It’s the second to last week fantasy football owners have to deal with the dreaded bye week and that news will come as welcome to most, if not all. With some key injuries added to the equation as well, be sure to check in on the following players sooner rather than later.
Also, be sure to take note of some suitable replacements. Several standout fantasy football players will be out of commission this weekend while spending time with families and preparing for the following week. Be sure one of your starters isn’t one of them!
Key Player On A Bye: Brandon Lloyd (Den.)
Suitable Replacement: Steve Breaston (Ari.)
Since becoming Kyle Orton’s primary receiver earlier in the season, Brandon Lloyd has rewarded fantasy owners with improbable stats. His rise to the top of the fantasy football WR mountain was not foreseen by many, but will make him incredibly hard to replace.
After inserting Derek Anderson back into the lineup last week, the Cardinals offense seemed to move the ball with greater consistency. With teams double and triple teaming Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston appears healthy and ready to reap the runoff rewards.
Breaston’s eight catch, 147-yard performance last week is a clear indicator that he will be a prominent feature of the offense in the coming weeks.
Key Player On A Bye: Chris Johnson (Ten.)
Suitable Replacement: LeGarrette Blount (TB.)
Whenever a fantasy owner is forced to replace the consensus No. 1 RB in the game, the transition tends to be a rough one. Expecting Johnson to duplicate his 2009 season was never a realistic scenario, but his numbers are still amongst the top out of all RB and his production will be a challenge to replace.
After a promising output in Week 7, many people began to hop onto the LeGarrette Blount bandwagon and after this weeks performance the bandwagon figures to be at capacity.
You may be a week late to the party if he isn’t already on your roster, but that isn’t the case then you need to make Blount a priority this week. His 120-yard effort last week coupled with two TD’s is a clear sign that coach Raheem Morris is prepared to lean heavily on his rookie workhorse.
Key Player On A Bye: Vernon Davis (SF.)
Suitable Replacement: Brandon Pettigrew (Det.)
Vernon Davis finds himself on a bye this week and also has drawn the unfortunate task of rehabbing a re-injured ankle so you will have to look elsewhere for your TE production. Davis hasn’t been lights out for fantasy football owners this year, but his numbers are still tough to ignore.
Pettigrew only caught two balls last week against the Redskins, but one of those catches went for six points.
Stafford loves to look for him in the red zone and that doesn’t figure to change. Pettigrew is capable of going off at any moment, but you can safely pencil him in for a handful of catches and a score each week.
Key Player On A Bye: Mike Sims-Walker (Jax)
Suitable Replacement: Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oak)
Mike Sims-Walker can be maddening to own, but when he has a week much like he had last time out against the woeful Cowboys, people take notice. You really never know what you might get out of MSW in any given week, but with David Garrard healthy and throwing him the ball, he becomes a tough player to swap out.
Darrius Heyward-Bey appeared to develop some decent chemistry with Jason Campbell against the Seahawks and a promising matchup with the Chiefs is on tap next. He is far from a solid option, but for any fantasy football owner looking to take a flyer, Heyward-Bey should be in consideration.