It is easy for fantasy owners not to care about bye weeks during fantasy drafts. Take the best player available, regardless of the bye week. You can always find a replacement on the waiver wire, or just tank one week and win the rest.
Easy, unless your fantasy team has started the 2011 season at the bottom on your league(s).
With bye weeks hitting the schedule this weekend in the NFL, some fantasy owners are in panic mode after lackluster starts. Hard to ride out the bye weeks when there are injuries and underwhelming players with which to deal.
Luckily, there is a place to go for help when your fantasy team is struggling with bye weeks. It is called the waiver wire. And while the options there sometimes feel a little cheap and second-hand, fantasy owners sometimes can find the right fit for a one-week spot filler.
Week 7 Byes: Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles, 49ers
Matt Moore v. Broncos
Moore and the Dolphins were able to move the ball against the Jets, even though they could not punch in touchdowns.
Matt Cassel @ Raiders
Cassel has been a little hot lately, the Chiefs seem to be improving and have had two weeks to prepare for this game.
DeMarco Murray v. Rams
Should get the start with Felix Jones out due to an ankle injury. Could be a starter for the next month.
Maurice Morris @ Cowboys
Not Ronnie Brown or Keiland Williams, it actually is Morris who will draw the start in Jahvid Best’s absence.
Greg Little v. Seahawks
Little got his first start in Week 6 and responded with six catches for 72 yards.
Darrius Heyward-Bey/Jacoby Ford v. Chiefs
Maybe Carson Palmer will start this game. There are decent options here against a lackluster pass D.
Ed Dickson @ Jaguars
Get a lot of targets. A big day is coming for Dickson.
Lance Kendricks @ Cowboys
Finally starting to show the promise he displayed during the preseason, but Sam Bradford’s absence would hurt.
Here are today’s great reads:
- For a day, the NFL pretended like it was a fantasy football league. A couple of notable trades went down involving offensive players, a day after Brandon Lloyd got shipped to the Rams: Carson Palmer to the Raiders, Ronnie Brown to the Lions. [Roto Arcade, ProFootballTalk]
- Santonio Holmes scored a touchdown on Monday Night Football against the Dolphins, breaking open the wide receiver slump that has plagued the Jets of late. Holmes enters a nice stretch of matchups right now, too, which could pay huge fantasy dividends as long as Mark Sanchez can stay consistent. [Fantasy Douche]
- More on some of Week 6′s most significant injuries. Several running backs went down with various ailments last weekend, including Peyton Hillis, Felix Jones and Jahvid Best. [ESPN.com]
- Welcome back to fantasy relevance, Michael Crabtree. Tried to grab him in several leagues last week after a flash of significance against the Eagles, and it paid off in a big way this past week. Crabtree caught nine passes for 77 yards against the Lions. Yardage total is not great, but those nine grabs are nice for PPR formats. [Roto Arcade]
- For those who have been stashing Bernard Scott waiting for Cedric Benson’s three-game suspension to kick in, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that Benson will be suspending in Week 8. The bad news is that it will only be a one-week suspension. [ProFootballTalk]
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