Week 10: Bye Week Blues
Here it is, the last bye week of the season, or as I like to call it, my last week of relevance in fantasy football. However, just because I will fade into obscurity after this week, doesn’t mean that your team should. I am here now to help you through this last bye week and then send you into the playoffs (hopefully) on your own.
As per usual, I will be suggesting players that are 50% or less owned in Yahoo leagues.
To begin, here are the teams on bye: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, and San Francisco.
Fantasy impact players* on bye:
|Carolina||Indianapolis||New York Jets||San Francisco|
|Cam Newton (QB10)||Jacoby Brissett (QB18)||Josh McCown (QB7)||Carlos Hyde (RB10)|
|Christian McCaffrey (RB13)||Frank Gore (RB30)||Matt Forte (RB18)||Marquise Goodwin (WR37)|
|Devin Funchess (WR15)||Marlon Mack (RB33)||Bilal Powell (RB28)||Robbie Gould (K21)|
|Ed Dickson (TE23)||T.Y. Hilton (WR12)||Robby Anderson (WR21)|
|Defense (D/ST17)||Jack Doyle (TE9)||Jermaine Kearse (WR43)|
|Graham Gano (K12)||Adam Vinatieri (K11)||Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE11)|
Based on SI ranking week 10*
Blake Bortles (@ CLE): Since week 6, Bortles has been surprisingly serviceable, averaging 1/.75 TD/Int per game with at least 240 yards per game. Next, he gets to face Cleveland, who are the 9th worst against QBs this year. According to Coach Marrone, first-round draft pick Dede Westbrook is ready to return, which is great news for Bortles.
Jay Cutler (vs TB): In his previous 3 games played, Cutler has thrown at least 2 touchdowns in each. Although he is not a volume passer (above 200 passing yards 3 times since week 2), the match-up against Tampa Bay is heavily in his favor. As a bonus, after this week, 3 out of 5 games are against bottom 5 defenses vs QBs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ MIA): As far as >50% owned quarterbacks go, Fitzpatrick is one of the better options unfortunately. He seems to have regressed a bit since his last showing as a starter, but he gets Mike Evans back this week, which could significantly help his game. Against Miami, I believe that Fitzpatrick can hit his floor relatively easy and will out-produce his projections.
Corey Davis (@ PIT): Davis could not have asked for a harder streak of defenses to mount a return to. However, Pittsburgh just lost one of their cornerbacks for the year, making me slightly more confident in Davis and the Titans’ offense. He is currently hovering around 48% owned in Yahoo leagues. Davis is a fantastic talent, he just needs to have his breakout game, don’t miss it.
Dede Westbrook (@ CLE): After weeks of possibly being ready to go, Coach Marrone finally declared that Westbrook will be ready for week 11. Westbrook looks to translate his incredible college career into the NFL, and he gets a great opportunity against the Browns this week to do so. He is 20% owned, but I expect this number to rise rapidly when waivers clear.
Brandon LaFell (@ DEN): LaFell received a season-high target share last week against the Titans (10) and looks to build upon that this week against the Broncos. I understand that Denver is highly touted as one of the best defenses (and for good reason), but they seem to be in a slump and LaFell can easily take advantage of this. If you are looking for a receiver that is less than 5% owned and can make an impact, LaFell is your guy.
Jamaal Williams (vs BAL): After both Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery went down last week, Williams stepped in and was heavily featured in the Green Bay offense (20 carries, 67 yards). While it still remains to be heard if the other two backs will be ready to go, Williams is a great add if for volume alone.
Austin Ekeler (vs BUF): Ekeler is one of those guys that have really flown under the radar for me this year. However, this changed last week when he got 119 total yards and 2 touchdowns against Jacksonville last week. Up next, he gets the Bills who just got 6(!) rushing touchdowns scored on them last week. If the Jaguars game is any indication, Ekeler will be a solid start if you need a filler.
Samaje Perine (@ NO): Perine is an add this week solely because starter Rob Kelley’s injury looks like it could be serious. Perine has shown very little in his opportunities to start this year and against a Saints D that just shut down Lesean McCoy, I do not expect much from him this week. The only upside he offers this week is that he is the starter on an NFL team and is little owned in Yahoo leagues.
Marcedes Lewis (@ CLE): Since his bye week, Lewis has gotten 6 and 5 targets for 3 and 2 receptions respectively. This usage is exactly what you want from a tight end streamer. Along with this, he gets a game against the Browns next, who just let Eric Ebron score a touchdown. At 3% owned, he is one of the better streamers this week.
C.J. Fiedorowicz (vs ARI):I am willing to give Fiedorowicz another chance after he had a lackluster return from injury last week. He had a rough game (2-10-0), but it was against one of the better defenses in the league. This week, he gets a chance against the Cardinals to return to his previous form of last year. Add in the fact that Will Fuller is out, and Fiedorowicz’ has no excuse to not prove that he is back.
Tyler Higbee (@MIN): Higbee has been nothing special this year, and I don’t expect anything different from him this week. However, He could be one of the better tight ends on the wire this week because we are at a point where we are hitting the bottom of the barrel. Start as a last resort.
Jake Elliott (@ DAL): The kicker for one of the best offenses in football this year, Elliott has yet to really disappoint. He has a solid floor of 8 and an unlimited ceiling with the Eagles. He was just on bye, so check to see if another manager dropped him and scoop him up for a great rest-of-season kicker.
Harrison Butker (@ NYG): Another great kicker that just had his bye, Butker is definitely a guy that I would be targeting to start for you for the rest of the season. His opponent this week, the Giants, is the 8th worst against kickers, and I expect this trend to continue.
Blair Walsh (vs ATL): The Seahawks offense might be in a perfect place for kickers right now, the sweet spot if you will. What I mean is that I believe that they are going to be stalling out right around the 30 yard line of their opponent every other drive, giving their kicker, Walsh, many field goal shots. However, the Falcons have not been great this year on defense and that may lead to more extra points than field goals this week.
Arizona (@ HOU): Houston has shown that they are just not the same offense as they were a couple weeks ago. After the Cardinals did fairly well against the new Seattle offense, I can see them performing well in Houston if they shut down DeAndre Hopkins.
New Orleans (vs WAS): Yet again, the Saints are still under 50% owned in Yahoo leagues. I don’t understand what they have to do to raise their ownership, but as long as they are un-owned, I will continue to include them in this column.
Tampa Bay (@ MIA): Last week, Tampa Bay was able to hold the Jets to 10 points, had 6 sacks, 1 int, and 1 fumble recovery. This year, I trust the Jets to score more than the Dolphins, which sounds awful for Miami. If the Buccaneers can keep this momentum going, this will be a great match-up for them.
Not to add on to my dramatics at the beginning, but I do not want to fade away just because the byes are no longer present. If you have any suggestions or questions you want answered, let me know. I love writing and would be happy to jump on any project that you would like to see.
This is all I have for week 10! Thank you for stopping by and good luck!
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