Welcome to bye week hell. This week a number of marquee names, including the likes of Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, Colin Kaepernick and Victor Cruz, will be forced to fantasy benches, relegating owners to scavenge the wire for invaluable saviors. To help you survive and advance, here are three under-owned names poised to treat, not trick:
Terrelle Pryor, Oak, QB – The Raiders QB has made major strides in accuracy this year, while continuing to make spectacular plays with his legs. He’s rushed for at least 31 yards in every game this season and has completed over 63-percent of his attempts. Hosting a Philly secondary that’s allowed five multi-TD passers in eight games, Pryor is a strong candidate for 270-290 combined yards with 2-3 scores.
Chris Ivory, NYJ, RB – Revenge, they say, is best served cold. Against his former employer, New Orleans, expect Ivory to be extra motivated in Week 9. Though he saw just 12 snaps last week in a blowout loss to Cincinnati, he should net at least 15-20 carries against a Saints front surrendering 4.47 yards per carry to RBs on the season. Count on the Puddle Jumper as a RB2 in 12-team and deeper leagues.
Kendall Wright, Ten, WR – Very quietly, Wright has been an indispensible WR3 in PPR settings. He’s attracted at least six targets and caught five balls or more in six straight contests. Against an overly generous Rams secondary, he’s in position to post numbers in range of 5-75-1. Start him with confidence in all formats.