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Kris’s Korner: Bye week blues

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Week 9 is the beginning of the weeks everyone in fantasy football dreads: bye weeks. This week, four top 10 fantasy quarterbacks, nine top 30 wide receivers and five top 25 running backs are on bye weeks.

Here is a list of players that can be useful this week to help with your bye week blues.

As always, start your studs, and good luck this week.

Byes: Green Bay, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Buffalo, Tennessee

Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks

Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco): The St. Louis defense has allowed the sixth-most points per game to opposing quarterbacks. In their first match up in week 6, Kaepernick had 343 passing yards with 3 TD’s and added 37 rushing yards. Expect close to the same this weekend.

Andy Dalton (Cincinnati): I’m not a fan of Andy Dalton as a fantasy quarterback. He just doesn’t do enough to prove he’s a must start every week. This week, however, due to bye weeks and the Jacksonville defense, he should be in a starting lineup this weekend. Also, AJ Green is expected to be back this week, which helps Dalton tremendously.

Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh): If you saw the game last week, then you should understand why he’s on this list. He’s not likely to put up numbers anywhere close to what he did last week against Baltimore. However, Pittsburgh’s offense has improved since their week 2 match up, and Baltimore has lost some of their defensive starters to injuries. 

Carson Palmer (Arizona): Dallas’s defense is who we thought they were: a bottom 5 defense. Colt McCoy proved that last week. Guess who’s much than Colt McCoy. You guessed it. Carson Palmer.

Other QBs: Eli Manning gets to face the same Indianapolis defense that just allowed 522 passing yards and 6 TDs. If Vontae Davis is out, Manning’s numbers should be really good. If not, they should still be decent. Alex Smith should fair well against an ailing New York Jets defense that has given up the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Ryan Tannehill could be a decent plug and play against a recently struggling San Diego defense.

Sit ‘Em

Robert Griffin III (Washington): RGIII is coming back from yet another leg injury. He tends to be hesitant in running his first couple of games back, and his running is what makes him a good fantasy QB. Minnesota allows the second-least amount of fantasy points to opposing QBs, so that doesn’t help his cause.

Michael Vick (New York Jets): Vick had 4 fumbles last week, losing 2, and one interception. Any starting quarterback in a New York Jets uniform should not be starting on a fantasy football team.


Start ‘Em: Running backs

Ahmad Bradshaw (Indianapolis): When he stops producing, I’ll stop putting him on this list. Fair?

Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati): Giovanni Bernard has been ruled out against Jacksonville, which puts Hill in line for a pretty big game. He’s a double threat in the running and passing game just like Bernard, so he should be able to post similar numbers. 

Bobby Rainey (Tampa Bay): Huge pass catching threat and a much better back than Doug Martin. In the two games where he was the starter, Rainey combined for 10 catches and 94 yards and totaled 185 rushing yards. Cleveland is ranked 30th in rushing yards allowed in the league with 143.4 rushing yards per game.

Other RBs: Dernard Robinson, Jerick McKinnon, and Justin Forsett have been playing really well since taking over at running back for their respective teams. Chris Ivory is the only fantasy relevant player on the New York Jets roster this season and is a borderline RB2 every week.

Sit ‘Em:

Frank Gore (San Francisco): Heavy sighs all around for the non-existent San Francisco running game. St. Louis held Gore to 38 yards on 16 carries in their first matchup this season. However, I can easily see this completely blowing up in my face and Gore could have over 100 yards and a touchdown.

Andre Williams (New York Giants): You hear that sound? That’s the sound of Rashad Jennings owners everywhere pleading for his return from injury. Andre Williams is averaging only 60.25 rushing yards per game since taking over as the starter. He isn’t involved in the passing game at all so that doesn’t help his case. 

St. Louis RB’s: Eight touches each for Zac Stacy and Tre Mason, and five touches for Benny Cunningham. St. Louis isn’t sure what they’re doing with their backfield, so until they figure it out, start none of them.


Start ‘Em: Wide Receivers

Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants): It’s really difficult to see any reason not to start Odell Beckham Jr. We all saw what Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, and Martavis Bryant did last week against Indianapolis, so why can’t he and Rueben Randle do the same?

Mike Evans (Tampa Bay): Quarterback play for Tampa Bay hasn’t been very good, but Evans has played consistent throughout the season, especially in PPR formats. With eight top-25 receivers out this week due to bye’s Evans could be due for a big game.

Andrew Hawkins (Cleveland): Hawkins has had 12 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown in the past two games against Oakland and Jacksonville. Tampa Bay has given up the second-most fantasy points for opposing receivers. Hawkins is a must start this week.

Allen Robinson (Jacksonville): Allen Robinson has seen the end zone two straight weeks and has been targeted 17 times in the same amount of time. He takes advantage of all of the garbage times catches he gets, and he should be in line for more this week against Cincinnati.

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Sit ‘Em:

Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota): He hasn’t been impressive since week 1, and Teddy Bridgewater being under center isn’t helping at all. 

Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis): Hasn’t been ruled out yet, but also hasn’t been ruled active. He plays Monday night, so it’s best to find someone else.

Percy Harvin (New York Jets): You saw that game last week. Do I really need to give more reason why he shouldn’t be in your starting line up?


Start ‘Em: Tight Ends

Same as always: if you have one of the top guys, you start him. If you are looking for someone to replace Martellus Bennett this week try, one of these guys should help.

Jared Cook (St. Louis): Cook could become the number one target in the St. Louis offense with Brian Quick now out for the season due to injury. He had 74 receiving yards in week 6 against San Francisco and could see similar stats in junk time scoring.

Tim Wright (New England): Wright has 3 TDs in the past 4 games and is slowly gaining Tom Brady’s trust. Nice filler if you a tight end on bye this week.


Start ‘Em: Defense

Cincinnati: They play Jacksonville this week. Is there any other reason to start them?

Minnesota: They are the sixth-ranked defense in fantasy scoring, and the go up against RGIII this weekend. And, well read what I wrote about RGIII.

 Kansas City: New York Jets. Need I say more?


Picks of the week: 

Cleveland over Tampa Bay

Cincinnati over Jacksonville

Dallas over Arizona

Houston over Philadelphia

Kansas City over New York Jets

San Diego over Miami

Minnesota over Washington

San Francisco over St. Louis

New England over Denver

Seattle over Oakland

Pittsburgh over Baltimore

Indianapolis over New York Giants

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