Just when the Miami Dolphins start rolling and the New England Patriots start struggling, along comes the bye weeks to stop the momentum in both directions. Be on the lookout for bye week specials (and players to avoid) listed below to assist those of you looking for a one-week replacement.
When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:
1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions. This list will change from week to week.
2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.
Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!
Chad Pennington, Miami
Brett Favre, N.Y. Jets (vs.
Thomas Jones showing no signs of helping to take the pressure off the offense, look for Favre to post solid numbers once again as the Jets move the ball in the air but continue to stall on the ground.
Matt Schaub, Houston (at
Damon Huard, Kansas City (vs. Denver): It doesn’t matter which Chiefs QB gets the starting nod, the Chiefs passing attack won’t have the same success that the Chargers and the Saints have the previous two weeks against the Broncos. It all starts up front and the struggles with the offensive line will once again come to the forefront for the Chiefs as little time to throw will spell big trouble for the
Ronnie Brown, Miami
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego at Oakland
Steven Jackson, St. Louis vs. Buffalo
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota at Tennessee
Clinton Portis, Washington at Dallas
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia at Chicago
Reggie Bush, New Orleans vs. San Francisco
Marion Barber, Dallas vs. Washington
Frank Gore, San Francisco at New Orleans
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina (vs. Atlanta): Stewart rushed for only 15 yards on seven carries last week against the tough Vikings defense, but he did find his way into the end zone for the second straight week. Look for much more running room this week at home against the Falcons who allowed
Larry Johnson the crack the 100-yard mark in rushing yards for the first time this season.
Thomas Jones, N.Y. Jets (vs.
Brett Favre having success in the air and Jones putting the ball on the ground last week, look for more passing and less running which doesn’t bode well for Jones.
Steve Slaton, Houston (at Jacksonville): Slaton was named the starter for Houston after a solid performance against the Titans last week as he rushed for 116 yards on only 18 carries including a TD. I like Slaton to produce well over the course of the season, but the Texans offense will struggle in both the passing and running game against the Jaguars. Be happy to own Slaton, just don’t expect big things in week four.
Le’Ron McClain, Baltimore (at
Ted Ginn Jr., Miami
Santana Moss, Washington at Dallas
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland
Terrell Owens, Dallas vs. Washington
Steve Smith, Atlanta at Carolina
Anquan Boldin, Arizona at N.Y. Jets
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at N.Y. Jets
Greg Jennings, Green Bay at Tampa Bay
Brandon Marshall, Denver at Kansas City
Andre Johnson, Houston at Jacksonville
Donovan McNabb is an all-pro. Good times for
Braylon Edwards, Cleveland (at
Brett Favre as they return home looking to wipe the slate clean from their week two home loss to the Patriots.
Collins will be forced to pass and McCareins will be ready.
Michael Clayton limiting Bryant’s chances for another big game.
Frank Gore show in all its splendor.
Gus Frerotte at QB, Berrian is no longer someone you can simply write off each week. Unfortunately, Berrian and the Vikings face the Titans this week who will have success stopping the pass and limiting Berrian’s chances.
Anthony Fasano, Miami
Chris Cooley, Washington at Dallas
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Washington
Kellen Winslow, Cleveland at Cincinnati
Antonio Gates, San Diego at Oakland
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Denver
Jeremy Shockey, no problem. While Miller doesn’t possess the skills of Shockey, the Saints will continue to move the ball in the air and Miller will fill in nicely. Here’s your bye week special.
Brian Westbrook should translate into plenty of red zone looks for Smith. As often as the Eagles will be in the end zone on Sunday, a healthy Smith makes a solid start.
Owen Daniels, Houston (at