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SECOND STRING

With the weeks running down and the injuries piling up, a few guys who started the year buried on their team's depth chart have emerged as game-breakers

EARL BENNETT, WR,Bears

Jay Cutler and Bennett played together at Vanderbilt in 2005 and with the Bears since '09, so they rekindled their spark quickly when Bennett returned from a severe chest bruise suffered in Week 2. In two games the pair has connected 11 times for 176 yards and a touchdown, making Bennett Chicago's top fantasy receiving option.

VINCENT BROWN, WR,Chargers

Brown sparked the Chargers last week, hauling in five balls for 97 yards, including an acrobatic 30-yard touchdown through double coverage. Starting for an injured Malcom Floyd, the rookie from San Diego State showed impressive desire and concentration, which makes him a tough matchup.

LANCE BALL, RB,Broncos

Thrust into action because of injuries, Ball rolled for 96 yards on 30 carries, the most single-game rushes for a Broncos back in seven seasons. In the four games since Tim Tebow took over, Denver has rushed on 164 of its 260 plays (63%), so with a short week ahead, Ball should get more work against the Jets, who are 15th against the rush.

DAMIAN WILLIAMS, WR,Titans

It's rare when a team's top receiver is available on waivers this late in the season, but that's the case with Williams. In six starts since stepping in for the injured Kenny Britt, the second-year man has grabbed four touchdowns, yet as of last week's game—five catches, 107 yards, TD—Williams was available in more than 99% of all leagues.

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