Rod Smith, RB, Dallas Cowboys (27.4 percent): The good from Smith was evident on Sunday: He posted a career day with 33 fantasy points, led by an 81-yard touchdown catch. The trickier part is this: Alfred Morris is still the likelier bet to lead the team in rushes in Week 15 and Ezekiel Elliott is set to return in Week 16. But, for Week 15, he’s an add to consider in a deeper league with PPR scoring.
Matthew Stafford had a brilliant second half going in Baltimore last week before he hurt his throwing hand. If this goes the way of his injured thumb in the final week of last season, the Lions can count on watching the playoffs this time instead of slipping in at the end. Having said that, the Bucs looked barely better with a healed Jameis Winston last week than they had without him, and that has bad short- and long-term implications for him, the franchise and coach Dirk Koetter.
So why is this a good deal? The White Sox really had just two backup catchers on the roster in Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith and neither has much power (White Sox catchers finished tied for 27th with just 10 home runs). The overall offense wasn’t awful as Narvaez draws a lot of walks, but Castillo provides depth and is a relative bargain at $7.5 million per season. Plus, with a two-year deal, he becomes potential trade bait at this deadline, next offseason or next year. Teams are always looking for a catcher. Prospect Zack Collins played at Class A, so he’s two years away from Basketball Jerseys the majors, and that’s assuming he stays behind the plate. — Schoenfield
Even the Titans likely are surprised to see themselves in Cheap NFL Jerseys first place this late in the season; they struggled too much against the Colts last week, and Marcus Mariota has suddenly turned into a pick machine.