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MIKE WILLIAMS, WR, Buccaneers
Williams led all rookies with 11 touchdowns last year but has just one this season. Whether it's caused by double coverage, drops, increased competition for Josh Freeman's attention or a combination of those factors, a sophomore slump has left Williams unowned in nearly a quarter of all fantasy leagues. But he's still the NFL's 13th-most-targeted wideout, and he's on a run of three straight games with six catches in each. With the Bucs' running game picking up behind a healthy LeGarrette Blount, Williams is worth a pickup or a swap.
PHILIP RIVERS, QB, Chargers
The comeback against the Packers fell short, but Rivers finished with 385 yards and four touchdowns, the second week in a row in which he surpassed the 360-yard mark and his fifth 300-yard game of the year. True, he leads the NFL in turnovers after nine weeks, with 17 (14 interceptions, three fumbles), and he hasn't been terribly accurate, but in the last two weeks his favorite targets, Antonio Gates (12 receptions, 169 yards, one TD) and Vincent Jackson (10, 190, three), have clicked, and four of the nine easiest teams to score fantasy points against are coming up on the schedule.
REGGIE BUSH, RB, Dolphins
The former Saint has rushed for 195 yards in the past two games, his highest two-week output in six NFL seasons. Since Miami's Week 5 bye, he's averaging 6.4 yards per carry and has raised his rushing total to 427 yards, surpassing his season totals in each of the last three years. Last week in Kansas City he scored his first rushing TD since 2009 and had three catches for 50 yards. Two good weeks don't make him a reliable play, but he's on the right track. And all of Miami's remaining games are against defenses that are allowing more than 100 rushing yards per game.
MICHAEL BUSH, RB, Raiders
Last Sunday marked the 13th time in Bush's career that he's had at least 15 touches, and for the 11th time in those games he produced double-digit fantasy points. This time he did it with 96 yards on the ground and an 11-yard touchdown reception. With starter Darren McFadden still in a walking boot, it's likely that Bush will lead the Raiders' top five rushing attack against a San Diego defense that allowed 5.2 yards per carry last week. At the least, Bush is a must-have insurance policy for all McFadden owners, whether through free agency or via trade.