Be careful who you add early 

On the very first play to start the season, Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai had the windknocked out of him when he was hit hard by the New Orleans Saints’ defense.

Other than Peyton Manning getting hurt, nothing could be worse for the Colts than if Addai were to go down. Luckily, he was fine and went on to rush for 118 yards and a touchdown. But during those 10 minutes while he was down, he didn’t look good at all. I contemplated the idea of picking up his backup (rookie Kenton Keith). And just when I was going to see how the rookie looked during preseason, he was already picked up by someone else.

I got a little sweet revenge, though, when I got wind that Dallas receiver Terry Glenn was going to be out for two weeks (maybe for the season). So I was able to put my BlackBerry to work. While making a call to a league-mate who’s in dire need of another receiver — to give him the news of Glenn going down — I snagged Patrick Crayton from the free-agent pool during the process. Oops.

While it’s still premature to pick up unproven talent just because of aberration performances, it’s also wise to stay on top of the ball and keep and eye on the injury report (which is released every Wednesday). Aggressive, early pickups are often key to getting off to a good start in your league. And it’s just as important to be aware of depth charts. If you are up to speed, you should now be the proud owner of the New York Giants’ Derrick Ward and/or the Detroit Lions’ Shaun McDonald.

This doesn’t necessarily mean to start watching up to 14 games every Sunday (but how cool would that be)? Simply keep an eye on up-to-the-minute scores and updates, check the status of players online and start flexing that BlackBerry’s muscle. And if your significant other asks why you’re so tied up, let her know you’re working on dinner reservations at her favorite restaurant.

Remember, the early bird gets the worm — or in this case, the Houston Texans’ Jacoby Jones.

Now, about those reservations ...

STONE-COLD LOCK: Santana Moss vs. Giants. After just three receptions in Week 1, the league’s second-best Moss caught six passes for 89 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, he’s going to face a Giants secondary that’s just atrocious. New York is last in pass defense, giving up 621 yards in the air in two games. And with some newfound confidence in Jason Campbell, don’t think Moss isn’t thinking about decimating those cornerbacks.

Start ’em

» QB: Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks

» RB: Reggie Bush, Saints

» WR: Ronald Curry, Raiders

» TE: Chris Cooley, Redskins

» K: Josh Brown, Seahawks

Sit ’em

» QB: Matt Leinart, Cardinals

» RB: Fred Taylor, Jaguars

» WR: Amani Toomer, Giants

» TE: Vernon Davis, 49ers

» K: John Carney, Jaguars

Pick ’em up

» QB: Jason Campbell, Redskins

» RB: DeShaun Wynn, Packers

» WR: Jacoby Jones, Texans

» TE: Greg Olsen, Bears

» K: Morten Andersen, Falcons

Cut ’em

» QB: Joey Harrington, Falcons

» RB: Vernand Morency, Packers

» WR: Joe Horn, Falcons

» TE: Reggie Kelly, Bengals

» K: Dave Rayner, Chiefs

cnavalta@examiner.com

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