Cam Newton is my savior. You won't find him on the wire, but there are several intriguing young players likely available for this week's claims in your league.
Knowshon Moreno, DEN – The forgotten man, one of the most disappointing first-round picks of the last few years, Moreno was suddenly and unexpectedly handed the ball 20 times and ran it for a solid 85 yards, adding on five catches for 26 yards – a fine fantasy showing. Ronnie Hillman got just three carries, while Lance Ball wasn't in the mix at all. Moreno gets the same situational endorsement that Hillman did last week, as there's plenty to like about being Peyton Manning's main running back, but this situation could continue to fluctuate.
Rashad Jennings, JAC – Handicapping this Jaguars running game is about as much fun as dental work, but Jalen Parmele left of Sunday's game (twice) with a groin injury, leaving Jennings to carry 16 times for 43 yards (a putrid 2.7 average, sadly right in line with his season numbers) and a fantasy-day-saving touchdown. If nothing else, at least the Jags have found a passing game, which means Jennings could see more goal-line opportunities by default as long as Parmele and Maurice Jones-Drew are out.
Bilal Powell, NYJ – Powell's worked his way into a straight timeshare with Shonn Greene in the Jets' backfield, and even though the offense doesn't generate a ton of points, Powell's seen a big share of the red-zone chances and the Jets have a soft schedule down the stretch. He's not much of an explosive playmaker, though, which will keep his value low as long as his touches are limited.
David Wilson, NYG – The ultra-talented Wilson is now uncontested for the role of Ahmad Bradshaw's backup, thanks to Andre Brown's broken leg. Bradshaw's been brittle himself, and though Wilson has had some ball-security issues, he has the potential to be very productive for fantasy purposes even in a limited role.
Michael Bush, CHI – There aren't many backup backs in the league who are less exciting than Bush, but Matt Forte (ankle) could potentially miss time, propelling Bush into a major role for a fairly productive offense. A popular early-season handcuff/goal-line own, he's found his way to a lot of waiver wires thanks to what had been a limited workload behind Forte.
Mohamed Sanu, CIN – The 29 receiving yards last week don't stand out for Sanu, but all the other stats bode well for his future; the third-round rookie caught two touchdowns (giving him four in the last three weeks) and he was targeted nine times, tied for the team high with A.J. Green. Also enticing is that he received a carry, signifying that the Bengals want to get the ball in Sanu's hands. Those red-zone looks make him particularly interesting, and Andy Dalton can support more than one fantasy-worthy receiver.
Aldrick Robinson, WAS – Robinson was only targeted once on Thanksgiving, but it was a 68-yard bomb from Robert Griffin that jumpstarted the Redskins' offense en route to a 38-point day. Receivers who make big plays tend to find their way into the gameplan, so don't be surprised if Robinson sees some more looks this week.
Chris Givens, STL – I noted Givens in this space earlier this year when Danny Amendola was hurt and, well, guess what – Amendola's hurt again. It's hard to expect too much this week against the Niners, but someone's going to inherit Amendola's looks, and Givens was it last week, catching five passes for 115 yards.
Dwayne Harris, DAL – Miles Austin owners may want to take note of the insurance offered by Harris, who projects to see the extra snaps if Austin (hip) remains out this week against an Eagles defense in disarray. Harris caught four passes for 71 yards against Washington in his first consistent action of the year.