NFL Soup|Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Week 6 Fantasy Bye Week Replacements 

Green Bay has to upgrade over Starks and co. at running back.

Another week of NFL bye weeks is coming, and on top of that any numbers of fantasy owners could be looking for some fill-in replacements due to injuries, as well.

If you’re hurting because of injuries or because you have to carry on without Bears, Saints, Panthers and Jaguars fantasy options. That means studs like Drew Brees, Brandon Marshall, Cam Newton and Maurice Jones-Drew can’t be used, and you’re likely in the prowel for some bye week saviors.

We’ve got you covered in this week’s bye week replacements column. Remember, every guy here is simply a suggestion to help get you through week six, and not a lock to carry season-long success.

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Ponder is out there in over 70% of leagues and faces a dreadful Redskins pass defense this week. He threw his first two interceptions of the year last week, but he otherwise takes care of the ball and should be able to take advantage of this matchup. He’s a solid play in week six.

Kevin Kolb, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Provided John Skelton (ankle) doesn’t make his return this week, Kolb might be a sneaky play against a bad Bills defense. Buffalo really hasn’t stopped anyone consistently, and has gotten flat-out abused in several games this year. Kolb has a shaky o-line but with no realible ground game, he’ll be throwing a lot again in week six.

Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots

New England shuffles their running backs, and despite their great success the past two weeks, it’s hard to put much faith in any one of them. Stevan Ridley is the guy you want, but due to fumbling issues arising again, Bolden could find a nice role again this week. He does face a brutal Seahawks defense, but the Patriots are committed to running this year so you can’t rule him out.

James Starks/Alex Green, RB, Green Bay Packers

Cedric Benson is out for at least 8 weeks with a bum foot, which means either Starks or Green will take his place in the starting lineup. I like Green’s potential more, but word on the street says the Pack may roll with Starks as their starter – in week six, anyways. They’re not overly strong plays against the Texans, but without Brian Cushing Houston could be a bit softer against the run. Find out who is for sure starting, and if you need them roll with them this week.

William Powell, RB, Arizona Cardinals

I like Powell’s underrated talent and he may get a crack at proving himself against the Bills this week. The big thing going for him is that Buffalo’s defense stinks, and the Cardinals badly want to get their ground game going. He may have to fend off LaRod Stephens-Howling, however, which could potentially limit his value.

Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins

Thomas is the only other guy I feel remotely good about that can help you this week and actually might be available. That is, unless Peyton Hillis is suddenly healthy, although Jamaal Charles should still render him useless. Thomas has scored twice in the past two weeks and can get 6-10 touches depending on the matchup. His opponent this week (St. Louis) can be run on at times, so there’s a chance he finds some moderate success. He’s still nothing more than a Flex option, however.

Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Simpson didn’t do jack last week, but that could change pretty quickly with a bad Redskins pass defense on the docket in week six. Look for him to get more involved and offer up WR3 production this week.

Robert Meachem, WR, San Diego Chargers

My guess is Champ Bailey tries to put the clamps on Malcom Floyd this week and the Broncos make Meachem prove his week five explosion was a fluke. I don’t think it was, so there’s a decent chance he continues his roll on a prime time stage.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

Wright reeled in nine passes last week and we know the Titans can’t run the ball, so we can expect more passes his way in week six. The Steelers aren’t quite the elite defense they’ve been in recent memory and will be without stud safety Troy Polomalu anyways, so Wright could be a solid WR3 again this week.

Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills

Arizona is no easy task this week, but Chandler has 4 scores on the year and is always a threat for a red-zone target or two. Even if he catches one pass for 9 yards and a touchdown he comes out as a winning play on a bye week. If you’re missing Jimmy Graham or Greg Olsen, he’s not a bad replacement at all.

Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans

Cook is explosive and inconsistent in the same breath. However, he has a solid rapport with Matt Hasselbeck, who will start again this week, while he also scored in week five. The Titans will be passing the ball a lot versus the Steelers, so Cook has a shot at solid numbers.

Shaun Suisham, K, Pittsburgh Steelers

Suisham is my favorite kicker this week off the waiver wire. He’s on a solid offense with a tasty matchup against a terrible Tennessee defense. He should get plenty of chances to help save your week six.

Connor Barth, K, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It’s not really that I believe in Tampa Bay’s offense, but that I have even less faith in the Chiefs’ defense. They can come to play every now and then (like they did last week), but that still resulted in 9 points for the Ravens’ Justin Tucker. Barth could see similar production, if not better.

St. Louis Rams DEF/ST

The Rams have been solid in spurts so far this year, but really came to life last week vs. the Cardinals with an insane 9 sacks. I like their chances to be a quality bye week fill-in against the Dolphins and their rookie QB.

New York Jets DEF/ST

New York can be run on, but otherwise showed against the Texans that they will make life hard on the opposition. I think Andrew Luck’s rise could hit a bit of a snag in this one, as he’s on the road against an angry bunch.

About the author: Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts owns and operates NFL Soup and heads the fantasy football division of the site. Roberts also finished 2nd in the Wide Receiver position in Fantasy Pros expert fantasy football rankings in 2010 and 3rd in the Quarterback position in 2011. In addition to running the fantasy football section of the site, Roberts contributes to NFL Soup’s NFL Draft coverage and breaking news reporting. Follow Kevin on Twitter @NFLSoupKevin

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