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1. Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams (0.0 percent owned):
The loss of Zac Stacy (head) opened the door for Cunningham to make an impact against a vulnerable Chicago Bears run defense, and he put up 109 yards on the ground, found the end zone and scored an impressive 16.9 fantasy points. If Stacy is unavailable in Week 13, Cunningham will be a flex starter vs. the San Francisco 49ers.
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2. Dennis Johnson, RB, Houston Texans (0.9 percent owned):
Is the curse of Shanahanigans now loose in Houston? Ben Tate was supposed to be the featured back for coach Gary Kubiak, but instead it was Johnson who saw most of the backfield work (13 carries, 74 yards) against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fantasy owners in deeper leagues should give Johnson a look off the waiver wire, and he's still available in most NFL.com formats.
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3. Josh McCown, QB, Chicago Bears (4.2 percent owned):
Jay Cutler isn't close to a return from his ankle ailment, so McCown will continue to be the main man at quarterback for the Bears. He's filled in well in the stat sheets, culminating in a 352-yard, two-touchdown performance against the St. Louis Rams. McCown is a nice option for Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings, who have struggled to contain quarterbacks this season.
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4. Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots (1.9 percent owned):
Stevan Ridley has a serious case of fumbilitis and was benched for much of Sunday night's win over the Denver Broncos as a result. Enter Bolden, who carried the football a team-high 13 times for 58 yards and one touchdown in the contest. Whether or not Ridley is in the permanent doghouse of coach Bill Belichick remains to be seen, but Bolden needs to be owned.
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5. Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts (35.7 percent owned):
Fleener has been on this list for weeks, but still he's a free agent in over 60 percent of NFL.com leagues. That needs to change, as the Stanford product has scored eight-plus fantasy points in four of his last five games. Fleener, who found the end zone last week against the Arizona Cardinals, should now be considered a viable No. 1 fantasy tight end in leagues.
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6. Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4.0 percent owned):
Glennon isn't going to post enormous fantasy numbers, but he won't kill you in most weeks either. In fact, he's scored no fewer than 15.2 fantasy points in six of his last seven games. While a matchup against the Carolina Panthers in Week 13 isn't at all favorable on paper, Glennon will face the Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Rams during the 2013 fantasy postseason.
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7. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans (14.5 percent owned):
That's right, the Amish Rifle is now back on the fantasy football radar. He's recorded 23-plus fantasy points in two of his last three games, and is averaging an impressive 20.9 points over that time. Fitzpatrick has some nice matchups on the schedule as well, including a Week 16 game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars -- that's championship week in most formats.
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8. Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions (1.3 percent owned):
All pizza box jokes aside, Burleson came back to the lineup and produced a nice stat line against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 77 yards, one touchdown and 13.7 fantasy points. Dating back to Week 3 (before he was injured), Burleson has combined to score 25.3 fantasy points in his last two games. Even if he's not a fantasy starter, Burleson is rosterable in leagues.
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9. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (4.2 percent owned):
Patterson isn't coming off a huge fantasy performance -- he scored just 5.4 fantasy points against the Green Bay Packers -- but he did lead the Vikings with a solid eight receptions. With no hope for a postseason berth, don't be surprised to see more of Patterson in the weeks to come as the Vikings look to get their rookie more snaps at the NFL level.
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10. Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (6.0 percent owned):
Pitta, who has been out of action due to an injured hip, has returned to practice and could be back in the lineup for the Ravens in Week 14 -- that's the first week of most fantasy football postseasons. At a position that lacks firepower and reliable options, owners who need a tight end might want to consider adding and stashing Pitta. He could be quite the addition.
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