Bye weeks stink in the fantasy football world. In Week 7, managers will be without players from the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Diego Chargers. That’s a lot of skill players who will be shelved, leaving fantasy football owners desperate for replacements.
Allow us to make some suggestions.
No Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Michael Vick or Philip Rivers this week? Try Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buffalo Bills. Currently owned in 54 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues, Fitzpatrick is likely to be dumped en masse this week after his second horrible game in a row.
Those two horrible games, however, were both on the road and against two of the tougher pass defenses in the NFL. In Week 7, Fitzpatrick draws the Tennessee Titans—who allow the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks—at home.
If you can’t get your hands on Fitzpatrick, the Titans’ starter—either Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker—is another desperation option. Buffalo allows the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
No Michael Turner, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, or Ryan Mathews? Felix Jones of the Dallas Cowboys is a great option if DeMarco Murray’s foot injury keeps him out of the game against the Carolina Panthers.
In relief of Murray in Week 6, Jones ran the ball 18 times for 92 yards against the Baltimore Ravens. Owned in just 18 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues, Jones is likely to fly off the waiver wire, especially since the Panthers allow the 7th-most fantasy points to running backs.
If you miss out on Jones, take a gander at Danny Woodhead (NE), Pierre Thomas (NO), or LeGarrette Blount (TB).
If you’re in a PPR league, consider James Casey (HOU), who is listed as a RB in fantasy football leagues but who is actually Houston’s No. 2 tight end. He probably won’t be flashy, but he could bail you out of a bind.
There are a ton of receivers who will be taking the week off, so we suggest kicking the tires on Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon. He’ll be up against the Indianapolis Colts, whose pass defense gets beaten like a rented mule, to the tune of the 6th-most fantasy points allowed to receivers.
Gordon is only owned in 18 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues, and he’s put together two productive games in a row.
Other options to consider include Kendall Wright (TEN), Brandon Gibson (STL), and Donnie Avery (IND). All have great matchups on paper and have been performing fairly well lately.
If you’re going to be without Tony Gonzalez, Brent Celek, or Antonio Gates this week, Scott Chandler of the Buffalo Bills is the guy you want to target.
He’s owned in 53 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues, so he’ll be a little more difficult to acquire, but the Titans allow the most fantasy points to tight ends, so he has a juicy matchup at home.
Can’t get Chandler? Try Greg Olsen (CAR), Jared Cook (TEN), or Dennis Pitta (BAL).
Being without the Falcons defense is a bummer. But their division-mate, the Carolina Panthers, have an intriguing home game against the turnover-waiting-happen Dallas Cowboys, who allow the third-most fantasy points to defenses.
The Panthers D is only owned in 2 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues, which should make them quite easy to obtain.
Need some other options? Consider the Buffalo Bills, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Oakland Raiders.