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 9 Byes: Panthers, Lions, Jaguars, Vikings
Carson Palmer v. Broncos
If you want to all-in, super risky, Palmer has a great matchup this week. Coming off the bye, maybe he is actually ready to play this time.
Brent Celek v. Bears
Did Celek wake up against the Cowboys on Sunday? Or was it just a fluke? Got a great matchup this weekend to find out.
Here are today’s great reads:
- The Colts might be terrible without Peyton Manning, but they sure are not conservative. Curtis Painter is chucking the ball a ton, as evidenced by all the targets that went around in Week 8. Pierre Garcon clearly is his favorite target, but Reggie Wayne still is up there and both Dallas Clark and Austin Collie are getting more looks in recent weeks. [Roto Arcade]
- Banged up backfields. The Chargers and Browns have them. All four fantasy relevant players in Cleveland and San Diego are banged up (Mike Tolbert, Ryan Mathews, Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty). Even the Chargers’ third-string running back — Curtis Brinkley — could not escape Monday night’s game without injury. Welcome to fantasy relevance, Chris Ogbonnaya. [ESPN.com]
- First half fantasy football awards. Cam Newton, of course, gets the award for biggest surprise of the year. Biggest bust? None other than Chris Johnson. How could it be anyone else? [The Fantasy Football Geek Blog]
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