Players to consider adding and dropping for Week 11 and beyond (based on a 12-team league with 15 players per team):
John Gruden's gutsy call overshadowed the rapid maturation of Tampa Bay's Chris Simms, who threw three touchdown passes in his team's win against Washington in Week 10. Simms' ability has never been in doubt, but a lack of experience resulted in erratic play and kept his fantasy value in check. That could change rapidly with a few more efforts like the one he turned in Sunday. A solid backup for now because of a favorable schedule, Simms could develop into a fantasy starter by the middle of next season. ... Donovan McNabb's problems started well before he aggravated a groin injury in the closing minutes of a loss to the Cowboys on Monday night. The Eagles signal caller has toughed it out while battling multiple injuries this season, but he's also been rather average in his past five games with six TD passes and five interceptions. He's likely to sit this week's game out, with ex-Lion Mike McMahon taking the snaps in his stead. Anything short of a healthy McNabb has minimal fantasy appeal. ... The Steelers are noncommittal on whether Ben Roethlisberger (knee) will play in Week 11. Even if he does, he's not a great option vs. Baltimore's defense. Tommy Maddox starts if Roethlisberger can't go.
They'll be lining up like holiday shoppers to get a crack at Green Bay's Samkon Gado, and with good reason. On the strength of a three-TD effort, the Packers rookie ranked second in scoring among running backs in Week 10, behind only Shaun Alexander. It's likely that Gado's best game is behind him, but Green Bay's new-found commitment to the run - Gado has 51 carries in the past two games - makes him a must-have running back. Push, shove, pull hair, whatever - just get him. ... Even if Fred Taylor gets healthy, Jacksonville's cushy schedule makes Greg Jones a great option down the stretch. He's scored a touchdown in both of his starts this season and ran for 106 yards vs. the Ravens in Week 10. ... Chicago's Adrian Peterson made the most of an opportunity to play with 120 rushing yards vs. San Francisco in Week 10, but he's likely headed back to the bench this week with Thomas Jones expected to return. Cedric Benson, who got off to a nice start against the Niners before leaving with a sprained knee ligament, is expected to miss 3-6 weeks. ... Cody Pickett's the best thing that happened to the San Francisco running game since Roger Craig, as Kevan Barlow and Frank Gore combined for 118 yards on 39 carries vs. the Bears in Week 11. Gore has earned the right to split carries with Barlow, but Niners coaches don't think he's ready to handle a full workload. Still, he's a possible stopgap for ailing backfields. The bad news? Sounds like Pickett's headed back to the bench despite completing a pass last week. Tough break. ... Corey Dillon tweaked his calf early in Week 10 and gave way to Heath Evans, who ran for 84 yards on 17 carries (19 yards on 12 tries after halftime). With Dillon's availability up in the air and the Pats set to face the Saints, Evans has significant short-term value.
Detroit's Roy Williams is all the rage this week after returning to the lineup to the tune of seven catches, 117 yards and three touchdowns. You don't need me to tell you that Williams, who hadn't played since Week 4, should be owned in all leagues. ... Tennessee rookie Brandon Jones, a trendy pickup before injuring his knee in Week 7, should be back this week and should be added at once. Jones had 21 catches for 274 yards and two scores before his injury, and he's by far the best option in the depleted Titans receiving corps - for now, anyway. Drew Bennett had pins removed from his surgically repaired thumb this week and could return in time for a Week 12 matchup with the 49ers. Add him now and stash him on the bench. ... Arizona expects to get Anquan Boldin (knee) back in time for Sunday's matchup with the Rams. Boldin had scored in three of four contests before missing the past two games. He should be owned in all leagues, but expect the Cardinals to ease him back into the lineup.