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The pickings are a little thin this week, but with all 32 teams back in action, you probably don't need a lot of help. The best overall players based on talent and opportunity are Tatum Bell, newly signed "starting" tailback in Denver and Kansas City Chiefs' receiver Mark Bradley.
Here is what might be available in your league:
Tyler Thigpen, QB, Kansas City - Thigpen has been solid over the last three games and could even have been "rated" as very good last week against San Diego when he threw for 266 yards and three scores. While it is true that the Chargers are ranked 32nd (out of 32) in the NFL in pass defense, it's also true that Thigpen has become more comfortable behind center. He seems to be in sync with his three top receivers - Tony Gonzalez, Dwayne Bowe and Bradley. With little running game to speak of, Thigpen will have to throw and the New Orleans Saints' pass defense (ranked 27th) isn't much better than San Diego's defense.
Tatum Bell, RB, Denver - Season-ending injuries to Michael Pittman, Andre Hall and Ryan Torain along with an ongoing injury problem to Selvin Young left Coach Mike Shanahan short at running back. Shanahan finished the last game with fullback Peyton Hillis, best known as the blocking back for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones at Arkansas, as his ball carrier, so he signed Bell this week. Bell knows the plays, but is he ready for game duty? I think he could get you 10 points this week and down the road when he is ready to play...well we all know that Denver running backs produce yards and touchdowns.
Ricky Williams, RB Miami - He's probably not available, but on the off chance that he was dropped earlier in the season you should consider picking him up and starting him against the weak (ranked 29th) Raiders rush defense.
Mark Bradley, WR, Kansas City - From no catches through the team's bye week in Week 6, Bradley has become a big part of the offense. Last week against the porous Chargers' pass defense he collected nine balls for 81 yards and one touchdown. The Saints' pass defense is only marginally better than San Diego's and that was with starting cornerback Mike McKenzie in the lineup.
Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco - He looked like Shaun Hill's favorite target down the stretch in Monday night's loss to Arizona, but he's only caught passes in the last two games. Seven for 84 yards is a modest effort, but maybe he could improve on that against the Rams' 26th-ranked pass defense.
Antwaan Randle El, WR Washington - Randle El has been consistent this year - mediocre. But with Santana Moss questionable due to a hamstring problem and Clinton Portis not at 100-percent strength, I expect Randle El to step up his game. He had four catches for 36 yards and one score against the Cowboys in Week 4.