Bye Week Alternatives – Week 5
With Cleveland, the New York Jets, Oakland, and St. Louis on bye next week there are several outstanding players not available to your fantasy teams. Let take a look at some attractive alternatives.
The only one you may be missing is Favre, especially following his 6 TD explosion. If you have been relying on Derek Anderson, you probably already have found a new solution. If you are relying on Bulger/Trent Green or Jamarcus Russell, you need more help than I can provide. For argument’s sake we’ll say Favre is your #1. You can possibly use Kyle Orton since he plays Detroit. He’s probably the only option available with a decent matchup.
Jamal Lewis, Thomas Jones, Run DMC, Michael Bush, and Steven Jackson are on bye. Aside from Jackson, you most likely aren’t losing your feature back. To pick up the slack you can use Matt Forte against Detroit, Ryan Grant vs. Atlanta (it’s gotten that bad for Grant), Jonathan Stewart vs. Kansas City, or Steve Slaton vs. Indy. If you have bigger troubles you could possibly use Darren Sproles (vs. Miami) or Felix Jones (vs. Cincy) in hopes that their teams will have such big leads that they will turn to their backups to pile on cheap fantasy points.
You need to replace Braylon Edwards, Torry Holt, Laveranues Coles, and Jerricho Cotchery. Bobby Engram is supposed to make his return. If he is a go, he could be used vs. a mediocre Giants pass defense. In Dallas, Miles Austin is getting more involved in the Offense. Either he or Patrick Crayton could be used vs. Cincy.