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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell dives into

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. (Sept. 29, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Here is a glimpse at players who returned from injury or are playing in place of injured players and could have a fantasy impact, at least temporarily.


Le'Veon Bell, RB


The Steelers finally have a rushing attack. Their second-round pick rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut. Bell added four catches for 27 yards, a nice addition for PPR owners. Bell is a solid RB2/flex option as long as he's healthy.


Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB


Fitzpatrick didn't have too many opportunities after taking over for Jake Locker, who was carted off with a hip injury against the Jets, but he took advantage of them. He never has been a dependable fantasy player, but he threw for 108 yards and a TD yesterday. If Locker misses time, Fitzpatrick is a possible QB2 in two-quarterback leagues.


Rashad Jennings, RB


Marcel Reece and Darren McFadden both left with injuries, paving the way for Jennings, who rushed for just 45 yards on 15 carries but added seven catches for 54 yards. Owners of either Reece or McFadden should grab Jennings at least for your bench.


Roy Helu Jr., RB


After Alfred Morris left with a rib contusion, Helu filled in well, rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. The Redskins have a bye week coming up, so Morris might not miss time, but keep an eye on his status.


Tashard Choice, RB


Fred Jackson suffered a sprained MCL and C.J. Spiller could have a sprained ankle. The Bills have a short week -- they play the Browns Thursday. The Browns have been great against the run, allowing just 79 yards per game, so Choice is no more than a flex, but depending on the seriousness of Jackson's and Spiller's injuries, he could get some touches.


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