SIX teams on a bye … why does the NFL do this … WHY!?!?! Add in that everyone is hurt and if your bench looks like mine … I am truly sorry.

Here are a few players by position I expect to have solid fantasy days whp may be slightly off your radar:


• Matt Ryan
• Tua Tagovailoa
• Sam Darnold
• Jimmy Garoppolo

Ryan has been terrific his last three games. Tagovailoa has been solid and the matchup is ideal. Darnold has the matchup but I know is tougher to trust after his last three games.

Running Back:

• Rashaad Penny
• Devonta Freeman/Le’Veon Bell
• Kenneth Gainwell

Running back is a mess this week since so many backs are dinged up. Penny is a terrific start if Collins (hip) is out, as he should be activated off IR. Freeman and Bell have some appeal if Latavius Murray (ankle) is out. Philly is tough to understand with how their offense runs, but in a game that should be high-scoring, Gainwell is a sneaky play.

Wide Receiver:

• Kalif Raymond
• Brandon Aiyuk
• Zach Pascal
• Russell Gage (pick him up now, even if you don’t use him)

Raymond has been getting targets and the Lions will probably need to throw a bunch against the Rams. Aiyuk is coming off a bye and going up against a now-bad Colts secondary. Could this be the week we have been waiting for? Pascal could be WR2 for the Colts this weekend with Parris Campbell out and T.Y. Hilton’s status unclear.

Tight End:

• O.J. Howard
• Ross Dwelley

Dwelley will be filling in for George Kittle, so there is some red-zone opportunities. With Howard, Rob Gronkowski is still out and Antonio Brown will miss the game, too … so who knows.

Sleeper defense: Green Bay Packers

Need a kicker? Chris Blewitt — just because it’s the greatest kicker name ever!

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