We've got a rough bye slate this week, especially if you're a heavy owner of Green Bay players. Two top quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers and Robert Griffin III), two top running backs (Trent Richardson and Alfred Morris) and a whole host of fantasy-relevant receivers are taking a rest, so it's time to work the wire.
This week, like many people, I hate Doug Martin. I own Martin nowhere and played against him in two leagues, where his monstrous 251-yard, four-TD rushing performance totally destroyed my chances of winning. He did the grunt work of wiping out my 75-point lead all by himself. Thanks for that, Doug Martin. I hate you almost as much as Jamaal Charles.
Ryan Tannehill, MIA – I'm endorsing Tannehill as a bye-week filler for you Rodgers and RGIII owners, as he's been playing reasonably well and has a juicy matchup coming with the Titans, whose defense has simply been gashed in every possible way this year.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF – There are two things we know about the Patriots: You can throw on them, and you're going to have to throw on them. Expect the Bills to stay aggressive by letting Fitzpatrick – who threw for 350 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in Week 4 against New England – air it out early and often.
Isaac Redman, PIT – Redman's the flavor of the week in Pittsburgh after popping off for a career-high 147 yards, but the same cautionary tale applies to him now that applied to him earlier this year, that applies to Rashard Mendenhall, that applies to Jonathan Dwyer. All those backs are banged up and it's highly unclear who's going to handle the Steelers' rushing load from week to week.
Marcel Reece, OAK – Last week, Reece startlingly led Oakland – which got 414 passing yards from Carson Palmer – in receiving, hauling in eight catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. Although he didn't record a carry, Reece has been very active catches balls out of the backfield this year and could see his role expand with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both nursing high-ankle injuries.
James Starks, GB – I still prefer Alex Green (who rushed for a far better average this week) to Starks, but carries are value and Starks outcarried. Of course, the Packers are on bye this week.
Brian Hartline, MIA – Hartline's groin injury and inconsistent performances got him dropped to the wire in many leagues, but he returned with a vengeance against the Colts, catching eight balls for 107 yards. When healthy, Hartline is clearly the top target in Miami's offense. With a big bye week coming up, there'll be plenty of use for Hartline in fantasy leagues.
T.Y. Hilton, IND – Hilton hadn't put up a big game since his 113-yard output in Week 3 against Jacksonville, but he went off for six catches, 102 yards and a touchdown against Miami last week. Next up: a rematch with Jacksonville, followed by fantasy-friendly matchups against New England, Buffalo, Detroit and Tennessee.
Danario Alexander, SD – Alexander caught all three of his targets for 61 yards Sunday, and coach Norv Turner said he'll "be a big part of what we do," and with Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal out with injuries, Alexander's the clear No. 2 target in the San Diego passing game. At 6-5, 215, he's a huge target, and more importantly, he's healthy.
Brandon Myers, OAK – I suggested Myers earlier in the year, but after his eight-catch (on 13 targets!), two-TD performance against Tampa, it's time to gently suggest him again. I'm strongly considering cutting Jermichael Finley for him in one league.