Bye weeks are about to hit hard this week with four teams going on a bye including the fantasy friendly New Orleans Saints.
This week is pretty bland in terms of options. Dixon and Powell should be owned in most leagues already. The rest of this list is very uninspiring. Save your money and waiver priority if you can. There will be better weeks.
All of these players are owned in 40 percent or less of ESPN leagues at the time of this writing. If someone in your league is unowned but wouldn’t qualify for this list, Terrance West for example, feel free to ask in the comment section below to find out what to do with that player.
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And like I said before, you know your league better than I do. Some of these bids might be far too high, some too low. Depth of the league has a lot to do with how much to bid as well.
*Updated as of Tuesday Morning*
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Bilal Powell – As of now there is no word on if Forte has an injury that will keep him out a few games or if he won’t miss time at all. If Forte is out and he is somehow unowned, I was shocked to see he could meet the under 40 percent threshold, this is a pay up type player. I assume the Jets will be lightening Forte’s workload at some point too, giving Powell more work. You can significantly bump this bid down if word comes out that Forte is fine.
UPDATE: It looks like Forte is going to be ok as of now. Bid amount updated to reflect news. He is still my number one add this week.
Kenneth Dixon – It looks like he might be active this week. The bad news for him is Terrance West had himself a great game. Dixon might have to wait a little longer to get it now, but he should have a chance to get a big workload at some point this season.
Wendell Smallwood – If Mathews isn’t getting the snaps Smallwood is my bet to takeover. Downside is Sproles is always going to have a role and Barner is also still there.
James White – With Brady back his value goes back up. He is what he was at the end of last season. He won’t win you weeks but will be a nice bye week fill in.
Alfred Morris – Straight handcuff pickup. He isn’t a must own for non Elliott owners, but I am sure every league has a non Elliott owner that could use his upside on the bench.
Chris Hogan – Another Brady is back flier. The hope is Hogan can finally become that second receiver the Patriots can use.
Zach Zenner – Sigh… Dwayne Washington left the game early and Zenner didn’t play a lot of snaps, but he got a touch on almost every snap he played. If Washington is out they can’t use Riddick as an early down runner. I think they might sign someone off the street if Washington is to miss time and that might be the sleeper pickup of the week.
Orleans Darkwa – While Jennings is on the mend he is going to be the lead back. The upside here is minimal.
Josh Ferguson – He played 30 snaps, four less than Gore, and is a receiving threat for those in PPR leagues. He is second on the team in targets this season with 21.
Fozzy Whittaker – It was probably the result of being down big early but Whittaker played 41 snaps, 23 more than Artis-Payne.
Robert Woods – He is the number one receiving option in an offense. That is about all I can say about him. He isn’t a great receiver but the targets should be there on a weekly basis.
Bobby Rainey – He has more season long value than someone like Darkwa because Jennings will be back at some point. Rainey is likely to keep the role that was previously held by Vereen. So if Vereen was ownable in your league Rainey should be too.
Paul Perkins – Just a little upside pickup if something happens to Darkwa.
DeAndre Washington – He fumbled late, but every time he touches the ball he looks great. The only way he really grabs value is if something happens to Murray or Richard.
Dontrelle Inman – He has led the Chargers in snaps by a wide margin so far and finally did something with it.
Deeper league adds
Running Back: Jacquizz Rodgers (ATL),Mike Gillislee (BUF)
Wide Receiver: Eddie Royal (CHI); Brandon LaFell (CIN)
Tight End: Virgil Green (DEN), Charles Clay (BUF), Lance Kendricks (STL)
Carson Wentz @ Lions: Good matchup and Wentz has been great to start the season. Two weeks to prepare should help the rookie.
Joe Flacco vs. Redskins: Cody Kessler looked capable and Flacco has quietly been a solid fantasy quarterback this season.
Brian Hoyer/Jay Cutler @ Colts: I would rather Cutler than Hoyer, but I think Hoyer gets the start. A great matchup against the Colts that routinely get beat by offenses.
Eagles @ Lions: The Eagles defense is for real. The Lions don’t have an early down runner at the moment that is going to scare anyone. The Eagles can sit back and wait on the pass.
Rams vs. Bills: I know a lot of people think the Rams are bad, but that has never been because of their defense. This is a start them most weeks defense.
Steelers vs. Jets: Fitzpatrick has nine interceptions in the last two games, nine.
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