It is easy for fantasy owners not to care about bye weeks during fantasy drafts. Take the best player available, regardless of the bye week. You can always find a replacement on the waiver wire, or just tank one week and win the rest.
Easy, unless your fantasy team has started the 2011 season at the bottom on your league(s).
With bye weeks hitting the schedule this weekend in the NFL, some fantasy owners are in panic mode after lackluster starts. Hard to ride out the bye weeks when there are injuries and underwhelming players with which to deal.
Luckily, there is a place to go for help when your fantasy team is struggling with bye weeks. It is called the waiver wire. And while the options there sometimes feel a little cheap and second-hand, fantasy owners sometimes can find the right fit for a one-week spot filler.
Week 8 Byes: Byes: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Jets, Raiders, Buccaneers
Christian Ponder @ Panthers
Looked good in his first start against the defending champs, his mobility adds to the fantasy intrigue.
Delone Carter @ Titans
The only bright spot for the Colts against the Saints in Week 7, with 89 yards and a touchdown.
Bernard Scott @ Seahawks
Not a great matchup but he gets the start and should get a ton of touches.
Devery Henderson @ Rams
This is just a gut feeling. Been so quiet lately, seems poised to hit a home-run this weekend.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Look at target data from Week 7 and you will notice a trend: There are a lot of Buccaneers on the list. The Bucs fell behind early against Chicago and lost Earnest Graham to a season-ending injury, so all that really was left was for Josh Freeman to chuck the ball around London on Sunday. [Roto Arcade]
- I read a good one-line on Twitter yesterday. It said something to the effect of Week 7 being a good week for your best fantasy players to be on bye. That is because there were more than enough injuries to go around, and some pretty devastating ones at that. Hope you avoided the injury bug plague of Week 7. [ESPN.com]
- The NFL hits midseason this weekend, while fantasy leagues are more than past the halfway mark. First-half surprises in fantasy leagues including a pair of rookies and a few seasoned veterans. [FantasyPros]
- Fantasy observations from Week 7, including players to buy and sell going forward. I really like Philip Rivers as a buy with Antonio Gates back in the fold. But how long can Gates stick around this time? And will Rivers stop throwing picks? [RotoProfessor]
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