Players to consider adding and dropping for Week 12 and beyond (based on a 12-team league with 15 players per team):
So let me get this straight - first Donovan McNabb wants to play through his sports hernia, says he's a leader. Now he needs season-ending surgery? Man, what a hypocrite. Personally, I prefer Brett Favre. Mike McMahon? Mmmmm, I'm not convinced despite his 298-yard effort in Week 11. But as long as Tommy Maddox is taking snaps, you could do worse than McMahon. I'll give him a lukewarm recommendation for Week 12 vs. Green Bay. I'lI also recommend a lukewarm McGriddles. Mmmmm, breakfast sandwich. ... No way Maddox starts on Monday night against the Colts - there's too much at stake for the Steelers. If Ben Roethlisberger can walk - and he can, because I saw him with my own eyes - he'll be in there next week. ... The Rams are going back to Jamie Martin after Marc Bulger suffered a bruised shoulder. Bulger is expected to miss two or three games. Meanwhile, McMahon is looking better all the time.
Seems the Ravens coaching staff finally picked up on what the media and fans tried to point out weeks ago - Chester Taylor is a far better running back right now than Jamal Lewis. Taylor had a season-high 19 carries for 59 yards in Week 11, with Lewis more or less a non-factor after halftime. The Ravens want to get a better look at Taylor, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. He should get equal time with Lewis the rest of the way and could receive the bulk of the carries if he continues to run well. Taylor is as good a pickup as you could hope to find at this point in the season. ... The news is not so good for Fred Taylor, who made a surprise start for the Jags at Tennessee before - not so surprisingly - leaving with an injury. Taylor lost 8 yards on six carries before sitting out most of the second half with a bruised thigh, leaving Greg Jones to shoulder the load. Jones is a great play in Week 12 against the Cardinals, who inexplicably limited the Rams' Steven Jackson to 6 yards on 12 carries last weekend. ... Denver's Tatum Bell has only 78 yards on 26 carries in his past two games and is likely to be held out of the Broncos' Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Cowboys with a chest injury. Ron Dayne will back up Mike Anderson, who has scored at least one TD in five consecutive games. … As long as Corey Dillon is out, New England's Patrick Pass and Heath Evans are both worth holding onto. The duo split carries against the Saints, a trend that should continue until Dillon returns. Pass is a better receiver and the better all-around option of the two, but Evans has 197 total yards in his past two games. ... If you're still holding out hope for Tennessee's Travis Henry, don't. He has one carry in three games since returning from his four-game suspension.
Tennessee's Drew Bennett returned sooner than expected from a thumb injury, so there's a chance he's still available in some leagues. He shouldn't be - with the Niners on deck, he's this week's Anquan Boldin. ... Seattle wideout Joe Jurevicius has cooled off since his nine-catch, 137-yard effort vs. the Rams in Week 5 and has just seven grabs for 67 yards in his past two games. With Darrell Jackson (knee) due back in the next few weeks, Jurevicius' value is declining rapidly. ... San Diego's Eric Parker has been hampered by back and ankle injuries this season, and his production has been maddeningly inconsistent. But he did catch four passes for 69 yards and a TD in Week 11 as Chargers QB Drew Brees picked apart Buffalo's pass defense. With Antonio Gates ailing, look for Parker to pick up some of the slack. ... K.C.'s Samie Parker returned from a four-game absence with two catches for 23 yards and a TD vs. the Texans, but he's not likely to make much of an impact in the weeks ahead. ... Chicago's Justin Gage matched his output from the previous three weeks with seven grabs for 81 yards in Week 11. With Mark Bradley out, Gage could have a few more games like this, but he'll also prove to be predictably unpredictable.