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There were some unusual heroes on Sunday. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
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QBs
Drew Stanton, Detroit Lions

Stanton threw for 178 yards and a touchdown and added another score on the ground. Not too bad against a tough Bears team. His schedule during the playoffs is not favorable. Look elsewhere.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Tavaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings
Jackson had mixed reviews throwing for 187 yards with two touchdowns and three picks. He added 22 yards on the ground. We was able to get Sidney Rice involved. We probably won’t know Brett Favre’s status until later in the week, so picking up Tavaris isn’t a must.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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RBs
James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Starks ran for 73 yards on 18 carries against the Niners. Brandon Jackson was more utilized in the passing game. This is a formula that could be used going forward.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jennings ran for 45 yards on nine carries with a touchdown. He added a pair of catches for ten yards. He’s merely a handcuff to Maurice Jones-Drew, who ran the ball 31 times for 186 yards.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys
Choice ran for 100 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. If he can retain a large role, he has some nice fantasy playoffs match-ups in Weeks 15 (Washington) and 16 (Arizona).
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals
Hightower ran for 81 yards on 15 carries and added a catch for five yards. Beanie Wells had just three carries for 24 yards. It seems that Hightower is the Arizona back to own at this point.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
While I don’t see another 100 total yards (83 rushing, 17 receiving), three touchdown day for Lynch, especially with San Francisco, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay on the horizon, but his performance was too brilliant to overlook.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Javarris James, Indianapolis Colts
James ran for 18 yards with two touchdowns. He added 17 yards on the ground. Strong performance, but I can’t bring myself to trust him during the fantasy playoffs.
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If your roster is pretty much set this week you may want to take a peak ahead to next week. I know you hear the phrase one opponent at a time, but that’s not the case in fantasyland. While people are struggling to fill out this week’s roster, be proactive and get a step ahead of them. Here are some targets with favorable Week 14 match-ups.
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Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He has a decent match-up this week against Atlanta’s 26th ranked pass defense (265.3 yards allowed per game), but has an even more enticing one next week against 29th ranked Washington (280.8). If you’re rolling with Sam Bradford this week, Freeman could be a nice substitute when Bradford faces New Orleans next week.
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Anthony Dixon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Brian Westbrook was likely the guy who was snatched up following Frank Gore’s hip injury. What if Dixon has a stronger game? What if Westy gets banged up? You could be stashing next week’s top waiver claim before he gets to waivers.
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Danario Alexander, WR, St. Louis Rams
Alexander is coming off a four catch, 95 yard game. If he delivers again against Arizona’s 24th ranked pass defense (262.3), he’ll be a hot commodity next week.
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Devin Hester, WR, Chicago Bears
Hester had three grabs last week for 86 yards. He squares off against Detroit. If he does well again, he’ll be a top add next week, especially since the Bears are facing New England’s league-worst pass defense.
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Jeremy Shockey, TE, New Orleans Saints
Shockey could return this week against Cincinnati. If he does well against their struggling defense, he’d be a popular guy next week.
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Atlanta Falcons Defense
The Falcons could be floating out there because they don’t have a good match-up against the Bucs. If you look ahead a week though, you’ll see they are facing Carolina. Gotta like that match-up. A deeper sleeper pick would be Denver, who faces Arizona.
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