Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Jabar Gaffney and 3 WRs Ready to Save Your Bye Week

Jeremy ReidCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 23: Jabar Gaffney #10 of the Washington Redskins makes a catch against Charles Godfrey #30 of the Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

This week, fantasy owners will be without Roddy White, Greg Jennings, Andre Johnson, Mike Williams, Santonio Holmes, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jordy Nelson, Julio Jones and Roy Williams.

Okay—just kidding about Roy Williams.

There is still plenty of value out there in free agency to get a solid performer to cover your bye week and injury losses this week. 


Jabar Gaffney, Washington Redskins

Jabar Gaffney is my favorite pick-up this week. The Redskins are now without Chris Cooley, Santana Moss and Tim Hightower, who was a receiving-threat out of the backfield.

This moves Gaffney into the No. 1 wide receiver slot and leaves just Fred Davis at tight end to compete for the majority of targets.

I really like Gaffney this week as the No. 1 receiver for John Beck, but even more-so because they are facing the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo's defense gets a good name for all the interceptions they mustered against high-profile quarterbacks. However, in reality, they are very poor from a defensive standpoint.

They rank No. 29 against the run and No. 30 against the pass. They love to go back and forth and trade points and Gaffney will be a big benefactor of their style of play this week.


Jerome Simpson, Cincinnati Bengals

Jerome Simpson comes off the Bengals' bye week having racked up his second 100-yard game of the season in his last outing. It was also his third game with nine targets.

If A.J. Green is Andy Dalton's favorite target—and he is—Simpson is right there behind him.

The Bengals will be without Cedric Benson this week, as he serves his one-game suspension. In his place, the team will rely on Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard to run the football.

This could mean that the Bengals will pass more, especially because their opponent—the Seattle Seahawks—stop the run fairly well.

They only have the No. 20 pass defense, though, which means the opportunity for another big game will certainly be there for Simpson. 


Michael Jenkins, Minnesota Vikings

In Christian Ponder's first NFL start, he didn't complete many of his passes. However, that was mostly because he chose to pass the football down the field for the majority of the game.

What's more, when he threw it down the field, he looked for Michael Jenkins more than anyone else.

Jenkins only had three catches on eight targets, but he did haul in a 72-yarder and a 24-yard touchdown.

If Ponder's first game is a tell-tale sign of what's to come, Jenkins could be a valuable asset to your team and worth a look on a bye week fill-in.