BY ROB SHAW, BloombergSports.com
5) Tim Tebow, Broncos
For the first 45 minutes, Tim Tebow was pretty awful. Even at the game’s conclusion he connected on just 48% of his passes. However, all that Broncos fans will remember are the two clutch touchdown passes in the fourth quarter that led the Broncos to an unlikely comeback win over the Dolphins.
Of course, the most exciting part of Tebow’s game is his mobility. On Sunday he rushed for 65 yards. He also formed somewhat of a rapport with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in the final minutes. Consider Tebow a fine investment who can offer some fine moments right away.
4) Roy Williams, Bears
For a second straight weekend Roy Williams made an impact in the Bears passing game. After hauling in three receptions for 50 yards last week, Williams brought in four receptions for 59 yards including his first touchdown with the Bears.
A key acquisition for Chicago during the off-season, Williams had an inauspicious start with the Bears, but is now rising to become the Jay Cutler’s top target aside from star running back Matt Forte.
3) Michael Bush, Raiders
Darren McFadden is once again living up to his injury-prone label. The Raiders star running back lasted just two carries before leaving the game with a foot injury. The loss of McFadden led to an increased presence from backup running back Michael Bush. The 6’1, 245 lbs. running back was a scarce bright spot for the Raiders with 99 rushing yards on just 17 carries. Bush also chipped in with 12 receiving yards.
If McFadden misses some time with his foot injury, Bush is a must-add player off the waiver wire. In fact, even with a healthy McFadden, Bush is a fine player to have as a goal line warrior.
2) Michael Jenkins, Vikings
Michael Jenkins was a great pickup by fantasy managers in Point Per Reception leagues who recognized the sudden influx of receptions this season. However, now it looks like Jenkins can have an even greater impact than that.
On Sunday Jenkins made a couple of key plays early and late to keep the Vikings in the game against the Packers. His final stat-line was the best of the season with three receptions for 111 yards including a touchdown.
Drafted as a first round pick back in 2004, this marked the first time in Jenkins career that he surpassed 100 receiving yards in a game.
1) DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
The player in most demand this week will be Cowboys rookie running back DeMarco Murray. Filling in for the injured Felix Jones, Murray, a third round pick out of Oklahoma had a game for the record books. He racked up a remarkable 253 rushing yards on 25 carries, including a 91-yard touchdown.
Coming into the game it was clear that Murray would enjoy an expanded role, but no one could have predicted this. Even when Jones does return from injury he will have a hard time taking the starting gig away from Murray. A new era has likely commenced in the Cowboys backfield.