The first of the bye weeks are upon us, but have no fear, your handy guide to surviving it is here. We’re going to continue the trend of dealing with deeper leagues and avoid the obvious. Are you without Aaron Rodgers this week? If so, then dive right into the lone quarterback start for this week.
Daniel Jones – I know this one sounds like a terrible idea and maybe it is, but if you’re missing A-Aron this week and have no other viable options, then Daniel Jones is your guy. The Giants take on a Dallas Cowboys defense that was just completely dismantled by the Browns. They gave up over 500 yards of total offense and 49 points! The Giants may be a bottom-dwelling team but if you’re in a bind, take a risk on Jones this week and hope the rest of your team is diverse enough to pick up the slack.
You didn’t draft half the Green Bay Packers, right? What the hell are you gonna do during their bye week?
Nick Foles – I wish this one wasn’t so easy to write, being a Bears’ fan myself, but it’s completely clear now that Mitchell Trubisky was not the problem. Matt Nagy’s offense is the problem in Chicago. Nick Foles is owned in over 16% of ESPN leagues and that figure shocked me. There might just be a ton of really deep leagues on ESPN because there is no way that many people trust any quarterback donning a Bears uniform in 2020. If you can, avoid him at all costs, especially against a ferocious Tampa Bay defense that can definitely get to the quarterback.
Running Back Starts
Ronald Jones II – If Chris Godwin missing any more time and O.J. Howard being done for the year isn’t enough for you to start Ronald Jones II this week, then I don’t know what will take. The Bears defense is not good against the run and this week is going to prove it.
On a short week for both teams and playing on the wonderful production that is Thursday Night Football, Jones is bound for a big night. The quick turnaround will not be friendly to the Bears defense and the ground game for Tampa Bay will be their bread and butter as they steamroll their way to another win.
Joshua Kelley – With Austin Ekeler slated to miss a few weeks due to injury, it’s no surprise here that the rookie Joshua Kelley will slide into the top spot for the Chargers. An obvious time-share with Justin Jackson will ensue but I think it’s about time Kelley gets his starting opportunities against a struggling New Orleans Saints team.
Running Back Sits
Derrick Henry – Amid a COVID-19 outbreak throughout the Titans’ organization and an incredibly stupid organized practice against the rules of the NFL, the Titans are still scheduled to play the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. Without any practice, Derrick Henry will have a tough time against a good Bills defense. If the game gets postponed or even if the league forces the Titans to forfeit the game as punishment, then this benching becomes unavoidable regardless. Find someone to replace Henry, just in case, and consider him a flex option at best if this game does go on as planned.
Wide Receiver Starts
Robby Anderson – The Panthers play the Falcons this week and that should be enough for you to start Robby Anderson.
Ok fine, if I must go on then I will. The Falcons secondary has allowed the most touchdowns this season and they are atrocious. Robby Anderson has built a nice rapport with Teddy Bridgewater and has a combined 28 catches for 377 yards and a touchdown through the first quarter of the season. He will definitely take the top off this Atlanta defense and I expect him to find the end zone for the first time since week one.
Jamison Crowder – Last week, Crowder hauled in seven receptions for 104 yards. He didn’t find the end zone, but in PPR formats he still notched over 17 fantasy points. This week, the Jets are starting Joe Flacco at quarterback! I know, I couldn’t believe he was still in the league either. Flacco should be a competent step up from Sam Darnold and that should give Crowder plenty of work against the Cardinals.
Wide Receivers Sits
Kenny Stills – Do not be fooled by his double-digit fantasy points last week. Houston is a mess currently and they just fired head coach Bill O’Brien. If you’re in a deep league and can’t find anyone else worth starting, then this isn’t a terrible option. However, from the looks of it, the Texans are going to be praying to get through this season and forget about it. Kenny Stills isn’t even worth being rostered at this time, and barring any injuries to Will Fuller, Stills should remain off your roster completely.
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