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Week Six: Fantasy Focus During the Cowboys' Bye

It's Saturday, so it's time to talk some fantasy football. Because many of us have Dallas players on our FF squads, let's take a look at some players who can fill in during this week. Along with the Cowboys, the 49ers, Colts, and Dolphins are also on their byes.

Using SBN's fantasy site, I've snagged three players at each position who may be decent waiver pickups, or who have favorable enough matchups to help get you that much needed win. Who knows? One of these guys could prove to be that sleeper that you can use throughout the season.

Make the jump for some FF chit-chat.

Note: The following player descriptions and predictions are from a hodgepodge of sources, which include fantasy insiders as well as writers from SBN's NFL blogs.


Matt Hasselbeck: The Arizona pass defense has given up the most yards per game through the air of any team this year and Hasselbeck is coming off a monster game at home. I expect more of the same.

Jason Campbell: A "hot seat" coach has to fight and claw to prove to management he belongs. Zorn was brought here to mentor and groom Campbell and install an innovative offense (hold comments on this for another post.) If he is going to get fired, I see him going down swinging for the fences. Jason Campbell will once again be throwing early and often. He has thrown a few more interceptions this season than you would like to see, but the Chiefs did just give up a 250-yard performance to Miles Austin. You have to think that before we hit the meat of our schedule, Zorn is going to go all-out with his passing game to rev it up. To me, that makes Jason Campbell a must-start.

David Garrard, JAX: This is the third week in a row I've recommended Garrard. The first week he was lights out fantasy sizzle. Last week against a team he should have lit up he was fantasy fizzle. Losing his best wide receiving threat, Mike Sims-Walker, hurt his day. This week he gets the lowly St. Louis Rams to beat up on.

Running Backs

Sammy Morris: Morris has always been known as a hard-nosed runner, but he also has some play-making ability, recording a 19-yard run and 35-yard catch on Sunday. Meanwhile, Laurence Maroney had only five carries for 21 yards with no receptions. For whatever reason, New England doesn't seem to trust Maroney so it wouldn't be a surprise if Morris continues to be the featured back, especially while Fred Taylor (ankle) is out.

Leon Washington: When the Jets were moving the ball last Monday night it was usually behind Leon Washington. He is clearly the superior talent to Thomas Jones at this point and Buffalo’s pass defense is stout, but their run defense not so much. The Jets will need to run to win.

Tim Hightower - Hightower has quietly become very productive in PPR leagues. If you're in a PPR league, the Cards RB has a nice match-up against the Seahawks this weekend, and should post solid fantasy numbers.

Wide Receivers

Mike Wallace - Wallace has a better yards-after-catch than both Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes. The Steelers will be giving the Browns a lot of Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall this week, meaning they will be susceptible to the deep ball. Wallace is their deep threat receiver. He's still available in most free agent pools. Oh did I mention Santonio Holmes is having wrist issues and Hines Ward has missed practice this week for undisclosed reasons?

Jeremy Maclin: Maclin got his second career start last week and responded with a ridiculous performance catching six passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. The Buccaneers seemed to focus their gameplan on taking Desean Jackson out of the game by playing bracket coverage against him. The plan worked against Jackson, holding him to just one catch, but Maclin absolutely ate up the single coverage.

Donnie Avery: The Jags pass defense is poor to worthless. The St. Louis Rams offense is about the same. But there was a glimmer of hope last weekend when Marc Bulger returned and threw a nice touchdown pass to Avery. Bulger will be in and Avery is the clear #1 wide receiver. This game could be a shootout and Avery could be a beneficiary.

Tight Ends

Jermichael Finley: There are lots of TEs producing, so he’s not a start for most teams. But against the Vikings, he had a 120 yard, 1 TD outburst that doubled his career stats in one game. And it wasn’t a fluke; his talent is real. If you’re looking for a TE to start on the bye week, take a look at him.

Ben Watson: Anyone remember Watson's 2 TD performance against the Bills in the opening weekend? Tennessee may get a firsthand reminder. They've already given up 389 yards and 3 TDs to tight ends.

Todd Heap: Faces the league's worst at surrendering points to tight ends: the Vikings.

Defenses/Special Teams

Green Bay Packers: The bye week allows a fully rested unit to face off against the Detroit Lions. Dom Capers has now had two weeks to prepare his defense for a shaky Detroit offense. In addition to an excellent pass rush, the Packers' secondary figures to shine this week. Look for this defense to get off the field on 3rd downs and to rack up sack and turnover points.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Certainly, we'd understand you not wanting to take a chance on a defense that just had 41 points hung on them to the tune of negative-6 fantasy points. But the Jaguars are playing against St. Louis, which seems to be quite the elixir this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jake Delhomme stinks. 'Nuff said. He'll commit two or more turnovers on his own, get sacked a few times and those points alone will make this defense one to take a look at, surprisingly.

After five weeks of fantasy footballing on FleaFlicker, just one team still remains undefeated in the BTB and BTB Part Deux fantasy leagues. Here's what's up in BTB's world of FF.

The Lone Undefeated (4-0)

kill everbody

Almost Perfect (4-1)

Maui Paniolo Boyz

Same as the Cowboys (3-2)

BigRigga31's Team
Official Spoiler
Doomsday Redux
Reykjavik Roughnecks
Speed of Dark

Deuces are Wild (2-3)

Ron Mexico's Mad Dogs
Dallas Destroyers
Paper Cranes
The Doomsday Defense Reborn

One is the Loneliest Number (1-4)

Second Chance
My Team Sucks
Felix Jones At Every Position

Many BTBers seem to be FF junkies. If you've got a fantasy dilemma, feel free to post it here for your BTB brethren to analyze. Let's help each other out! And, for all your fantasy football needs, SBNation's fantasy webpage is chock full of informational updates to help you set up your team from week-to-week.

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