The first bye week of the season is upon the fantasy football nation. If you are looking for some spot starters, you might find a few below.
- Brian Griese @ Detroit: IF you need a spot start, Griese is a hot play this week. The timing for his first start is perfect as he goes against a Lions’ secondary that got torched by Donovan McNabb and the Eagles last weekend. This is a perfect opportunity for Griese to assert himself and the long-term solution at QB for the Bears.
- Steve McNair @ Cleveland: Even if he cannot last the entire contest, McNair should have enough time to bolster his fantasy numbers against the weak Cleveland secondary.
- Thomas Jones @ Buffalo: It is TJ’s turn to run against a fantasy-friendly rush defense.
- Ron Dayne @ Atlanta: If Ahman Green is a no-go, Dayne should light up the Atlanta defense.
- Chris Chambers v. Oakland: Three straight weeks of consistent production. He is averaging 100 yards per game. He should throw in the same production this week, and a touchdown to boot.
- Dwayne Bowe @ San Diego: Bowe clearly is establishing himself as the go-to WR in the Chiefs offense. Kansas City may be forced to pass the ball — a lot — to keep up with the Chargers this weekend, who are out for redemption.
- Matt Leinart v. Pittsburgh: It is never good when the coach starts talking about taking the starting QB out on a regular basis, particularly during passing scenarios. And that appears to be the case in Arizona, where Leinart is expected to split some time with Kurt Warner at QB. Leinart is a must-bench from here on out until he proves he can lead the passing game.
- Brett Favre @ Minnesota: Favre and the Packers have been a great story so far this year. But Favre’s trouble indoors are well documented. He may set the all-time TD record this weekend, but expect a few turnovers as well.
- Jamal Lewis v. Baltimore: Lewis gets to square off against his former team and claims to know some of the weaknesses in the Baltimore defense. My bet is the Ravens’ D knows more about Lewis’ weaknesses.
- Kevin Jones v. Chicago: Temper your expectations, KJ fans. I know everyone is excited this guy is coming back sooner than later, but his coach questioned his mental readiness and going against the Bears D — though depleted — is a tall order for anyone.
- Marvin Harrison v. Denver: I know, I know. It is Marvin Harrison, and he is your stud WR. If you do not have two better options in a 2 WR league, then you have to start him. But against Champ Bailey and the league’s No. 1 pass defense, I would sit Harrison if you have the options.
- Vincent Jackson v. Kansas City: Jackson finally did something last week, but the Chiefs defense is an under-rated unit. Until Jackson and the Chargers show some consistency in the passing game, he is going to be a hit-or-miss guy. Too risky to play this weekend.