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Rock and a Hard Place – Week 4

Stupid Bye Weeks

Aaron Rodgers. Cam Newton. Randall Cobb. Jordy Nelson. James Jones. Steve Smith. DeAngelo Williams. Greg Olsen. Jermichael Finley. Eddie Lacy. James Starks.

They’re all on a bye this week. It’s also realistic that a team might have more than one of those guys, meaning you could really be in a bind for that flex spot. In any case, from now through Week 12, bye weeks will wreak havoc on fantasy lineups, and fantasy owners may be forced to take drastic measures.

Below, I’ll list a player with some upside for this week, their Week 4 matchup, and the percentage of leagues in which he is owned according to our friends at



The hope is that you don’t find yourself in a situation like this. The hope is that you dodge the bullet. But hope won’t help you come Sunday.

Let’s move on to this week’s targets, keeping in mind that these aren’t every week starters. Instead, these are guys that should only be used if you’re in some kind of roster emergency.


Matt Flynn vs Washington – 20%. Crazy, right? Here’s my thinking: Flynn is no Peyton Manning, but Washington’s defense is a disaster, allowing 999 yards passing through three weeks. Only San Diego has allowed more. Michael Vick torched that secondary for a half in Week 1 before Chip Kelly and Co. called off the dogs. Aaron Rodgers humiliated them in Week 2. And Matthew Stafford put up really good numbers last week. I understand that Matt Flynn isn’t those other quarterbacks, nor does he have their weapons on offense, but Oakland has some playmakers at wideout, and I think he can capitalize against the Redskins at home. This all assumes Flynn starts instead of Terrelle Pryor. If Pryor plays, he’s a fantastic option giving his running ability. And I can’t believe I wrote that much in support of Matt Flynn.

Geno Smith @ Tennessee – 20%. Smith has 801 yards passing this season. That’s more than guys named Brady, Newton, Luck, Kaepernick, and Wilson. He’s still throwing too many interceptions, but he’s getting better, and so is the Jets’ running game. Teams will load up against the run and dare Smith to beat them. It’s a tough matchup on the road, but I still like him to beat the 200 yards and a touchdown we’ve projected.

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