For fantasy owners injuries are a pain in the behind when setting weekly line ups. On top of that owners must deal with the slew of bye weeks happening from week five through week 11. Each week there is between four and six teams on a bye; except for week seven when there are only two.
Each week I will be giving my fantasy followers potential “bye week saviors” that they can use when their studs are on a bye. In order for players to qualify their ownership in ESPN leagues must be under 60% owned. For each position I will suggest players that fantasy owners should consider picking up and one player I feel that needs to be dropped in order for owners to pick up their “bye week saviors” player.
Teams on a week six bye: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, and Seattle Seahawks.
Trevor Siemian vs New York (28% owned): Coming off his bye week, Siemian has a good matchup against the Giants. In five games this season the Giants are giving up an average of 18.2 fantasy points per game. The Giants are a mess right now and with all the injuries to the Giants wide receivers, the Broncos will have plenty of opportunity on offense to score. Siemian has seven touchdowns in four games and should be good for three on Sunday night.
Jacoby Brissett is currently 7th in the NFL with 3 rushing TDs. More than Ezekiel Elliott, Melvin Gordon, Cam Newton, Carlos Hyde…
— Jeremy Stevenson (@MyColtsAccount) October 9, 2017
Jacoby Brissett at Tennessee (14% owned): Andrew Luck’s current target return date is week seven verse the Jaguars; until then Brissett is the starter. Last week against the 49ers, Brissett had 18 fantasy points and is averaging 18.5 fantasy points per game over the last three weeks. Despite giving up only 6.5 fantasy points to Jay Cutler last week, the Titans give up an average of 20.4 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Brissett has three rushing touchdowns this season and the Titans have struggled against more athletic quarterbacks. Carson Palmer at Tampa Bay (19% owned): Despite an ugly loss to the Eagles, Palmer put up a solid 15.6 fantasy point game. Over the past three weeks Palmer is averaging 17.9 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are giving up an average of 23 fantasy points per game over the past three weeks. Palmer has enough weapons to give you top five upside this week against the Buccaneers banged up defense. Drop Eli Manning at Denver (63% owned): As if things weren’t bad enough in New York already, now the team loses both Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall for the season. In addition to those injuries, Sterling Shepard is expected to miss a few weeks with ankle injuries. Manning likely will face the “No Fly Zone” this week without his top three wide receivers. Then Manning faces the Seahawks in week seven. It’s time to put Manning on the wavier wire. Running Backs Saviors
Andre Ellington average the past three weeks: 10.6 targets 7.6 receptions 82.6 total yards 15.9 fantasy points — Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) October 9, 2017
Andre Ellington vs Tampa Bay (50% owned): Over the past three weeks 44 of Ellington’s 47.8 fantasy points have come from the passing game. Hopefully you listened to me last week and already have Ellington on your team. However, if you didn’t there is a 50-50 chance he’s still available. Last week the Buccaneers gave up nine catches for 67 yards to the Patriots’ running backs. Meanwhile, Ellington is averaging 7.7 catches per game over the past three weeks; giving him a safe floor even with the recent acquisition of Adrian Peterson as Ellington will remain the primary pass catching back.
Shane Vereen/Wayne Gallman at Denver (21% & 27% owned): With all the injuries to the Giants receivers look for Eli Manning to check down often to his running backs. Over the past two weeks the running back duo has 12 catches for 71 receiving yards and a touchdown. While the Broncos rank first against opposing running backs, giving up only 14.4 fantasy points per game, they do give up an average of 10.2 fantasy points per game in the air to running backs.
Matt Breida at Washington (7% owned): Starter Carlos Hyde is dealing with an ongoing hip injury that forced him to spend a chunk of the game against the Colts on the sideline. Breida had 13 touches compared to Hyde’s nine. The Redskins give up an average of 21.9 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and with Hyde dealing with his injury, Breida could be in line for a solid workload again this week. In deeper leagues, Breida offers upside at your FLEX position that could turn into a big game.
Jacquizz Rodgers at Arizona (57% owned): Rodgers had played well while Doug Martin was suspended. However, in his first game back from suspension, Martin scored 15.2 fantasy points against the Patriots on 14 touches while Rodgers had just 2.5 on four touches. Unless you are going to handcuff Martin with Rodgers, I wouldn’t recommend this. However, Rodgers’ fantasy value is next to nothing unless Martin gets hurt.
