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Todd Heap, TE, Ravens
He's back. The two-time Pro Bowler, a disappointment to fantasy owners in recent years, is healthy and productive again. Heap has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games; this week, at home against the Browns' anemic defense (61 points allowed) he's a must-start.
This unit looks ready to go on a roll. With a rising star in rookie outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, Washington's D has allowed just two touchdowns and will face four consecutive teams with subpar offenses: Detroit, Tampa Bay, Carolina and Kansas City.
Donald Lee, TE, Packers
Easy rule of thumb: If your tight end is playing the Rams, start him. The Seahawks' John Carlson scored twice in Week 1, and the Redskins' Chris Cooley had a meaty afternoon (seven catches for 83 yards) on Sunday. Expect strong numbers from Lee in St. Louis.
Mario Manningham, WR, Giants
Plaxico who? The second-year wideout (10 catches, 150 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against Dallas) has filled New York's offensive void. Adding to Manningham's appeal: He goes up against suspect defenses (Tampa Bay, Kansas City) the next two weeks.
Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals
He ran for 149 yards on Sunday at Green Bay, after piling up 108 total yards and a TD against the Broncos the week before. But expect a dip against the Steelers, who shut down Matt Forte on Sunday (29 yards) while holding the Bears to a paltry 2.4 yards per carry.