Week 5 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Tarvaris Jackson and 3 Bye Week Backups

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 2: Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Seattle Seahawks passes the ball during play against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Stephen Brashear /Getty Images)
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Bye weeks are tough on fantasy teams, especially if you start more than one or two players on teams who are off during the same week.

No worries, though, as there are always players in free agency and on your bench who can step up and put points on the board for your fantasy squad.

Let’s take a gander at three replacements that will help you out in a pinch this week if you need to replace a player taking a break.

Tarvaris Jackson

It’s tough to do, but I am actually recommending Tarvaris “3rd-and-long” Jackson if you don’t have a solid option at QB this week.

He’s got a tough matchup against the New York Giants, but the Falcons are a good team and he performed admirably against them.

Jackson threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns while committing his usual mistakes, throwing two picks.

The Giants pass rush is much better than the Falcons, but Jackson's quick feet could help him out in this situation. He should be able to break off a few big gains against a defense dying to get to him.

Look for a decent performance out of this guy, but only use him if your starter is on a bye.

Stevan Ridley

Ridley has strung together two solid games for the New England Patriots and I believe he is going to have the potential to go off like that any week for the team.

The Patriots offense was getting predictably pass-oriented, so the team decided to mix it up and give a bunch of snaps to Ridley and BenJarvus Green-Ellis against the Raiders.

Ridley did great with his possessions and I see him quickly taking over the majority of the workload in the Pats’ ground game.

He is a great bye-week replacement for your normal starter and could possibly be a No. 3/flex RB going forward.

Colts Defense

If you are the owner of the feared and high-scoring Ravens defense, you will need to find a replacement for them this Sunday.

Indianapolis is a great pick in deeper leagues or ones in which people are hoarding different defensive units.

The Colts play the Kansas City Chiefs this week and should do well. They play a bend-but-don’t-break style of defense and don’t often give up too many points.

The Colts offense should also see more time on the field, as KC’s defense isn’t very good.

This is a great play for Week 5.