Bye Week Alternatives – Week 4

Sep 28, 2009

Week 4 Byes:  Atlanta, Arizona, Carolina, Philadelphia

Quarterbacks
Matt Ryan and Kurt Warner are most difficult to replace.  McNabb is also on bye, but you’ve already had to deal with that.  Jake Delhomme won’t leave fantasy teams scrambling.

High-end Alternatives:
Jay Cutler – Possibly your starter, but if he’s not you’ll want to play him against Detroit
Carson Palmer -  Same boat, only against Cleveland

Solid Alternatives:
Mark Sanchez – Rookie will have to air it out to keep up with New Orleans.
Trent Edwards – Matchup isn’t great against Miami, but a decent option.
Brett Favre – Green Bay comes to town.  Enough said.
Shaun Hill – Hill has the luxury of facing St. Louis.
Kyle Orton – Orton will have to throw to hang with Dallas.
Joe Flacco – Flacco will have to make some plays against New England.
Jason Campbell – Tampa’s D is pretty bad.  Could have another decent one.

Running Backs
Michael Turner, Brian Westbrook, and DeAngelo Williams present the biggest challenge to replace. Jonathan Stewart, Beanie Wells, and Tim Hightower are flex guys or RBs that you’d like to use in bye weeks.  LeSean McCoy and Jerious Norwood likely aren’t being counted on, but worth mentioning.

High-end Alternatives:
Cedric Benson – Benson makes a strong play against Cleveland.

Solid Alternatives:
Jamal Lewis – Lewis should be able to produce against Cincinnati if healthy.
Julius Jones – Jones should find room to run against Indy.
Willis McGahee – New England is not the Defense it once was.
LenDale White – Perhaps LenDale can get going against Jacksonville.
Marshawn Lynch/Fred Jackson – We get to see how this situation plays out.
Knowshon Moreno/Correll Buckhalter – Both could be counted on against Dallas.
Leon Washington – The Jets will need their playmakers against New Orleans.
Felix Jones – Too explosive to stay on the sidelines.
Glen Coffee – With Gore out, Coffee should be brewing against St. Louis.

Desperation Time:
Donald Brown – Could get his opportunity against Seattle.
Ahmad Bradshaw – If the Giants bury Kansas City, he could close it out.
Chester Taylor – You can hope Favre hits him on a screen he takes to the house.

Wide Receivers
Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Roddy White, Steve Smith, and DeSean Jackson present the biggest challenge.  Steve Breaston and Muhsin Muhammad are depth guys that limit your alternatives.

High-end Alternatives:
Steve Smith/Mario Manningham – Could already be your starters, but should have nice game against Kansas City.
Patrick Crayton – Not a bad play against Denver.
Bernard Berrian – Favre may go to the deep pass more often after his heroic victory.

Solid Alternatives:
Ted Ginn, Jr. – Depending on which Ginn shows up.
Johnny Knox/Devin Hester – They play Detroit so either could have a nice game.
Chris Henry/Laveranues Coles/Andre Caldwell – Same deal against Cleveland.
Nate Burleson – Seattle will have to throw to stay with Indy.

Desperation Time
:
Mark Clayton/Kelley Washington  – Gotta pick the right one.
Devery Henderson/Robert Meachem – Inconsistent big play threats vs. the Jets.
Earl Bennett – If Hester or Knox don’t do it against Detroit, Bennett could.

Tight Ends
Tony Gonzalez is the only major TE on bye. Brent Celek has been solid, but you should have another TE handy.  Arizona and Carolina TEs don’t much matter.

High-end Alternatives:
Heath Miller – San Diego struggles containing Tight Ends.
Todd Heap – Playing well for Baltimore.
Vernon Davis – St. Louis should have a hard time covering him.

Solid Alternatives:
Benjamin Watson – With Brady, there’s always a chance he scores.
Marcdedes Lewis – Faces Tennesse which isn’t great, but he gets looks.
Kevin Boss – Not a bad alternative against KC.

Desperation Time:
There should be enough decent options that you don’t have to take too big of a gamble.

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