1. RB Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
In case you has missed it, Cincy’s No. 2 rusher filled in for Giovani Bernard (hip) to the tune of 154 rushing yards and a pair of scores versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9. No clear prognosis has been revealed for Bernard, whose injury history is extensive.
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2. QB Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles
Starting passer Nick Foles (collarbone) could be done for the year, which opens the door for Sanchez to return to the driver’s seat of an NFL franchise. He fits the system — one that relies heavily on the quarterback to throw down the field. Sanchez has a contingent of talented weapons around him.
3. WR Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
He probably isn’t on your wire, but it doesn’t hurt to check! Bryant has emerged as a bona fide weapon for the Steelers. After missing the first six games of the year, he has blossomed by catching five touchdown passes in his three active games. Add the rookie in all formats.
4. RB Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
Star running back Arian Foster (groin) slammed his helmet in frustration after suffering a non-contact injury in Week 9. Houston is off in Week 10, but it wouldn’t hurt to add his understudy if you have room for a speculative stash.
Hot waiver wire targets before Week 8, the duo in Buffalo’s backfield had a bye week to improve their chances of producing for fantasy owners. The Bills were committed to Dixon in Week 8 action; that could easily change with the more talented Brown lurking. Buffalo hosts the Chiefs in Week 10, so the matchup isn’t ideal, but starting running back touches (and even complementary work) deserve a roster spot in most setups. Brown is the better bet to remain relevant whenever Fred Jackson (groin) returns.
6. TE Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins
Inconsistency has plagued Clay this year. He has come around of late (5-65-1 in Week 9), and seems to be building a better relationship with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The following tight ends are on a bye in Week 10: Jordan Reed, Antonio Gates, Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.
7. QB Michael Vick, New York Jets
His 196 passing yards left something to be desired, but in Vick’s defense, he was facing a tough task of going into Arrowhead Stadium to take on his former head coach. Vick also missed time with a minor head injury. Being down 14-0 to start the game put the Jets into a clear passing situation and allowed KC to tee off on him. Expect a friendlier fantasy matchup in Week 10’s home tilt with the Steelers’ exploitable pass D.
8. WR Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints
A deep threat by nature, Stills has the ability to go the distance on any touch. He has caught at least four balls in each of his past three games and sees single coverage while defenders are concentrating on Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks. You could do much worse than Stills for a roster-filling upside play.
9. RB Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This recommendation is somewhat shaky: Sims hasn’t played a down in the NFL, is coming off a serious injury, and is probably buried on the depth chart if everyone is healthy. Starter Doug Martin (ankle) has been a huge disappointment and cannot stay on the field. Bobby Rainey is Tampa Bay’s best fantasy back, but Sims, who excels at catching passes, is a speculative add in deep leagues.
10. TE Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders
His name is largely unknown, although Rivera’s Week 9 stat line (8-38-2) may change that in fantasy circles. He managed to exploit the Seattle Seahawks’ putrid defense of the tight end position. Denver is up next, in a game that could feature quarterback Derek Carrairing it out against another group that has struggled lately to contain tight ends.
11. QB Austin Davis, St. Louis Rams
Desperate times call for … inexperienced youth playing in bland offensive systems? They do when the likes of Tom Brady, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers all have miniature vacations. The Arizona Cardinals defense has been abused through the air in 2014, giving up 26.1 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks from Weeks 4-8 (pre-Brandon Weeden).