Need to improve your fantasy team? Each week, NFL.com will offer up 10 players to target off the waiver wire to help you in that quest for a league championship. The number listed in parenthesis is the percentage of NFL.com leagues that the player is still a free agent.
Delone Carter, RB, Colts (94.9 percent):
With the status of Joseph Addai uncertain, fantasy owners should look to add Carter off waivers. The rookie out of Syracuse had a nice stat line in Week 7, rushing for a very respectable 89 yards and a touchdown in a blowout loss to the Saints. A potential flex starter against the Titans in Week 8, Carter could end up being the Colts' top runner down the stretch if Addai's injury issues continue.
Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns (90.3 percent):
It looks like the Madden curse has claimed another victim, as Peyton Hillis missed Week 7 with a hamstring ailment. That left Hardesty to see 33 carries, which helped him score a serviceable 12.20 fantasy points on NFL.com. Whether or not Hillis is back in time to face the 49ers this week remains to be seen, but Hardesty has clearly earned a bigger role in the Browns offense moving forward.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos (34.5 percent):
Moreno has been a huge disappointment this season, but his touches and targets are about to rise with Willis McGahee injured. In fact, the Georgia product is next in line to see a starting role for coach John Fox and now needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues. With so many running backs hurt and six teams on a bye, Moreno is a viable flex starter when the Broncos face the Lions this week.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys (67.4 percent):
Murray was one of the top players to add off the waiver wire last week, but he's still a free agent in almost 70 percent of NFL.com leagues. That number is sure to rise, though, as he rushed for a Cowboys record 253 yards and one touchdown in a blowout win over the Rams. Next on the schedule is a date with the Eagles, who have been horrible against the run for most of the 2011 campaign.
Bernard Scott, RB, Bengals (98.8 percent):
We've been telling you to add Scott for weeks, but now is the time to grab him if you need a one-week fix at the running back or flex spots. Cedric Benson won't be available due to a league-imposed suspension, so Scott will see a featured role against the Seahawks. He won't put up enormous totals, but Scott will be a viable flex starter in most leagues based on his increased workload.
Ryan Torain/Roy Helu, RB, Redskins (33.5 percent):
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan did it to us again, starting Tim Hightower over Torain in a loss to the Panthers. However, Hightower is out with an injured knee -- that means a major increase in the workload of Torain and Roy Helu (59.3 percent). Sure, it's a confusing situation from a fantasy perspective -- but both Torain and Helu need to be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Alfonso Smith, RB, Cardinals (100 percent):
Let me know if you have heard this before -- Beanie Wells is injured. This time, the veteran running back suffered an injured knee that forced him out of action against the Steelers. If the ailment forces Wells to miss time, either in the short- or long-term, it means a major increase in touches for Smith. Of course, facing the Ravens defense in Week 8 isn't going to make him an attractive start.
Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers (87.5 percent):
Brown put up career highs in both receptions and yards in a win over the Cardinals, so fantasy owners in deeper leagues need to take notice. What's more, veteran Hines Ward suffered a sprained ankle in the contest that could open up more opportunities for Brown in the weeks to come. With a favorable matchup against the Patriots next up, Brown is worth a look if you need a wideout replacement.
Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers (56.4 percent):
The Niners are very thin at wide receiver due to a plethora of injuries, so Crabtree has seen far more targets in the pass attack -- he's recorded 16 receptions in his last three games. Because he was on a bye last week, the Texas Tech product was actually dropped in countless leagues. So if you're hurting at the position, take a look on the waiver wire and see if Crabtree is floating around.
Jabar Gaffney, WR, Redskins (96.1 percent)
The Redskins will be without Santana Moss for several weeks, so Gaffney moves up to No. 1 on the team's wide receiver depth chart. That alone makes him a bit more valuable, though Gaffney isn't going to light the fantasy world on fire. Still, owners in deeper leagues who need help at wideout should consider him. His teammate, Fred Davis (37.5 percent), needs to be owned in all leagues.