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Players to consider adding for Week 2 and beyond (based on a 12-team league with 15 players per team):

Quarterback

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Drew Bledsoe' s eye-opening first game with the Cowboys (226 yards, 3 TDs) confirms that he's a viable backup option. … It can only get better for Houston's David Carr, who faced one of the league's best defenses in Week 1. … Baltimore's Anthony Wright proved he's a better fantasy option than Kyle Boller, but he's still a borderline backup at this point. … Washington's Mark Brunell looks like a slightly better option than Wright, if only because he'll get the chance to start for the foreseeable future. Don't expect much.

Running back

Minnesota's Mewelde Moore is nursing an ankle injury and didn't carry the ball in Week 1, but the poor play of the Vikings other runners (Moe Williams, Michael Bennett) makes Moore a good option going forward. … San Francisco can only be so patient with Kevan Barlow; look for Frank Gore to start taking away carries. … Washington's Ladell Betts won't be featured as long as Clinton Portis is healthy, but he's one of the better backups in the league, in the same class with Larry Johnson, Chester Taylor and Najeh Davenport. … Tatum Bell filled in capably when Mike Anderson got banged up, but it won't be long before the Broncos ball-carrying carousel swings around to Ron Dayne.

Wide receiver

Javon Walker's season-ending injury opens the door for Robert Ferguson, who had 38 catches and 4 TDs in 2003. … Bledsoe looked most comfortable throwing to No. 3 receiver Patrick Crayton, a better option than Terry Glenn at this point. … The Rams refusal to run the ball on a regular basis could boost the value of secondary options Kevin Curtis and Shaun McDonald. … With Wright in at quarterback for Baltimore and No. 2 receiver Clarence Moore struggling, first-round pick Mark Clayton stands to benefit. … Cincy's Carson Palmer likes throwing to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who proved that his strong finish to '04 was no fluke with five catches for 75 yards in Week 1.

Tight end

With Itula Mili sidelined indefinitely, the Seahawks will stick with Jerramy Stevens, whose size and strength have made him a favorite sleeper pick of fantasy owners for years. … Good luck getting your hands on Tampa Bay rookie Alex Smith, who two TD catches in Week 1 will make him a hot commodity. … Same goes for Oakland's Courtney Anderson, whose best game (2 TDs vs. NE) is already behind him. … Former first-round pick Ben Watson has a chance to be one of the best pass-catching TEs in football, as evidenced by his two big grabs on the Pats' first drive Thursday night.

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