Some of the best offensive teams in the NFL have their BYE this week, meaning you need replacements for your Fantasy Football superstars.
BYE Weeks: Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, Oakland
We’ve reached Week 10 in the NFL season which means we’re in the home stretch of the fantasy football season. With the final four weeks of the fantasy football regular season approaching, adding the right player can make all the difference. Below are the guys you need to add if you need an extra push to get into the fantasy playoffs.
Worthy Of Your First Waiver Claim:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers revolving door at running back continued on Thursday night. The latest victim of whatever type of injury curse that’s going on down there was Antone Smith. Smith is done for the year with a knee injury and Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers didn’t practice on Monday. It’s pretty much a last man standing type of deal in Tampa Bay, but sometimes in fantasy football all you can do is start the guy with the most opportunity. In this case it’s Peyton Barber, with Mike James serving in the backup role.
I left him out of last week’s column because the situation in Kansas City was a little murky. Charcandrick West wound up getting the start against Jacksonville because Spencer Ware did not pass concussion protocol. He didn’t do much with his great opportunity, totaling 74 yards on 16 touches. Ware has a better chance of passing through concussion protocol this week and if that happens, would be the starter. That being said, West should be owned in all leagues in case Ware were to go down with another injury or if he misses any more time with his concussion.
Worthy Of Your Second Waiver Claim:
The Pittsburgh Steelers depth at wide receiver is thinning by the week. It only got worse on Sunday against the Ravens, when Darrius Heyward-Bey left the game with an ankle injury in the first half. Someone has to line up opposite of Antonio Brown and this week it looks like it will be Eli Rogers.
Coach Gary Kubiak has said that Kapri Bibbs earned the right to more touches because of his performance on the field. The Denver Broncos want to establish the run in order to chew up as much clock as possible and keep that stout defense rested. Devontae Booker is the starter for now, but he has had fumbling issues at times this year. If nothing else, Bibbs is a good security blanket for Booker and an asset in PPR leagues.
Bye Week Fill-In QB:
With four of the top 12 quarterbacks with their BYE this week, you definitely could be on the hunt for a one week fill-in. This week’s version is Joe Flacco against the Browns. Last week, I told you to pick up Dak Prescott against the Browns. All he did was throw for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns. Flacco is the play this week against an abysmal Browns secondary.
Believe it or not, the Baltimore Ravens defense is a top 10 unit in fantasy this season. This week they draw the Cleveland Browns at home. Back in Week 2 when these two teams faced off, the Ravens defense racked up three sacks, two interceptions, and a blocked extra point that they returned for a defensive two point conversion. They allowed three touchdowns to the Browns in the first quarter, but shut them down for the remainder of the game to come out winners, 25-20. Expect more of that shutdown defense in this Thursday night game.