Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/27/12

Tom Brady, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson, of course these guys will be in starting lineups everywhere.

Here are a few guys that could be available, or have rode your bench all season, that will help contribute this week.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta - Given Turner's recent struggles, Rodgers has taken on a bigger role in the Falcons' explosive offense.

Last week, Rodgers had 10 carries, five receptions, and a TD. This week, the Falcons take on the Panthers who rank 26th in the NFL in rush defense, and 18th in pass defense. Rodgers will continue to be effective as long as the Falcons continue use him similarly to the way Darren Sproles has been used the last few years for New Orleans.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Denver - Tamme has struggled to start the season with only 10 receptions and 87 yards through his first three games. If there is any week Tamme will break out of his slump, this is the week, when Denver takes on Oakland and their 25th ranked passing defense.

Oakland gave up eight receptions for 60 yards and two TDs last week to Steelers tight end Heath Miller, so there is no reason why Tamme can't have a successful game. Tamme was also targeted a whopping 10 times last week by Peyton Manning, so start him with confidence.

Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati - Hawkins has quietly put up solid numbers opposite A.J. Green through his teams first three games this season. Hawkins has 12 catches for 208 yards and two TDs already, and will continue to have success this week against a Jaguars defense that allows 258 yards a game through the air.

Hawkins will continue to benefit from Green drawing double teams, and has entrenched himself as the team's No. 2 receiver.

Tashard Choice, RB,Buffalo - C.J. Spiller is highly doubtful for this week's game against New England, and Fred Jackson won't be anywhere near full strength. Look for the Bills to limit Jackson's workload significantly. Choice will get the bulk of the work, and proved last week that he could handle a full workload. Choice rushed 20 times for 91 yards, and added two receptions against the Browns.

Miami DST - The Dolphins travel to Arizona to take on the undefeated Cardinals. Yes, the Cardinals are 3-0, but have won their games with great defense. On offense, the Cardinals rank 29th in the NFL in passing offense at a meager 181 YPG.

This will keep them from being able to exploit Miami's weak secondary. Miami's strength is in its 3rd ranked rush defense. Miami will shut down Arizona's 25th ranked rushing offense, and force Kolb into all kinds of turnovers, which he is prone to doing. This will be a low scoring game that will involve quite a few turnovers, and points for the Miami DST.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Washington - Pierre Garcon has been limited in practice all week and is highly questionable for the Redskins' favorable matchup versus the Bucs on Sunday. Even if Garcon does play, Hankerson will see almost every snap out of the No. 2 wide receiver position.

Hankerson hauled in four passes last week, and will easily surpass that number this week against a horrendous Bucs secondary that ranks 31st in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game at 353 yards.

 



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