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Week 9 Byes: Panthers, Lions, Jaguars, Vikings
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Andy Dalton – QB

Andy Dalton

The rookie combination of Andy Dalton and A.J. Greene has been a thing of beauty all week. Tennessee has given up double digits fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in five straight weeks. If you need a bye-week fill-in, he is likely your best option.

A.J. Feeley – QB

A.J. Feeley

Going on match-up alone here and I am assuming Sam Bradford will still be out. Arizona is awful against the pass and you can guarantee Feely is available in your league (owned in <1% of all leagues). With the emergence of Brandon Lloyd and Greg Salas he has good receivers and a solid running back to open up the passing game. Realistic expectations is 10-12 points.

Javon Ringer – RB

Javon Ringer

Another speculative add here, but Ringer has clearly outproduced Chris Johnson to this point in the season. In fact, I would argue almost any running back in the NFL would have outproduced CJ2K to this point. The Titans aren’t in a position to bench Johnson, but they certainly can’t afford to put the workload on his back. Assuming a 50/50 split for the rest of the season, Javon Ringer’s value is on par with the likes of James Starks, Ben Tate, Ryan Torain, and Delone Carter.

Kevin Faulk – RB

Kevin Faulk

As noted in my Sunday Notes, Kevin Faulk is a favorite of Bill Belichik and stands to see a large part of the work load going forward. After only practicing for one week the Patriots trusted him enough to take six carries. It is also interesting that Danny Woodhead and Stevan Ridley didn’t touch the ball in the game. BGJE probably has the goal line work but with the guarnateed touches alone, Faulk is a solid add.

Antonio Brown – WR

Antonio Brown

Brown is Mike Wallace 2.0. He has all the intangibles of a great NFL receiver and he has enough speed to be a deep threat (which he is). He is a PPR monster and an above average play in standard formats. If he is available in your league, which there is a good chance of, he is almost a must add. Dangerous match-up this week against Baltimore, but following Baltimore are some favorable match-ups.

Demaryius Thomas – WR

Demaryius Thomas

Leave Thomas here to reiterate I believe he is the long term option in Denver.

From last week: Not so much for this week but for the rest of the season. With Brandon Lloyd gone and Eric Decker getting all the attention (for now) from defenses Demaryius Thomas is a deep threat waiting to happen. We all know how Tim Tebow makes poor decisions but that actually benefits physical receivers. Once Thomas and Tebow improve their chemistry it is entirely possible he becomes the go to guy.

Brent Celek – TE

Brent Celek

Impossible not to recommend the add after his past two performances. He has 11 catches in his last two games and almost double the targets. He has become apart of the Eagles offense and that is extremely important as Philadelphia starts putting together good match-ups. Week 9 Celek meets the Bears who are dead last in the NFL against tight ends.

Heath Miller – TE

Heath Miller

Another repeat of last week. Same reasoning as Celek.

From last week: Great match up this week for Miller as the Patriots are severely lacking at the linebacker position. Expect Miller to have another 5-7 catch day with a strong possibility for a touchdown. One of the better times this year to use Miller.

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Kicker pick-up of the week: Rian Lindell

D/ST pick-up of the week: Chiefs

Other Potential Pick-ups: Alex Smith(QB), Christian Ponder (BYE) (QB), Alfonso Smith (RB), Delone Carter (RB), Jabar Gaffney (WR), Michael Jenkins (BYE) (WR), Michael Crabtree (WR), Jake Ballard (TE), Jared Cook(TE)

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Week 8 Byes: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Jets, Raiders, Buccaneers
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Christian Ponder – QB

Christian Ponder

His mobility alone makes him a fantasy asset. After you mix in his accuracy he becomes a viable fantasy player during bye-weeks. Hopefully he has Percy Harvin to throw to if not Michael Jenkins becomes ‘the guy’ as well as Visanthe Shiancoe.

John Beck – QB

John Beck

This is just a match-up play. Buffalo ranks 29th in the league against the pass but Beck will be without Santana Moss the only real receiving threat the Redskins have. Thankfully he will still have Fred Davis to his disposal. Good news is that Beck is almost a guarantee to be available in your league. Expect 10-15 points.

DeMarco Murray – RB

DeMarco Murray

Don’t expect him to rack up over even 100 yards a week but here comes another favorable match-up. Felix Jones is unlikely to be back and Tashard Choice shouldn’t steal too many touches as long as Murray continues to show dominance.

Maurice Morris – RB

Maurice Morris

Touch call on this one but seeing as Jahvid Best is still dealing with concussion issues Morris likely gets the start against the Broncos. Expect Morris and Kelland Williams to split carries with Morris getting about 60% of the touches.

Torrey Smith – WR

Torrey Smith

I’ve said all along Torrey Smith is a match-up play and he has the best match-up this season against the Cardinals who rank 31st in the league against opposing receivers. Strong potential for 100 yards and a touchdown in this one.

