Jerome Harrison, RB, Browns
Given a start for the banged-up Browns, Harrison came through with 121 yards on 29 carries against the Bengals. With rookie James Davis lost for the season and veteran Jamal Lewis in his final throes, Harrison is Cleveland's chief option—and a prime pickup.
Austin Collie, WR, Colts
Following the lead of Pierre Gar√ßon, Collie is the latest young wideout to emerge as a reliable target in Indy. The second-year player had six grabs for 65 yards and a TD against Seattle on Sunday; he is worth a start this week against a torn-up Titans secondary.
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Chad Henne, QB, Dolphins
The Michigan alum takes over a Miami attack that is running the ball 56% of the time. But unlike Chad Pennington, the man he replaced, Henne has the arm strength to take deep shots when defenses cheat up to stop the run. He's a solid bye-week sub.
Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
For three years fantasy owners saw only unfulfilled potential from Davis. He declared himself to be newly dedicated this season, and in the last two games he's actually been playing like it, with 10 receptions, three for touchdowns. At long last he's a top 10 tight end.
Garrett Hartley, K, Saints
Hartley returns from suspension after New Orleans' Week 5 bye and should be reclaiming kicking duties from veteran John Carney. Make the move now to snag this point-scorer in one of the league's most prolific offenses.
Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
Since the Raiders joined the NFL, only Justin Fargas (minus-six yards on eight carries in '06) had a worse day as a back than McFadden's six carries for minus-three yards last week against Houston. Rushing for 36.3 yards per game, he's become unusable.
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Apparently the NFL can only have one Steve Smith at a time among its top pass catchers. For years Carolina's four-time Pro Bowl wideout of that name has been a prime fantasy play, but now it's the third-year Giants wideout who is ascendant. New York's Smith has emerged as Eli Manning's most reliable target: With 34 catches this season—including 11 last Sunday, with two touchdowns, against the Chiefs—he has become a must start. The fantasy value of Carolina's Smith, meanwhile, has been dropping. Until struggling Panthers QB Jake Delhomme is replaced or rediscovers his arm strength, the Smith who wears teal has become a risky play.