Bye Week Alternatives—Week Six

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 12, 2009

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Week 6 Byes: Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, San Francisco

Obviously Peyton Manning is far and away the most critical QB (and player) to be replaced this week. Tony Romo also presents a challenge.

High-end Alternatives:
David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars—Facing St. Louis makes Garrard an attractive bye week play. I like him because he seldom makes mistakes and usually gets sneaky points with his feet.

Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals—I know he’s a starter for some teams, but if he’s your backup, it’s a good time to use him in what should be a shootout against Houston.

Solid Alternatives:
Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins—Campbell is quietly putting up a solid fantasy season for the Skins. He should be a nice play against the lowly Chiefs.

Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos—With Marshall buying into the system, Orton is becoming a more reliable fantasy play. San Diego is banged up on D, which makes Orton a possible bye week replacement.

Desperation Time:
Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers—He still scares me, but he should have a productive day against Tampa Bay.

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets—Playing at home against the Bills makes him a decent play if your starter is out.

Running Backs
Ronnie Brown and Marion Barber will be the toughest to replace, but Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, and Ricky Williams have played well. Glen Coffee and Tashard Choice have been nice plug-in players, but are replaceable.

High-end Alternatives:
Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers—With Cleveland coming to town, keep on rolling with Mendenhall.

Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals—He rolled on Baltimore and has become an every week starter now.  He should torch Houston.

Solid Alternatives:
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers—Coming off a bye week it’s time to take a leap of faith with LT against Denver.

Desperation Time:
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants—The G-Men will try to use their ground game to keep Drew Brees off the field.

Tim Hightower/Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals—Playing Seattle this week could mean both RBs are worth playing.

Wide Receivers

Reggie Wayne is the only elite WR on bye this week. Everyone else can be replaced.

High-end Alternatives:
Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars—You have to monitor his situation, but if he plays, he should torch the smelly Rams.

Santana Moss, Washington Redskins—Mr. Inconsistent should be solid against the Chiefs.

Solid Alternatives:
Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings—His speed and toughness could make him the top weapon in the passing game this week as they take on Baltimore.

Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals—Should have a solid game against the Seahawks.

Tight Ends
While there is only one stud WR to account for, there are two TEs out this week. Dallas Clark and Jason Witten’s absence will leave huge chunks in your fantasy projections.  Vernon Davis has been coming along for SF and may have to be replaced.

High-end Alternatives:
Todd Heap, Baltimore Ravens—As long as he’s not asked to stay in and block too much, he should get plenty of targets as a hot read.

Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans Saints—Playing against his old team, I’m sure he circled this game when the schedule came out.

Solid Alternatives:
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars—He should turn in a productive day against St. Louis.

Desperation Time:
Kevin Boss, New York Giants—He’s got something to prove as well when he takes on Shockey.

Your turn. Who do you see as a good bye week replacement?

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