Week four brings us fantasy football players to one of the most dreaded parts of the season, bye weeks. Yes there are 6 teams that will have the week off, which reminds you exactly why you need those guys on your bench to actually perform. This begins the part of the season you might have to take more chances or, more realistically, be stuck playing guys in bad matchups. As always, make sure to yell at me on Sunday @PatrickJudis on twitter. Also listen to the show I co-host every Tuesday 3-5, which is of course on rookeryradio.com. You can follow the show @TheBroShow_.
Donald Brown SD: Brown got 31 carries against the Bills last week. Now I don’t expect him to continue to get that many carries every game, but it shows the Chargers’ confidence in Brown. Now, with Danny Woodhead out and a much softer match up against the Jaguars, you can expect him to put up big numbers this week.
Ahmad Bradshaw IND: The Colts are still determined to show Richardson can somehow become a good RB, but they are also in the business of winning games, and if they want to do that they’ll keep Bradshaw involved. Not to mention the Titans just gave up 3 rushing TDs in their last game.
Eddie Lacy GB: This will be a telling week for Lacy. The Bears are a pretty good match up for RBs, so he has to produce this game. If he doesn’t, then you can begin to panic.
The Bad Joique Bell and Reggie Bush DET: The Jets are in the argument for best run defense in the NFL. Quite easily, if you are not in a PPR league, don’t expect much of anything from these guys. Even if it is PPR, the Jets have been blitz happy, so the Lions might be forced to leave them in for pass protection more often then usual.
Any of the Baltimore RBs: Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce, or the dark horse Lorenzo Taliaferro, who got 18 carries last week, are all guys I’d avoid. First of all, this Taliaferro guy comes from nowhere and I don’t trust that yet. Second, Pierce has been banged up and I’m not positive he’ll play. Third, Forsett just lost a lot of carries to this new guy. Finally, they play Carolina who, with the exception of last week, have been stout against the run this season.
Matt Asiata MIN: Adrian Peterson owners have to be pretty frustrated with this season. Odds are you had to go pick this guy up and, aside from that one TD reception, he has been quite bad for fantasy. It is actually a good match up against the Falcons; but even with that you’re just gambling that he gets a goal line carry, because he isn’t going to give you much else otherwise.
The Ugly LeSean McCoy PHI: Do not sit McCoy; but just realize this isn’t an ideal team to face after a frustrating game last week against Washington, where he didn’t even catch a pass (2 targets). You just have to hope he bounces back this week.
The Sleepy Khriy Robinson NO: You feelin’ lucky kid? Really it comes down between Pierre Thomas and Robinson on who will have that good flex option game. Last week Thomas got the TD, but Robinson got 10 more carries. If I had to bet on one of these guys, it would be Robinson, just for the carries alone. Also, the Saints play the Cowboys, so there may be room for both.
The Good Keenan Allen SD: What was Eddie Royal doing last week? Oh well, that’s just me being a frustrated Allen owner. The Chargers have the Jaguars coming to town and that has been as good a match up as any this year for WRs. Hopefully Allen starts paying off.
Jeremy Maclin PHI: Fun fact: The 49ers can’t cover anyone. Also Maclin showed up in a big way last week with 8 catches for 154 yards and a TD. He’s going to become a must start guy very quickly.
Golden Tate DET: If you have Tate in a PPR league he has been nothing but solid so far, with at least 5 catches in every game so far, and the Jets have shown they really can’t cover anyone this season. Expect a lot of passes and Tate will be his usual solid self. The
Andre Johnson HOU: Last week Johnson came back down to Earth with a sub par performance, gaining only 24 yards. He still has yet to catch a TD as well. This week he’ll be going up against a Bills team that isn’t a great match up for WRs this year, thus far.
Torrey Smith BAL: It has to be frustrating owning Smith. As I said last week, he is a boom or bust WR who has yet to boom this year. Last week, Carolina struggled to stop Big Ben, but Flacco will be so much easier to bring down for Carolina’s front 4. Which means Flacco won’t have time to throw up deep balls to Smith.
Cordarrelle Patterson MIN: I personally think Patterson will have a solid outing; but with no Seattle, Arizona, or Cincinnati this week, there aren’t many bad match ups for WRs. However, Desmond Trufant is a top CB in this league; so don’t expect much from Patterson when Trufant is covering him.
The Sleepy Vincent Jackson TB: Okay stay with me here. Jackson is a good option if Mike Glennon remains the QB for TB. Not because he’s so much better than McCown, but he is better for Jackson’s fantasy value. Glennon knew when in doubt last season to just throw it up to Jackson, which is something McCown hasn’t figured out this season. For that alone, if you need him this week go ahead and throw him in there.
The Good Owen Daniels BAL: With Pitta’s unfortunate injury, Daniels suddenly becomes the top TE in a Kubiack offense that loves TEs, as Daniels knows. Expect him to get quite a few quick passes against Carolina. He’s a great PPR option.
Niles Paul WAS: If you go this route, you need to make sure Jordan Reed isn’t playing Thursday night. Last I checked on Monday night, he wasn’t expected to. Paul has been a great option in his absence and Cousins has been a pretty big fan of him. He had 6 catches last week and could easily repeat that this week with how Cousins has looked. The Bad Greg Olsen CAR: I preface this with I’d still start Olsen if you don’t have a top option, but Baltimore has held TEs to the second fewest fantasy points this year so far. Just warning you, it isn’t a great match up this week for Olsen. QBs
The Good Kirk Cousins WAS: If you need a QB for the bye and this guy is still out there PICK HIM UP. Heck if he’s still out there PICK HIM UP. He is going to make it real difficult for Washington to bench him throwing for 427 yards and 3 TDs. Derek Carr OAK: If you have to pick up a QB to play this week, and Cousins isn’t available, then Carr is probably your best option after him. He’ll be going up against a Dolphins team that just let Alex Smith go wild on them for 3 TDs. That week 1 Dolphins team is long gone and Derek Carr hasn’t been too bad. He’s a nice bye week option. The Bad Joe Flacco BAL: I think Carolina’s defense is more what it was in week 1 and 2 and not so much 3. If that turns out to be true, Flacco will really struggle to get much of anything going this week. Especially after losing his favorite target, Pitta, for the rest of the year. Teddy Bridgewater MIN: I get it, bye weeks are rough and it’s tempting to give Bridgewater a shot in a decent match up; but unless you have to, don’t. There is still so much we need to see before you should feel the need to start him. I think he’ll end up being good. He is worth picking up if you need a QB, but just leave him on the bench for now. Streamline DEFs SD vs JAX PIT vs TB IND vs TEN BUF @ HOU