Welcome back!! It's the Buffalo Bills bye week this week, so that means we are able to focus on different teams. We get to see different players. We get to do some scouting of our own for the last 11 games of the season. Along with the Bills, the Bears, Colts, and Raiders have bye weeks as well.
I know a lot of people (me included) have the Bills team defense on our fantasy team. The Bears have probably the best defense in the NFL after the Bills. So, who do we call up, so to say, for one week to cover these guys? As I scour the waiver wire in my league, it looks like the Seahawks Defense may be your best bet. I know I've chosen them earlier in the season against the Bengals, but now they have 5 games under their belts, I think they are meshing. Take out last week's performance where they had 0 fantasy points against the Rams, they have averaged 8.3 fantasy points. They had 15 against the Cardinals, and the extra couple days rest can bode well versus a Browns team that was embarrassed on Monday night.
If you're in a deep league, you probably have one of these team's quarterback on your team. With them out, who do you turn to? I look to a team that has a favorable match-up with a quarterback floating under the radar. Josh Rosen versus the Redskins is drawing my attention. The Dolphins looked fairly competitive when they played against the Chargers, and they have had two weeks to prepare for the Redskins. Pair that with Gruden being fired this week, I can see the Dolphins getting their first win of the season on the back of Rosen.
No Marlon Mack? That's okay, but if your wavier wire for running back is thin, you're going to have to dig deep. I'm looking at Chase Edmonds. He's had limited work the first 4 weeks, but last week he exploded onto the scene with 17.8 fantasy points. He took advantage of injuries to the wide receivers, and he could see the same amount of touches this week against Atlanta. Ride the hot hand, even if it is for only one week.
A couple of big production receivers will need to be replaced this week, and Willie Snead IV seems like a solid choice. The Ravens going against a weak Bengals team is probably the best medicine for the Ravens after losing 2 of their last 3. He isn't the favorite target for Lamar Jackson, but he always has the potential to score.
That brings us to TE. Without Waller or Ebron to go, there seems to be slim pickings on the waiver wire. The one name that stands out to me is Gerald Everett from the Rams. He's had back to back games of 15 and 20 fantasy points, and the Rams have an important match-up against the 49ers. We all saw how terrifying their defense can look this past Monday, so I expect Goff to lean on him as a safety blanket.
With the Bills on their bye week, homer pick of the week is also on hold for the week. One name to keep a lookout for is Duke Williams. He caught all four of his targets on Sunday, and he added on his first career NFL touchdown. His red zone presence is something the Bills are lacking, and adding his production can be huge for the stretch run. He may only catch four or five passes in a game, but one of those could very well be a touchdown each week. It's been the move Bills fans have been wanting all year, so let's see what he can do!