Have no fear, fantasy football owners, byes are almost over. There are still a couple more weeks to go, however, which means the waiver wire will continue to serve as the best place to find short-term replacement options.
Even though the free-agent market has been picked over thoroughly by this point in the season, there are still a few players available that are worth starting in Week 9. Let's take a look at the best choices to fill the flex position void this week.
Even though avoiding Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers has been a wise move over the past couple season, Shorts is starting to change that outlook. He's scored 22 fantasy points in two games since the team returned from its bye week.
It's clear the Jaguars are making a concerted effort to make him a bigger part of the offense, and he's thrived with the added opportunities. And there's no reason to believe he won't continue to be a focal point for the rest of the season.
He gets another favorable matchup against the Detroit Lions this week. The Lions rank in the middle of the pack against opposing fantasy wideouts. With Shorts getting on the same page as Blaine Gabbert, he remains a high-upside play.
Given the fact Wright has been targeted more than seven times per game, it's surprising he hasn't scored more than 10 points in any game. As the top receiver for the Tennessee Titans, he's due for a breakout performance in the near future.
Even though the Titans are facing the Chicago Bears, it could very well happen this week. The Bears are actually rank 18th in passing yards allowed despite an otherwise strong defense. It's mostly because opponents are usually playing from behind and are forced to pass.
That's a trend that should continue on Sunday, giving Wright a terrific chance to put up the first big fantasy game of his career. Even if he doesn't explode, he's still a safe option considering he's scored at least six points in four of his last five games.
Dwyer is available in far too many leagues for a running back that's topped the 100-yard mark in two straight games. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been searching for a back to step up and he's done the best job of any of the team's options.
While it's possible a couple of his backfield mates might return this week, Dwyer's performance should at least earn him the bulk of the carries against the New York Giants. And the Steelers will be looking to run early and often to keep New York's high-flying offense on the sidelines.
It's important to note that Dwyer is dealing with a nagging quad injury of his own, so owners should keep a close eye on his status. As long as he's ready to roll, he should be in line for a third straight standout fantasy performance of 10 or more points.