Another bye week where six teams will be watching this Sunday’s action from the comfort of their homes. Expect lots of success on the ground this week from your fantasy team, but passing numbers will be limited to a select few teams (Miami, Indy, N.Y. Jets, N.Y. Giants).
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. The first week, the studs will consist of the preseason top “tier” at each position.
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!!
Bye Weeks: Steve McNair, Kyle Boller, Rex Grossman, Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Marc Bulger, Vince Young
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati vs. Carolina
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle vs. Minnesota
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Washington
Tom Brady, New England vs. Buffalo
Chad Pennington, N.Y. Jets (vs. Detroit): Pennington bounced back from a horrific outing two weeks ago, to throw for 175 yards and two TDs last week against the Dolphins. Look for Pennington to approach the 300-yard mark against the Lions who rank 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.
Joey Harrington, Miami (vs. Green Bay): Are you an owner of Marc Bulger or Drew Brees and you need a bye-week replacement? Harrington is your guy. Despite the four INTs in the past two games, Harrington has a great matchup at home against the Packers this week who have allowed an average of 276 yards passing in the first five games this season. Look for Harrington to air it out and have success doing so.
Damon Huard, Kansas City (vs. San Diego): Trent Green is on the mend and it can’t happen fast enough for the Chiefs. Huard struggled mightily against the Steelers last week throwing for 162 yards and an INT. The Chargers won’t make it any easier for Huard this week.
Mark Brunell, Washington (vs. Indianapolis): Will Jason Campbell be the next youngster to take the reigns at QB? Brunell has posted back-to-back poor games and faces a stingy Colts defense this week. Don’t expect Brunell to return to his 300-yard, three TD form of week four against the Colts.
Bye Weeks: Jamal Lewis, Musa Smith, Mike Anderson, Thomas Jones, Cedric Benson, Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush, Frank Gore, Maurice Hicks, Michael Robinson, Steven Jackson, Tony Fisher, Stephen Davis, Travis Henry, Chris Brown, LenDale White
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Kansas City
Ronnie Brown, Miami vs. Green Bay
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. Indianapolis
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay
Larry Johnson, Kansas City vs. San Diego
Fred Taylor, Jacksonville (vs. Houston): Who would have guessed that Maurice Jones-Drew would be the Jaguars RB with injury questions from week to week? Taylor has been healthy and productive which should continue this week against the Titans who allowed over 170 yards rushing against Dallas last week.
Tatum Bell, Denver (vs. Cleveland): Bell came through with one of two predictions last week. He found the end zone, but fell short of posting his third 100-yard rushing performance. Bell will have his chance to hit the century mark against the Browns who have allowed a 100-yard rusher in three of their past four games.
Julius Jones, Dallas (vs. N.Y. Giants): Jones broke the 100-yard mark rushing last week for the third straight week despite hardly playing in the fourth quarter. Jones will be needed for the whole game this week against the Giants, but his production will continue.
Ahman Green, Green Bay (vs. Miami): Green is practicing and is likely to play against Miami this week. However, he’ll split time between himself, Herron, and Morency, none of which is likely to have much success against Miami who have not allowed a RB to gain more than 60 yards rushing since week two.
Reuben Droughns, Cleveland (vs. Denver): Although Droughns has averaged 21.5 carries the past two weeks, his shoulder is still not 100%. The Browns would love to run the ball against the Broncos at home to keep their offense off the field, but Denver hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since week two and that streak is likely to extend at least another week.
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay (vs. Philadelphia): Williams looks recovered from his back injury as he has rushed for 204 yards in the past two weeks. The Bucs offensive line will struggle to contain the Eagles this week and Williams will pay the price. Look elsewhere.
