It's easy to spend so much time looking for the next big thing on the waiver wire, fantasy football players start to resemble those crazy prospectors on the beach who cause children to hide behind their parents' legs as they walk by, looking for gold or cryptic messages on the insides of Snapple caps.
But sometimes, you have to ignore the long game and play the short one instead. Sometimes, your best bet is adding a one-week handcuff to steal some easy points rather than trying to hit on the next Victor Cruz or Alfred Morris.
With that in mind, let's take a look at a few players who may only have value for one week, but could seriously be worth your while if you pick them up. Put away away your gold pans and pick up these 10-dollar bills laying on the ground instead.
Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys
With DeMarco Murray out this week, Jones has become a must-add for all fantasy owners, not just those looking to handcuff Murray.
The Carolina Panthers are giving up 127.4 rushing yards per week (23rd in NFL) and are giving up 24.1 fantasy points to opposing running backs per game (28th in NFL).
Listen, Jones has broken my heart in the past. I always thought he was going to be the next big thing, and he never came close. But given the matchup—and the fact that he rushed 18 times for 92 yards and a touchdown in relief duty on Sunday—he's a one-week addition you don't want to miss out on.
Montario Hardesty, RB, Cleveland Browns
With the possibility that Trent Richardson won't play this week, his fantasy owners must add Hardesty as a contingency plan this week.
Hardesty was decent in relief duty on Sunday, rushing 15 times for 56 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. And with the Indianapolis Colts giving up 159 rushing yards per week—including 161 yards and three touchdowns to Shonn Greene, of all people—whomever starts at running back is a must-start.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Tennessee Titans
Yeah, I know—you probably don't want to add Hasselbeck to your team. The mere suggestion probably sends shivers down your spine. And if you have an elite option with a solid matchup, you can ignore me altogether.
But the Bills are giving up 22 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks per week, worst in the NFL. They are giving up 256.3 passing yards per game, 20th in the NFL. Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassel and Alex Smith have all had big games for fantasy owners against them.
So what I'm trying to say is that Hasselbeck, despite fairly mediocre numbers thus far and a boring Titans offense, could be a sneaky and productive play for owners this week.
Just think about it. It's not that crazy, I swear.
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