Luckily for fantasy owners, injuries have not been too much of an issue this year. As we move past the final bye week of the season, most star-studded players you would usually start have tough remaining schedules.
Ever since I have played fantasy football, which has been for a while now, I have always contemplated starting my stars who have tough matchups. For example, If I have a guy such as LeSean McCoy on my team and he is going up against a Chicago Bears defense who is best in the league against the rushing attack, I am going to try and look on my bench at a player with an easier matchup that week. Sure, it is a risky move considering McCoy is one of the better running backs the league has to offer, but it's all about using players based on their matchups.
Here we will take a look at five players most likely available in your league to replace your stars who go up against tough opponents.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Tannehill has an easy schedule remaining. He goes up against poor pass defenses and with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman clearly reverting away from the rushing attack, the Dolphins are going to start relying on Tannehill's arm to win games. As we saw in his Week 4 performance at Arizona where he put up 431 passing yards, Tannehill has proven he can put up solid numbers.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Aside from the Atlanta Falcons matchup against the New York Giants in week 15, Atlanta doesn't go up against another team with a winning record, for now at least, for the remainder of the season. Rodgers has become a consistent threat out of the backfield. I know Michael Turner has been playing well as of late, but as each game has progressed, Rodgers has become more involved in the offense. He is especially worth a look in PPR leagues.
T.Y. Hilton - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Hilton's performance against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday proved that the rookie out of Florida International University could become one of Andrew Luck's favorite targets. Aside from Reggie Wayne, no player on the Colts was targeted more than Hilton. He is certainly worth a look at flex positions in most leagues. Grab him while you can.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Twitter, starting wide receiver Antonio Brown has a "mild high ankle sprain." In Brown's absence, the Steelers will look to rely on another receiver other than Mike Wallace. Sanders is their guy. He caught a touchdown pass on Sunday and should see plenty more action moving forward. Keep an eye on Brown's status though.
Brandon Myers - TE - Oakland Raiders
Myers is only owned in 28 percent of CBS Sports Fantasy Football leagues. He is the Raiders' leading receiver and with starting running back Darren McFadden hobbled up with an injury, Carson Palmer is going to be throwing the ball much more. Snag Myers while you can because more and more people are starting to figure out who this hidden fantasy gem is.