Players to consider adding and dropping for Week 7 and beyond (based on a 12-team league with 15 players per team):
Expect Rams QB Marc Bulger to miss a game or two with the sprained shoulder he suffered in a loss to the Colts on Monday night. Jamie Martin is the Rams next option. Here's hoping you have a better one. ... Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return for Sunday's game against Cincinnati, ending the brief but memorable Tommy Maddox renaissance. ... Tampa Bay's Chris Simms has the size (6-4, 220), skills and supporting cast to be a useful fantasy backup for now and maybe more down the road. With Brian Griese (knee) out for the season, the Bucs will stick with Simms from here on out. Tim Rattay, acquired Tuesday from San Francisco, merely provides insurance. ... Rattay's exit from San Francisco leaves Ken Dorsey as the Niners backup and rookie No. 1 pick Alex Smith in the line of fire behind one of the NFL's worst offensive lines.
With Corey Dillon sidelined, fullback Patrick Pass played an active role in the Patriots offense in Week 6, totaling 153 yards and a touchdown. In his past three games, Pass has 254 yards and a pair of rushing TDs, the first of his career. Even when Dillon is healthy, Pass is deserving of a bench spot in deeper leagues. ... Start shopping Curtis Martin, who's coming off a season-best 148-yard effort against Buffalo's lousy run defense. With All-Pro center Kevin Mawae (arm) lost for the season, Martin's value is as high as it's going to get this season. ... With Tyson Thompson in the doghouse and Anthony Thomas playing like Anthony Thomas, Marion Barber emerged as the Cowboys' best alternative to nicked-up starter Julius Jones. ... Green Bay's Tony Fisher isn't a long-range solution, but he's a good option this week against Minnesota's 32nd-ranked pass defense, particularly if Ahman Green can't go. ... Antowain Smith scored a pair of touchdowns, but Aaron Stecker got the start and the bulk of the carries (16 to Smith's 12) vs. the Falcons last weekend. Both are fair options this week against a suspect St. Louis defense. ... Edgerrin James owners would sleep a lot easier if they added Dominic Rhodes, who spelled Edge near the goal line on one drive Monday night and scored his second TD in two games. With the Colts sure to romp in Week 7 against hapless Houston, Rhodes could star in garbage time.
A thumb injury to No. 1 receiver Drew Bennett gives a boost to Tennessee rookie Brandon Jones, who had five catches for a season-best 82 yards in Week 6. The underachieving Tyrone Calico should find his way into the starting lineup, but not onto your roster. Bennett could miss more than a month, so his owners should make other arrangements. ... The Raiders aren't saying much about Randy Moss, but his injuries sound serious enough to keep him out of action for at least a week or two. That opens up a starting spot for Doug Gabriel, already one of the better No. 3 receivers in the game. With Moss out in Week 6, Oakland QB Kerry Collins threw to Gabriel 13 times, and the third-year wideout finished with five grabs for 86 yards. Add him now. ... Dallas slot receiver Patrick Crayton will miss at least a month with an ankle injury, freeing up the position for bust-turned-backup Peerless Price. Considering he has yet to be active on game day this season, I wouldn't rush to pick him up. ... Call it wishful thinking, but Griese's injury could actually help second-year Tampa Bay wideout Michael Clayton, who is in the midst of an awful sophomore slump. One report said Griese had lost confidence in Clayton, so a change at QB certainly can't hurt. The Bucs' bye in Week 7 also gives Clayton time to rest lingering shoulder and knee injuries, ailments that help explain his sub-par stat line to date (19 catches, 223 yards, 0 TDs).