Mike Wallace vs Chicago (56% owned): After a slow start to the season, Wallace is averaging 16.9 fantasy points per game over the past two weeks. Wallace and Joe Flacco have found their deep ball chemistry as Wallace is averaging 21 yards per catch over the past two weeks. Through the first four weeks of the season the Bears rank 24th against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 36 fantasy points per game. Look for Wallace’s hot streak to continue against the Bears.
Devin Funchess vs Philadelphia (54% owned): Hopefully you listened to me last week and picked up Funchess to start against the Lions. If you did congratulations on a good 18.3 fantasy point game from him. This week Funchess faces a banged up Eagles secondary that is giving up an average of 43.1 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. If Cam Newton continues his hot play look for Funchess to keep reaping the benefits.
Corey Davis vs Indianapolis (33% owned): Davis has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury but there is hope he can return this week against the Colts; who give up an average of 35.9 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. The Titans play Monday night, giving Davis an extra day of rest. The one game this season that Davis was healthy he had six catches for 69 yards and 12.9 fantasy points in week one.
Brandon Marshall/Sterling Shepard at Denver (73% & 64% owned): As if losing Odell Beckham Jr. likely for the year wasn’t bad enough, both Marshall and Shepard left Sunday’s game against the Chargers with ankle injuries. Marshall has since been reported to be out the rest of the year while Shepard is not expected to play this week against the Broncos. While Shep is expected to return in the coming weeks, his fantasy value takes a hit with Beckham injured. Fantasy owners should consider holding onto Shepard if they have the room, but he’s not a “must roster” player anymore this season.
Eric Ebron at New Orleans (47% owned): In four of five games this season, Ebron has yet to reach five fantasy points. However, in the game against the Giants, Ebron had 15.2 fantasy points. The Giants rank dead last against opposing tight ends. Meanwhile, the Saints give up an average of 18.4 fantasy points per game to starting caliber tight ends. Ebron might only have a few good games a year but this week he faces a weak Saints secondary.
ESPN NY speculating Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be featured target. Superb matchup (CLE). Already have stud TE? Flex him. That confident.
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) October 8, 2017
Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs New England (36% owned): In three games since returning from his suspension, Seferian-Jenkins has increased his fantasy production in every game. Over those three games, he is averaging 10.5 fantasy points per game. The Patriots give up an average of 17.1 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season. Seferian-Jenkins has led the team in targets in the three games he’s played in this season and is a good option to pick up this week. For fantasy owners of Charles Clay, Seferian-Jenkins is a nice pickup while Clay is out with a knee injury.
Ed Dickson vs Philadelphia (9% owned): Since Greg Olsen went down with an injury, Dickson’s fantasy production has increased each week. In the three games without Olsen, Dickson is averaging 11.2 fantasy points per game. Last week Dickson had 22.5 fantasy points against the Lions and while he won’t put up that kind of production again this week, he does have a good matchup against the Eagles; who give up 12.1 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.
Jason Witten BYE Week (88% owned): After starting out the season strong, Witten had two straight games with just one catch. However, on Sunday against the Packers he had eight catches for 61 yards and 12.1 fantasy points, but with his bye week here I’m dropping Witten instead of carrying two tight ends. I don’t carry two tight ends on my roster in standard size leagues, unless I have one of the elite guys. Also, the Cowboys face the 49ers in week seven; who give up the least amount of points to opposing tight ends.
Falcons vs Miami (13% owned): Opposing D/STs are averaging 10 fantasy points per game when facing the Dolphins. Meanwhile, the Falcons D/ST is scoring 6.3 fantasy points per game despite playing two of the better offenses in the league. The Falcons have yet to let an opponent score over 23 points in a game this season. The Dolphins offense has five turnovers and allowed 10 sacks in four games this season. The Dolphins offense is a mess and fantasy owners can stream defenses against them.
Steelers at Kansas City (86% owned): In the first five games of the season the Steelers D/ST is averaging 10.6 fantasy points per game. However, opposing D/STs facing the Chiefs have averaged negative fantasy points per game. No D/ST has scored more than five fantasy points against the Chiefs offense and two scored negative four or worse. Drop the Steelers D/ST and stream instead; this isn’t a matchup I want anything to do with.