These are the weeks that seem to make or break a team. The bye weeks really let you know how good (or bad) you drafted. For those owners who live on the waiver wire, you might be wheeling and dealing to pick up that “one week wonder” (Torrey Smith anyone?) in hopes he hits it big. For other owners if you are riddled with an injury plagued team you might need to make some major decisions in order to start a full team.
Some times owners will make a tough decision to drop a player who isn’t on a bye, but might be considered a potential “diamond in the rough” so you grab them. These are also when you might sacrifice that second defense or that second TE in order to pick up a player. We continue to see some new names dot the watch list, with a few making a return appearance.
Harry Douglas ATL (2-57)
The ATL went run heavy on Sunday, but Douglas is still relevant with Julio Jones sidelined. The offense is still clicking and even with only 14 completions by Matt Ryan Douglas was targeted 4 times, but his production hasn’t been overly impressive as 57 yards is his season high. He might make a worthwhile bye week cover if you are in need of a WR. ATL faces DET next week.
Jerome Simpson CIN (6-101)
Simpson heads into the bye week coming off his best performance of the year, 6-101 yards (9 targets). Dalton continues to target Simpson, now 41 times on the season. He complements AJ Green well and led the team on Sunday. Unfortunately he has yet to find the end zone on the year. Hopefully he can put his “off the field activities” behind him and focus on football. Look for him in week 8 vs SEA.
Danario Alexander STL (6-91)
As long as Alexander and stay healthy (knees) he looks to perform well. He started in place of Sims-Walker on Sunday and recorded a team high, 91 yards. Bradford targeted Alexander 10 times in the thrashing by GB. As long as STL continues to play from behind, Alexander should be a viable WR. Be wary of Mark Clayton returning (PUP) and the possible addition of Brandon Lloyd from DEN, reuniting with Josh McDaniels.
Naaman Roosevelt BUF (1-60-1 TD)
Roosevelt has hit the fantasy radar after Donald Jones went down, he played okay vs PHI and on Sunday was only targeted 2 times, but one was a 60-yard TD reception from Fitzpatrick. There is a possibility he will become a bigger factor in the Bills offense, but there might be some other WRs available who will provide you a better option. Consider him high risk, low valued play right now.
Greg Little CLE (6-72)
In week 6, Little lead the Browns in receptions and yards as he got his first start of the season. It’s the second week has caught 6 balls as McCoy will target him as his #1 WR in the offense. Little could be worth a look as McCoy is still averaging 43 attempts a game. CLE is home versus SEA in week 7.
Arrelious Benn TBB (3-83-1 TD)
He’s caught more TD passes than Mike Williams, while that might not be good enough for some Benn played well on Sunday. His previous performance hasn’t been too consistent with some 1 catch games. On the season he has 15 catches (24 targets) and 243 yards to lead the Bucs receiving corp. This victory might have turned TB around and we could see Freeman putting up stronger numbers. Week 7 TB plays the Bears.
Devin Hester CHI (5-91-1 TD)
He departed the game early with a chest injury but not before making a big impact against the Vikings. HE hauled in a 48-yard TD pass in the first quarter, followed by a 98-yard kickoff return. This is the sort of explosiveness Hester has and can be an impact player. We will have to see what the injury does for his status in week 7 vs TB. He could be serviceable as a replacement player for a bye week.
Donald Brown IND (5-13-1 TD, 2-16)
It was Brown and Delone Carter combining in the backfield for Indy (Addai out) his while his performance wasn’t great he did average 7 YPC and score a TD. With the possibility of Addai being out next week, Brown could be serviceable as a bye week replacement. Indy travels to NO in week 7.
DeMarco Murray DAL (10-32, 1-7)
Murray got a bulk of the work on Sunday vs NEP after an injury sidelined Felix Jones. Going forward Murray has a bigger upside than does Choice. If Jones cannot go because of the sprain ankle, it will be an RBBC with Murray as the better option. Dallas played STL in week 7.
Earnest Graham TBB (17-109, 2-22)
Starting in place of LaGarrette Blount on Sunday vs NOS, Graham put up some very good numbers, averaging 6.4 YPC he finished the day rushing for 109 yards. Even though he did not score he did prove to be a worthwhile starter on the day. In week 7 Tampa Bay travels to London to face the Bears. If Blount cannot go look at starting Graham again.
Maurice Morris DET/Keiland Williams DET
The concussion suffered by Jahvid Best this weekend might see him on the injury report or worse on the sideline. While he has remained healthy though 6 weeks, the concussion is always a concern. He dealt with them in college, which raised flags in the NFL. He will have to go through a battery of tests this week in order to play. If he doesn’t watch for Morris, Williams possibly Jerome Harrison splitting time.
Jake Ballard NYG (5-81)
One of the positions that have brought many names to the forefront this year has been the TE. On Sunday Ballard continued his little scoring streak catching 5-81 yards, although he didn’t score as he did the previous 2 weeks. His role continues to expand in the Giants offense. NYG are on a bye in week 7 and play MIA in week 8.
WR: Victor Cruz NYG, Doug Baldwin SEA, Darius Heyward-Bey OAK, Jerome Simpson CIN, Early Doucet ARI, Damian William TEN, James Jones GBP
TE: Joel Dreessen HOU
RB: Jackie Battle KCC, Delone Carter IND, Jacob Hester SDC
Notables: Jonathan Dwyer PIT RB, Brandon Pettigrew DET TE
WR: Lavelle Hawkins TEN, Damian Williams TEN, Laurent Robinson DAL, Josh Morgan SFO, Victor Cruz NYG, Doug Baldwin SEA, Jacoby Jones HOU
RB: Issac Redman PIT, Mewelde Moore PIT, Ryan Torain, Stevan Ridley
QB: Andy Dalton CIN
WR: Victor Cruz NYG, Torrey Smith BAL, Nate Washington TEN, Donald Jones BUF
RB: Kendall Hunter SFO, Bernard Scott CIN, Daniel Thomas MIA, Alfonso Smith ARI
Notables: James Casey TE HOU
WR: Nate Washington TEN, David Nelson BUF, Eric Decker DEN
TE: Scott Chandler BUF, Evan Moore CLE, Fred Davis WAS
RB: Roy Helu WAS, Thomas Jones KCC, Dexter McCluster KCC
Notables: Preston Parker, WR TBB, Antonio Brown, WR PIT, Titus Young, WR DET, Brandon LaFell, WR CAR
WR: Randal Cobb GBP, Early Doucet ARI, Ted Ginn SFO, Eric Decker DEN
TE: Ben Watson CLE, Evan Moore CLE, Fred Davis WAS
RB: Darren Sproles NOS, Marcel Reece OAK, Carnell Williams STL
Notables: Jason Avant WR PHI, David Nelson WR BUF, Jacoby Ford WR OAK, Brian Hartline WR MIA
WR: Eric Decker DEN, Antonio Brown PIT, Brian Robiskie CLE
RB: Delone Carter IND, Roy Helu WAS, Deji Karim JAX
Notables: Kendall Hunter RB SFO, DeMarco Murray RB DAL, Stevan Ridley RB NEP, Jerome Harrison RB DET, Greg Little RB CLE, Jerome Simpson RBCIN, Dezmon Briscoe WR TBB, Denario Alexander WR STL