The bye weeks are the bane of a fantasy football players existence, and they are upon us once again. It creates a interesting situation that tests the benches of all the players in the league. Some owners who are 3-0 can turn into 3-3 real quick without depth on the bench. On top of that, there are a multitude of injuries affecting bench depth. This is the time where good fantasy players can win their league with solid waiver wire strategy. These are three guys that you should consider picking up.
LeRon McClain - He rushed 17 times for 66 yards against Cleveland and scored two touchdowns, with "starter" Willis McGahee playing. This could be bad news for McGahee owners, but a great situation if you can pick up McClain. He looks to be the goal-line back in Baltimore, but could develop into more in the coming weeks if he can continue to out perform McGahee. He is owned in 13 percent of CBS leagues.
Brady Quinn - Derek Anderson is on a short leash in Clevland and Quinn has already seen more reps in practice. We have seen that the Browns are not squemish about changing quarterbacks early in the season, even in the middle of a game, and Quinn's time might be at hand. If he does get the start, he will be handed the rains of an offense that dominated last season, and he could post big numbers. He is only owned in 12 percent of CBS leagues.
Chansi Stuckey - It is time to pick Stuckey up. He has raised his reception numbers in every game and seems to be becoming more a part of the passing offense. He has a touchdown in every game and seems to be a favorite target of Brett Favre in the red zone. He is only owned in 40 percent of CBS leagues.
Start - Trent Edwards
Edwards threw for a career high 279 yards last week against Oakland and goes into his great match-up with St. Louis this week on a high. He has progressed well through the first couple of weeks of the season, and I think the Rams will provide the perfect match-up for him to explode. I think he will get 300 yards and 2 touchdowns.
------197 yards, 1 TD, 1 2pt, 1 pick - 13 points
Sit - Ben Roethlisberger
He is hurt going into the game against Baltimore, who has only allowed 185 yards through the air in two games with four interceptions. Big Ben will also be without Willie Parker and will have to rely on rookie Reshard Mendenhall for the brunt of the rushing attack. That is not a good combination. I expect 150 yards and a couple picks.
------191 yards, 1 TD and a pick - 11 points
Start - Selvin Young
Selvin Young has only has one touchdown this year and is caught in a weird running back trio in Denver. He has, however, been receiving more carries every week and has been the most effective back for the Broncos. He faces a Kansas City team this week that has allowed 612 yards on the ground this year. The Broncos should build up a big lead early and be running the ball most of the second half, so I expect Young to get at least 20 carries. At his current 6.9 yard average, that is 138 yards. I do not really expect that much, but I do think he can get 100 yards and maybe a touchdown.
------49 yards - 4 points
Sit - Matt Forte
Number do not lie, and Philly has faced Steven Jackson, Marion Barber and Willie Parker and only allowed 137 yards on the ground. That is not good news for Forte, especially since he does not have a very good offense around him. I would expect only about 50 yards from him.
------43 rush, 42 rec - 8 points
Start - Lee Evans
Lee Evans has caught four passes in every game this season but has yet to find the end-zone. I expect that to change this week against a bad Rams team. I think he gets 100 yards and a touchdown.
------88 yards, 1 td, 1 2pt. - 16 points
Sit - Braylon Edwards
He has been a big disappointment this season, and I think it continues for at least one more week. The Browns face a Cincinnati defense that actually been pretty good against the pass this season, but that could be because they played Baltimore and Tennessee. They still played well against the Giants in the first half, and the Browns offense has been bad enough to warrant sitting Edwards. I expect less than 50 yards.
------22 yards, 1 td - 8 points
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