Bye weeks definitely make things a little bit more difficult this week, though at a relatively deep position there are numerous options available to you to fill the gap. Who are the ideal sleepers to plug into your lineup? Are there any bigger names that should be avoided, even with the bye weeks? Let’s take a look at how things currently shake out:
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Arizona
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Minnesota
- Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – at Pittsburgh
- Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Arizona
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Dallas
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Oakland
- Devante Adams – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
- Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
- Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
- Golden Tate – New York Giants – at New York Jets
- D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – at Green Bay
- John Brown – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
- Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – at Tampa Bay
- Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
- Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Minnesota
- Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at Pittsburgh
- Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
- JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
- Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
- Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – at Oakland
- Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
- Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – at Indianapolis
- Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Tampa Bay
- Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – at Green Bay
- Josh Reynolds – Los Angeles Rams – at Pittsburgh
- Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
- Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
- Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Chester Rogers – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
- Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
- Bisi Johnson – Minnesota Vikings – at Dallas
- Hunter Renfrow – Oakland Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – vs. Kansas City
- Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
- Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
- Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
- Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
- A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – vs. Kansas City
- Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
- The Minnesota Vikings have allowed 12 TD to opposing wide receivers, including 6 TD over the past four weeks. That plays into the upside of Amari Cooper, who has at least 80 yards in three of the past four games with 2 TD (he has a pair of 100+ yard games over this stretch, including a 226 yard outburst against the Packers). While the matchup is intriguing, it doesn’t necessarily make Michael Gallup a strong play as he struggled against the Giants (2 receptions, 33 yards and 1 TD) while posting less than 50 yards in three straight. While he’s on the WR3 spectrum, Cooper is the significantly better play.
- Over the past three weeks Mike Evans has been targeted 45 times, with 12+ targets in each game. Included in that is back-to-back 180+ yard performances and 3 TD, and there’s a good chance that the good times continue against a Cardinals defense that allowed 3 TD to San Francisco’s wide receivers in Week 9 (they’ve allowed the fifth most points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks). Chris Godwin also needs to be on the WR1 spectrum, though for now Evans is the better option.
- Tyreek Hill has 74+ yards in all four games he’s played since returning from injury, including 4 TD (he’s scored in three of the four games). A matchup with the Tennessee Titans, whose allowed 3 TD to opposing WR over the past two games and the ninth most points per game to opposing wide receivers, just screams of further production. He’s one of the elite, though that’s not news.
- Will this be the week Keenan Allen explodes? He’s gone six straight weeks with 61 yards or less, and hasn’t scored a TD over this stretch. It’s easy to forget that he was at 98+ yards in each of the first three weeks (including 3 TD) and now draws an Oakland defense that’s allowed the most points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks (and the second most overall). It feels like the perfect get right situation, and while Mike Williams also should be in the mix and on the WR2 spectrum, he’s not Allen and doesn’t have the same upside.
- Devante Adams returned in Week 9 and was thrust right into a prominent role, turning 11 targets into 7 receptions. While he gained just 41 yards and failed to find the end zone, he should be able to find significantly more room to work against the Panthers (they’ve allowed the fifth most points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks). While the Packers have several wide receivers and options, Adams is a borderline WR1 immediately.
- Emmanuel Sanders has scored a TD in each of his first two games as a 49er. Against a Seattle defense that’s allowed 812 yards to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks (most in the league), would it be surprising to see him and Jimmy Garoppolo keep things rolling? Seattle’s done well keeping WR out of the end zone over this stretch (2 TD), but don’t bet against Sanders in a game that could devolve into a shootout with Russell Wilson and company.
- There’s been speculation of A.J. Green returning in Week 10, but would you want to trust him with a rookie quarterback under center who he has no rapport with? At best he’d be a risky WR3, at least until we get a better feel for the situation, though for now we’re completely leaving him off the rankings.
- While there’s name appeal for JuJu Smith-Schuster, he’s posted more bad games (three games of 16 yards or fewer) than good over his past five games. That makes him a tough player to trust, especially against a Rams’ secondary that’s been playing better over the past few weeks (tenth fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks).
- With T.Y. Hilton sidelined Zach Pascal stepped up, putting up 5 receptions, 76 yards and 1 TD against the Steelers. Now taking on the Dolphins, whether it’s Jacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer under center he’s a good bet to post another big day.
- It’s easy to just ignore the New York Jets and their “skill” players, but Jamison Crowder has been solid of late (231 yards, 1 TD over the past four weeks) and draws a Giants defense that continues to be porous. While he’s tough to trust as a WR2, he’s a viable WR3 and a decent desperation play.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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