Fantasy Fix: Don't give up on Steve Smith

Two weeks ago, I told you about Miles Austin, a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

I assumed that he would be a one-week wonder and he would not have another good game for quite some time.

He exploded in Week 7 for 171 yards on six receptions and found the end zone twice. If you took a chance and picked him up after his first big game, then he certainly has paid off for you.

Coming into the season, Leon Washington was looking like a great late-round pick because he was going to be more involved in the New York Jets offense and his versatility out of the backfield was well noted.

He failed to find the end zone on 70 rushes and 15 receptions before a season-ending injury to his right leg in week 7.

The Jets have reported that Washington suffered a compound fracture to his tibia and fibula on his right leg.

This opened the door for Shonn Greene against the Raiders as he carried the ball 19 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. He is going to be one of the hottest commodities on the waivers going into Week 8, so snag him if you can.

Even after a nice bounce back game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, Steve Smith, of the Carolina Panthers, still has his doubters.

I am not among them.

Sure, out of the Panthers first five games, Smith's only good game came against the Atlanta Falcons, when he caught 8 passes for 131 yards.

Sometimes it just takes some time for players to get going, but once they do, you're glad you kept them on your roster. All it takes is one good game to help a player turn around, and after catching 6 passes for 99 yards in Week 7, Smith certainly has better games ahead.

Having said that, here are some players to consider heading into Week 8.

• Antonio Bryant, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - It is a good sign when any receiver gets 9 targets in a game. He has a bye in Week 8, and the Bucs face the Packers in Week 9, but I would consider him a buy low candidate with decent upside.

• Alex Smith, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers - Coach Mike Singletary feels that Smith gives the Niners the best chance to win. He's a very efficient quarterback and is a nice add in 12-team or deeper leagues.

• Jamall Charles, running back, Kansas City Chiefs - When the Chiefs decide to utilize him more, he will become a very valuable weapon in fantasy football. I'm telling you this right now: Jamaal Charles is going to help fantasy football teams at some point this season.

Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Christopher Gingrich can be reached at hops2008@gmail.com.

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