Bye week brutality this week folks, as some high powered fantasy options are kicking up their feet and relaxing. If you drew the team that employs one of these dominant forces, thank your fantasy stars. If you have one of these players and are looking for a ray of light, some sleeper sunshine just might do the trick.
Let’s take a look at some secondary options that might step up in your time of need!
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans – A few weeks removed from injury, Locker has been a quiet force for the Titans. He’s been flourishing in the new system with both is arm and his legs, and there’s no reason to thinks he won’t be solid in this matchup. If you have QB Peyton Manning or Matthew Stafford on the bye, Locker might do you proud this week.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs – He’s not flashy, but against a hapless Buffalo secondary, Smith could be in line for a solid afternoon. If you have some bye week issues, you could do worse than the 5-yard pass King. This week, those five yard passes could very well turn into some YAC gold.
Josh McCown, Chicago Bears – Hey, the guy is not that bad, had had the bye week to get settled into the offensive flow, and has a plethora of weapons at his disposal. Couple all that with the fact that the Packers are beatable through the air, and you have the makings of a solid overall performance from McCown.
Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans – In many leagues, this guy has under 10 fantasy points thus far in 2014. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, this I know. That said, Greene is back and healthy and his increased involvement has been mentioned by the Titans coaching staff. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got 10-12 carries and a few goal line looks this week against the St. Louis Rams.
Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – It is not entirely out of the realm of possibility that James have a decent outing against the Seattle Seahawks. Yes they are home where they are tough, but I can’t forget the subpar defensive performabce were they allowed St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy to run wild. For now, James is a starting RB in the NFL and could surprise.
James Starks, Green Bay Packers – Yes, he’ll play second fiddle to rookie RB Eddie Lacy. That said, since Starks returned from injury, the Packers have wisely used him increasingly, in order to spell the young Lacy. Like Starks delivered last week, he may very well do the same this week against the Bears.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs – If there was one week you’d think Bowe would get things going, it would be this week against the Buffalo Bills. Bowe has been a huge fantasy disappointment this season, but there are a lot of things he is doing well that will never show up on the stat sheet. Head Coach Andy Reid takes notice of many of these subtle things and I have a sneaky suspicion Bowe gets involved this week. Also the fact that the Bills are surrendering almost 265 yards per game through the air certainly helps as well. Consider Bowe a solid bye week flier for sure.
Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints – If WR Marques Colston misses this weekend’s game against the Jets due to a bum knee, Moore will be the direct beneficiary. Even if Colton plays, he’s been more of a non-factor than not this season, and Moore is a steady sure-handed option.
Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings – Remember, Dallas will be without some solid pieces of their secondary this week, and if QB Christian Ponder wants to continue to start, he’ll need to step up this week. That would include finding Jennings down field, early and often. With some soft spots in the secondary, there is a good chance this might happen.
Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks – With WR Sydney Rice out for the season, the Seahawks will need someone to emerge as solid option moving forward.
Dallas Clark, Baltimore Ravens – Every time I mention Clark in this piece, he poops the fantasy bed. He’s long in the tooth, but the Ravens need to get back to basics and I think Clark plays a big role in that. Look for him to be fairly involved in this divisional matchup.
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams – Look for Cook to be involved against his former team and a nice safety-value for QB Kellen Clemens. Expect him to be targeted early and often.
Have a great week 9!
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