Demaryius Thomas – WR

Demaryius Thomas

Not so much for this week but for the rest of the season. With Brandon Lloyd gone and Eric Decker getting all the attention (for now) from defenses Demaryius Thomas is a deep threat waiting to happen. We all know how Tim Tebow makes poor decisions but that actually benefits physical receivers. Once Thomas and Tebow improve their chemistry it is entirely possible he becomes the go to guy.

Jeremy Shockey – TE

Jeremy Shockey

He has been arguably the most consistent tight end this season. He has at least three catches in every game but one but no more than four in any. He is a lock for about four catches and fifty yards.

Heath Miller – TE

Heath Miller

Great match up this week for Miller as the Patriots are severely lacking at the linebacker position. Expect Miller to have another 5-7 catch day with a strong possibility for a touchdown. One of the better times this year to use Miller.

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Kicker pick-up of the week: John Kasay

D/ST pick-up of the week: Texans

Other Potential Pick-ups: Matt Cassel (QB), Matt Hasselbeck (QB), Montario Hardesty (RB), Michael Bush *BYE* (RB), Steve Breaston (WR), Doug Baldwin (WR), Damian Williams (WR), Jake Ballard (TE), Ed Dickson (TE)

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Week 7 could be the most painful of all the bye-weeks this season. So many big names are sitting this week and it is all but a certainty you are here because your team needs some fill-ins, fast. Well I have good news, there are some fantastic names on the waiver wire this week due to injuries and trades and they can be plugged into your line-up ASAP with high confidence. The more stars the better!

Week 7 Byes: Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles, 49ers
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Tim Tebow – QB

Tim Tebow

If you need a quarterback and Tim Tebow is still available in your league this is an absolute no-brainer. What he lacks in quarterback stats he more then makes up for in running. He is all but a guarantee for 50-60 yards and a score every week on the ground in addition to his throwing, which is poor at best sometimes. Tebow is the poor mans Cam Newton or Michael Vick right now. Don’t forget Tebow was the MVP of last seasons fantasy playoffs.

Carson Palmer – QB

Carson Palmer

The world is coming to an end! Reports are slowly coming out that the Raiders are just a few signatures away from acquiring Palmer from the Bengals. The outlook for the Raiders have never been more promising and Palmer is a huge add this week assuming he passes all physicals.

DeMarco Murray – RB

DeMarco Murray

It is looking more and more like Felix Jones is going to be out for at least this Sundays game. Dallas plays the winless Rams who are 28th in the league in run defense. Between Murray and Tashard Choice, Murray looks like the more explosive and elusive back and could easily post top-15 numbers this week, if not better.

Montario Hardesty – RB

Montario Hardesty

With the uncertainty if Peyton Hillis is going to play this week, for whatever reason, Hardesty stands to take over his roll. Throughout the season you could easily make the case Hardesty has looked better then Hillis making this switch easier to trust. I would slightly recommend Murray over Hardesty (for one we don’t know if Hillis will play) but only until we have clarity over both cases.

James Jones – WR

James Jones

I don’t like recommending Jones, but it is hard to argue his recent production. However, he had one catch last week. It is impossible to predict from game to game if he will even have a catch let alone touchdowns, which is needed for him to have a fantasy relevant day. If you are in a deeper league, or feeling lucky, give Jones a look.

Greg Little – WR

Greg Little

We could finally have a fantasy relevant wide receiver in Cleveland. Greg Little was plugged into the starting line-up in week 6 and he looked great. Going forward he could easily move his way into WR2 status. During a bye-week he is almost a must-start in all leagues 10 teams or more.

Benjamin Watson – TE

Benjamin Watson

Yes, I am extremely bothered by how many Browns I am recommending, this bye-week is very painful. However, his recommendation is simply based on how little tight ends there are to choose from this week. After Watson the only other possible names are Heath Miller, and Fred Davis. Both of them are owned in most leagues. Watson has been hit or miss since last year but he is easily capable of a touchdown every week and he faces a below average Seattle defense.

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Kicker pick-up of the week: Dan Bailey

D/ST pick-up of the week: Titans

Other Potential Pick-ups: Curtis Painter (QB), Tashard Choice (RB), Delone Carter (RB), Kevin Walter (WR), Steve Breaston (WR), Devin Hester (WR), Visanthe Shiancoe (TE), Heath Miller (TE)

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Hopefully going into week 6 you are still in the chase for your league. More bye-weeks and more injuries so odds are you are looking for the waiver wire. Let’s get into it.

Week 6 Byes: Denver, Tennessee, Kansas City, Arizona, San Diego, Seattle

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Colt McCoy – QB

Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy is the 27th most owned fantasy quarterback yet he is ranked in the top 12 in points per game. He is firing on all cylinders and should be in your line-up if you have to replace a quarterback. Probably wouldn’t feel great about it but hard to argue when he is out producing guys like Phillip Rivers, Joe Flacco, and Ben Roethlisberger.

