Bye Week Alternatives – Week 9
Drew Brees and Philip Rivers will leave teams hurting this weekend. If you’re fortunate enough to face their owners, good for you. Some teams may be relying on Jake Delhomme, although he’ll be more easily replaced. I don’t think many are utilizing J.T. O’Sullivan anymore unless you’re in a Salary Cap or two-QB league. Kyle Orton should produce vs. Detroit making me further eat crow for mocking him before. Denver is bad so Chad Pennington could be a decent play. Jeff Garcia plays Kansas City, who everybody knows is garbage.
Frank Gore and LT (notice who’s name came first) will also leave teams hurting. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart take away your depth. Deuce McAllister and Pierre Thomas probably won’t be missed much. Earnest Graham and possibly Warrick Dunn could be used vs. KC. You can dust the Edge off and play him vs. St. Louis. Tim Hightower is the better play though. Ricky Williams is a possibility vs. Denver if he doesn’t get baked in Mile High City on Saturday.
Steve Smith, Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, Lance Moore, Isaac Bruce, Chris Chambers, and Vincent Jackson will have to be replaced in fantasy lineups. Eddie Royal should produce against Miami. Kevin Walter is a decent play against Minnesota. Derrick Mason should have a nice game against Cleveland.
Antonio Gates and Jeremy Shockey will be missed the most. You may have to find an alternative for Vernon Davis, Billy Miller, and Dante Rosario.