Christian Ponder – Ponder has become a solid bye week fill-in QB in any standard league. 258 yards and 2 TDs against the Titans last week, I expect him to match those numbers against a weak Redskins D next week. Ponder can also run pretty well, with 31 yards on Sunday, so he can even rush for a sneaky goal line TD.
Alex Smith – Smith passed for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns last week. Whatever Harbaugh is doing, it’s working. He faces a tough Giants D next week, but they did give up a lot of yards to the Browns. Definitely won’t match his numbers from last week, but he could still go for 200 plus yards and a couple touchdowns, and keep an eye on him as a bye week fill-in. Niners O-line will get him good pass protection all game.
Alex Green – Cedric Benson has a lisfranc injury, and is out for 8 weeks. That means someone will have to fill in, and my money’s on Alex Green. Yes, most of his 63 yards came from one 41 yard run, but on that one play he exhibited burst and shiftiness that Benson never had. James Starks would also be in line for carries, and believe it or not, Randall Cobb could fill-in like he did in week 1. No guarantee Green is the guy, but I liked what I saw in the game against the Colts.
William Powell/LaRod Stephens-Howling – Another situation where someone is going to get the carries, Powell and Stephens-Howling both should be in line for more carries next week against the Bills. I really can’t help you with this one, I don’t think either one becomes a clear cut starter, and I can see them splitting carries evenly. Early edge goes to Stephens-Howling, who is a veteran and knows the playbook, but Powell looked good in pre-season play and may still have a higher upside.
David Wilson – Andre Brown was concussed while returning a kickoff, and never returned to the game. Wilson stepped in and showed the burst he had coming out of college. Most importantly, he held onto the ball. If Brown is limited, Wilson would be 2nd in line behind Ahmad Bradshaw, whose injury history speaks for itself. Speculative add as a handcuff.
Keep an eye on: Jahvid Best – Best will undergo a series of tests to see if he is cleared for football activity. If he is, he is eligible to be back week 8, and if he can re-claim his role from last-year’s explosive Lions offense, he will be one of the steals of the year.
Darrius Heyward-Bey – Heyward-Bey is now practicing and it looks like he will be playing this week. DHB was mentioned in last week’s Waiver Saviors, if he’s available, he’s probably a better option than most other guys on the waiver wire.
Brandon Gibson – With Danny Amendola out for at least a month, I can see Gibson being the biggest beneficiary of more targets. However, he is only a desperation flex option for next week. Pick him up if you have a spot for him, but don’t use your waiver priority on him.
Keep an eye on: Vincent Brown – On revocable IR, he is eligible to come back after week 6, if healthy. After his leg injury, Coach Norv Turner was quoted saying that they “planned to feature Brown” in the offense. He was one of my sleeper picks prior to his injury, and his healing process is on track. VERY speculative add, one you can make in deep leagues.
Brandon Myers – We have covered most TEs here on FFSteroids, but if you find yourself still lacking at the TE spot, Myers has caught 16 of his 17 targets from Carson Palmer this year, for 228 yards, which leads the team. With teams preoccupied with trying to stop Darren McFadden, Myers will continue to be open over the middle, for Palmer to dump off for 10 yards at a time. He is TE2, and even more useful in a PPR league.
No one I would really use my waiver priority on this week, unless you have a great need at a specific position. As usual, I have listed them in the order I would pick them up.
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