Players to consider adding and dropping for Week 10 and beyond (based on a 12-team league with 15 players per team):
A week late, maybe, but there's nothing not to like about Brad Johnson, who is surrounded by capable receivers in Minnesota. He threw for two touchdowns in Week 9, something Daunte Culpepper did just twice in seven games. ... The Steelers will go with Charlie Batch for a second week in a row but expect Ben Roethlisberger (knee) will be ready for a Nov. 20 matchup with Baltimore. ... Denver's Jake Plummer ranks behind only Peyton Manning in fantasy scoring average among QBs over the past six weeks and is on pace to throw a career-low six interceptions.
The Chiefs aren't saying much, but there is chatter that Kansas City running back Priest Holmes could miss the rest of the season with head and neck injuries. The three-time Pro Bowl running back did not play last week after suffering a mild concussion a week earlier vs. San Diego, and his status for Week 10 is up in the air. Larry Johnson filled in last weekend and totaled 155 yards and two TDs. ... Thomas Jones (ribs) is hurt, Cedric Benson will start - we've been down this road before, only to see Jones recover faster than a world-class soccer player. But this time could be different, and with Chicago headed to San Francisco, the rookie's worth the risk. ... Sticking with the rookie theme, it looks as if Arizona might soon turn back to J.J. Arrington, who rushed for 40 yards - that's a career-high 40 yards for those counting at home - last week vs. Seattle. Considering Marcel Shipp hasn't topped 55 yards in a game this season, Arrington deserves a chance. Considering Arrington has a sprained shoulder and 116 rushing yards for the season, I'd keep my expectations in check. ... Fred Taylor is hurt again. Pick up Greg Jones. You know the drill. ... There has been a Michael Bennett sighting in Minnesota, where the forgotten former first-round pick gained 106 yards in Week 9 on 18 carries - one more than he had in the previous six games combined. Mewelde Moore remains the starter, but Bennett will test Mike Tice's hot-hand approach. ... Even if Willie Parker's ankle injury isn't serious, Duce Staley makes a great play this week vs. Cleveland's 28th-ranked run defense. With Charlie Batch at QB, the Steelers won't throw much. ... The Falcons expect to get red-zone favorite T.J. Duckett (ankle) back this week; he scored in each of Atlanta's first four games. ... The Green Bay backfield offers up yet another mediocre option in one-time fifth-stringer Samkon Gado, who's worth owning if only because he had 26 carries last week in place of Tony Fisher (ribs). ReShard Lee is the backup, though surely The Pack has Dorsey Levens on speed dial.
It lives! Houston's Andre Johnson might be the best second-half sleeper at any position after missing five games with a calf injury. He returned to the lineup in Week 9 with nine grabs for 91, besting the 76 yards he totaled in three games during the first half. Johnson should be good for at least three or four TDs the rest of the way. ... It was just one play, but Philly's Reggie Brown looked like an adequate replacement as he outraced Washington's Dr. Seuss-socked safety, Sean Taylor, on a 56-yard touchdown catch. Brown finished with five catches for 94 yards in his first start in place of Terrell Owens. The way the Eagles throw the ball around, he has a chance to equal those numbers every week. ... Detroit's Charles Rogers should play this week for the first time since Week 3, but he's clearly in Steve Mariucci's doghouse and shouldn't be counted on. Scottie Vines (nine catches, 109 yards in Week 9) is a much more attractive option. ... If you're loading up for a playoff run, it's time to start thinking about Seattle's Darrell Jackson, who likely was dropped in many leagues. D.J. has been out since Week 4 and underwent knee surgery, but he should be back before the end of the month.