KEVIN SMITH, RB,Lions
This is an article from the Nov. 28, 2011 issue
After playing in only seven NFL games since tearing his ACL in December 2009, Smith displayed preinjury speed in gaining a career-high 140 rushing yards while becoming just the fifth Detroit back to amass 200 yards from scrimmage in a game this millennium. With the concussion-prone Jahvid Best's health in question for the rest of the season, Smith is a gift for Detroit and fantasy owners in need of a running back.
JEROME SIMPSON, WR,Bengals
Against the Ravens, Simpson hauled in eight balls for 152 yards. It was his third 100-yard game of the year, but Simpson is among the most frustratingly inconsistent wideouts in the league. For example, he's caught only 34 of the 70 balls Andy Dalton has thrown his way. If fellow receiver A.J. Green's injury lingers, Simpson is someone to own, but if the star rookie returns soon, take a pass on Simpson.
MATT LEINART, QB,Texans
The former Heisman Trophy winner, who was pressed into action after a serious foot injury to Matt Schaub, will be asked to provide clean handoffs to Arian Foster and Ben Tate while occasionally getting the ball into the hands of Owen Daniels, Kevin Walter and, when he returns, Andre Johnson. Leinart can be an efficient caretaker, and the Texans will roll into the playoffs, but he won't be of much use in fantasy circles.
CHRIS OGBONNAYA, RB,Browns
In a few weeks he went from the Texans' practice squad to the Browns' starting lineup. He has averaged more than 100 yards over the past two games, but the going gets rough now. The Browns face run-stopping division foes Cincinnati, Pittsburgh (twice) and Baltimore (twice) in five of the next six weeks. That schedule and the return of Montario Hardesty makes Ogbonnaya less attractive as a starter.