Rice got the job in the first place. If Rice misses time and McGahee looks good, he could keep the rock for an extended period of time.
Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans: We had Walter as a pick up even when Andre Johnson was healthy, with Johnson nicked up, Walter has to get a bump.
Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns: We had Hillis as a hail mary after week one, apparently he did not want to let us down. He is the decided goal line vulture and making the most of every opportunity. He will not put up week 3 numbers every week but will contribute.
Roy Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: I hate having Williams on this list because it looks like we are just chasing a big week, but there is reason for his success. He has skills but the WR core is crowded in Dallas. Dez Bryant looks to be hurt and might miss time, if he does and Austin continues to take the doubles, Williams could continue to produce.
Not So Obvious
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Addai gets hurt, we know this. Addai is listed as questionable. Brown is a good back with good hands in an offense that scores and uses the running back in the run game and the pass game, need I continue?
Kevin Smith, RB, Detroit Lions: Jahvid Best is suffering from turf toe and if we learned anything from Deon Sanders besides the new word “shibbacle” it is that turf toe can end your career. It probably won’t end Best’s but he could miss some time. Smith is coming back from an ACL injury but he is still a better option than Morris if Best can’t go.
Ryan Torain, RB, Washington Redskins: I loved Torain in Denver before he got hurt and I still think he can play. Portis is due for an injury and even if he stays healthy, there is nothing saying Shanahan will not just switch for the sake of switching.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: Bradford is not going to put up Peyton Manning numbers for you but, he has looked very steady so far and will continue to move the ball through the air. He has developed some chemistry with Mark Clayton and is a safe bet for your bye week or as a QB2 in a 2 QB league. No, I am not kidding!
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cadillac Williams has just 139 yards for the season. Now I understand that the Bucs have had a couple of tough matchups but Blount had an average of almost 5 yards per carry score against the Steelers. If Cadillac continues to try to lose his job, Blount might just catch it and since the Bucs are heading into a bye week, you should be able to grab him even in deep leagues.
Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions: I know I listed Kevin Smith as a pick up ( I can read) but he is coming back from an ACL and if he has a set back and all of the stuff I said about turf toe is still possible, Maurice will be the man. Remember, I starting running back still has value, even on the Lions.
Anyone in a Denver Uniform with a WR number: One of them is going to have a big week every week, the question is who? This week, my guess is Jabbar Gaffney. He is the only one left who has not really had a big week yet. Straight up guess.