Rumors of their (fantasy) death greatly exaggerated

The Colts offense clicked in Week 11.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - They have been so far off their "game," that they no longer looked like the fantasy player you drafted or even the football player they had once been. To you, the fantasy owner, they couldn't be started because they hadn't done anything in weeks or months. You couldn't trade them because they had little or no value in the open market. In short, they were in a sort of "fantasy death."

But in Week 11, at least six of these players returned from this "state of limbo" to show they still had the ability to put up quality fantasy points

The most pleasant sight of the entire Sunday was seeing Joseph Addai running with purpose. For the first time since Week 9 of 2007, Addai cracked the 100-yard mark. He ran one in from seven yards out and added four catches for 48 yards and a second score. He and the entire Indianapolis Colts offense looked good. Now maybe it was just because they were playing the Houston Texans and the No.19 overall defense, but to me it looked like Addai was finally healthy and running like the No.5 ADP (average draft position) that he was when we drafted him back in August.

And speaking of a rare sighting, how about Peyton Manning hooking up with his old buddy Marvin Harrison. Actually they connected nine times for 77 yards and one touchdown. Perhaps, Harrison and the Colts offense announced their return to excellence. If so, you should see if you can still deal for a piece of them before the trade deadline. Keep in mind that Indy's next four games are against San Diego, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit. Enough said.

I also liked the way Larry Johnson blended into the new Kansas City offense. Lining up as the solo back behind quarterback Tyler Thigpen, Johnson had 67 yards on 19 carries and another 20 yards receiving. More importantly, with the spread Chiefs offense, it looks like he will see some running room. He also was given the ball down near the goal line, although on Sunday he couldn't cash in.

When he was drafted, I was a big Kevin Smith fan. But the Central Florida alum fell out of favor with fantasy owners by Week 6 after his third consecutive week of carrying the ball less than 10 times. The Lions even went out and picked up veteran running back Rudi Johnson. It didn't look good for Smith's owners. Not only was he not started anymore, Smith was being dropped in many leagues. That appears to have been a mistake. Over the past two weeks Smith has gotten the opportunity to run and he has succeeded. He combined for 123 yards and a score against Jacksonville in Week 10 and on Sunday backed that up with a 24-carry, 112-yard effort. He also caught two balls for 23 yards. He's only owned in 75-80% of the leagues, so if he is available, you should put in a waiver bid.

Marion Barber finally looked like the Marion Barber of 2007 on Sunday night against the Washington Redskins. I'm sure it was no coincidence that Barber's reawakening came on the same day as Tony Romo's return to the lineup. But I don't care about the reason, only that he has returned to "fantasy stud." His 153 combined yards was the most since Week 3 and with games against San Francisco and Seattle next up on the docket his performance level should stay high. But here's the thing, his fantasy playoff schedule is as tough as it comes. Week 14 is a game against Pittsburgh, then tilts with the New York Giants, Baltimore and Philadelphia. If you are in the playoffs, do you really want to play against those highly-ranked defenses. Today might be the perfect day to trade Barber and get the most value for him.

And lastly, Ryan Grant posted a stunning 145 yards and a score on 25 carries against the No.6 rushing defense of the Chicago Bears. Might this be the start of a late-season run like last year? In 2007 from Week 12 through Week 16 (playoff time in most fantasy leagues), Grant put up 506 yards (101 ypg) on the ground and scored six times. Could Grant be readying another big finish and validate his 19th-ranked ADP? So far this year he hasn't earned that position, but with New Orleans, Carolina, Houston, Jacksonville, Chicago and Detroit on the remaining schedule it is certainly possible.

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