Upcoming Bye Weeks
- Week 9: DET, SEA, TB, WFT
- Week 10: CHI, NYG, CIN, HOU
- Week 10: LAR, DEN
- Week 11: ARI, KC
- Week 12: CAR, CLE, GB, TEN
- Week 13: IND, MIA, NE, PHI
Note: I wanted to mention a few things. This is the grind of the season entering into Week 9. We have a turning point where the season may not be going as well as we expect and are sitting at 3-5 or it is going better and we have a 6-2 team. We have a lot of high level producers hitting bye weeks in upcoming weeks. These are the grind weeks where you can find league mates falling asleep behind the wheel and steal a few wins. A 3-5 team is not out of the hunt and anything can happen once you are in the playoffs. If you have a winning team, there are not many things more valuable than a Bye week the first week of the playoffs meaning you are only 1 win away from the Championship.
Now is a good time to look a week ahead if you have been streaming positions every week this year. It doesn’t matter if it is QB, TE, or even DST. Take a bench spot and look ahead to the next week. In week 10 the Colts get the Jags and it would be a highly streamed DST. Even if you believe in Mike White in Week 9 and don’t trust the Colts, holding them in Week 9 to get ahead of waivers for the following week can give a great edge. This applies to every position in your specific league.
Keep grinding away and lets win some leagues this year!
Taysom tops this list because it is a brutal list this week and he is really the only one with consistent QB1 upside. The issue comes into play on whether he will be healthy or not. He hasn’t played in 3 weeks since suffering a concussion. Payton has only said that “he’s on schedule and all of that is good” but we have no idea what the schedule actually is. With his arm strength, legs, and Payton calling plays, Hill is a legit option at QB for fantasy when he is healthy. We likely won’t know by Tuesday night if he will be healthy or not but he is worth a risk if you need a QB.
Not the best performance from Week 8 but he played conservatively in a game they were close in against a divisional rival. This week they get the Texans. After that they get the Ravens where the Dolphins project to be trailing.
He still looked awful throwing the ball missing wide open WRs and does not show much of an ability to push it down field even though he tries. Fields finally showed off some rushing ability and that is why I have him on here. He ran for over 100 yards and showed shiftiness that could open up the offense forcing defenses to respect it which hopefully allows his receiving corp to generate more separation. They have Pittsburgh this week and then a bye so this write-up may be 2 weeks early. If he shows out again against the Steelers, he won’t be available the following week so if you need a QB it is a risk worth taking.
Like I said, this week the QB wire is ROUGH. The Broncos get the Cowboys this week and the Eagles next week. The Cowboys defense has been playing well but with a mixture of volume and offensive talent, Bridgewater could be a viable flier if need be.
The Titans have a clear game plan with Henry every week and that’s pound the ball into the ground and play okay defense. I still think they want to do that and let Tannehill run play-action. I know you don’t need any sort of run game to successfully run play-action but I do think Peterson is the only back available that you can run into the ground. I think he has some juice left and if you give him carries, he will produce.
McNichols is the pass catching back in Tennessee. If the Titans do dramatically switch up their offense to completely funnel through Tannehill, McNichols is the guy to roster.
The 2 headed monster that once was in New Orleans has come to be again. He may have been scooped up over the weekend but he also showed well on a few days’ notice for the Saints. He got 6 carries and hauled in 2 balls for 25 yards, good for 7.2 full PPR points. He is likely to get more work and I could see a consistent 10 carries and maybe 2/3 catches. Solid fill in back for the bye weeks that are approaching as the Saints have already had their bye.
Everyone’s darling out of NY right now for the Jets is Michael Carter. While that is all good and well, over the last 3 games played for Ty Johnson he has accumulated full PPR point totals of 10.4, 10.1 and most recently 17.10 in the win over Cincinnati. He isn’t getting the bulk of the work but he is quietly putting up serviceable numbers and deserves a roster spot.
James Robinson seems to have avoided a significant injury and is considered day-to-day. I don’t trust Urban Meyer in any sense of the imagination and I’m not sure what to believe which is why I am writing up on Hyde. He went to Ohio State and played under Meyer in college which is why Meyer brought him in and the only reason he is still getting work. If Robinson misses Sunday, Hyde gets a tough Bills defense and will run on an offense that is unlikely to score much. But given a bye week fill-in, he could play a role in that and fill in for a week.
Everyone is likely all over the assumption that Elijah Mitchell is the guy in SF now. I am not among that crowd and I would stash Wilson where you have the ability with a deeper bench. He will be back in a week or two and Shanahan trusts him more than a 6th round rookie. Wilson has seen a significant workload in the past and has years in this system gaining Shanahan’s trust. Mitchell may have blown everyone away and will continue to be a workhorse but at his 5’10” 200LB frame, he is a tad undersized to carry a legit work horse load as we’ve already seen him battle injuries a few weeks ago.
