Week eight brings two more opportunities for your fantasy football team to perish, as the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers are both out with bye weeks. We needn’t run through all of the players you could be missing, but Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore and Andre Williams alone might be enough of a hit to cause your team to go into a tailspin (love that show, right?).
Or maybe you just need help because of injuries or your team being in full blown tank mode. Regardless, we’ve got some bye week saviors lined up. These guys get my personal vouch for week eight. That doesn’t mean you can burn me at the stake if they fail, but they should do well enough to get you through the week. More importantly, they shouldn’t completely sink you.
With that fabulously worded disclaimed out of the way, let’s get to the rescue launch paid (you just went straight to ducktales right there, didn’t you?) and save your arse for week eight:
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (Available in 53% of all leagues)
My rule is 51% availability, whether it’s this or the waiver wire. If you need someone to fill in for Eli Manning or Kap, Palmy is your guy. He’s thrown two touchdowns in every game he’s appeared in this year and he gets a shaky Eagles defense at home. It’s pretty hard not to love using him even if you don’t need a replacement, to be honest.
Travaris Cadet, RB, New Orleans Saints (92%)
Guys like Jerick McKinnon, Denard Robinson and Tre Mason are all fantastic bye week filler plays, but they were hot adds off the waiver wire on Monday and are probably gone. If they’re still there, use one of them. If not, then you can try out Cadet (15 catches in last three games), although he clearly holds way more value in PPR leagues. That being said, Pierre Thomas is out this week so he’ll surely be involved early and often.
Anthony “Boobie” Dixon, RB, Buffalo Bills (71%)
Boobie. Ha! Seriously, he’s worth a shot against a formerly good Jets run defense that has now gone to hell. Buffalo loves running the ball and they have something called Kyle Orton under center, so Dixon should get fed a bit. There is the concern of Bryce Brown (59%) coming on strong with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller now dead, but I prefer Dixon this week. Long-term, Boobie is probably not your guy, but this week he should dominate the touches and is the most likely Buffalo RB to score.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts (73%)
I’d rather use Doug Baldwin (47%) if he’s still out there, but if he’s not Nicks may come in handy. Indy is pretty explosive on offense and with Reggie Wayne sidelined (elbow), Nicks could be more than a little valuable.
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins (56%)
This is what the world looks like for anyone streaming tight ends in even the shallowest of leagues. It’s not as easy as they thought. Clay is pretty spare, but he did get targeted a bit last week and actually scored. His Fins are facing the lowly Jaguars, too, so he has about as good a chance as anyone else. Obviously roll with Travis Kelce or Zach Ertz (in that order) if someone dropped them.
Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals (61%)
The rookie has been rock solid, is at home and faces a weak Eagles defense. You can take a shot on any kicker, but typically ones operating in good offenses and kicking at home are your best bets.
Cleveland Browns DEF/ST (55%)
I’d prefer the Miami Dolphins or Dallas Cowboys if you can get them, but Cleveland should be a solid play against a bad Raiders team. It is in Oakland and the Raiders have been playing somewhat spirited football, but there are bigger risks you could take this week.