Bye Week Alternatives – Week 5

Oct 5, 2009

Week 5 Byes: Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans, San Diego

Quarterbacks
Tons of talent will be resting this week at the QB position.  Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, and Jay Cutler.  Hopefully, you’re matched up with someone in the same boat as you.

Solid Alternatives:
Brett Favre – The Old Man gets to face St. Louis.  AP will get his, but Favre could throw a couple of TDs before he rests on the sidelines.
Jason Campbell – Carolina has been terrible.  They are coming off a bye, which should help, but Campbell should still be able to move the chains.
Trent Edwards – If he can’t do it against Cleveland, when can he?

Running Backs
Some good RBs will be sitting as well.  Matt Forte, Ryan Grant, LT, Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, and Reggie Bush.

High-end Alternatives:
Willis McGahee/Ray Rice – They both are nice starters this week against Cincinnati.
Rashard Mendenhall – He dominated San Diego.  He should be able to run at will against Detroit.  If Willie Parker can go, he slides down to a solid alternative.

Solid Alternatives:
Marshawn Lynch/Fred Jackson – They both could be used against Cleveland.
Larry Johnson – Not my favorite option, but at least he’s at home against Dallas.
Ahmad Bradshaw – When the G-Men get up big on Oakland, Bradshaw will take over.
LeSean McCoy – Westy has a week to rest, but McCoy will get work against Tampa Bay, especially when they get up big.
Knowshon Moren – I think it’s going to be heavy on the run when McDaniels faces his mentor Bill Belichick.
Leon Washington – I see him doing something electric against Miami on MNF.

Desperation Time:
Glen Coffee – A little tougher matchup against Atlanta, but he should get plenty of work.
Julius Jones – Not the biggest fan, but he could have a decent day against Jacksonville at home.

Wide Receivers
With good QBs out, it’s natural to have good WRs out.  Marques Colston, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and Vincent Jackson leave the biggest holes in fantasy lineups.  Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, Devin Hester, Earl Bennet, and Johnny Knox have found their way into lineups and need to be accounted for as well.

High-end Alternatives:
Braylon Edwards Now that he’s back with DA, he should be nice play against Buffalo.
Patrick Crayton – Romo gets a bit of a breather against Kansas City.  Crayton should benefit.
Bernard Berrian/Percy Harvin – Should get theirs against the Rams.
Kevin Walter/Steve Breaston – Arizona/Houston should be a shootout.  Both could go off.

Solid Alternatives:
Santana Moss – It’s hard to predict what Moss will do, but it looks like a good time to use him against Carolina.
Derrick Mason – Should be able to pick his spots against Cincy.
Nate Burleson – Should get plenty of looks against Jacksonville.
Lee Evans/T.O. – It’s sad they’ve fallen this low, but they aren’t must starters now.  They should get loose on Cleveland though.

Desperation Time:
Jeremy Maclin – Will McNabb, assuming he plays, get the Rookie some work against TB?

Tight Ends
Antonio Gates, Jeremy Shockey, and Greg Olsen will need to be replaced.

High-end Alternatives:
Visanthe Shiancoe -  St. Louis should have a hard time containing him.
Heath Miller – No reason he doesn’t smoke Detroit.Z
Todd Heap – Should continue he resurgence against Cincy.

Solid Alternatives:
Kevin Boss – Nice matchup against Oakland.
Marcedes Lewis – Not a bad play against Seattle.

Desperation Time:
Dante Rosario – Mediocre play against Washington.

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Marc M from CR
    October 5th, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    Thoughts on Ben Watson as a bye week replacement? @ Broncos week 5. Witten had his usual solid game, and the WR’s were MIA yesterday for Dallas vs. the Broncos.

  2. LestersLegends
    October 5th, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    Ben’s worth a roll of the dice, but you never know what you’re going to get with a Patriot player.

  3. Rad
    October 5th, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    You think Hester is worth a pickup?? With Welker still getting into the flow and Lee Evans giving me nothing, I need production from somewhere.

  4. CCC
    October 5th, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    kinda liking Buckhalter too

    he’s been a big play guy

  5. LestersLegends
    October 5th, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    I like Buck too, but he’s a little banged up right now.

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