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Pick-ups of the week- week 8

October 28, 2009

Here’s a list of the players to keep an eye on as we get closer to week 8.  4 stars – Must grab,  3 stars – Great spot start/long-term potential,  2 stars – Spot start for bye or injury, 1 star  –  Only if your desperate


Charles is on a bye this week but if you have a roster spot, now is the chance the pounce.  While Larry Johnson is not so quietly tweeting his way out of a job, Charles has been very productive as a change of pace back.  He has average 5.0 a carry in limited time this season, while also showing an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, a major plus in points per reception (PPR) leagues.  Watch how the whole LJ drama goes down, but we have seen this before and I doubt new coach Todd Haley is going to sit by and watch his players spin out of his control.  Charles may not end up being a back who can carry the ball 25-30 times a game, but an increase in touches make this explosive runner intriguing pick up the rest of the year.


After spending most of the preseason nursing injuries it finally looks like Wells is ready to take the bulk of the carries from the ineffective Tim Hightower (3.0 ypc).  Since he cardinals bye week, Wells has seen his carries increase from 7 to 12 to the season high 14 last week against the Giants.  Wells scored his first touchdown as well as catching 3 balls out of the backfield.  His 67 yards helped control the clock and move the chains as he received all the second half carries for the Cardinals.  Look for his workload to only increase as the season progresses.  Running room should not be a problem with the passing attack the Cardinals put on the field every week.


Since becoming the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, Smith has battled injuries and inconsistency.  After losing the QB battle Shaun Hill the start the season, Smith was given a chance to relieve the ineffective Hill in the second half against Houston and nearly led the 49ers to a comeback victory.   Smith was announced the week 8 starter and appears will be given the chance to keep the starting job.  Dont read too much into the second half at Houston however.  The Texans defense hasn’t exactly been striking fear into the leagues Quarterbacks (230 ypg, 9tds to only 4 ints).  Plus there is a reason we Smith lost the job in the first place.  The Niners will continue to be a run first offense and until Smith proves to be the kind of consistent talent of a #1 pick, he’s nothing more than a spot starter against poor defensive units, if that.


After Leon Washington was lost for the season with a broken leg, Greene was given a chance to play and he responded with a breakout performance.  Most of his 144 rushing yards came in the second half of the Jets 38-0 domination over the Oakland Raiders, but it was good to see the 3rd round pick step up and give the Jets a capable backup up to Thomas Jones after Washington was injured.  I dont look for these kinds of outbursts often however.  The Raiders run defense is one of the worst in the league and the Jets were in a position to run the ball often after building a 24-0 lead early in the game.  Greene has yet to catch a pass and only has 26 carries under his belt in 5 career games.  The Jets do have some soft run defenses remaining on their schedule this year and most likely will look to control those games with the run to take some of the pressure off fellow rookie Mark Sanchez, so there may be some more opportunity down the road for similar carries for Greene.  Games against CAR, @BUF, @TAM, and ATL in weeks 12-15 would be possible starts for Greene if your thin at RB.


Wallace has been torching secondaries this season to the tune of 18 ypc (25 ypc last 4 games).  Blessed with speed and often forgotten while defenses key on any of the Steelers top 3 targeted receivers in Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward and Health Miller.  Wallace has been getting behind the defense for big plays, including 2 touchdowns of at least 40 yards in the past 3 weeks.  Wallace isn’t going to get the most looks but he is making the most out of the passes thrown his way.  If you can find a way to get Wallace on your roster make room this week.  The Steelers have a bye in week 8 but word about Wallace is moving quickly in leagues and Wallace has a couple big play matchups down the road you wont want to miss.

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