As we head into Week 5 of the fantasy football season, bye weeks and injuries are causing a shuffle on rosters and waiver wires. While there were no real “I gotta pick that guy up”-performances in Week 4, here are some guys to consider in the short and long term.
Sam Bradford, Rams: Bradford may officially be considered as a solid bye week filler in Week 5. It has not taken long for the rookie to show that he should be considered as a fantasy football quarterback—and this is a rookie QB on the Rams! Bradford’s accuracy is turning heads and the Rams are moving the ball into the end zone.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers: The time has come for Big Ben to join his team again on his bye week. Who would of thought they would be 3-1 without him? Chances are he is not sitting on your waiver wire because in most leagues Big Ben was a value pick as a backup QB in time for bye weeks. More than likely you will see him on the trade block in the next couple of weeks after he has some rust off.
In case you missed it, we mentioned Peyton Hillis and Ryan Torain here last week so we won’t cover them again. If for some reason they are still on your waiver wire you should do your part of getting them off there!
Kevin Smith, Lions: We wouldn’t really suggest rostering Smith for the long haul, especially when you need depth to cover bye weeks, but he is worth keeping an eye on. Jahvid Best has that whole turf toe thing going on and Smith is the likely back between he and Maurice Morris to fill Best’s role if he didn’t go. He may be worth a handcuff for an owner that is relying on Best as a starter.
Davone Bess, Dolphins: Although Bess has a bye this week, you can look for him to be coming off the wire after another solid performance. If you need a guy at WR, you should consider grabbing him this week and stashing him as he may slip past some WW hunters looking for production in Week 5. He was targeted 12 times for nine catches on Monday night and got his first TD of the season. He appears like he will be the go-to guy for Chad Henne when Brandon Marshall is getting too much attention.
Mark Clayton, Rams: Clayton is likely long gone by now, but we wanted to talk about him in case he is available or dropped during bye week shuffling. Clayton has become the favorite target of the rising fantasy QB that is Sam Bradford. Clayton could have a career year and you may be able to get him cheap in a trade if he is rostered.