As we get into the bye weeks, you might have some limited options. I tend to focus on lesser names that might not be on your radar as guys to slide right in. Injuries have also piled up now at the wide receiver position, so if a name in the sit section is the only option and have been producing, you can take your shot. However, I would advise you to see if any of the names in the start section this week are out there to be picked up. Check out our rankings, start sit tool, and fantasy football projections for this week to help make those tough decisions.
Robby Anderson @ Minnesota Vikings
Robby Anderson has slowed down a bit over the last few weeks, as we have seen DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel get in on the action a bit more. The volume is still there, which is a positive, and I would imagine we see quite a bit of volume this week against the Vikings. The Vikings have allowed 17 touchdowns to receivers this season. Anderson should have a field day this week in what should be a high scoring game.
Sterling Shepard @ Cincinnati Bengals
Over the last five weeks, the Bengals have allowed 46.9 PPR points per game to wide receivers. That is the 5th most in that span, as receivers have racked up a 61-784-8 line in four games. Sterling Shepard is listed as questionable but is set to play still this week. He had 32 targets over the past four weeks when he returned from his prior injury.
Tim Patrick Vs. New Orleans Saints
Tim Patrick continues to produce this season, averaging 63 yards per game, and has generally been a double-digit fantasy scorer over the course of the season. He has 9, 6, and 8 targets over the last three games, and this week the Broncos should be in a spot where they need to chase some points. The Saints continue to struggle against the pass, and in the past five weeks, they have allowed 43 PPR points per game to receivers. IN five games, they have allowed an 82-967-5 line.
Tyler Boyd Vs. New York Giants
With the season-ending injury to Joe Burrow, there is now a steep drop off who will be throwing the ball to all of these Bengals receivers. Tyler Boyd remains the one I will trust, while Tee Higgins and AJ Green are ones I don’t trust this week. Boyd has produced through the ugly the last few seasons, and I expect that to continue. He has averaged 71 yards per game this season and 6.9 receptions. Boyd should continue to see a decent amount of targets as well.
AJ Green Vs. New York Giants
As mentioned above, AJ Green and Tee Higgins are guys I don’t trust much moving forward. While Brandon Allen is starting over Finley, this is still a disaster situation for this fantasy offensive over the next few weeks. Green had a solid week last week, and Higgins has had a terrific rookie year, but on a week where I struggled to find options to sit, that means there are better options out there.
Darnell Mooney @ Green Bay Packers
Mitch Trubisky is starting this week, which is not appealing against a solid Packers secondary. Green Bay is allowing 33 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, which is the 8th fewest in the league. Mooney had become a better PPR threat over the past few weeks but struggled against the Vikings, which is a concern, as their secondary has been torched most of the year. Both him and Miller get major downgrades this week.
Christian Kirk @ New England Patriots
Christian Kirk is coming off back-to-back dud games in spots where he should have done well. This is a bit of a concern as he heads to New England to face a secondary that has gotten healthier over the last week. Kirk still is very touchdown-dependent and has seen only 5.7 targets per game. He is certainly still viable in deeper leagues, but if you have two WR spots to fill, Kirk isn’t cracking the list of players to slide in.
Travis Fulgham Vs. Seattle Seahawks
Travis Fulgham has suffered from Wentz’s terrible inaccuracy the last two weeks, but the two catches for 16 yards is not great regardless. Now we see a healthy Eagles receiving core return, and Zach Ertz is also likely to play. There could be a log jam for targets, and he isn’t getting those double-digit targets anymore. The big play upside is there, but I don’t want to bank on that this week.
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