Antonio Gibson has been playing with a broken bone in his shin since Week 1. His production has been subpar this year due to that and finally this week, the WFT felt comfortable enough with Patterson to give him a decent work load. This week is the WFT bye week but don’t be surprised if AG lands on the IR. Maybe I’m hopeful they let him rest his necessary 4-5 weeks to let his body heal rather than running him into the ground and making it worse and worse. Keep an eye on this situation as it develops in regards to Gibson.
Aiyuk is going to go overlooked because he didn’t do anything flashy Sunday and everyone loves Deebo. Aiyuk, however saw 7 targets in the win Sunday vs the Bears. This was a relatively neutral game script for most of the game. He is way too good of a talent for Shan to keep in the dog house.
I am piggy backing from last week’s recommendation of Van Jefferson so I hope everyone was able to snag him. He put up another strong outing and hauled in 3 of his 6 targets for 88 yards. The Rams felt so comfortable with Van that they left Desean Jackson on the pine as inactive. Van has now seen target totals of 6, 6, 4, 4, 7, & 6 in his last 6 games. The Rams will see themselves in more competitive games coming up which should get Van even more involved.
Parker has been hurt a majority of the year and most people have forgotten about him. He quietly turned in an 11 target day going 8/85 in the air. He has target totals of 7, 9, 7, 9, & 11 in his 5 active games. He is targeted as the alpha in Miami.
I’ve been screaming Renfrow all year. He is still available in 58% of leagues. He offers a very nice PPR floor with the ability to get you 15+ points without even scoring a TD. With Ruggs out for likely the rest of the year (if he doesn’t get cut) he could eat even more targets up. He needs to be rostered.
With Ruggs likely done, someone has to help Carr move the ball. Waller is still out an unknown amount of time and Edwards has flashed. He has talent but was a 3rd round pick who disappointed as a rookie. I’m not necessarily sold on him but if he is going to be a legit NFL receiver, this is his best shot to do it.
Pittman is securely the WR1 in Indy and I think Reich would rather Wentz dump the ball off to the RB so he doesn’t make any mistakes but Pascal did get 8 targets against the Titans Sunday pulling in 5 of them for 43 yards. Pascal isn’t an insane talent but Hilton is already ruled out for Thursday. Solid spot start if you need one.
Dan Arnold should be the most acquired TE this week. He saw 10 targets bringing in 8 of them for 68 years. Somehow he keeps going under the radar but his bye week has passed and they have a daunting schedule of offensive opponents. The Jags should be playing from behind in almost every game to close out the year.
Carr talked up Moreau before his breakout game when Waller was inactive due to injury. We are still a little unsure when Waller will be back but it figures to be a few more weeks. He is a great fill-in for Waller owners and anyone needing a streamer period. He saw 6 targets bringing in all 6 for 60 yards and a score in Week 7 before the Raiders’ Week 8 bye. If Waller is back, Moreau is not worth an add.
Freiermuth was a guy I was on later on leading up to Week 8 once Ebron was ruled out. He is a talented TE prospect who has matured faster than expected and is earning the trust from Big Ben. He has surprisingly absorbed some of the targets Juju left behind and likely overtaken Ebron as the TE1 of this team. He didn’t get as much volume in Week 8 as he did in Week 7 but he salvaged the day with an amazing juggling TD grab. They get the Bears this week and I do expect him to continue to grow in this offense. It may not be Week 9 that he takes a step forward, which is why I have him below Arnold and Moreau.
Miami gets Houston at home. The Texans are flat out bad and it is due to them wanting to lose. Mills may get another start and that is why I have Miami up here. If Tyrod gets the nod, I move Miami’s defense down and almost completely out of streamer viability.
This one may be surprising but Kyler is expected to play through an ankle sprain. When Kyler is hurt and can’t fully utilize his legs, his play drops dramatically. The Niners have an elite pass rush and if they can keep an immobile Kyler in the pocket and force him to throw over his tall OL, it could get ugly for the Cards. Not only do I expect the Niners to hold Kyler in check, I expect them to win this game.
I bit on Cincinnati going into NY and I never saw Mike White putting up those numbers. I am trusting the NFL evaluation here on a short week of NY traveling to IND and I would consider the Indy to be a top streaming defense this week.
If they are available they get the Jags. Jags are bad and don’t have many playmakers left as Meyer seems intent on force feeding the journey Special Teamer Jamal Agnew. How he has a job, I have no idea. But the Jags are awful and don’t seem to be improving.
I know I mentioned Bridgewater above but this really is a game that can go south for the Broncos quickly. Bridgewater usually holds on to the ball and doesn’t make mistakes but the Cowboys have been elite at forcing turnovers into scores this year under Quinn. A bend but don’t break defense will force the Broncos to be perfect while playing from behind.
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