Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys. Prescott had an impressive game against the Bears, but then again, it was the Bears. Still, if you need a quick spot start this week to cover a bye (or as Russell Wilson insurance), he's worth a speculative grab.
Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos. The Cincinnati Bengals forced Siemian to go downfield last week, and he did a phenomenal job. He has looked good throughout this season and is beginning to show that he has the potential to be much more than a game manager at quarterback. While he won't win you matchups on his own, he certainly can help you cover a bye if you were depending on Carson Wentz or Aaron Rodgers. He's well worth a look. His game against the Bengals was phenomenal.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins. I get it. Vontaze Burfict returns to the Bengals this week. At the same time, this is a team that has been historically terrible in prime time under head coach Marvin Lewis. Tannehill isn't the best option at quarterback this week, but he is a player that could have a nice Thursday night against a team that historically struggles in the prime time spotlight.
Joique Bell, RB, Chicago Bears. In light of the Jeremy Langford injury, the Bears just signed former Lions running back Joique Bell. Bell was always an average-at-best type of player in Detroit, but he put up respectable numbers in a time share there. If the Chicago backfield emerges as a time share as well, Bell and Howard could both put up useful numbers.
Travaris Cadet, RB, New Orleans Saints. If you're not in a PPR league, ignore this suggestion. If you are, grab Cadet now. He had six catches this past week for 32 yards, generating 9 points in basic ppr formats. While that's not a RB1 number, it does make for a nice flex play. Worth a look in PPR leagues. He actually won a matchup for me this week.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants. Darkwa is largely untouched in fantasy leagues, and Shane Vereen just went down for the season. With Jennings also injured, Darkwa could see lots of touches this year. If he's there grab him now.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens. This is a long-term pickup that will help you down the stretch. Once Dixon is healthy, he should take over as the lead back in Baltimore. That means more points for you. He has more long-term upside than any other back in that offense, and an add now might pay huge dividends for your fantasy team down the road.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears. Howard is a talented running back but has not received many looks yet in the Chicago offense. That will change with Jeremy Langford going down with injury. I expect him and newly acquired RB Joique Bell to compete for carries. This is likely going to turn into a committee, but one of these guys should get a decent number of looks. Howard's a guy to snag.
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys. Beasley actually has a really good chemistry going with Dak Prescott, and currently leads the Cowboys in targets, catches, and receiving yards. While I don't expect him to outperform Dez Bryant for the whole season, he's a guy that should be owned in your league right now.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins. Crowder is still the Redskins' leading receiver, and may continue to be down the stretch. If he's available, he's a guy to grab. If you're in a PPR league, he's even more valuable. Go get him.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns. Gordon returns to the NFL in week 5, as long as he doesn't get suspended again between now and then. When active, Gordon is one of the best wrs in the NFL. If he's still on waivers, take a gamble on him if you have any available room at all.
Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Humphries had 9 catches for 100 yards against the Rams. He's a guy that should be on your radar. If you have room for a flier on your roster, give him a shot.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns. Pryor broke out in a big way this past weekend. While he likely won't continue that success throughout the season, he should continue to be the #1 option in the Cleveland offense, at least this week. If you can, either sell high on him this week or next week once Gordon returns.
Jace Amaro TE, Tennessee Titans. Looked good as a fill in for Delanie Walker. If walker sits again, slip him into your lineup.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Suddenly, Brate is officially the starting TE in Tampa Bay. He is a guy the coaches were high on in the preseason, and now he's taking over the role. If you need a flier, give him a look.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. Check your waivers alert. Sometimes injured players find themselves cut to make space for a replacement with less upside. If someone has stashed Eifert on waivers hoping nobody would notice, take notice, and add him to your roster now.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings. Rudolph has had a nice start to the season. He's looked solid throughout the year, even with uncertainty at quarterback, and has emerged as the #2 receiving threat in the Vikings offense. If you need help at the position, go get him.
Arizona Cardinals D/ST. The Cardinals shouldn't be on waivers at this point, but someone in your league might have dropped them following their rough game against the Bills. If that's the case, go get them now. I expect them to be angry following a poor performance last week, and the Rams offense is lacking.
Dallas Cowboys D/ST. The 49ers offense is pretty bad. That makes Dallas look pretty good as a streaming option on defense this week.
Miami Dolphins D/ST. Cincinnati has some great offensive weapons, but this might be a rough game for the Bengals offense in prime time. I expect Marvin Lewis' prime time demons to rear their ugly head in a big way this week after the team has already looked sloppy in key situations. Could spell a big game for the Dolphins D.
Washington Redskins D/ST. This week, the Redskins get to play the Cleveland Browns offense. Although Terrelle Pryor has emerged as a weapon, this could be a great matchup for this unit. Start accordingly.