The following group of players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.
Joe Flacco, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Though he hasn’t attempted more than 29 passes in each of his last four games, Flacco has thrown for six scores without surrendering an interception. Week 10 was his second straight game with a pair of passing scores.
He is starting to improve his deep passing game, evidenced by a 43-yard touchdown pass in Week 10.
The strong-armed Delaware alum completed passes to seven different targets in Week 10 and has become more comfortable within the offense. The Ravens are still a run-first team, but Flacco’s growth makes them a more balanced system.
You can find Flacco on roughly 55 percent of waiver wires polled.
Tyler Thigpen, Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
If Thigpen keeps turning in games like he did on Sunday – 27-for-41, 266 passing yards, three touchdowns – he should be in line to receive a shot at the 2009 starting job. He has averaged 236.7 passing yards and two touchdowns per game with no interceptions in the last three weeks.
Bear in mind, his Week 10 matchup came against the San Diego Chargers’ porous pass defense. He threw for just 164 yards and one touchdown in Week 9 against a sound Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.
Regarding his matchups, he does not face a decent pass defense the rest of the way. His worst matchup is against the offensively inept Oakland Raiders; however, their numbers might be skewed because teams attack Oakland’s horrible rushing defense more often.
The second-year signal caller is available in about 79 percent of leagues polled.
Brady Quinn, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
The defense might not have been able to hang on for the win, but Cleveland fans should be encouraged by what they saw from Quinn at quarterback. Quinn completed 23 of his 35 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 10 dance with the defensively challenged Denver Broncos.
The team might not ask for much from the young signal caller – they could shift to a more horizontal passing game – but he has talented weapons around him that can turn his short passes into moderate gains.
Also, it is hard to see the team making a switch back to quarterback Derek Anderson with Quinn’s first-round pedigree and “starter of the future” tag.
At this point in the season, any starting quarterback could be worth a look with the fantasy playoffs around the corner.
Quinn is available in about 36 percent of leagues polled.
Matt Hasselbeck, Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks
Hasselbeck (back, knee) might return for Week 11 after being out of action since Week 5.
He wasn’t doing much; in four games, he completed just 58 of 118 pass attempts for 656 yards and one touchdown while surrendering four interceptions.
However, a return would reunite him with wideout Bobby Engram, his favorite target who caught 93 passes last season. Engram returned from injury in Week 5, and Hasselbeck targeted him seven times before leaving with a knee injury.
One year removed from a 3,966-yard campaign, Hasselbeck was a likely visitor to waiver wire jail given his persistent injury troubles. If you’re starved for a quarterback, you could do worse than picking him up. Keep track of his Week 11 status, though.
The veteran is available in approximately 69 percent of leagues polled.
Peyton Hillis, Running Back, Denver Broncos
Another one bit the dust for Denver as running back Ryan Torain (knee) tore his ACL during Week 10 play and is scheduled to be placed on Injured Reserve.
Enter Hillis, who despite earning just 24 yards on eight carries in Week 10 now appears to be the favorite to earn the majority share in the Denver backfield.
The rookie’s competition is limited. Torain and Michael Pittman (neck) are out for the season, while Selvin Young’s (groin) status is unknown after he left in Week 10 and was seen walking on crutches.
Hillis (6-foot-2, 250 pounds) fits the style of Pittman’s bruising physical mold, which head coach Mike Shanahan used frequently before Pittman’s injury. That game plan included goal line situations.
Hillis is on the wire in about 91 percent of leagues polled.