(For our purposes, we'll be categorizing players each week as should be added, could be added, or if you're desperate. The number of players we take a look at will vary each week depending on injuries and their realistic usefulness in the weeks to come -- no adding players for the sake of meeting a minimum.)
Should be added
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants
He was under 'should be added' in this column two weeks ago, so ideally, you planned ahead here. You didn't and he's off the market already? Then go see if Shane Vereen is available. He's gone too? Go grab one of the dumpster fires Tampa Bay has in their backfield at this point. David Wilson will cut into Brown's carries if and when he comes back, but Brown should remain the starter as long as he's healthy. If you can luck into a starting running back at this stage in the game, take him and smile. Unless, of course, it's...
Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is a feast-or-famine pick, and judging from Tampa Bay's track record with backs this year, it's likely famine. But if I have a hole to fill at running back and I have to pick up Rainey or Leonard, I'm going with the mid-season acquisition Rainey and hoping he takes over the majority role in what will likely be a timeshare. I'm pretty certain of what the nearly-30-year-old Leonard can do, and it's never been particularly impressive. Rainey at least had some flash to his runs.
Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Cooper gets an upgrade this week after posting another 100-plus-yard, multiple-TD day. Philly didn't throw it much against the Packers, but Foles looked for Cooper deep again multiple times. As I mentioned last week in my explainer on why you should REALLY consider adding Nick Foles if you're in contention for the fantasy playoffs, the Eagles face really weak pass defenses nearly the whole way down the stretch. As long as Foles is under center, Cooper is a worthy Flex play with a higher upside than many other options.
Could be added
Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions
The pizza man has returned to practice and was coming along as a Flex-worthy fantasy candidate before suffering the year's weirdest injury. He had 23 targets in the first three games of the year, and should have no problem stepping back into his No. 2 spot in Detroit. He's a great wait-and-see add this week.
Brian Leonard, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs haven't provided holes for the runners all year, we're now at the third-string back, and Rainey may be the better back as evidenced by his yards-per-carry mark against the Dolphins (which nearly doubled Leonard's). Leonard will get carries, however, and may remain the unspectacular starter for the next few weeks.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
He's not Kate Upton -- this is not a sexy pickup. But if you own Charles Clay or a couple of other tight ends who have been fading as of late, you may have noticed dependability is a more-useful trait for tight ends than any position besides defense or kicker. Walker is a steady starter with a safe job who receives his fair share of redzone looks. He's worthy of consideration if you want to make a change.
If you're desperate
Rishard Matthews, WR, Miami Dolphins
Who? Great question. I couldn't have told you the answer two days ago. Then Mr. Matthews received 14 targets against Tampa Bay and turned them into 11 catches for 120 yards and two scores. So now I've performed my cursory Google search and it appears he's a second-year receiver out of Nevada and had 10 total targets the two weeks before his breakout game. Will he keep it going? Hell, I don't know -- I didn't even know his name on Sunday. He's behind at least Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline on the depth chart and Miami had to throw the ball constantly against Tampa because the totaled two (TWO) rushing yards on the night. I might add him as a wait-and-see, if I really needed a Flex starter he may be worth the risk next week against a terrible San Diego pass D.
Josh Davis is a WFAA.com web editor, formerly covered the Texas Rangers for WFAA.com. and is kinda obsessed with fantasy sports. He has no professional expertise in fantasy sports, but finds it funny that anyone claims they do.