Scheduled bye weeks begin this week, and COVID bye weeks are starting to show up. Injuries rear their ugly head again. So where do we go from here? I have the roadmap to show you through the waiver wire and find those hidden gems that can help vault your team to victory this week.
Teams on Bye: Packers and Lions
Quarterback: Nick Foles
The new Bears starting Quarterback had a lackluster day on Sunday against the Colts, only mustering 11 points. The week prior, he had a 3 touchdown 4th quarter to cap a comeback against the Falcons. So which version of Foles will we get Thursday night against the Buccaneers? That I yet to be seen, but just know the Bucs defense is reeling after rookie QB Herbert lit them up in a shocking shootout. Foles has won head to head matchups against Tom Brady in the past, and I see Foles winning again on Thursday night.
Running Back: D'Ernest Johnson
Nick Chubb is looking to miss at least 6 weeks due to an MCL sprain. Cleveland has a guy named Kareem Hunt that will be the primary backup, but D'Ernest Johnson had equal touches on Sunday when Chubb when down. Johnson rushed the ball 13 times for 95 yards, and he will be used more between the tackles and on the goal line against the Colts.
Wide Receiver: Chase Claypool
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off of an impromptu bye week, which could be good or bad depending on who you are a fan of. If you're a fan of the Eagles, you do not like seeing this. The Steelers pass defense is lethal, and the Eagles pass secondary is suspect at best. Claypool busted onto the scene week 2 with a big 70+ yard touchdown, and it is entirely possible for it to happen again against Philly.
Tight End: Gerald Everett
Everett had a big year last season, but he has seemed to fade into obscurity this season. He had a rushing touchdown last week, but he also lost a fumble. LA travels to Washington to play the Football Team. Washington has been mediocre so far this season, and look for Gerald Everett to make some more noise this coming week.
Defense/Special Teams: Houston Texans
On Monday, Houston fired their head coach Bill O'Brien. Romeo Crennel is taking over the reigns of the team, I believe the Texans have something to prove. They are playing against the Jaguars, and divisional games always carry extra juice. This defense is going to show their 2019 form, and bring a slight glimmer of hope back to the Texans fan base.
Kicker: Jason Sanders
The Miami kicker hit all 5 of his field goals on Sunday against the Seahawks. Miami travels to San Francisco to take on a depleted 49ers team. Will this be the last week of Fitzpatrick? Will this be the week we see Tua? Either way, I expect the Dolphins to move the ball down the field and put Sanders in position to continue to put up points.
Homer Pick of the Week: Isaiah McKenzie
We saw a lot of Isaiah McKenzie early on Sunday, and we saw him carry the ball on a critical 4th and short. He has shown explosion coming around the corner on jet sweeps and pop passes, and he has the ability to run drag routes and short routes. The Titans might have a lot of guys on the COVID list missing the game Sunday, one of those guys is Correa, their athletic linebacker. With John Brown still nursing a calf injury and Cole Beasley having a foot issue after Sunday, McKenzie looks to set up in the short passing game.