Another onslaught of bye weeks is happening this week, which only makes my life difficult when trying to tip guys for your team. There are still options for those trying to replace Peyton Manning or one of their other elite options so check the sleeper section for some of these possible fill-ins.(Also, I don’t care what week it is, expect no Halloween jokes in this article. They wouldn’t please anybody.)
Starts of the Week
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: He may not be putting up consistently massive numbers in every game, but don’t think for a second that he isn’t a top fantasy option this season. The Redskins have conceded plenty of points through the air already this season and don’t expect their problems to be remedied by Sunday. Expect Rivers to continue along his comeback trail, by shredding the Redskins defence this week.
DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys: If you have a running back on your team facing the Vikings, you should start him (up to a certain point. Don’t start Joseph Randle this week). While Murray is recovering from a knee injury, he is expected to start this week so avoid being the guy who leaves him on the bench, just to be safe. Trust him. Start him. Reap the rewards when he has a huge game.
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles: Jackson has disappeared in the last couple of weeks when compared to his early season dominance. However, DeSean Jackson is the kind of player that can have a huge game any week. The Raiders aren’t particularly strong when it comes to halting fantasy WRs and this could be Jackson’s opportunity to bounce back. Like Murray, he is hard to trust, but there’s no way you can bench a man with such big-play ability.
Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears: I will continue to tip Bennett until people listen and pick him up in their leagues. He is among the top scoring tight ends in fantasy football, but he’s still available in over a third of fantasy leagues. His size and hands makes him a threat to any defence and when that defence gives lots of points to tight ends as it is (Green Bay), Bennett is certainly a nice start.
QB: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: He isn’t always a high scoring fantasy player, but given the amount of players on bye weeks he is a nice play to fill a hole in your roster. He has a matchup in Buffalo this week which should give him the opportunity to produce for your team. If you’re stuck for a quarterback, Smith is your man.
RB: Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams: Since Stacy earned the starting berth in St. Louis, he has been a consistent fantasy performer. He was carrying an injury during the week, but he is expected to start this week. If Stacy starts, he and his owners will benefit from a favourable matchup against the Titans on Sunday. If he’s still available in your league pick him up now.
WR: Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders: Moore is another one of those boom or bust players, where even this week against the Eagles (who are dream opponents for fantasy receivers) he is a risk. However, I think that this week he can’t be left on the bench. His potential for a monster week is just too tempting to ignore.
TE: Timothy Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Wright has been increasing his role in this Tampa offence in recent weeks, and he is a nice sleeper candidate this week if you’re really stuck. He may have a tough matchup against the Seahawks, but he overcame a tough Carolina defence last week to score over ten points. Even if not for this week, he is a good option to keep on your roster at the moment.