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Backups turn into stars in Week 4

For the third consecutive game, Mike Sims-Walker has caught at least six balls.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Where were Rashard Mendenhall, Jerome Harrison, Mohamed Massaquoi, Kenny Britt and Mike Sims-Walker selected on Draft Day?

The likely answer is either not at all, or after the 15th round.

With the exception of Pittsburgh's 2008 No.1 draft choice (23rd overall) Mendenhall, none of the five players mentioned were more than afterthoughts on Draft Day.

Mendenhall was about a sixth-round pick because many in the fantasy world though "Fast" Willie Parker was slowing down. And they were right. Those who picked Mendenhall and paid attention, had him in their lineups this week and were rewarded with a total of 191 yards rushing and receiving and two scores as the Steelers held off the San Diego Chargers for a 38-28 victory.

Mendenhall will likely be the Fantasy Player of the Week for his outstanding effort, but he was not alone in going from relative unknown to "fantasy-worthy."

Kenny Britt has been showing signs that he can be a star in the NFL and on Sunday cracked the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career (7-105). He has better hands than the receiver on the other side, Justin Gage, and at 6'3" should be a good target in the red zone.

Harrison needed injuries from Jamal Lewis and rookie James Davis to get a real shot at a starring role and he produced 152 yards from scrimmage (121 on the ground). With Lewis "up there" in age (30) and workload (2,424 career rushing attempts), if I was the Cleveland head coach Eric Mangini, I'd probably stick with Harrison even when Lewis returns to the field.

Sims-Walker has taken advantage of the opportunity to play alongside veteran Torry Holt and produced in a big way. For the third consecutive game, the second-year wideout has caught at least six balls. He now has more receptions, yards and touchdowns than he caught all last year (19-278-3). He has become David Garrard's favorite target while the opposition continues to focus on Holt.

Massaquoi started his second consecutive game and this time produced in a big way with eight catches for 148 yards. He and Derek Anderson put a little life into the Browns offense which definitely needed it.

Whether these young guys will continue to produce is still to be determined, but if they are available in your league I'd make an effort to add them to your roster.

Week 4 Backup turned Stars
PlayerTeamPosADP%Owned
Rashard MendenhallPITRB78.345
Kenny BrittTENWR189.612
Jerome HarrisonCLERB204.223
Mike Sims-WalkerJACWR210.957
Mohamed MassaquoiCLEWR1432.05


Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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