Bye Weeks: Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Muhsin Muhammad, Bernard Berrian, Rashied Davis, Marques Colston, Joe Horn, Devery Henderson, Antonio Bryant, Arnaz Battle, Bryan Gilmore, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Kevin Curtis, Shaun McDonald, Drew Bennett, Bobby Wade, Brandon Jones, David Givens
Studs (* = new addition to the list)
Terrell Owens, Dallas vs. N.Y. Giants
Anquan Boldin, Arizona vs. Oakland
Laveranues Coles, N.Y. Jets vs. Detroit
Santana Moss, Washington vs. Indianapolis
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Carolina
Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Jacksonville
Darrell Jackson, Seattle vs. Minnesota
Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Cincinnati
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Washington
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Washington
Roy Williams, Detroit vs. N.Y. Jets
Reggie Brown, Philadelphia* vs. Tampa Bay
Chris Chambers, Miami (vs. Green Bay): Chambers has certainly been a disappointment in fantasy leagues this season (thanks Daunte!). With Harrington at QB, the Dolphins passing attack has shown some life and it will get it’s chance to shine at home against Green Bay. Look for Chambers to crack the 100-yard mark for the first time this season with a TD giving his owners a taste of what should have been.
Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay (vs. Philadelphia): G-squared (Gradkowski/Galloway, get it?) has worked well for the Bucs as their offense has performed well with the rookie at QB. While the Eagles are tough against the run, they have been suspect in stopping the pass. Look for Galloway to continue to be Gradkowski’s main target and he’ll post solid numbers at home this week.
Travis Taylor, Minnesota (vs. Seattle): The Vikings passing attack hasn’t exactly struck fear in their opponents this season. But, Brad Johnson will have success in the air as the Vikings will need to toss it down field to try and keep pace with the Seattle offense. Taylor has been the most consistent WR of the bunch and should produce somewhere around the 80-90 yards receiving range with a TD.
Greg Jennings, Green Bay (vs. Miami): Even with Donald Driver getting an extra week to heal his sore ribs, Favre is very comfortable throwing to the rookie Jennings who should remain the #1 target. Miami can stop the run, but they have had a tough time shutting down the passing attack. Favre will look Jennings’ way early and often and the rookie will continue to produce.
Eddie Kennison, Kansas City (vs. San Diego): With Huard likely to struggle at home, the Chiefs will rely heavily on Larry Johnson. Kennison won’t see much action at all as the passes that are completed will go the short route to Tony Gonzalez.
Braylon Edwards, Cleveland (vs. Denver): Despite coming off a bye week, Edwards won’t have much success this week against the Broncos who haven’t allowed a 100-yard WR all season.
Keenan McCardell, San Diego (vs. Kansas City): The Chargers have started to open up the passing attack, but Rivers looked in Eric Parker’s direction more often than McCardell’s last week. McCardell will have a limited role this week as well as the Chargers won’t pass nearly as much as LT2 will practically do it all himself.
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh (vs. Atlanta): Ward posted his best numbers of the season last week (5-59, 1 TD), but that was against the Chiefs. The Falcons haven’t allowed a QB to throw for more than 200 yards since week two. Don’t expect much this week from Ward as Roethlisberger will struggle.
Bye Weeks: Todd Heap, Daniel Wilcox, Desmond Clark, John Gilmore, Ernie Conwell, Eric Johnson, Vernon Davis, Joe Klopfenstein, Bo Scaife, Ben Troupe
Studs (* = new addition to the list)
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Kansas City
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. San Diego
L.J. Smith, Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay
Kellen Winslow, Cleveland vs. Denver
Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants* vs. Dallas
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis (vs. Washington): Clark’s best game was in week one (3-39, 1 TD). The Redskins will have their hands full trying to stop the Colts offensive machine and Clark should be the one option the Redskins sacrifice in an attempt to keep the Colts passing game in check. Look for Manning to exploit this game plan and throw Clark’s way often.
Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota (vs. Seattle): The Vikings will have success in the air against the Seahawks and Wiggins should at least match his totals of two weeks ago: six catches for 59 yards.
Chris Cooley, Washington (vs. Indianapolis): With Brunell likely to struggle, none of the Redskins receivers are recommended this week including Cooley who is averaging only three catches per game.
Owen Daniels, Houston (vs. Jacksonville): Daniels has two TDs on the season, but the rookie will be much more valuable as a blocker this week against the pressure of the Jaguars defense.