Fantasy owners can expect Washington to proceed with caution after Portis got his bell rung in last week's loss to Atlanta. Portis lost consciousness at one point, and with Washington's season already lost it seems likely he'll miss at least one contest, if not more.
This should leave the door open for Betts, who gained 70 yards on 15 carries in relief on Sunday. Up to that point in the season Betts hadn't been given more than four carries in any one contest. But fantasy owners are well aware of what Betts has accomplished in past seasons when filling in for Portis (five consecutive 100-yard games near the end of the 2006 season).
Next up the Redskins will face a Denver defense fresh off allowing
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates to consider...
In most leagues, Smith is available while
The arrival of rookie quarterback
Jones caught four of the six passes thrown in his direction, including a beautifully-placed 74-yard scoring strike on Green Bay's second play from scrimmage. With both
Here is a look at this week's buy and sell candidates:
Yeah, yeah ... a tough buy. Still, Rice is worth putting together a package deal for. In fact, he just might be this year's
Rice too pricey for you? Give Thomas a thought. He has carried the ball 27 times over the past two weeks combined and caught five balls on Sunday against Carolina. As the weather turns, and the Saints hit the road, the offense will need to find more balance and keep the ball a little closer to earth. Since Thomas has proven to be the only capable ballcarrier in Saints camp it should mean increased touches in the final months of the year.
The highlight for Chicago in its loss to Arizona may have been Bennett's performance (seven catches, 93 yards). Quarterback
McNabb's poor performance against Dallas (two interceptions, several errant passes) was just a taste of what's in store for Eagles fans (and McNabb's fantasy owners) in the coming month. The Eagles will be on the road in four of the next five weeks, taking them to unfriendly places such as San Diego, Atlanta and New York. Might be best for fantasy owners to drop Donovan now before he sinks your team.
Sims-Walker has had a nice season, with three 100-yard games. But the road ahead is brutal for the Jaguar passing game, and now would be a good time to find Sims-Walker a new home. Over the next seven weeks the Jaguars will face four teams presently ranked among the top 10 in pass defense, including the next two weeks (Jets and Bills). Coming off a season-best 147 yards, Sims-Walker may have peaked.
Chambers exploded in the final minutes of Kansas City's loss to Jacksonville for two touchdowns, giving him three catches for the day and 70 yards. Too little too late. Chambers has been a disappointment for the past few seasons and this slight bump in production serves as an excuse to unload him. In seven games with San Diego this season Chambers caught just nine balls. Now a Chief, even if he assumes the team's primary role it will mean little, as Kansas City has failed to generate much offense all season. Someone in your fantasy league will see value in Chambers' recent change of scenery -- make that person your target for a trade.