While some of you are ready to hit the panic button on your fantasy teams, don’t do it just yet. With so many teams dealing with bye week issues, now is a great time to swoop in and get a victory.
As usual you will not find the elite guys in each category on this list as they are a given to start each and every week.
Teams on a bye:
Michael Vick vs. Saints – I know what you’re thinking; Vick, really? Well, if he doesn’t have a great week against this Saints defense then you might as well drop him. The Saints defense has allowed the most points to opposing quarterbacks this season and Peyton Manning basically ripped them apart last Sunday night.
Josh Freeman vs. Raiders – Freeman has been putting up great numbers the past few weeks and this particular matchup could produce more of the same. The Raiders defense has allowed an average of over 17 points weekly to quarterback which bodes well for Freeman and his receivers.
Cam Newton vs. Redskins – While Newton has been choppy this season, this week is a good one to play him. The Redskins defense has been weak against the pass and has given up an average of almost 20 points per game this season. I would start Newton with confidence this week against this Washington team.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Texans – Fitzpatrick has been a decent option this season for fantasy owners. However, this week he faces a tough Texans defense who is quite stingy against opposing quarterbacks. If you have another signal caller to start it might be a good idea this week.
Joe Flacco vs. Browns – For some reason Flacco struggles on the road and does not produce good fantasy numbers. Even though the Browns are a good matchup, his road performances this season make him a dud this week.
Jonathan Stewart vs. Redskins – Washington has given up over 100 yards to opposing running backs in every game so far this season making Stewart a great option this week. He will be the starter and should have a good game running the football for the Panthers.
Alfred Morris vs. Panthers – In that same game, Morris should run all over the Panthers defense. They have given up an average of over 20 fantasy points per game to backs, making this a great matchup for all you Morris owners.
Doug Martin vs. Oakland – Martin has been a work horse and a solid starting option this season. This week he should have another great day on the field against a weak Raiders run defense. Oakland has given up an average of 18 fantasy points each week to the running back position.
Donald Brown vs. Miami – Since returning from injury last week, Brown looked pretty good and like his old self. However, this week he faces a tough Miami run defense who has allowed only two rushing touchdowns this season. If you have another back to play, I would.
Fred Jackson vs. Texans – While Jackson has been good to his owners lately; this week is just a rough matchup for him. The Texans defense is rock solid against the run and is fresh off a bye week. I would sit Jackson until next week if you can manage it.
Denarius Moore vs. Tampa Bay – Moore has been a great surprise for fantasy owners in recent weeks. This week he will face a Bucs defense that has given up the third-most fantasy points to the receiver position. Keep rolling with Moore as your number two receiver and you will not be let down.
DeSean Jackson vs. Saints – This is a great week to start any Eagles receiver based purely on the matchup. New Orleans has allowed the most points to receivers and rank 30th in the NFL in pass defense.
Titus Young vs. Jaguars – If you didn’t drop Titus Young (like I did), now is a great time to start putting him in your lineup. With Nate Burleson now out for the season with a leg injury; look for Young to be more consistent fantasy-wise. He should have no problem scoring fantasy points against the Jaguars pass defense.
Hakeem Nicks vs. Steelers – We will probably not see Nicks at full strength until after the Giants bye in Week 11. Until then I would play the matchup and this week is not a good one for the wideout. The Steelers defense has played well against the pass this season, only giving up double digit fantasy points to three receivers.
Kenny Britt vs. Bears – It seems that Britt has made this side of the list on a few occasions this season. Well, this week he has landed here again. Chicago has only given up four touchdowns to wide receivers this season and has been solid overall at defending in the air.
Heath Miller vs. Giants – Miller has quietly been having a decent fantasy year. This week he faces a Giants defense that has allowed the third-highest fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Jermaine Gresham vs. Denver – While Denver’s defense has been playing well as of late, they have struggled to defend the tight end position. Gresham is a decent one week fill in for a starter that has a bye this week.
Greg Olsen vs. Redskins – Washington has given up the second-highest points to tight ends which makes this a great matchup for Olsen. Like Gresham, he also makes a fantastic replacement tight end this week based on his opponent.
Jermichael Finley vs. Arizona – Finley, for many reasons is a huge dud this week. He’s been plagued by injury and has a difficult matchup with an Arizona defense that has not given up a touchdown to a tight end since Week 2. I would advise against using Finley this week if you do not have to.
Dennis Pitta vs. Browns – Pitta has been a bust to those that snagged him off the waiver wire early in the season. This week he will continue to disappoint against a Cleveland defense that has played well against tight ends this season.
Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona – The Cardinals offense has been lackluster to say the least this season. Green bay’s defensive unit is a great start this week and should have a field day with Arizona’s line.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Saints –The Saints offense will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Denver this past Sunday night. Philadelphia ranks in the bottom quarter of the league in fantasy points and should have a rough day against Brees. If you have another defense on your roster I would plug them in instead of the Eagles.
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