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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -** We are nearing the middle of the fantasy season, and the league continues to throw challenges at fantasy players. Last week a number of headliners had big days, including the Broncos' own Demaryius Thomas and Peyton Manning. Thomas was the top scorer in most fantasy leagues and is the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week. He and Manning may be at it again this Sunday against the struggling Jets.
Two other headliners from last week face off this week when Russell Wilson and the Seahawks face DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys at CenturyLink Field. Murray's owners should be nervous. That Seattle defense is excellent when playing at home. Wilson will be facing a Cowboys defense that has been a surprise this season. Dallas is stingy against receivers when it comes to fantasy points. Wilson, though, is magic with his legs. If you own Murray or Wilson, you have to play them but strong flex players could be needed.
A look at the injury report gives you some interesting options if you need to make a move. Initially, Ryan Mathews was expected to be back this week, but it looks like he is still a week or two from returning. This might be the week to claim him if you're doing well and not in a bye bind. Since he won't be back this week, if he's available due to a desperate previous owner, you can likely win the claim without competition. I would handcuff him with Branden Oliver if possible, but after a 30 point week for Oliver, this may be tough.
I would also add Giants running back Andre Williams. An MCL injury has Rashad Jennings out for a few weeks. Williams played well in the preseason and the Giants are well-balanced.
If you're looking to the Broncos backfield for help, I would wait a week. Claims for Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson could be well worth it, but knowing which back will be in near the goal line is tough. I wouldn't count out C.J. Anderson, either. Put in your claims, but I would wait a week and digest the numbers before adding them to the starting lineup.
Other targets on the waiver wire could be Brian Quick (STL), Justin Hunter (TEN) at wide receiver and Timothy Wright (NE) and Dwayne Allen (IND) at tight end.
And if you need a quarterback, Alex Smith and Mike Glennon are available in many leagues. However, I think it's time to believe in Brian Hoyer of the Browns. He could be your long-term answer if you want to trade your top quarterback to shore up other problems. He can definitely get you through a bye week, if needed.