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Bye Week Blues? 5 Fantasy Football Players You’ll Want To Pick Up Immediately

Submitted by on October 30, 2011 – 10:55 amNo Comment

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If you’re anything like me, you are losing sleep over your fantasy football team right now. Despite the fact that I’m having a great season—I play in two different leagues and am 7-0 in both—it seems like I’m in great danger of losing this week because of a couple of key guys who are on a bye. Amongst them: Aaron Rodgers and Michael Turner in one league and Michael Turner in the other. I’ve also got a banged-up Peyton Hillis, who probably won’t play this week, in one of the leagues and a handful of receivers who are facing tough matchups. So, what am I going to do? Hit the waiver wire, of course.

It’s that time of the fantasy football year when the waiver wire is essential. Last year, I was able to snag Dwayne Bowe after a slow start to the season and ended up winning one of my leagues. The truth is that I really only picked him up because I absolutely had to (he wasn’t putting up big numbers yet when I made the decision), but he ended up being one of the main reasons I won the ‘chip. I’m not sure if there are guys like that available out there in your leagues. But if you’re facing the bye week blues like I am right now and you need to take a chance on an untested fantasy football player, there are a couple of gems that are probably available in your league right now. Try taking one of them and you might just stumble upon the most important transaction of your season.

And, if it doesn’t work out? Hey, there’s always next week. And there are plenty of other guys out there who will surely surprise football fans by delivering big weeks. But, for this week, here are five guys you might want to consider picking up.

The Player: Minnesota Vikings tight end Visante Shiancoe

Biggest Game So Far This Season: 4 receptions, 45 yards, and 1 touchdown in Week 7

Why You Might Want To Consider Picking Him Up: Did you draft Dallas Clark in the fourth round this year? Yeah, you did. And once Peyton Manning was declared a no-go for the at least the first part of the season, you paid the price. Well, it might not be too late to salvage yourself at the tight end position. Although Shiancoe didn’t click early on this season with Donovan McNabb at the helm, he did seem to show some chemistry with Christian Ponder during the rookie’s first start last week. Only time will tell if he can keep that up, but for now, Shiancoe’s a safe bet to be productive for your team. Or, the very least, as productive as the disappointing Clark has been.

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