Waiver Wire Additions
Troy Smith – Smith now has two starts into his NFL career, and in terms of fantasy he’s been a stud. In both starts this season for the 49ers Smith has 17 and 19 points in standard fantasy leagues. Smith led San Francisco to a victory on Sunday throwing for 365 yards, and should be under center for the rest of the season. Smith has dynamic weapons at his display in Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, so smith has the players around him to be a successful NFL quarterback. With the 49ers having the Buccaneers, two games against the Cardinals, the Rams and the Seahawks still on the schedule, Smith has viable matchups against poor passing defenses.
Justin Forsett – While he hasn’t been named the starter, is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that Forsett is not the best back in the Seattle? Forsett is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, while Marshawn Lynch is averaging a measly 2.74, and has repeatedly been stuffed at the goal line. Not only is Forsett the better rusher, but he clearly has better hands then Lynch and should be seeing the majority of touches for the Seahawks going forward. For this weekend matchup with the Saints, Forsett makes for a nice flex play, providing plenty of value just like he did in 2009.
Jerome Harrison – Harrison carried fantasy teams to championships last season, and it’s possible he could do it again. Going against an awful Redskins defense, Harrison ran 11 times for 109 yards and a touchdown, while LeSean McCoy received 11 carries running for 43 yards. No, I do not think Harrison is going to steal McCoys job, but I do think he will see his fair share in these remaining seven games. Harrison possesses the same skill set as McCoy so when he’s on the field the Eagles don’t miss a beat. Owners of McCoy should add Harrison immediately and for leagues with extremely deep benches, it won’t hurt to add a player who has game changing ability.
Mike Thomas – Thomas will be known for the Hail Mary he hauled in on Sunday against the Texans for the rest of his career. And while that’s not a terrible claim to fame, he’s been the number one target for quarterback David Garrard all season with 536 receiving yards. Thomas has superb hands, and is fast as lightning, with 98 rushing yards on eight attempts this season. With the Jaguars in the hunt for the playoffs and Thomas as the primary receiver, he should be owned in all 12 team leagues for spot starts against poor passing defenses.
Buffalo Bills Defense – Heavily criticized for the inability to stop the run, the Bills have given up 181 yards on the ground and 3.1 yards per carry over their last two games. While you might not know his name, Kyle Williams is one of the best run stuffers in the league, and is leading the Buffalo defense as of late. A top notch secondary led by Jarius Byrd and Leodis McKelvin have the Bills with the seventh best passing defense in the league. Buffalo has the Bengals, Vikings, Browns and Dolphins in four of their next five making them a solid matchup play for teams trying to make the playoffs.