Best, 23, had his 2011 NFL season cut short due to concussions and his currently on Detroit’s physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The running back is eligible to come off the list next week and is undergoing test to see if the Lions will activate him for Week 7, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Best “is in the best shape of his career,” according to the newspaper – an encouraging sign for fantasy football owners.
"This isn't a guy that's been on vacation for the last couple months," Schwartz told the Free Press.
Whether you play fantasy football on Yahoo, ESPN, NFL.com or another website, Best is available in about 80 percent of leagues. So should you pull the trigger on the explosive but injury-prone running back?
According to fantasy football experts, the answer is a resounding yes.
NFL.com lists Best as the best available running back option, saying he “could emerge into a nice option” with Mikel Leshoure not playing like a No. 1 running back.
Rotoworld.com, the fantasy sports website, also has Best as their highest rated waiver wire pickup.
“Best is far from guaranteed to receive concussion clearance, but his upside is such that he merits a roster spot in all leagues,” the website concluded.
Fantasy football advice website draftsharks.com lists Best as one of its “3 favorite upside RB stashes for the 2nd half of the season,” according to the site’s Twitter account.
Fantasy football website fantasyknuckleheads.com is also high on Best.
“I know he’s been out all year so far, but now might be the time to look his way in desperate times,” wrote the website’s Greg Brosh, who said “picking Best up now and stashing him away could turn into a big payoff down the road.”
Sports website bleacherreport.com also advocated for adding Best to your fantasy football team.
“While Best may not instill an abundance of excitement, just know that during a year that has seen the waiver wire produce mostly trash, the speedy running back is without a doubt one of the best options you'll find for free,” wrote Bleacher Report columnist Tim Keeney.