The bye week puts numerous running backs (Tarik Cohen, David Montgomery, Devin Singletary, Josh Jacobs and Marlon Mack) and wide receivers (T.Y. Hilton, Allen Robinson, Tyrell Williams and John Brown) on the shelf, creating holes in your roster that aren’t easy to fill.
Plus, a rash of injuries at quarterback have already made the waiver wire a wasteland. Kyle Allen of the Carolina Panthers is available but if you missed out on him you are left to deal with Andy Dalton, Kirk Cousins or Gardner Minshew. Dalton is the fifth-worst passer of 2019, per ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating; Cousins is only slightly better (sixth-worst per ESPN’s QBR) and will face one of the best pass-rushes in the NFL this week; and Minshew, as amazing as his mustache is, will face a New Orleans defense that has 118 total pressures (sacks, hits and hurries) this season.
Here are some other moves you can make – three to start and three to sit – to help keep your fantasy team from imploding this week.
Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots
Quarterback Tom Brady likes to spread the ball around yet Gordon has seen seven or more targets for three straight games, making him the second-most targeted receiver on the team after Julian Edelman.
High-volume receivers have had success against this week’s opponent, the New York Giants, who also sport the lowest pass-coverage grade from the game charters at Pro Football Focus. For example, Amari Cooper hauled in 6 of 9 targets in Week 1 for 106 yards and a score. Mike Evans caught 8 of 15 targets against the Giants in Week 3 for 190 yards and three touchdowns. And Adam Thielen went 7 for 8 for 130 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday against Big Blue.
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Gallup saw an increased workload for the third straight week and didn’t disappoint in Week 5, catching 7 of 14 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers, the third-best pass-coverage defense in the NFL this year, per Pro Football Focus.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins