After a week in which a few key players went down with devastating injuries, the fantasy football waiver wire will certainly be ablaze. Take note of the teams on a bye this week and make sure there’s not a gaping hole in your fantasy football lineup.
Key Player On A Bye: Reggie Wayne
Suitable Replacement: Danario Alexander
Still the #1 option for Peyton Manning in the Colts offense, Reggie Wayne continues to press forward and post great numbers week in and week out. His loss will sting a bit, but there are some options out there, which can help ease that pain a bit. One such option is Danario Alexander of the Rams. A week after watching teammate Mark Clayton suffer a season ending knee injury, Alexander was signed off the practice squad to lend a helping hand and Sam Bradford wasted no time finding him. Alexander snagged four balls for 72 yards and a score while developing some nice chemistry with Bradford. On a much improved St. Louis team, you could do worse than Alexander.
Key Player On A Bye: Jahvid Best, RB
Suitable Replacement: Brandon Jacobs, RB
While Best isn’t duplicating his early season success, he is still a challenge to replace on your fantasy football team. Don’t go overboard with your expectations because Ahmad Bradshaw is still the feature back in New York, but Jacobs has slid into his role of goal line back quite nicely and has been scoring touchdowns at an impressive clip. He has found the end zone three times in the last two weeks and has a good chance to continue the pace.
Key Player On A Bye: Matt Schaub
Suitable Replacement: Alex Smith
Matt Schaub has finally started to look more like the signal caller fantasy owners drafted him to be lately so his absence will surely be a tough one to overcome. After a sterling performance last week where he threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns, his bye week couldn’t come at a more inopportune time for his owners. While Smith is anything but a sexy fantasy play, he should find great success against a lackluster Carolina defense.
Key Player On A Bye: Jets Defense
Suitable Replacement: Chiefs Defense
The Jets imposing defense takes a seat this week so you will need to look elsewhere for your points. New York is routinely in the top 5 of the majority of defensive categories, but if you play the proper matchups their loss can be managed. Aside from leaving the floodgates open last week against an ultra talented Texans unit, the Chiefs team defense has been no less than stellar all season. They get an excellent chance to bounce back this week at home against a Jacksonville squad that doesn’t scare anyone. This young defense has been bringing pressure and forcing turnovers all season long so make sure you plug them into your lineup and the points will follow.