This weekly article will discuss those players "Heading North" (fantasy value is rising), "Going South" (fantasy value is falling), or "East-West" (fantasy value is still undetermined, but worth watching)...
Is no one safe?
Every week there is another stud RB appearing on the injury lists
and causing night-sweats and heart palpitations to well-meaning fantasy
James, supposedly fully recovered from his ACL injury two years ago, now
has a broken back?
Stephen Davis leaves because of a severely bruised forearm?
The aforementioned owners can't even catch a break when it comes
to the backups.
Who exactly is the backup RB in Indianapolis?
Is it Dominic Rhodes, he of 1000+ yards fame?
No, he's hurt too.
Is it James Mungro, he of 8 TDs in 2002 fame?
Maybe, but not really.
Is it Ricky Williams, he of wedding dress fame?
Oops, wrong Ricky... but you get the idea.
"Heading North" – Players whose fantasy value is rising
It took longer than it should have, especially with such a potent
weapon at tailback, but Trent Green finally put together a stellar
effort, finding two lost souls in Tony Gonzalez and Johnnie Morton for the
comeback win against Denver.
Teams already know they have to stop (or at least try their
darndest to stop) the Padre to have any chance to win.
Now that Green has regained some confidence in players like Gonzo,
Morton, and Eddie Kennison (whose 51-yard catch and run won an overtime
game the week before), he should be able to string together some nice
games as he did last year after an early struggle.
"Going South" – Players whose fantasy value is slipping
At the end of last season, Travis Taylor and Todd Heap were
keeping their fantasy owners very happy.
This year, they've done next to nothing.
The fact that Kyle Boller was only able to throw for 75 yards
against a shaky Cardinals secondary does not bode well for any Ravens
Just be thankful if you own Jamal Lewis, because there is no other
option for the Ravens offense right now.
How much longer until Brian Griese is ready?
What are these rumors about Mark Brunell wanting to play in Miami?
These are issues that should soon be a concern for Jay Fiedler.
He was facing a Jacksonville defense that had already given up big
passing days to Brunell, Drew Bledsoe, and David Carr.
Surely Fiedler should have been able to do more than a 14-27 for
147 yards and a pick.
Yes, the Fins won the game handily, but on a day when Ricky
Williams only had 19 carries, Fiedler should have been able to do much
"East-West" – Players whose fantasy value is still undetermined
Just when it looked like a number one RB had emerged in Philadelphia, Brian
Westbrook left the game on Sunday with an injury.
His exit, after scoring a TD in his third consecutive game, opened
the door for Correll Buckhalter to run for a TD, and Duce Staley, who
generated 94 yards of total offense and a TD catch.
The injury raises questions about the durability of the undersized
Westbrook who is also being used as the team's starting kick and punt
Mike Cloud scored his
third touchdown in just two games this past weekend.
Fantasy owners might be looking at Cloud as a legitimate RB in the
But before anyone jumps to any conclusions, keep in mind that he
managed to gain a meager 23 yards on his nine carries.
Kevin Faulk still received the bulk of the rushing work with
Antowain Smith sitting the game out.
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