Rex Grossman – QB

Rex Grossman

Grossman is going up against a weak Eagles defense who is likely about to fire their defensive coordinator or bring in a ‘defensive consultant’ to try and figure out their mess. Philadelphia can’t tackle and there are no signs they are going to figure it out this week. Rex is a great plug-n-play for Week 6.

Jackie Battle – RB

Jackie Battle

Jackie Battle is potentially the best running back free agent of the year. Battle is the back the Chiefs needed to step-up and become a game changer. He has a bye in week 6 but he likely won’t be available on your waiver wire in week 7 when he faces the Raiders. He is worth a high draft priorty unless you have a gaping hole in your line-up.

Delone Carter – RB

Delone Carter

Well you aren’t wrong to try out Delone Carter but it’s hard to get excited about the Colts running game when their feature back couldn’t get it done. Carter is a rookie out of a Syracuse who most people weren’t high on and he hasn’t shown much in his limited roll to prove them wrong. Still, he is likely to be the majority work horse and that makes him a pick-up.  Again, look at the one star I gave him.

Darrius Heyward-Bey – WR

Darrius Heyward-Bey

I am extremely excited to be able to recommend Darrius Heyward-Bey finally. Last week I wrote about how his presence was going to limit Denarius Moore’s production. He didn’t just limit it, he made it go away completely. DHB is fast and explosive. If the Raiders continue to find a way to get this man the ball good things will happen. Did I mention he was fast?

Brandon Pettigrew – TE

Brandon Pettigrew

Felt good about him last week feel good about him again this week. Pettigrew is an integrate part of the Lions passing game and in week 5 he finally found the end zone. Gotta love the situation he is in and there should be no hesitation about starting him as a fill-in for week 6.

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Kicker pick-up of the week: Ryan Longwell

D/ST pick-up of the week: Redskins

Other Potential Pick-ups: Tim Tebow (bye-week), Fred Davis (TE), Benjamin Watson (TE), Greg Little (WR), Earnest Graham (RB), Jacob Hester (RB), Doug Baldwin (WR)

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And the fantasy season really begins. Week 5 means bye-weeks and unless you have huge depth at every position you are hitting the waiver-wire. Thankfully, there are strong pick-ups at every position for quick plug-n-plays and rest of season solutions.

Week 5 Byes: Ravens, Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Rams, and Redskins

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Matt Hasselbeck – QB

Matt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck has showed he is not only a veteran but he can still distribute the ball. With Britt down Hasselbeck still posted solid numbers and has an interesting match-up against an ‘elderly’ Pittsburgh defense. Steelers have shown weakness in all aspects of ball and I like Hasselbeck to put up top-12 numbers.

Curtis Painter – QB

Curtis Painter

I know. Curtis Painter. Guy has one NFL start under his belt and his two scores were purely on the back of Pierre Garcon and bad Tampa 2 tackling. But he has a highly favorable match-up against a banged up Chiefs secondary. Gotta play the match-ups and unless you are in a 20 team league he is available and not an awful fill in.

Stevan Ridley – RB

Stevan Ridley

All bets are off for who will be the starting running back in New England by the end of the season but I do know Stevan Ridley was impressive against the Raiders. He posted better numbers than BenJarvus Green-Ellis and looked better doing it. Ridley is a strong play for the rest of the season and a decent plug-n-play. He is a high risk-high reward play in week 5.

Isaac Redman – RB

Isaac Redman

Assuming Mendelhall can’t go Redman is a fantastic play this week. Tennessee will look to blitz early and often to punish Big Ben which will leave plenty of holes at the line of scrimmage for big gains. Only three stars is just uncertainty of how much of the workload he stands to receive. Looking like maybe a 70/30 split between him and Mewelde Moore. Update: It’s looking more and more like Mewelde Moore will not be playing. Now it’s purely up to how quickly Mendenhall is able to play. Staying at three stars until Mendenhall is officially out.

Preston Parker – WR

Preston Parker

With all the attention Kellen Winslow and Mike Williams are receiving, Preston Parker has slowly become a solid PPR play. In bye-weeks to come he is a great plug-n-play with big upside.

Jared Cook – TE

Jared Cook

If he is still available on your waiver wire pick him up. He was a preseason favorite and still remains a great play every week. With the absence of Kenny Britt there is no better safety blanket then a tight end with speed. Look for Hasselbeck to target Cook early and often. An alternative to Jared Cook would be Brandon Pettigrew. If you need proof Jared Cook is legit, I advise you look here.

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Kicker pick-up of the week: Mike Nugent

D/ST pick-up of the week: Bengals

Other Potential Pick-ups: Ryan Torain (bye-week), Jacoby Jones, Jason Campbell, Brandon Pettigrew, and Earnest Graham.

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