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This is a message for the 1.9 percent of you who own Kenny Stills. I'm glad it worked out. There are times when super-risky plays like that pay off. But let's not make it a habit, you feel me? We loved Stills because there is no secret to his game. He runs deep, Drew Brees takes a few stabs and you see what can happen. The matchup against the Bills was just far too good to ignore.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves this week. The Jets have been prone to huge plays in the passing game. On the road. The Jets have been much tougher at home, however. The Jets have allowed just three passing touchdowns at home this year, and no more than one in a game. If you're still in desperate need of a receiver (like if you have Eric Decker who is out with a bye this week), then you can feel better about Stills.

However, don't start him over your studs because he was so good last week. You don't get those points.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: All right, talk about chasing lost points. Pryor had a monster game running the ball against the Steelers. But he's still a good play against the Eagles who give up a ton of points to quarterbacks this year.

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Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: This is just a matchup-based guy. Locker has thrown at least two touchdown passes in three of his last four games. He had a nice stat-line against the 49ers the last time he took the field, though some of it was in garbage-time.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: We will keep an eye on the health of Robert Griffin III as the week goes on. But if RG3 has to sit out, you can't ignore Cousins against the San Diego Chargers, who give up a ton of points to quarterbacks. If RG3 starts practicing, I'll hit you up with another sleeper. UPDATE: RG3 is practicing, so this guy is just a handcuff. I'll add one more for you.

James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: He's asserted himself back into the No. 2 role for the team after he scored a touchdown against Green Bay last week. If you've found yourself in a situation where the bye weeks have cost you on running backs and you need a guy in a pinch, Starks could be an option. Plus he plays on Monday night so you can always kid yourself that he's going to erase that 40-point deficit you have going in that game.

Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts: If you watched the more recent Colts game, you will have noticed Brown was a much better running back than Trent Richardson. At some point the Colts realized it, too, as Brown continued to get key carries. I like the matchup against the Texans enough to take a risk on him.

Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Woodhead has taken on a familiar role with the Chargers, as a third- and passing-down specialist. Much like former Chargers running back Darren Sproles. You always play him in PPR leagues and when the matchup is right. And it's right against the Washington Redskins.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Stewart told reporters weeks ago that this was going to be the game he will return. If he does, you have to like the matchup against the Falcons. If he's not ready, then Mike Tolbert could be a nice bye-week replacement.

LaVon Brazill, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Don't be in a rush to add Darrius Heyward-Bey to your fantasy team. He's not the guy you want, it's Brazill. DHB drops the ball way too much and has been unreliable his entire career. Brazill is the future.

Dexter McCluster, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: McCluster has been the most-targeted player for the Chiefs recently and he had a huge game against the Browns on Sunday with 67 yards and a touchdown. He's got the Bills this week, who have allowed the most points to fantasy receivers this season. And even though he wears the No. 22, McCluster is listed as a receiver on NFL.com.

Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders: Pryor made the majority of his points as a runner this week, but I love his matchup against the Eagles, who just aren't able to stop anybody this season.

Raiders D/ST: Seems like we've been beating up the Eagles a little much here today, so let's pile on some more. Nick Foles was tabbed as the starter on Wednesday. But even then, Eagles receivers have been very generous with the turnovers. And the Raiders' D has scored at least nine points in their last four home games.

Colts D/ST: The Houston Texans have elevated Case Keenum to starter. Let me know if you need more words in this space.

Want a future play? Sure thing.

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Yes, I know the Broncos are on a bye this week. But this is a sleeper, stash guy for the future. If you caught any of his act against the Redskins, dude looked good. He's going to have the bye-week to get acclimated to the offense and he's going to get some goal-line work in the near future.


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