Week 9 is also known as the bye week for the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets. That leaves a few fantasy stars unavailable to their owners like Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, Shonn Greene and the entire Patriots offense.
Sometimes, fantasy owners don’t have enough depth on their rosters to comfortably compensate for the temporary loss of their teams’ cornerstones. Recent NFL developments, however, have provided quality bye-week options via the waiver wire.
Carson Palmer of the Oakland Raiders has a fantastic home matchup in Week 9 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who should be without both of their starting cornerbacks due to suspension.
If he’s available, he should be a fine replacement for Tom Brady this week—but he won’t make this list because he’s already owned in more than 50 percent of ESPN.com fantasy leagues.
Read on to find out who will make the cut.