Fantasy Bye Week Saviors | Week 9
Last week we guided you to several solid bye week “saviors” as Christian Ponder, Bernard Scott, Maurice Morris, and the Titans defense all likely helped you squeak out a win in week eight.
We aim to do the same with four more teams resting this week. If you’re missing out on Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Cam Newton, or Maurice Jones-Drew this week perhaps some of the guys we’ve gathered below can help you through your week nine battle:
Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders
Palmer was pretty bad in his first game back from “retirement”, but he’s had two weeks to digest the Raiders’ offense and play around with his weapons. Even if he’s not completely prepared, he should do just fine against a Broncos defense that gave up 45 points to the Lions last week.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
Not feeling the love for Palmer? The here’s a second option. Bradford should be ready to go after sitting out the last two weeks with a high ankle sprain. The best part is he has a new toy in Brandon Lloyd, and he gets the weak Arizona Cardinals defense this week.
Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders
Darren McFadden is still nursing a foot injury, so there’s a chance Bush gets a full load against a weak Broncos defense this week. Even if McFadden plays, Bush should still see a good amount of carries this week, making him a decent Flex play at the worst.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Cleveland Browns
He’s not that exciting and he’s not even guaranteed a role if Peyton Hillis (hamstring) can make it all the way back this week. However, if Hillis misses his third straight game, Ogbonnaya wouldn’t be a horrible spot-start at running back with Montario Hardesty on the shelf (calf).
David Nelson, WR, Buffalo Bills
Nelson is a bit hit-or-miss, but he’s worth a shot this week with number one receiver Steve Johnson likely locked-up by Darrelle Revis.
Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Baldwin caught five balls for 82 yards and a touchdown in just his second NFL game last week. With a matchup against a suspect Miami Dolphins pass defense, he has a solid shot at making it two quality weeks in a row.
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Celek had been very quiet up until two weeks ago, and suddenly he’s riding two touchdowns in his last two games. His role is increasing, and it should stay that way in a big game this week against a Bears defense that isn’t the best against tight ends.
Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
Just about everyone who faces the Colts these days puts up points with ease, so why shouldn’t we expect similar results from an explosive Atlanta offense? Bryant should be busy all day, so feel free to use him this week and even for the long-term, as well.
Atlanta Falcons Team Defense
Sticking with that Falcons/Colts matchup, you have to like Atlanta’s chances going up against a Colts offense that has scored just 17 points in the last two weeks combined. They don’t always dominate, but they certainly have a great chance to do just that in this matchup.
St. Louis Rams Team Defense
If you’re not sold on Atlanta, perhaps you’re up for more of a risk with the potential-ridden Rams. They blew up against New Orleans last week, and get a weak Cardinals team in week nine. If you think they can build off of their huge win, this could be a great week to test them out.
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