One approach to helping you survive the bye weeks is to search your waiver or free agent lists in order to fill in the gaps in your lineup. This approach is most advisable in smaller leagues, but can definitely come in handy if your league is of a larger stature. Let’s look at who all is on bye this week and who might be available to fill in.
Josh Freeman vs. SF: The 49ers are very stout against the run, but are questionable at best in the secondary. Freeman should be able to pick them apart and get the ball in the end zone through the air as SF is the only team left to not allow a rushing TD.
Matt Hasselbeck vs. PIT: This is a bit risky since PIT is one of the best teams against the pass so far this year. But Hasselbeck has been able to throw for at least one TD in every game so far. And although PIT may be very stingy, they have yet to get an interception this year.
Kyle Orton vs. SD: This is also a very stiff matchup for the QB; however, it is likely that the Broncos will have to play catch-up against the explosive Chargers. Therefore, look for Orton to keep to the air as he looks for Decker and Lloyd to try and keep it a close game.
Running Backs: Peyton Hillis, Felix Jones, Daniel Thomas, Steven Jackson, Ray Rice, Ryan Torain/Tim Hightower
Mark Ingram vs. CAR: Ingram is getting the bulk of the carries in the platoon backfield as well as most of the goal line looks. After seeing what Matt Forte did to the Panthers last week, Ingram should have one of his best games as the lanes will certainly be there.
Stevan Ridley vs. NYJ: Ridley looks like he has gained some trust in the Patriots’ backfield as he has been gaining workload each week. With Woodhead injured, look for Ridley to continue seeing carries as he faces a Jets D that has allowed over 130 yards rushing per game this season.
Joseph Addai vs. KC: Since Manning has not been in the picture for the colts, they have relied more on Addai and the run game, who is averaging 4.6 yards per carry this season. Chiefs have allowed 130 yards on the ground and Addai could be in store for a big performance.
Johnny Knox vs. DET: Knox has one of the better upsides on the receiving core for the Bears even though he is not used as much as he should be. However, I think the Bears will have to throw the ball more this week as the Detroit D-line is much stronger than that of Carolinas.
Preston Parker vs. SF: The Bucs will have to pass in this game in order to get the win, and it appears that Parker is becoming one of Freeman’s #1 WRs. He put up good numbers last week and has more yards and catches than Mike Williams.
Victor Cruz vs. SEA: Cruz appears to be slowly moving up the hierarchy of receivers in New York. He has seen increased snaps opposite of Nicks in 2 WR sets as opposed to Manningham. Seattle is very tough to against the run and not so strong on the back end. This will give Cruz plenty of opportunity to get looks from Manning.
Todd Heap vs. MIN: He’s finally getting the majority of the work at tight end and the non-Fitzgerald receivers just aren’t getting the job done.
Look for my weekly article on Defense Streamers for some plug ’n’ plays this week on defense. Also follow me on twitter @MrCMarkLee.