4th and 26: Jerome Harrison's Stock Is About to Skyrocket
Last week's picks didn't do too bad, especially my guys at the all-important RB position. Jerome Harrison totaled up 85 yards in a tough matchup against the Ravens and is a must-add for you deep-leaguers if available. He faces the Bengals this week, and he doesn't have the threat of James Davis looming over him anymore. I've added him in every possible league, just because he's going to see a lot of touches from this point on. Owned in just 9% of your leagues, Harrison will see his membership numbers rise dramatically quite soon.
Another big shout-out goes to Lynell Hamilton, who virtually matched Harrison's production thanks to an early TD in his game against the Bills. With Pierre Thomas back in the lineup, Hamilton was little more than a one-week fix for your team. If you picked him up, feel free to drop him for any of the following options, especially if you need to plug a hole:
Chad Henne, QB, Dolphins. I mentioned Henne in this week's Passed Out at Your Desk, but with the Bills losing defensive players seemingly on a daily basis, I definitely think he deserves a repeat here. My previous suggestion of only starting him in two-QB leagues should be augmented; at this point, he's a solid fill-in for you if you're replacing an injured starter or have someone off today. I had him as the No. 20 QB this week, but I'm thinking he should be top-15 now. I'd surely start him over Shaun Hill and Kyle Orton.
Maurice Morris, RB, Lions and Adrian Peterson, RB, Bears. Both these running backs are likely to see more work than usual this week, with Morris in line for a big workload if Kevin Smith can't go, and Peterson likely to see more touches if the Bears run up the score. Detroit's defense is pretty banged up, which also adds to the chances of Peterson making a big play, even with limited touches. Both are desperation starts this week -- only pick them up and play them if you're in dire straits at RB this week.
Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers. The rookie out of Mississippi had a breakout game against Cincinnati last week, hauling in seven balls for 102 yards. Is it the start of something good, or just a blip on the radar? Well, for this week at least, he looks like a great play. The Steelers will be without running back Willie Parker, which should mean the game plan will be geared more toward passing the ball, especially if San Diego puts some early points on the board. Wallace is an acceptable gamble for those of you in 16-team leagues that are scouring your free-agent lists for a last-minute starter.