Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fantasy Update: Bye Week Replacements

Week five marked the first weekend in which teams experienced bye weeks.

Not only does this mean there will, unfortunately, be less games to watch on Sunday afternoon, but it is also a very important aspect to the Fantasy Football world.

Bye weeks can make or break a matchup for you as a fantasy owner, and paying attention to your roster each week becomes essential once this time of the season rolls around.

Between the amount of injuries a team endures throughout the season, and each team's bye weeks, the waiver wire in most leagues gets quite a bit of action. So, who should you target as a potential waiver wire acquisition for this week? Well that's where All-Out Blitz comes in.

Key Bye Weeks for Week 6:


Philip Rivers, SD
Matt Cassel, KC
Kevin Kolb, ARI
Tarvaris Jackson, SEA
Matt Hasselbeck, TEN
Tim Tebow, DEN


Chris Johnson, TEN
Beanie Wells, ARI
Ryan Mathews, SD
Willis McGahee, DEN
Mike Tolbert, SD
Marshawn Lynch, SEA


Dwayne Bowe, KC
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
Vincent Jackson, SD
Nate Washington, TEN
Brandon Lloyd, DEN
Early Doucet, ARI


Antonio Gates, SD
Jared Cook, TE
Jeff King, ARI
Todd Heap, ARI
Leonard Pope, KC


Rob Bironas, TEN
Ryan Succop, KC
Matt Prater, DEN
Nick Novak, SD

Potential Replacers:

Mark Sanchez, NYJ vs. MIA

Sanchez has had a rocky start to the season, but facing Miami's 16th-ranked pass defense and coming off a two touchdown performance against the Patriots last week gives him hope in the fantasy world.

Colt McCoy, CLE vs. OAK

McCoy's stats from last week (350 passing yards, TD vs. Tennessee) are a bit skewed because his Browns were playing catch-up the entire second half, but a favorable matchup with the 30th-ranked pass defense makes McCoy look like a God-send for owners of QBs with bye weeks.

Andy Dalton, CIN vs. IND

Indianapolis has battled injury all season long, and as long as Cincinnati's offensive line can give Dalton enough time to get comfortable in the pocket, he could have a field day on Indy's secondary. If you get desperate enough, Dalton is your man.


Pierre Thomas, NO vs. TB

Thomas hasn't seen much action carrying the ball (34 carries all season), but seeing as he is a dual-threat out of the backfield, Thomas has the potential to reach double-digit fantasy point totals on any given Sunday. In fact he's done that three times in 2011 already. Not a bad third option if you have a bye week or two.

Montario Hardesty, CLE vs. OAK

I think it's disappointing to think that Hardesty is one of your best options as a waiver wire pickup for this week, but it's true. There aren't many solid, reliable backs just waiting to be snatched up. Hardesty has run for just 108 yards on 29 carries this season, and sits behind Peyton Hillis on the depth chart, but after back-to-back double digit point games (according to ESPN's FFL) he would be worth the risk as a third option.

Devery Henderson, NO vs. TB

Quarterback Drew Brees doesn't seem to need Henderson's services as much as he used to. Henderson is a great deep threat, but he has been known to be inconsistent when it comes to performance. He had back-to-back 100-yard games to start the season, but hasn't done much since. He's poised to breakout for a big game any day now, though. Not a bad option if you're missing Larry Fitz or Dwayne Bowe this week.

Jabar Gaffney, WAS vs. PHI

It baffles me that Gaffney is owned in just 6.7% of leagues on I mean, he has caught just one touchdown thus far in 2011, but he surely has been Mr. Consistency for the Skins. In each of the first five games Gaffney has caught at least three passes for at least 54 yards. He'll be rewarded with a couple of touchdowns in the very near future, maybe even against Philly's struggling secondary tomorrow (has allowed 11 TDs through the air).

James Jones, GB vs. STL

Jones broke out with his first 100-yard performance and his second consecutive game with a TD last week against the Falcons. Against St. Louis' secondary this week, and Jones on the rise now owned in 62.2% of standard ESPN leagues), I would expect a solid outing from this Green Bay wideout.

Jermaine Gresham, CIN vs. IND

Averaging 11.6 fantasy points per game, Gresham is the 11th-highest scoring tight end in the game right now, yet is only owned in 41.9% of leagues. He also just so happens to be responsible for catching nearly half of Cincinnati's passing TDs this season (3/7). The only thing that has the ability to stop Gresham this week is Indy's hard-hitting linebackers.

Benjamin Watson, CLE vs. OAK

Coming off an extra week of rest and heading in to a more than favorable match-up should make Watson's 43 points (10.8 PG) look like gold to troubled owners.


Dan Bailey, DAL vs. NE

The 23-year old Bailey has yet to catch the eye of a majority of owners out there, but after nine straight converted kicks against Detroit and Washington I think he will start to turn heads any day now. Playing the Patriots tomorrow, I expect Tony Romo to struggle to get his offense in the end zone. What does this mean? Plenty of action for the placekicker.
Mike Nugent, CIN vs. IND

Kickers are the most expendable players on the field, not to mention in the fantasy world, but Nugent is one of the most reliable kickers out there as of right now, converting all 11 of his attempts this season. He's not the highest-scoring, of course (42; 8.4 per game). But reliable is a very important factor whether you're talking about fantasy or not. He'd be a solid pick-up for a match-up with the Colts.

Photo credit
Dalton: Grant Halverson/Getty Images
Thomas: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Jones: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Bailey: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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