The following group of players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.
J.P. Losman, Quarterback, Buffalo Bills
Bills starting quarterback Trent Edwards (groin) left at halftime in Week 13 with a groin injury, and the team has announced he is out indefinitely.
Edwards committed 10 turnovers (eight interceptions, two fumbles lost) and eight touchdowns (five passing, three rushing) in the last six games, though he hasn’t provided a giveaway in his last two contests.
Losman was uninspiring but steady in replacing him during Week 13 play, going 11-for-17 for 93 yards in their loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
If Losman were to take the starting spot, Buffalo’s next two opponents – the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets – were ranked in the bottom half in passing yards allowed to the position from Week 10 and Week 13. Each team has been victimized routinely through the air.
Keep tabs on Edwards’ health, but if you’re thin at the position or you own Edwards, Losman’s schedule means he could help you if he has to fill in. He’s available in nearly all leagues polled.
Justin Fargas, Running Back, Oakland Raiders
Fargas has seen at least 17 carries in each of his last four contests, including a Week 13 effort of 18 totes for 82 yards and a touchdown. He has totaled at least 82 ground yards in three of his last four games.
The Raiders offense is not exactly the most reliable unit, and they continue to lean on the running game. Fargas has been a more consistent option than rookie Darren McFadden, who hasn’t topped 38 rushing yards in his last three games.
McFadden is more dangerous and more versatile than Fargas, but he’s not seeing the majority of the workload yet. With the fantasy playoffs coming up, you should target the more heavily utilized back in this crew – that would be Fargas, who sits on the wire in approximately 34 percent of leagues polled.
Sammy Morris, Running Back, New England Patriots
Morris produced a 10-carry, 45-yard outing in Week 13 while also hitting the end zone. He has seemingly pushed rookie running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (two carries for three yards in that game) out of the weekly picture.
Though tailback Kevin Faulk has been the most dynamic option in the Pats backfield of late, he’s more helpful in point-per-reception setups. Morris was utilized 11 times for the second straight week, while his carry and yardage totals have steadily increased in both contests following his Week 11 return.
The bruising Morris can be picked up in approximately 34 percent of leagues polled.
Tashard Choice, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys
Starter Marion Barber III (toe) suffered a dislocated pinkie toe in Dallas’ Thanksgiving Day Week 13 victory, but MRI results came out clean. He’s currently day-to-day.
Choice carried the load in Barber’s stead, totaling 11 carries for 57 yards (5.2 yards per carry) in that contest.
Even if Barber is able to go in Week 14 after an extended rest, Dallas could incorporate Choice into the game plan more often to keep Barber healthy. Choice is now the Cowboys’ No. 2 back after they put rookie Felix Jones (hamstring, toe) on Injured Reserve before Week 12.
Of course, if Barber is deemed out for the next game, Choice would be the only worthy replacement barring a free-agent signing. For security, Barber owners should be especially quick to grab Choice, who’s available in approximately 95 percent of polled leagues.
Domenik Hixon, Wide Receiver, New York Giants
Replacing injured receiver Plaxico Burress (hamstring, leg) in Week 13, Hixon hauled in five passes for 71 yards. It was the second straight outing in which he had at least five catches.
Burress has been dealing with a lingering hamstring problem and has newfound legal troubles after shooting himself in the leg this past weekend. Hixon has a chance to see his value spike for the rest of the season with any extended absence by Burress.
Hixon has essentially filled in for Burress on three occasions. In those games, he has notched an average of five receptions for 76.7 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game.
Don’t be gun-shy. You can find the explosive Hixon in approximately 71 percent of leagues polled.
Davone Bess, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
Receiving a chance to start in Week 13 with wideout Greg Camarillo (knee) out for the season, Bess had a Camarillo-like game, leading the ‘Fins with six receptions for 84 yards.
The team also likes the potential of rookie receiver Brandon London, but he hasn’t been involved nearly as often as Bess, who has thus far proven versatile enough to remain an every-down wideout.
Those who lost Camarillo should be among those targeting Bess, who’s available in approximately 88 percent of leagues polled.