Can’t we just be done with the bye weeks this year? If you are fortunate enough to be out of the bye weeks then you have it made. But for those who aren’t – I have you covered. Here are some bye week filler pickups and drops to help you win this week. Oh, and if you are marching into the playoffs; pick these guys up to strengthen your bench. Depth, depth, depth, is key to winning your league.
QB – Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
The Titans face the Indianapolis Colts in week 11, which is a defense that can be exploited. He has turned his season and team around in recent weeks, especially the week just gone against the Patriots where he had 228 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
He may not be the sexiest name out there but he will win you a week if you need to start him. His remaining games are against the Houston Texans, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Washington Redskins (championship week), and the Colts again. Pick him up now before your league mates see these great matchups and beat you with him.
RB – Rasheed Penny, Seattle Seahawks
Is this finally his time to shine in Seattle? If last week is to go by – then yes! His stats against the LA Rams were 108 rushing yards and a touchdown. Up until last week, you may have had him on your team for the first 2-3 weeks then dumped him. But now it’s a playoff push for your team and you need depth in case of injuries.
He plays the San Francisco 49ers twice before the end of the year and one of the times is week 16, championship week. This week he is running against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football who have given up an average of 18.9 PPR points per game to running backs over the season so far.
Again, add him for depth in case of an injury or, in the event he becomes the permanent lead back in Seattle.
WR – Maurice Harris, Washington Redskins–
If you waited until waivers this week to see what Harris did on the field, we’ll wait no more. He put up 5 catches for 52 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If he is still on waivers scoop him up this week.
Teammate Jamison Crowder is still dealing with an injury, so that will vault Harris into more playing time. If you like points per reception and need to strengthen your bench get Harris now.
TE – Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals
Tight ends are a dime a dozen unless you don’t already own one of the top 5. Last week, Jones put up 5 catches for 51 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs. He may not win you a week – but he is a great plug and play during bye weeks and playing the matchups.
Seals-Jones may well be a direct beneficiary of new Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich’s new play calling too and has some favorable matchups during the last leg of the season, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, and Detroit Lions to name a few.
Just as you want to strengthen your team by adding depth. You also want to cut the fat to make your team better. Get rid of the junk players to add that depth.
RB – Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
With multi news outlets reporting he’s not going to show up to camp this week, that means he will not be eligible to play at all this year. Oh, Le’Veon, why oh why. It’s finally time to cut him and move on. Stop wasting a roster spot on him.
WR – Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears
The Vikings, Giants, Rams, and Packers are his future in the coming weeks. It also doesn’t help that Allen Robinson and Trey Burton are stealing targets away from him on a more regular basis.
Last week against the Detroit Lions, he had 3 targets for no reception. Cut him and move on.
RB – Philadelphia Eagles Backfield
Cory Clement, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams. The Eagles are clearly a passing team and will be for the immediate future. They didn’t go out and trade for an upgrade at the running back position with Ajayi lost on the IR, and with all of the names above playing bit parts each week; that should say they are not committed to the run as other teams are.
Each of these will give you a headache each week as you will not know which one to stick on your starting roster. It’s simply a case of too many chefs in the kitchen, and none of these players will be winning you championships. In the words of the rap group The Beastie Boys, “Mmm Drop.”
by Tyler Belawske – @TylerBelawske