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
Sam Bradford @ Cardinals
Bradford is out of the boot and ready to sling the ball to newcomer Brandon Lloyd. The second half of 2011 could be a resurgence for Bradford.
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.
Kregg Lumpkin @ Saints
LeGarrette Blount might be back, but he might not be fully healthy. Lumpkin has some PPR capabilities.
Chris Ivory v. Buccaneers
Ivory had one of his best games as a pro last year against the Bucs. Could see an increased workload if Mark Ingram sits again.
Harry Douglas @ Colts
Indy can get torched in the air with the Falcons coming off a bye. Julio Jones is no lock to play, either, so Douglas could draw the start.
Greg Salas @ Cardinals
If I like Bradford, I like his receivers. Salas is coming on as the replacement to the injured Danny Amendola.
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.
Ed Dickson @ Steelers
Behind Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice, Dickson is the next option in the passing game. Decent matchup in what should be an old-school game.
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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