Brian Westbrook (RB, 49ers, 6,874 adds) - Don't call it a comeback, he's been here for years. If there's anything an experienced fantasy football player will tell you, it's that it doesn't matter if Brian Westbrook is always injured, he still wins fantasy championships. I think Westbrook actually invented the "questionable" tag. He's given more owners cardiac issues than In and Out Burger, but you can never count the man out. Now, with fantasy star Frank Gore done for the season on account of a broken hip, Westbrook is back once again. And he's currently making his case for one of the most significant waiver wire plays of the year, as he already ran for 136 yards and a touchdown in Gore's stead. As a late-season steal, Westbrook could very well play a huge role in the fantasy playoffs.
Toby Gerhart (RB, Vikings, 2,833 adds) - It's still unclear as to the severity of Adrian Peterson's ankle sprain, and he is listed currently as day-to-day, but you can't let an opportunity like Toby Gerhart pass by without at least taking a gamble. Realistically -- and this is just speculation -- I think Peterson misses time and Gerhart becomes a pretty big-time pickup. Peterson looked pretty messed up and obviously experienced a lot of pain, so with the Vikings' season becoming relatively meaningless, what's the use in rushing him back to action?
Ben Obomanu (WR, Seahawks, 2,247 adds) - Surprisingly, Ben Obomanu's rate of popularity growth is nowhere near in line with his value. Folks are finally coming around, but we've been hammering this home for weeks. The dude has 14 catches and two touchdowns in his past three games combined, and last week he managed to gain 159 yards receiving. He's now the top option in a passing game run by an experienced quarterback that seems to be getting better. Plus, despite the 5-6 record, the Seahawks are tied for the division lead, so they will be fighting to make the playoffs. Must be nice to play in the NFC West, eh?
San Diego Chargers (D/ST, 2,160 adds) - We all know what happens to the Chargers in the second half of the season. They become dominant, as we saw on Monday night when the defense put up 27 fantasy points, including two defensive touchdowns. The Chargers now boast the top defense in the league in terms of overall yardage allowed, rushing yardage and sacks. They also have Oakland, San Francisco and Cincinnati in their final five games. Hence, this is a very smart move.
Deion Branch (WR, Patriots, 1,827 adds) - After a hit-or-miss return to New England, Branch hauled in three passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns on Thanksgiving Day and gave fantasy owners reason to give him one more shot. With Tom Brady hitting his stride just in time for the fantasy playoffs, Branch could be a key beneficiary and a boon for fantasy teams who are still alive come three weekends from now.
Cleveland Browns (D/ST, 1,685 drops) - You mean you're actually listening to us? We recommended the Browns for a spot start on defense last week as they faced the league's worst offense in Carolina. Unfortunately, it didn't work, so there's no point in trying them out against a string of much better offenses, but cheers for giving it a shot. You have to take chances now and then.
Keiland Williams (RB, Redskins, 1,089 drops) - Just a couple of short weeks ago, Keiland looked like a promising addition to any roster as injuries to Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain earned him a starting role, upon which he made good. Now, it appears James Davis is the favored back in Washington. Williams should still see some carries, but he's not the workhorse we'd hoped he'd be.
Vincent Jackson (WR, Chargers, 854 drops) - In his quest to become the most useless player in fantasy history, Vincent Jackson got injured (after TWO plays) in his first game back after missing 11 weeks due to disputes with the Chargers. He's not expected to be out indefinitely as it's just a calf strain, but really, who wants this P.O.S. anymore?
Zach Miller (TE, Raiders, 851 drops) - Here's another guy who simply isn't worth the hassle anymore. Miller re-aggravated his foot injury on Sunday and apparently also hurt his leg. Plantar fasciitis is a notoriously nagging injury, so we're doubtful we'll see much of Miller in the next couple of critical weeks, and his status beyond that is iffy at best. There's plenty of other options at tight end, so cutting the cord is the right move here -- painful as it may be.