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1. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There isn't a higher priority this week than grabbing Freeman off the waiver wire.
He's coming off back-to-back games where he has been ridiculously impressive, including a 420-yard, three-touchdown performance last week. He is clearly becoming more comfortable with his top receiver Vincent Jackson, and even old-timer Dallas Clark is looking like a solid player in this offense.
While his matchup this week against the Minnesota Vikings isn't ideal, Freeman still has starting potential for the remainder of the year. Pick him up and ride his current hot streak to the playoffs.
2. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
When the Browns and Indianapolis Colts took the field on Sunday, no one expected Weeden to outplay Andrew Luck. However, despite losing the game, Weeden was the better quarterback on the field.
Everything seems to be coming around for Weeden. He's feeling more confident, Greg Little isn't dropping the ball and Josh Gordon looks like he'll be an absolute stud.
With a few more weeks of team's having byes upcoming, you could certainly do much, much worse than Weeden as a fill-in quarterback on your bench.
3. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins had a bye last week and a matchup with the New York Jets in Week 8, but Tannehill has been so impressive this year, I see him having a solid game regardless of these issues.
As long as he can keep himself from turning the ball over, they should put up some solid points.
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Despite a brutal game against the San Francisco 49ers, Wilson is still worth getting picked up off the waiver wire this week.
He's generally played pretty solid after a poor performance, and playing a cupcake defense like the Detroit Lions should certainly help. Look for Wilson to have a great game this week, but be on alert next week as he's likely to backslide back towards mediocrity.
5. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
Much like Wilson, Ponder is coming off a horrid performance in a win over the Arizona Cardinals. However, the bigger concern with Ponder's production moving forward is Adrian Peterson.
Peterson returned to pre-injury form against Arizona as he rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown. He'll be the focal point of the offense moving forward and that doesn't bode well for Ponder's fantasy status.
He's still worth picking up because he's a threat in the red zone with his arm and legs, but if Peterson continues to run like he did on Sunday, he'll only be worth being a bye-week filler.