As we dip into the first bye week that includes six teams instead of four, roster posturing can get a bit trickier. With a whole host of stars taking a seat this week, make sure you dig deep on that waiver wire so you don’t get left with gaping holes in your fantasy football lineup.
Teams on a bye in Week 6: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, NY Giants, Philadelphia, and Baltimore
Key Player On A Bye: Roddy White (Atl)
Suitable Replacement: Davone Bess (Mia)
One could make the argument that Roddy White has been the most unstoppable force in fantasy football this season and his production will be next to impossible to replace. White is routinely the most targeted wide out each week and his 11-catch performance last week was a thing of beauty.
Another option is emerging down in Miami by the name of Davone Bess. With Chad Henne finally starting to discover himself in the passing game, Bess has taken full advantage as the safety blanket slot receiver. Bess has at least five grabs in each of the last three weeks in addition to touchdowns in each of those contests. With Miami finally realizing their identity as a passing offense, Bess is a safe bet for consistent catches and a few trips to the end zone this week and into the future.
Key Player On A Bye: Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG)
Suitable Replacement: Chris Ivory (NO)
Despite losing some of his goal line touches to Brandon Jacobs the past few weeks, Bradshaw has still found a way to churn out massive chunks of yardage. As the feature back in a potent offense, Bradshaw is not an easy player to account for in a bye week.
Chris Ivory is an interesting case that deserves some of your attention. With Pierre Thomas struggling mightily to return from an ankle ailment, Chris Ivory has taken over as the main beneficiary in the Saints backfield. While Ivory hasn’t set the world on fire in his limited opportunities thus far, it’s extremely tough to ignore a starting running back on an offense like New Orleans. Coach Payton has voiced his displeasure with how long it has taken Thomas to get back in the lineup, so you could do much worse than taking a flyer on Ivory and riding him while he keeps the gig.
Key Player On A Bye: Joe Flacco (Bal)
Suitable Replacement: Chad Henne (Mia)
Joe Flacco has begun to play much better in the last few weeks and has the Ravens offense clicking on all cylinders, so finding a substitute for him in your lineup will be a tough task this week. Enter Chad Henne.
Henne has been much more efficient and productive since coming off his week-five bye. He has thrown for three touchdowns in the last two weeks against very impressive defenses and has also been able to limit his turnovers. With a large contingent of starter quality quarterbacks taking a seat this week—Henne may be your best option as a potential fill in.
Key Player On A Bye: Trent Cole (Phi)
Suitable Replacement: Robert Mathis (Ind)
For those of you basking in the enjoyment of an IDP fantasy football league, this is a pickup that could change the entire course of your week. In any given week an IDP can shift the balance of a matchup by five to ten points, which could easily be the difference.
Trent Cole has registered three sacks in the last two weeks and has been a force on the Eagles defensive line. Indianapolis is fresh off a bye this week and faces the porous Houston offensive line, which has allowed 16 sacks already on the year. Robert Mathis should have no problem breaking through and garnering enough pressure on Matt Schaub to get himself into the box score.