Week 9, with six teams on bye, is finally behind fantasy owners. However, Week 10, with four teams on bye, looms ahead. While the injuries pile up and some players aren’t going to be available, fantasy owners need to be looking at the waiver wire.
Week 9 has the potential to be a tough one for fantasy owners. Six teams are on bye (deep breaths), and that’s going to leave plenty of gaps in rosters. Fantasy owners should be sure to look at their team needs before heading to the wavier wire.
Week 8 brings another week with four teams on bye. Fantasy owners are going to be scouring the waiver wire to find replacements for players on the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans. In addition, as with every week, injuries affect starting rosters.
As fantasy football owners enter Week 7, they may be looking to fill gaps in their lineup. Four teams (Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle) are on bye in Week 7, which means plenty of owners are looking for players to start on their teams. Additionally, some key wide receiver injuries in Week 6 may impact some owners.
Week 5 brought fantasy owners plenty of points and heartbreak. Some players were injured, as is every week in football. Fantasy owners also are dealing with the bye weeks. The New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions are off Week 6, and those two teams have plenty of fantasy-relevant players that will need replacing. Many fantasy owners will turn to the waiver wire for help.
The waiver wire column for Week 5 has some players that should be picked up if available, but it also has some players that may have fantasy value as the season progresses. Some of the players who aren’t going to be added immediately may be worth waiting until after waivers run. However, fantasy owners need to keep in mind the bye weeks are upon us, and many players are getting hurt. Tight end in particular has been rough, but the other positions haven’t been great either.
The waiver wire leading up to Week 4 is full of wide receivers, although some fantasy owners are going to be looking for a quarterback. With Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season (torn ACL), owners need a replacement. Odds are neither Sam Bradford (benched) nor Tyrod Taylor (concussion, now benched) were largely owned, but if so, those guys are no longer relevant.
In Week 15, everyone is playing to win when it comes to fantasy football. It's the fantasy playoffs and it's time to put forward the best team possible. While that's not always easy (injuries can be brutal — just ask Eagles fans... or Jets fans), that's the goal.
Week 14 brings either the last week of the fantasy regular season or the first week of the playoffs. More than ever, it is important to check the waiver wire to see if anyone has been dropped that should be added.
Fantasy owners are staring down Week 13, which for many leagues, is the last week of the regular season. Somehow, the fantasy playoffs are nearly here. At this point, many fantasy owners have their set lineup. Their starters are pretty much a given each week. However, with injuries, some players may need to be inserted into lineups.