Danny Amendola, whose clavicle popped IN and came dangerously close to ending his life, might actually be back this season, but it will likely be at least a month before his return and that’s incredibly damaging to Sam Bradford’s value. With The Panthers, Bears, Jaguars and Saints all on bye in week 6, fantasy owners will definitely be looking for plug in value, but with Bradford’s declining value and Amendola out for a while, who should you be plugging in instead?
Surprisingly enough, Kevin Kolb is a solid play this week. Sure, The Cardinals may have lost to The Rams last Thursday, but Kolb still passed for 289 yards. Skelton could be eligible to play this week as well, but I think they’ll stick with Kolb for the time being. Plus, with Ryan Williams out for the season and Beanie Wells out until at least November, their RB options are running thin; leaving The Cardinals little choice but to turn to the air more frequently. That should make Larry Fitzgerald owners happy too.
Here’s a riddle: What’s black, white, and run all over? The Answer? The Titans defense. Unfortunately for Tennessee, that includes their pass defense. This Thursday, The Steelers travel to Tennessee in what will very likely be a one-sided battle. Look for Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace to both reap the rewards this week. If you need him, Ben Roethlisberger should also see his numbers dramatically increase.
Need a tight end? Both Zach Miller of The Seahawks and Martellus Bennett have great matchups this week. Bennett has been quiet since he became a waiver wire darling, but he has also faced some tough defenses. Going up against a 49ers defense that is good at absolutely everything except covering the TE, Eli may be looking for him frequently
Despite some high-profile people on bye, there are still, however, players to avoid if at all possible. I would never tell you to bench Calvin Johnson, but going up against a tricky Eagles defense that will be looking for retribution after a disappointing loss to The Steelers, both Brandon Pettigrew and Nate Burleson should sit this one out for your fantasy team.
Brian Hartline could be in for a rough week as well. Hartline, who has put up 514 yards thus far, has to go up against a tricky Rams defense that held Arizona to just 3 points in week 5. Fitzgerald still managed 92 yards, but Hartline is no Fitzgerald. You probably got him off the waiver wire anyway so let him warm the bench for those players on bye week 7.
Lastly, even though The Jets lost Revis, they’re still solid against the pass and Reggie Wayne will see the majority of their focus when The Colts travel to Jersey. It’s hard to sit him, but keep your hopes relatively low. 75 yards without a score seems about right.