Fantasy Football Week 7: Bye Week Fill-Ins

Matt HillardContributor IOctober 20, 2010

Pick up Freeman if your QB options are limited.
Pick up Freeman if your QB options are limited.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

If you are anything like me and my friends, fantasy football is life. There’s no better feeling than checking out your upcoming matchup and seeing that the team you’re playing can’t even field a full roster. If you had the lack of foresight to draft Matt Schaub, Jahvid Best, Shonn Greene and Pierre Garcon—well, your team sucks because those guys are busts (sorry Jahvid—I love you).

The good news, you probably got a win in Week 2 when Best blew up. The bad news, you’re team is going to get crushed this week because half of your players have byes.

The Lions, Texans, Colts and Jets all have byes this week. On top of that, your team may also have fallen victim to a few injuries as the NFL looked a little like the WWE in Week 6.

Don’t you worry. There are plenty of players out there on the waiver wire that are serviceable fillers for your decimated team. Here are some that are likely available in your 10-team league.



Hopefully you already have a serviceable backup QB on your squad. If you do not, the QB you want to pick up this week is Josh Freeman. Tampa Bay is playing at home against the surprisingly streaky Rams. Freeman has been very consistent this season, and he is a solid fill-in if you’re struggling this week.

Other Options: Sam Bradford, Alex Smith


Running Back

Anyone who watched HBO's Hard Knocks knows a little about Danny Woodhead. He’s a hard-nosed utility player that New England can line up in the slot as a receiver, or hand the ball to out of the backfield. He’s also gotten a score in two of the past three games.  I wouldn’t trust him every week, but if you’re roster is thin he’s a good pick up for this week.

Other Options: Cadillac Williams, LeGarrette Blount


Wide Receiver

Robert Meachem has been inconsistent to the point that he is available in most leagues. He was likely drafted by someone in your league and dumped within the first four weeks after doing nothing. Their loss is your gain—Meachem has caught a TD pass in each of the Saints’ last two games and should fare well this weekend when the Saints matchup with the Browns.

Other Options: Deion Branch (if he’s available), Steve Breaston (likely returning to action this week)


Tight End

Most people would probably say Ben Watson had his coming-out party last week when he hauled in six receptions for 88 yards and a TD. The truth is, even before last week he led the Browns in targets, receptions and receiving yards. Colt McCoy didn’t play particularly well in his first NFL start, but he was able to find the big tight end. He will continue to look for Watson, who should have some value for the rest of the season. Pick 'em up!

Other Options: John Carlson, Tony Moeaki


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