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With several guys coming back off of their bye week, and a few new injuries last week, there are a handful of guys who should be available in your league that can help your team over the next few weeks.  Last week, we discussed a few players who will be coming off of byes and IR over the next couple of weeks.  We hope that you took a look to see if any of them were available.

1.  Marcel Reece RB OAK- With fragile Darren McFadden going down this week, and his backup Mike Goodson also going down with an ankle injury, the rushing duties could belong to fullback Marcel Reece, and to an extent Taiwan Jones.  The Raiders don't seem confident in Jones' abilities so much as the sure handed bruiser Reece - so Marcel could be in line this week to pick up the lions share of carries.  He is currently owned in just 7% of leagues, and is coming off of back to back seasons in which he racked up close to 500 yards and more than 25 catches out of the backfield.  Reece could turn out a stat line of 12 carries for 60 yards and 5 catches for 50 yards with the possibility of a TD against a Baltimore team that ranks 18th in rushing D, and is giving up 5 yards per catch to running backs.

2.  Toby Gerhart RB MIN - I am only recommending Toby G for this week, and here's why:  with Percy Harvin out, a matchup against a weak Detroit defense, and a bye next week, Gerhart could be in line for some snaps lined up wide, or involved in a few trick plays.  We think Gerhart could be in for a decent week as the Vikings may look to get Ponder back in line with check-downs, reverses, and screens.  Gerhart could very well be playing a role similar to Harvin (though not as involved.)  25 yards rushing, 3-5 catches for 40 yards or so could help out in a pinch for your FLEX spot in PPR leagues.

3.  Chris Ivory/Mark Ingram RB's NO - There are two things we learned from the Saints Monday night game last week while Darren Sproles was out.  First, it's that New Orleans has a stable full of capable backs that compliment each other well and run hard.  Second, the Saints actually have a running game that is worthy of taking notice of.  Sproles continues to heal from his broken hand rapidly, but we all know that he is not your prototypical back.  He lines up wide a lot of the time, and the Saints have only actually rushed the ball 130 times this season.  Chris Ivory (9% owned) and Mark Ingram (28%) both ran very hard on MNF, racking up more than 50 total yards a piece while splitting time three ways.  With some tough matchups down the stretch, the Saints could continue to feed the rock to Ingram/Ivory and incumbent Pierre Thomas, while using Sproles in a Dex McCluster type of manner out wide.  Grab either of these two guys should they be available and watch and see what happens.  One of them could break out in a major way should Sproles miss any more time.  I can see Ivory as the early down back, Thomas on 3rd/passing downs and Ingram in short yardage/goal line duties.

4.  T.Y. Hilton WR IND -  While it was Donny Avery who was originally getting looks opposite Reggie Wayne, the rookie Hilton has come on strong of late.  He has 11 catches for 137 yards and a score in his last two games and should continue the trend down the stretch in some very, very sweet matchups against the likes of JAX, NE, DET, BUF, and TEN - all soft(er) pass D's.  And with Avery struggling with a hip injury, they look even sweeter.  Grab Hilton and plug him into your WR3 or FLEX slot this week and perhaps beyond should you need him.  He could finish out the season as a top 40 or 50 fantasy receiver. 

5.  Ryan Broyles WR DET - The 14% Y! owned Broyles has made fantasy owners quickly forget about Nate Burleson and his gimpy leg in Detroit.  With Megatron pulling constant double coverage and Titus Young looking like a fantasy bust, Broyles stands to benefit.  In his three games this seaosn, Broyles has 12 catches for 140 yards and two scores, which averages out to about 13 fantasy points per game in PPR leagues.  Pick him up and plug him into your WR3 or FLEX spot should you need him or are running thin at WR.  With some tough games down the stretch against a few teams with middle-of-the-road pass D's, Broyles could continue to put up around 10 fantasy points per game the rest of the way as Detroit's WR2.


 


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