Thinking again to a couple months in the past earlier than fantasy soccer season began, I attempt to recall the entire many components I included into my draft technique. As a fantasy nerd, a few of the issues I thought of are virtually embarrassing to confess. Almost.
For instance, I watched a number of Florida Atlantic University video games from 2018 to make certain about Bills rookie Devin Singletary (it seems to be paying off). Basically, I left no stone unturned in my mad pursuit of bragging rights with my equally aggressive associates.
Yet even with the entire further analysis, there was one place the place I drew the road. With only a few exceptions, I’ve by no means taken a participant’s bye week into consideration.
If I select the best workforce of all time and all of the gamers have their bye on a selected week, my logic is that I’ll take the loss and transfer on.
This technique has by no means let me down, so far as I can keep in mind. It appears remarkably silly to keep away from drafting a wonderfully gifted participant primarily based on nothing aside from his bye week (a factor that, by definition, solely occurs as soon as).
Of course, should you plunge forward in your draft heedless of bye weeks, the invoice comes due in some unspecified time in the future. You inevitably run into a well-known fantasy soccer drawback: Bye week jail, when a number of necessary gamers in your lineup haven’t any sport.
Generally, the bye week jailer comes for you at an particularly inconvenient time. This yr, the most important variety of NFL byes happen this week. You’re most likely conscious of this should you’re a Patriots fan (Denver, Philadelphia, Washington, Jacksonville, and Houston are additionally on byes).
Week 10 is the interval the place most groups are battling to make a playoff push, or hold their season alive by staving off a ruinous seventh loss (sure, that’s me in my workplace league). In different phrases, chances are you’ll not be capable to afford merely taking the loss and shifting on.
In order to keep away from this, you’re going to wish to dig deep on the waiver wire. Here are a number of gamers who could be accessible in your league:
Daniel Jones, quarterback — I ought to preface this by once more noting that Jones is price contemplating provided that your quarterback is on a bye and also you’re in desperation mode. He’s accessible in 63.2 % of ESPN leagues and 69 % of Yahoo! leagues. This won’t be a complete shock (he’s a rookie on a 2-7 workforce), however do not forget that Jones is taking part in the Jets this week.
The Jets’ protection has been particularly poor defending the slot, which may very well be nice information for Giants receiver Golden Tate. Jones has been fantasy quarterback within the weeks when he’s confronted subpar defenses (the Buccaneers and Lions). The Jets fall into that class, making this a possible rewarding roll of the cube.
Ty Johnson, operating again — True, Johnson hasn’t precisely set dashing information since turning into the Lions’ starter. This week, nevertheless, he faces a Bears protection that’s been stunning vulnerable to surrendering yards on the bottom. In three of their final 4 video games, the Bears have given up greater than 140 dashing yards.
Johnson was on the sphere for 62 % of the Lions’ offensive snaps in Week 9. He won’t be the following Barry Sanders, however his presence in an offense led by a resurgent Matthew Stafford might result in a decent level complete.
DeVante Parker, huge receiver — Despite taking part in for the Dolphins, Parker’s circumstances really look respectable. His quarterback is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who’s a reliable passer. Even wanting past this week, his schedule down the stretch appears nice (together with matchups in Week 14-16 in opposition to the Jets, Giants, and Bengals).
Added to that’s Parker turning into the undisputed high receiver within the offense following Preston Williams’s season-ending knee damage. If he’s accessible in your league, add him now.
Jason Witten, tight finish — Trying to discover a viable possibility at tight finish on the waiver wire has been one of many biggest challenges in fantasy this season. It’s principally a sport of roulette. But taking a spin with Witten in your lineup might repay. He’s nonetheless accessible in just below half of the leagues on each ESPN and Yahoo!
Unlike a few of the different choices at tight finish, Witten appears to have a measure of consistency. He’s had at the least three catches in each sport, which sounds meager till you do not forget that we’re speaking concerning the tight finish place. Regardless, Witten is a reliable goal for Dak Prescott, and will assist you escape bye week jail.