Week 9 Green Bay fantasy profile: Bye week pick-ups edition

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Oct 26, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick

(14) signals from the line against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. Texans won 30-16. Mandatory Credit:

Jim Brown



This is the most difficult position to replace.

I mean how do you move on from the embodied dominance of Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, even for one week?

Good thing it is only the one week. But there are a few potential options out there, with decent matchups that could hold you over for a week while he heals up.

What I did for my teams with Rodgers, I managed to grab myself Carson Palmer. Though it doesn’t project as an overly great matchup, he is more than capable of producing a decent game.

The issue is, however, that he probably was already grabbed by now as a one-week replacement by other teams (58 percent owned). If you could find him, Alex Smith (45 percent owned, versus N.Y. Jets), or Eli Manning (65 percent owned, vs. Indianapolis), you would be well-off, but don’t bank on any of them being there for you.

So who can you most likely pick up, and expect a decent game?

I have a group of four that you should consider: Teddy Bridgewater, Brian Hoyer, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Each isn’t great for week-to-week production, but in a desperate situation they may give you enough to steal a win without Rodgers. The matchups for each don’t look intimidating either, so a good showing could be in the works from any of them.

Bridgewater takes on the Washington Redskins, who did put up a great showing against Dallas but still allowed about 19 fantasy points to the Romo-Weeden combo. Tampa Bay gave up under 14 fantasy points to Bridgewater, but Brian Hoyer will have a decent shot at doing some damage to them. Philly just gave up more than 21 fantasy points to Carson Palmer and at least 17 in all but one matchup, so Fitzpatrick is viable.

Of the three, I would probably pick a one week rental of Fitzpatrick.

He has the weakest fantasy defense up against him, and the best weapons on offense. He’s definitely the biggest risk-reward of the three, but he has the best weapons in which to throw.

Hoyer is the safest matchup, with an offense that has surprisingly moved the ball well for most of the year, but most of that has been the run game.

Bridgewater is a high-variance option; his weapons are more suspect and he is unpredictable as of now, but he brings a running element none of the other options provide.

Any of these three should be able to keep you afloat for one week.

Potential Pick-ups: Fitzpatrick, Hoyer, Bridgewater

Fitzpatrick – 250 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INTs; about 17 fantasy points
Hoyer – 275 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs; about 15 fantasy points
Bridgewater – 200 yards (incl. 40 rushing) , 2 TDs (1 rushing), 2 TO (1 INT, 1 Fum); about 17 fantasy points