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This week it seems as if there have been an abnormally high number of injuries, questionables, doubtfuls, and outs amongst starting fantasy footballers.  Add to that bye weeks for GB (Rodgers and his WR gang), Arizona (Fitz and Roberts), Washington (RGIII, Morris), and Cleveland (hopefully just RIchardson.)  Percy Harvin is looking less and less likely to play; the Patriots listed 14 players as questionable including Gronk, Hernandez, and Welker; DMC and his backup are out; and Sproles and Murray are out as well.  Here, we look to help you find a few guys who may be available in your league - guys who should be worth starting - even at your FLEX spot, and should get you a handful of points.  Nobody likes a zero.

1 - DeAngelo Williams RB CAR - While Williams was called out by ownership, and demoted in place of Jonathon Stewart on a struggling Panthers team weeks ago, he still seems to have a bit of fantasy value left in the tank.  He's currently owned in 51% of Y! leagues, and if you need a FLEX player this week, and a frustrated owned dropped him, give Williams a shot this week vs. Denver.  The Broncos have the 13th ranked rush D, and if Carolina wants to win, they will need to score points.  Williams has 17 carries for 70 yards and a score in his last two games.  That may be just enough to warrant an emergency FLEX play this week.

2 - Kendall Wright WR TEN - Wright posted 14-102-1 in his first three games as a pro with QB Jake Locker under center.  And with Locker coming back this week, Wright is 7 games more experienced, and looks poised to keep trending up in fantasy circles.  While the Dolphins are great at stuffing the run, they struggle at times with pass coverage, offering up 10 pass attempts and 76 yards per game to #1 receivers according to footballoutsiders.com.  Wright is owned in less than 50% of leagues, and if you need to use him, 5-70-1 is not out of reach for your WR3 or FLEX slot.

3 - Dustin Keller TE NYJ - Since coming back from injury, Keller has logged 14-160-1 in his last two games.  The Seahawks sport a fantastic defense, but their weakness at times has been covering good pass catching tight ends.  The Jets are going to have to throw in this one, and that could mean that Keller benefits with a line to the tune of 6-65-1.  Those in PPR leagues that need help at TE, or that offer TE in the FLEX spot should take a look if necessary.

4 - Danny Woodhead RB NE - Woodhead has been merely a fantasy handcuff for owners to this point in the season.  He's been somewhat useful in leagues - 14 catches over his last three games, and two scores this season - but with Brandon Bolden suspended, Woody has the 3rd down/passing downs on lock for New England.  With a fun tilt slated at home vs. Buffalo this week, you could certainly do much worse at your RB3/FLEX spot for week 10.  Woodhead has 23 rushes for 161 yards and 10 catches for 85 yards with 3 scores in five career games vs. Buffalo - easily his best splits vs. any team in the league.

5 - Taiwan Jones RB OAK - Jones' starting gig this week fell into his lap at the hands of two RB injuries last week in Oakland.  Though he only has 17 career rushes, and 3 career receptions and a fumble, Jones will look to prove himself in week 10.  He has averaged nearly 4.5 yards per carry, and 10 yards per catch, and Taiwan has speed for days.  The Raiders have named Jones the every-down back this week, but Marcel Reece will probably see more touches and goal-line carries.  If you need a deep sleeper play for some points, Jones could do some damage with 12-15 touches this week.  Expect a few bumps in the road, but 70-80 total yards with a few receptions seems appropriate for the speedster.

 


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