If you've been enjoying the Titans success by loading your fantasy team with them (as I have), then you are most certainly feeling a sting this week. I've got some more waiver wire guys for you to look at that can help all of us suffering from some bye-week blues.
Atlanta has been pretty unimpressive on defense this year and Newton has been more than impressive on offense. Newton has turned into a tier 1 starter QB. Start him.
Withholding my dislike of Ryan, he has a great matchup here against the Panthers and should be in line for a shootout where he'll be forced to throw to keep his team in the game. Start him.
This young guy has been having a solid season and he'll be going up against the Colts this week. Start him.
The Eagles have a lot riding on this game. Sexy Rexy has been good enough and the Eagles defense has not so I say... Start him
He made do last week with his RB's and TE's. Of the 300 yards he passed for, only 99 of it went to WR's. I think he'll be okay against the Ravens. Just be sure to have realistic expectations... Start him.
He has been real up and down this season, but I think a matchup against the Patriots is fairly favorable. Add in the fact that all his receivers are healthy again and it's just that much more favorable. Start him.
The Steelers seem to have gotten themselves back on track. Gabbert is going through your average rookie ups and downs. This seems like a no brainer. Bench him.
The other Manning. The one who threw 3 picks against the Seahawks this last week. Yeah. Bench him.
The Jets have been a mess of late but Greene showed some improvement this last game and found the endzone for the second time this season. The Dolphins are in even worse shape and I think the Jets will capitalize on it. Start him.
This is gonna be a big game for the Texans. With Johnson out of the line-up with an injury, Foster had over 100 yards receiving last week. He should see similar attention in the passing game this week along with his usual touches for the ground game. Start him.
As long as this game doesn't start running away from the Ravens, Ray Rice should get his fair share of carries and with a Texans defense minus Mario Williams he should be able to produce. Start him.
He's still not suspended and this week he facing one of the NFL's weakest defenses. Start him.
Just like Benson, he's facing a weak defense and he's a big back. Start him.
The Madden cover boy should be leaning forward and trucking over defenders this week. Start him.
He's out with an injury. Don't forget to... Bench him.
Also out with an injury. Bench him.
He has only had one week where he actually has been of any real fantasy value. Expect him to come back down to Earth this week. Bench him.
He's still a little gimpy, he's playing against a stiff run defense, and he seems to have a committee behind him ready to carry the ball. Bench him.
Steve Smith (Panthers)
He's just gonna keep eating up the yardage. It has been a ridiculous year for him and I think it continues this week. Start him.
He's been pretty consistent and a big target for Grossman. Eagles have been generous thus far this season. Start him.
Yes Miles Austin is back, but that just helps take some of the defensive attention away from Bryant. This kid is a star. Start him.
Until someone realizes you have to guard Garcon he'll continue to make defenses look stupid. As Painters number one target and savior, I must say it. Start him.
This man is unstoppable. Start him.
He'll be seeing more targets than usual as his compliment, Julio Jones, will be sitting out this week. Start him.
He had a good game last week and I think he'll do so again this week versus the Browns. Start him.
He's talking about being ejected from the game in the second quarter. That never bodes well for fantasy. He's also going up against an angry Jets defense. If that's not enough, he has Matt Moore throwing him the ball.This has ugly written all over it. Bench him.
It's been a barren season for him so far. He's found the endzone just once. This week he'll be trying to do it against Polamalu. Bench him.
This guy is ridiculously good and boy does Brees love him. Start him.
He has been getting the redzone targets and has a touchdown in each of his last three games. Start him.
Dalton is a Gresham fan and keeps feeding him the ball. The Colts shouldn't interrupt that by any means. Start him.
Hernandez is still nursing an injury and Gronkowski has been pretty consistent of late. I think he finds the endzone this week. Start him.
This is the week I think the Jets get themselves back on track, or at least win. Keller is one of Sanchez's most favorite targets. Start him.
He just doesn't get those redzone targets like his buddy Greg Olsen does. He doesn't get enough targets either. There are just better options than this guy. Bench him.
He has dropped four redzone catches in the past two weeks. The Steelers certainly won't help that. Bench him.
He has nine targets in the past two weeks with only four catches. He misses Manning dearly. Bench him.
Earnest Graham RB Buccaneers
Blounts out for at least this weekend and he has a great matchup against the saints defense. He could be a nice little bye week replacement this week
Delone Carter RB Colts
It's yet to be figured out whether it will be Brown or Carter who will be starting for the Colts this Sunday. Likely they'll be splitting carries, but I think Carter has more upside. He's one of the players I'm using to try and sneak by this nasty bye week.
Michael Crabtree WR 49ers
They 49ers have lost Josh Morgan for the season which should mean more balls going Crabtree's way. If you've got the space and are interested, this could be a great one. Smith has thrown 7 touchdowns to only 1 interception this year and is having a career year, though in passing he has only surpassed 200 yards a couple times.
Tim Tebow QB Broncos
He has been given his chance. It's time to shine or be shipped off to a foreign land. I think he is a great investment fantasy wise. He's a big guy who'll get you both rushing touchdowns as well as passing ones. I'm not a Tebow fan boy, but I do have faith he'll do good things. Scoop him up if you can.
Damian Williams WR Titans
I know he's in the hot seat, but he has been producing. He has a touchdown in both of his last two games and with a little more fire I'm sure the coaches are gonna light under him, he's gonna be doing his best to produce more. He's helped me survive the past couple weeks and if the coaches keep giving him chances I think he'll keep getting better. He's at least worth the spot on your bench if you have the space.
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Raiders
The Raiders have been surprisingly good of late and now they've got the passion of playing in memorial to Al Davis's memory. He's one of my bye-week saviors and could continue to produce. If you're lacking at the WR position, give Heyward a look.
If you've got any fantasy football questions, feel free to ask!
Best of luck this week!
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