Bruce Gradkowski (TB) - The rookie led the Bucs to their first win with late 4th quarter heroics. He completed less than 50% of his passes, but led the team down the field late and threw his 2nd TD of the day to beat the Bengals. He has thrown for 2 TDs in each of his starts and if you are stuck with Brunell as your backup, give Gradkowski a look.
Alex Smith (TB) - Smith has a good relationship with Gradkowski and it shows near the GL. Smith caught his 2nd short TD in as many weeks and finished with 3 catches for 10 yards on the day. He is a good fill in starter at TE and is looking like a good option in TD only formats.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh (CIN) - Housh is looking a lot like the #1 WR in Cincy. He caught a team high 10 passes for 102 yards and a TD. He has topped 90 yards in all 3 of his games this year and has 3 TDs. Housh is a must start every week.
Michael Clayton (TB) - Jon Gruden wanted to get him more involved and Clayton finally showed some life. He caught 6 passes for 55 yards and the game winning TD. He is not a recommended play, but keep an eye on him should he build some momentum.
Cause for Concern
Rudi Johnson (CIN) - An off day from Johnson, but it was surprising to see just 52 yards on 17 carries against the Bucs, who had been terrible stopping the run. He has not reached 70 yards in 3 straight games and has just 1 TD during that span.
(CAR at BAL)
Steve Smith (CAR) - Smith declared that he was finally 100% before this game and if this is what the league can expect from him the rest of the way, LOOK OUT. He caught 8 passes for 189 yards including the game winning 72 yard TD. If it weren't for Torry Holt, Smith would be the undisputed #1 fantasy WR.
Jake Delhomme (CAR) - Delhomme had another solid game now that Steve Smith is back as he torched the Ravens for a season high 365 yards and 2 TDs. He has 6 passing TDs in 4 games with Smith in the lineup and is once again a good weekly fantasy starter.
Kyle Boller (BAL) - Steve McNair was knocked out with a concussion and Boller looked great in relief. He threw for 226 yards, 3 TDs and only 1 INT. Boller is much more athletic than McNair and was able to buy time behind a suspect offensive line. Keep an eye on Boller if he keeps the starting job.
Todd Heap (BAL) - Heap had 5 catches for 55 yards and another TD. He has now scored a TD in 4 out of 6 games and is one of the most consistent fantasy TEs around.
Mark Clayton (BAL) - Clayton was the top option in the passing game for Kyle Boller as the two hooked up twice on scoring strikes. Clayton finished the game with 5 catches for 101 yards and 2 TDs. He may emerge as the top WR in Baltimore as the season goes on and is a good fill in starter. Keep an eye on Clayton if Boller remains under center.
Cause for Concern
Jamal Lewis (BAL) - Jamal received a season low 9 carries against the Panthers. Funny thing is he actually ran well and finished with 41 yards. It was his best yards per carry outing in weeks. Still, he is not the centerpiece of this offense and that is not good news. Consider Lewis a #3 RB until he gets more chances to contribute. On a side note: Mike Anderson received 6 carries and only managed 9 yards.
Derrick Mason (BAL) - Mason was shut out in this game and failed to make a catch for the first time in years. He has not scored a TD all year long and has topped 50 yards just once in 6 games. Mason is not a must start by any means and should only be played when he has a favorable matchup.