There are 5 AFC teams on a bye this week: Chargers, Colts, Ravens, Titans, and Texans. That leaves a lot of open roster spots on your team, so it might be tough to find some fillers. With that said, let’s jump right in. Start ‘em: Andy Dalton (vs. NYJ): Need a QB to start with Rivers […]
There are 5 AFC teams on a bye this week: Chargers, Colts, Ravens, Titans, and Texans. That leaves a lot of open roster spots on your team, so it might be tough to find some fillers. With that said, let’s jump right in.
Andy Dalton (vs. NYJ): Need a QB to start with Rivers or Luck on a bye? Dalton is available in 58% of ESPN leagues, and he has averaged 25 standard points per game in the past 2 games. While he may be playing the Jets, he does still have AJ Green, who has over 100 yards and a touchdown in each of the past 2 games. This is a “ride the hot hand” situation, and Dalton certainly has the hot hand.
Le’Veon Bell (vs. OAK): He has yet to hit the end zone since week 4, but he did gain 93 yards last week on 19 carries. With the carries number staying high, the production is bound to come from this talented rookie. Plus, Oakland has given up 5 touchdowns to opposing running backs in the past 4 games
Denarius Moore (vs. PIT): I’m going out on a limb, because this isn’t a great match up for him. However, he has 80+ yards and a touchdown in the past 2 games. If anybody on Oakland can bust a big play and/or score a touchdown, it’s this guy.
Tom Brady (vs. MIA): Seems like a sin to even think about sitting Brady, but he just hasn’t been himself this year. He is 14th in the NFL in yards, right behind Geno Smith. You heard me. Brady is also tied for 16th in passing touchdowns, right behind Ryan Tannehill. You heard me.
Darren McFadden (vs PIT): From one running back in the PIT-OAK game to the other, DMC says his hamstring injury is healed after last week’s bye. However, I think I would have to see what he can do before sticking him in the lineup, especially if I have other options. He has a couple of good matchups after this week to take advantage of, if he stays healthy, but Pittsburgh is always tough to run on.
Josh Gordon (vs. KC): There are a lot of things to like about Gordon: speed, athleticism, play-making ability. There are also a lot of things to not like about Gordon this week: back-up quarterback (Jason Campbell), said quarterback not having a great deep ball, and his team facing the best pass rush in the NFL.
Good luck on this bye-heavy week. I have to replace 3 wide receivers on a bye, so my lineup is full of boom-or-bust guys. Here’s to hoping they all boom.
Until next time,