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Starks, Stewart will be hot names off the waiver wire

NFL.com offers up 10 players to target off the waiver wire to improve your fantasy football team. The number listed in parenthesis is the percentage of NFL.com leagues that the player is still listed as a free agent.

Tashard Choice, RB, Cowboys (98.0 percent)

The Cowboys should come to the realization that Marion Barber is no longer an effective runner -- and that Choice is a difference maker. That was evident in Week 13, as he rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown in a shocking win over the Colts. He will share carries with Felix Jones, but Choice is still going to see enough work to make a nice impact.

Anthony Dixon, RB, 49ers (97.2 percent)

With all the talk about Brian Westbrook being the runner to target in the absence of Frank Gore, Dixon was left on the backburner. Well, now might be the time to heat him up off the waiver wire. The rookie had the same number of carries as Westbrook and was used near the goal line against the Packers. This will be a committee, but Dixon is worth a look.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks (87.1 percent)

Lynch, who had averaged an awful 4.5 fantasy points on NFL.com in his last seven games, exploded for 83 rushing yards and three scores in a win over the Panthers. Chances are that he won't repeat this sort of stat line again, but he's still worth adding in most formats if you lack running back depth. He faces the 49ers, Falcons and Buccaneers next.

James Starks, RB, Packers (99.9 percent)

Starks, who was on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start the season, is clearly on the fantasy radar after posting 73 rushing yards in a win over the 49ers. The rookie out of Buffalo led the Packers in carries with 18, which was 14 more than starter Brandon Jackson recorded in the contest. Look for Starks to be a hot name in all leagues.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers (44.6 percent)

The days of Mike Goodson starring in the Panthers backfield appear to be over, as Stewart started and was the bell cow against the Seahawks in Week 13. The Oregon product put up 92 rushing yards and one touchdown in the contest, and there's little doubt that his role will be prominent as the season moves on. Stewart needs to be owned in all formats.

Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins (64.3 percent)

Torain missed another game in Week 13 due to an injured hamstring, but he was able to practice a bit and could be close to a return. Neither Keiland Williams nor James Davis has been spectacular in recent games, so a healthy Torain should garner a major role for coach Mike Shanahan in the weeks to come. He's worth an add and stash off waivers.

Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings (38.5 percent)

Welcome back to fantasy relevance, Mr. Rice! One week after scoring a mere two fantasy points in a win over the Redskins, the veteran wideout exploded for 22.50 points on the strength of his 105 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills. He's clearly back at 100 percent from hip surgery and needs to be owned in all leagues for the stretch run.

Earl Bennett, WR, Bears (96.7 percent)

Bennett posted another solid stat line in Week 13, catching seven passes for 104 yards in a win over the Lions. He's now recorded 11 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games and is clearly worth a look. A former collegiate teammate of Jay Cutler, Bennett has a favorable matchup against the Patriots next on the slate.

Donald Driver, WR, Packers (41.5 percent)

Driver is on pace to finish with one of the worst statistical seasons of his NFL career, but he did post a solid 13.30 fantasy points in a win over the 49ers. Furthermore, next week he faces a Lions team that he has absolutely dominated in recent seasons. If you're looking for a one-week starting option at the wide receiver spot, Driver has some appeal.

Roy E. Williams, WR, Cowboys (55.3 percent)

Williams hasn't recorded great numbers in recent weeks, but the loss of Dez Bryant to a fractured ankle will allow him more chances to produce in the pass attack. Remember, Williams was putting up some nice stat lines before Bryant emerged into such a spectacular playmaker. He also has a nice rapport with Jon Kitna from their time together in Detroit.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com. Have a burning question for Michael on anything fantasy football related? Leave it in our comments section or send it to **AskFabiano@nfl.com**!

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