Week 9 of the NFL season brings to us several bye weeks for quarterback prominent teams. This inevitably means that someone out there is going to be looking for a backup quarter they can slide into the lineup and hope he turns out to be a diamond in the rough.
Now if you’re like me, the idea of carrying a backup quarterback all season long is slightly more appealing than having a bird crap on your head. It’s sometimes easier to just wait until your quarterback’s bye week and grab whatever available free agent has the best season stat line with your top waiver wire pick.
It’s a sound strategy and it’s probably the safest way to keep from getting a goose egg at that position. What if you miss out on that top-dog kicker in the waiver order, who should you target next?
My advice for this week is Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell.
I know on the surface it might sound like I’ve gone to a dark and sinister place where injured quarterbacks and draft busts go to die. Still, what Campbell managed to do last week against the vaunted Kansas City Chiefs defense was impressive.
I mean, here’s a guy who has never been able to catch a break in his professional career playing in something like his 19th different offensive system going up against arguably the best pass defense in the NFL to date. The guy hung 289 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions on them. Adding to this feat. he surrendered only one sack to the league’s leading sack defense!
This week, Campbell and the browns go up against the Baltimore Ravens defense, which is ranked 11th in points allowed and 16th in passing yards. In short, the Ravens defense isn’t fit to wash Kansas City’s laundry. With the Talent amassed around him in the passing game, the ceiling is only higher this week for the Browns and Jason Campbell.
Eric Beuning is a Fantasy Football writer for RantSports.com.
Terrance Williams exploded onto everyone’s Fantasy Football radar in the Week 5 game between the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys. Watching both offenses rip through the opposing defenses left an ache in my loins and a pit in my stomach, wishing I could have a piece of those points.
The Cowboys are a team well known for their offensive firepower and as a result, their ranks are usually picked clean before the dust even has a chance to settle on draft day. After that game, a lot of owners rushed to stash Williams. In Week 9, a lot of No. 2 caliber receivers are serving their bye week leaving owners to wonder if now is the time to have Williams crack their starting lineup.
Williams is admittedly a rookie and has a lot to learn about the pro game. He is 6-foot-2 and runs a slippery 4.5 second 40-time. His most important skill, though, is his ability to come back to the quarterback.
This buys him looks and additional targets from quarterback Tony Romo. When often-injured Miles Austin missed the Week 5 game against the Broncos, Williams filled in and produced 151 yards on four catches and his first touchdown. Since that game, he has seen 19 targets, which he has hauled in for 10 catches for 162 yards and three touchdowns. In fact, Williams has scored one touchdown in each of the last four games.
This week, he faces off against a Minnesota Viking defense that is littered with injuries in the secondary that has been nearly hapless against the pass even when healthy.
Williams isn’t going to save your season but with the weak defenses ahead on the Cowboys schedule, he could be a nice Bye week filler for you.
Eric Beuning is a Fantasy Football writer for RantSports.com.
Week 9 of the NFL season brings to us a set of prominent team defenses serving their Bye Week. This inevitably means that someone out there is going to be looking for a backup defense they can slide into the lineup that will get them better than zero points. Now if you’re one of those guys who has less respect for a team defense than you do a dog crap stuck to the bottom of your shoe, then you are probably just going to grab whatever free agent defense has the highest stat line.
It’s a sound enough strategy and it’s probably the safest way to keep from getting a goose egg at that position. What if you miss out on that top dog defense in the waiver order, who should you target next?
My suggestion is the St. Louis Rams‘ Defense.
On paper, the Rams are ranked 22nd in total defense. They are ranked 19th against the pass having surrendered 1,820 yards through the air and 14 touchdowns. Against the run they are ranked a pitiful 29th, having surrendered 929 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns.
So, it sounds like owning them is slightly less appealing than helping your mom shave her armpits.
However, we’re talking about a bye week replacement unit, and not some fantasy gem of a DST that will help save your season in its darkest hour.
The Rams’ defense has been hot lately. If you missed their recent Monday night game against the Seattle Seahawks, they did a heck of a job shutting down a team with a lot of offensive weapons. One of the highlights of the game was Chris Long recording a three-sack performance.
This week, the Rams go against the Tennessee Titans, a team with the 29th-ranked offense and a quarterback who could hurt himself taking a deep breath running a one-dimensional, run-based offense.
The Rams are a young defense that now at midseason is starting to find chemistry and connection in all the moving pieces.
The Rams’ defense won’t save your season, but if you’re looking for a bye week filler, they can probably get you by.
Week 9 of the NFL season brings to us several bye weeks for kicker-prominent teams. This inevitably means that someone out there is going to be looking for a backup kicker they can slide into the lineup and squeeze out more than zero points from the position.
Now if you’re one of those guys who has less respect for a kicker than you do chewing gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe, then you are probably just going to grab whatever kicker is available with the highest stat line.
It’s a sound enough strategy and it’s probably the safest way to keep from getting a goose egg at that position. What if you miss out on that top-dog kicker in the waiver order, who should you target next?
My suggestion would be Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop.
On the season, Succop has 18 field goals attempted and 15 made with a long of 51. He’s also converted 21-of-21 extra point attempts. Since the Chiefs haven’t had their bye yet, this means he is averaging two field goal attempts and 2.6 extra points per game.
This week, the Chiefs go up against the Buffalo Bills, a team that has at times shown a stingy defense, while their offense tends to puke turnovers at random times throughout the game. Even if the Bills turn the ball over and their defense shuts the Chief’s offense down, Succup still has the range to boot a long one through the uprights.
Succop might not save your fantasy season, but he still has the leg and the opportunities in Week 9 to make for a great bye week replacement.