Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Target for Bye Weeks in the 2013 NFL Season

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2013

Bye weeks suck, am I right? I know I am. They are especially problematic when it comes to your quarterback.

Sure, it's very hard (impossible, really) to replace Adrian Peterson for a week. However, there are some very good running backs who, while not as good as Peterson, will do a very good job. The talent pool is deep.

Not so with quarterbacks. When it comes to the guy under center, the fantasy point drop off can sometimes be staggering.

On the plus side, the quarterback position is also the easiest position to judge favorable matchups. You can take a look at how a defense is defending the run or a secondary is attacking a particular wide receiver, but ultimately you don't know what the game plan is.

That's not true of the quarterback position, which more often dictates the shift in defense during a game than any other position. He makes the defense reactive, rather than proactive.

He doesn't even need to be a top quarterback—fantasy or otherwise.

Take Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Tannehill is not the best quarterback from the league, not even the best young quarterback in the NFL right now.

He has a few things which make him a favorable bye week replacement though.

First, he has the weapons. Mike Wallace can matchup well against anyone and will be a reliable target for the second year quarterback. He also has Brian Hartline (who can pile up yards), Dustin Keller (an underused tight end from the Jets) and Lamar Miller out of the backfield.

He also has what appears to be a decent defense, though the secondary is a question mark.

That works out though, because you know that while the game won't be a blow out, the defense could let up enough yards to make sure Tannehill has to throw.

That questionable secondary actually makes the Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints attractive. For the first week of byes, it's a solid matchup.

Yes, the Saints' defense is theoretically going to be better but we'll believe it when we see it. Beyond that though, we know Drew Brees will throw a lot. And the Saints' offense, regardless of how improved the Miami defense is, will score a bunch.

Tannehill will have to throw as well to keep his team in the game. With Wallace, Keller and Hartline, he has the tools to challenge the Saints' secondary.

Even if the Dolphins lose horribly, Tannehill will still get you plenty of fantasy points.

What other weeks could Tannehill do a good job filling in and who else is a great bye week replacement at quarterback?

Watch the video for the full list, leave your comments and bye week thoughts in the comments and, as always, thanks for watching.

Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at and the NFL writer at You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.