I have some good news and some bad news. The good news: this is the last bye week fantasy owners will have to deal with this year. That bad news: with the Chiefs, Chargers, Vikings, and (I guess) Cardinals on bye, there is a lot of top talent missing from fantasy rosters.
Though this season’s waiver wire hasn’t been full of championship winning players like the last few years but there is still a chance someone might break out. Don’t get discouraged and keep working the wire.
Nick Foles – The former Super Bowl MVP has returned and had a solid game last week in a losing effort. He has an easier game this week if you need him and a very soft schedule through the fantasy playoffs.
Jacoby Brissett – The healthy Colts QB looked great against Jacksonville. Unfortunately it didn’t translate into a great fantasy line with him able to passively manage the offense during Indy’s dominant win over the Jags. This week Brissett has a juicy matchup against Houston.
Jonathan Williams – Marlon Mack is going to be out, likely for a couple weeks, with his hand injury. Williams came in and ran all over Jacksonville. Jordon Wilkins is supposed to be back this week which may limit Williams upside. I expect a hot hand situation between the two with Williams getting the first chance coming off his big game.
Bo Scarbrough – Scarbrough is a mostly unknown back who spent most of his rookie season on Seattle’s practice squad. Signed to Detroit’s practice squad 2 weeks ago, he impressed so much that the Lions promoted him Saturday and he controlled their backfield on Sunday. He has a very small sample size but averaged 3.92 yards per carry and scored from the 5 yard line. Detroit’s backfield is a mess but Scarbrough has some serious fantasy potential.
A.J. Green – It’s more likely than not that Green never plays for the Bengals again. There are some rumblings that he will finish the season if Andy Dalton becomes the starter again. Yep, Ryan Finley has been so bad that Dalton might come back. If this happens Green would be an amazing pick up.
Brandin Cooks – Between his concussion and Goff’s bad play at QB, Cooks has been dropped in a lot of leagues. The Rams expect Cooks to return this week so he should be rostered where available.
Delanie Walker – Walker is returning from injury to a stagnant offense and a new QB in Ryan Tannehill. I like last week’s TE Hollister (who was on bye) better but if you didn’t act in advance on him, grab Walker.
Atlanta Falcons – Atlanta’s defense have been a completely different squad since their bye week. The last 2 weeks they look like a different team. Playing with a renewed intensity they mauled New Orleans and Carolina. They get Tampa Bay this week and could put up another big game.