Oh my God it’s here! Run for your lives! Save the women and children! Take shelter! Grab all the canned goods you can and make sure you get a can opener too since those canned goods are worthless if you can’t open the can! CAN! THE BYEPOCALYPSE IS HERE!
Six teams are on bye this week: the Patriots, Jaguars, Texans, Broncos, Eagles and Washington. That’s a lot of fantasy talent just sitting on your bench. In one of my leagues, I have seven regular starters on bye. How am I suppose to recover from this Byepocalypse?
By streaming solutions.
Yes, now is when streaming becomes a must. Now is when you have to find the right Week 10 matchup to take advantage of and add whatever players still on waivers to help cover the hole your Deshaun Watson or your James White or your Courtland Sutton has left (all those guys are on my fantasy team).
Here’s a stream option for each position you should consider adding if you find yourself in the midst of the Byepocalypse without a can opener. (All players 50% or under rostered in Yahoo leagues.)
Quarterback: Jacoby Brissett/Brian Hoyer vs Dolphins
Looking to replace: Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Gardner Minshew, Carson Wentz
I went back and forth on picking Brissett/Hoyer because I want to give you the best can opener possible but also not give you two can openers to closely monitor and make a last second decision on. That being said, you can’t argue against this matchup. We know how bad the Dolphins are and either Brissett or Hoyer, depending on who gets the start, will do more than enough to help your fantasy team. Ryan Tannehill is another good filler, but he’s facing a Chiefs secondary ranked 4th in pass defense per DVOA.
Running back: Kalen Ballage @ Colts
With the Dolphins trading away Kenyan Drake only to have Mark Walton immediately suspended, Ballage looks to have a big workload ahead of him this week. He’s literally the only guy left (well, him and someone named Myles Gaskin). He’s the only starting running back among those rostered in less than 50% of leagues so he’s who we’re riding with this week. I also like Gus Edwards—who’s regularly seen six to eight touches a game against a terrible Bengals defense—and Nyheim Hines as fillers this week.
Wide receiver: Zach Pascal vs Dolphins
Looking to replace: DeAndre Hopkins, Julian Edelman, Courtland Sutton, D.J. Chark, Mohamed Sanu, Kenny Stills, Alshon Jeffery, Terry McLaurin
Man, I have some high hopes for this Dolphins vs Colts game don’t I? I mean, when you’re streaming and looking to take advantage of a favorable matchup, there aren’t many better matchups to favor. That being said, even if the Colts weren’t going up against the Dolphins, I’d still be telling you to stream Pascal this week. I’m very happy to say I just snagged him off waivers to help me during the Byepocalypse. In two of his last three games, Pascal has gone over 75 yards and caught a touchdown. I would expect a very similar stat line from him this week as he’ll be the focal point of the Colts’ passing game.
Tight end: Kyle Rudolph @ Cowboys
Looking to replace: Zach Ertz, Darren Fells, Noah Fant, Dallas Goedert, Ben Watson
I feel like Rudolph has gotten kinda lost in the resurgence of the Vikings passing game, so you might be surprised to hear that he’s seeing almost five targets per game across his last three, and has caught a touchdown in two of those. The Cowboys are allowing the sixth most points to the position and gave up six catches to Evan Engram Monday night. While I don’t want to make this entire piece be about the Dolphins vs Colts, I also like Mike Gesicki as a streamer this week, facing a Colts secondary giving up the seventh most points to tight ends. After all, with Preston Williams out for the year, Ryan Fitzpatrick has to throw the ball to someone not named DeVante Parker, right?
Bonus: Black Cat vs Jets
You can’t tell me you wouldn’t die to have this kind of elite athleticism on your fantasy team.