Wire Tap: Smith no longer a joke
Stepping in for
Fantasy owners will no doubt be leery of jumping on Smith's bandwagon. After all, the guy has been given opportunities time and time again, only to fail. Why will this be any different?
Well, for one thing, San Francisco now has a respectable cast of receivers in place for him to throw to. With veteran
And, Smith was always in a revolving door before. This time he lost the job and had to earn it back, versus waiting for his turn in the rotation. That could mean he finally had the wake-up call he needed.
As a No. 2 fantasy quarterback, how can fantasy owners go wrong giving Smith one last chance?
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates to consider...
For Greene, injury equals opportunity. Now that
The "other" rookie wide receiver from Ohio State had a splendid day against New Orleans, gaining 94 yards on three catches. The reason that should intrigue fantasy owners is because Miami is still a team in search of the right parts for its offense, and Hartline has the profile of a Parcells-Sparano kind-of-guy.
Who!? Barnidge, the Panthers' second-year tight end out of Louisville, caught three balls on Sunday for 77 yards. The highlight came near the start of the third quarter when he reeled in a 52-yard catch to bring Carolina near red zone territory. Barnidge's efforts went to waste in the 20-9 loss to Buffalo, and it's only fair to point out he was one of three Carolina tight ends to catch three passes in the contest.
OK, not buying Barnidge, then how about Davis? On Monday the second-year tight end caught eight balls for 78 yards and a score in the loss to Philadelphia. Prior to that Davis had 72 yards to his name in those two seasons, and not a single score. The former USC standout was thrown to 10 times (more than primary target
Here is a look at this week's buy and sell candidates:
Against Kansas City, Sproles averaged 8.2 yards per carry and caught three balls for 58 yards and a score. Think those numbers are a fluke? With
Slowed down by a bum ankle, Boldin's numbers have been subpar (just one score), but he showed good quickness in the win over the Giants on Sunday evening (75 yards) and could be headed for a huge second half of the year. Boldin is still a legitimate No. 1 fantasy receiver, when healthy, and his asking price is currently well-below what it should be. Do the math, then make a move.
Witten has just 312 yards this season, and has caught just one score. But that should change in the near future now that teams will begin to show more attention to downfield threat
As much as we might love what Witten's future holds, we fear what's in store for Romo. Over the next seven games, Romo will face five teams ranked among the top eight in pass defense -- Eagles, Packers, Redskins, Giants, Chargers. And of the seven opponents, only one (Philadelphia) has allowed 10 or more passing scores to this point in the season. That schedule spells trouble for Romo, who was just finding his groove.
Johnson just signed his own death warrant in Kansas City, calling out coach
Jackson scored twice on Monday -- a 67-yard run and a 57-yard catch. His electrifying performance will draw interest from fellow owners in your league, making now a good time to entertain offers. Jackson is one of fantasy's most inconsistent wide receivers. He is the definitive big-play receiver, but he has too many "bust" weeks to offset nights like he had on Monday. And it seems he has fallen out of favor in the Eagles passing game (rookie