Bye Week Blues
There’s nothing we can do about bye weeks. All we can do is scour the waiver wire and find the best of what can often seem the worst options. But dig a little deeper, and sometimes you can find some gems. Want some additional good news? This is the last week teams are on bye. Now all you need to worry about is injuries.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Arizona: Gresham has scored TDs in back to back weeks. Week 11 he faces a Texan team that has given up the 6th most fantasy points to the Tight end position this season.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Seattle’s backfield is a disaster area. Eddie Lacy has played terrible all season, except when he’s been injured and couldn’t play. Thomas Rawls is just not very good. C.J. Prosise was placed on the I.R. on Tuesday. This should allow for a more significant role for McKissic, now that he’s the lone receiving back on the active roster. The converted WR had 4 receptions and 20 yards last week, good for 6 points in PPR leagues. He was also able to rush for 26 yards on 5 attempts. I know 8.6 points doesn’t seem like a lot but think back to how many losses you’ve had this season because of the one guy you started who put up 5 points or less.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Gabbert is the new starting QB for Arizona with Drew Stanton sidelined with a sprained knee. Gabbert put up over 30 yards rushing per game last season in his starts. He also loves throwing to his slot receivers and just so happens to have a great one, Larry Fitzgerald, to throw to now.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: No one likes starting Blake Bortles, it makes you feel bad about yourself and the state of your team, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Bortles has put up 3 consecutive weeks of 18+ fantasy points. This week he faces a Cleveland team that ranks 4th against the run but just 17th against the pass. I expect Bortles to easily reach 18 fantasy points this week.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins: This is not for the faint of heart. Stills has had 3 weeks where he put up less than 5 points. He’s also had 5 weeks where he’s exceeded 10 points, so he’s a true boom/bust play. He goes up against a Tampa Bay defense that has given up the 3rd most points to the WR position. If he hits, he could hit big. This is a guy you play if you need upside.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington: The fantasy points haven’t been there yet, but they’re coming. His snap share has exceeded 93% 3 out of the last 4 weeks. He’s also seen at least 5 targets in 3 out of the last 4 weeks. Last week he could have had a monster game if not for falling over his own feet in the end zone and missing out on a TD. Later in the game, he was wide open deep down the middle for what would have been a 35-yard touchdown, but Kirk Cousins overthrew him. He’s ready to have a blow-up game soon.
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