With big injuries to Dallas Clark, Brett Favre, and Tony Romo, now is not the best time for your fantasy football team to also be hit by players being lost to a bye week. With plenty of other big name players being nicked up or out for a few weeks (Joseph Addai, Austin Collie and Malcom Floyd), it's time to find a few guys that can save your Week 8.
Keep in mind, the guys on our Bye Week Saviors list won't necessarily turn into fantasy studs or save your season, but considering talent, roles, availability and matchups for Week 8; they might be some of your best bets. All of these players are on the waiver wire and can be had in at least 51% of all standard fantasy football leagues.
Read on to see who is out there and who might just give you all you need to get a win in Week 8:
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills (Available in 79% of fantasy football leagues)
Fitzpatrick has risen from mediocrity to become a shot in the arm for a Bills offense that was putrid under former starter Trent Edwards. All the guy has done is make Buffalo relatively competitive, while tossing at least two scores in four straight games, including a disgusting 374 yards and four touchdowns in a three-point loss to the Baltimore Ravens. After all that, can we really bet against him as he faces the Kansas City Chiefs this week? Nah.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts (73%)
Brown's value this week completely hands on his own health, but if he is even close to 100%, you have to like his chances to put on a show on Monday Night Football, especially with starter Joseph Addai missing time with a shoulder injury. Nothing is official for either back, so keep yourself updated on both of their statuses. But if he's getting the start, he's worth a play in your fantasy lineup.
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills (53%)
We can't plug Christopher Ivory every week, and there literally isn't much to hype in the running back department on your waiver wire. In fact, Jackson even faces the 5th-ranked Chiefs run defense this week, which would lead you to believe he can't help you this week. However, he still took on 23 carries against a tough Baltimore defense, and escaped with 73 yards. Expect much of the same in week 8, and if Ryan Fitzpatrick and Co. can open things up as expected, perhaps F-Jax can find the end-zone.
Patrick Crayton, WR, San Diego Chargers (69%)
Amidst all of the Vincent Jackson drama and Malcom Floyd stepping up as a stud, Crayton had become very much an after-thought in San Diego. However, after a huge game two weeks ago and another solid effort in Floyd's absence last week, Crayton is suddenly holding solid value. Floyd is expected to miss this week (his second in a row), which could mean some continued success for Crayton, who has logged 13 receptions for 199 yards over the past two weeks.
Davone Bess, WR, Miami Dolphins (58%)
Yes, Brandon Marshall is still the top dog in Miami, but when will Bess get the respect he's deserved? The slot master has seriously carved out a beautiful role in Miami, and has solidified himself as a legit WR3 in fantasy football. With at least five receptions and a touchdown in his last three games, Bess is officially on fire and is a very solid player in PPR leagues. Take advantage of his hot streak while you can and see if he can keep it going this week against the Bengals.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions (64%)
We've talked up Pettigrew in the past this year (and for good reason), but that won't keep us from vouching for him as a bye week savior for week 8. Sure, he's only scored once this season, but the guy has a sick 33 catches in six games, while racking up a solid 336 yards. We can't be certain what kind of value he'll hold with Matthew Stafford back in the saddle (who is expected to start in week 8), but we can't help it, considering the Lions are going up against an atrocious pass defense.