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With your Packers players on a bye in week 9, we look at a few players on the waiver wire who could bolster your lineup.

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The Green Bay Packers are on their bye in week nine, which means that anyone with Packers on their fantasy teams will have to fill in those spots on their active roster with backups off the bench or the waiver wire.

This week, we'll take a quick look at a handful of players who you should be targeting if you're going out into fantasy free agency to pick up your bye-week fill-ins. We're looking at players who, as of Tuesday evening, are owned in less than 20% of standard ESPN Fantasy leagues.


With Aaron Rodgers on a bye, you're looking for a one-week guy and probably don't care about long-term productivity much. In this case, look for the guy playing a bad defense:

Alex Smith - Kansas City Chiefs

Oh, yeah, the guy who was drafted ahead of Rodgers in the real draft. The main reason I'm advocating Smith this week is his matchup - the New York Jets have allowed at least two touchdown passes in every game this season and over 20 standard points to opposing QBs in six of eight contests. And after all, you're only going to use your backup QB for one week all year if you have Rodgers anyway, so why not play the matchup?

Running Backs

With Eddie Lacy on a bye, you're likely without your top-drafted running back for your week nine matchup. Here are a few names to look at for your running back or flex position this week.

Charles Sims - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sims, a rookie from the University of Houston, is on few fantasy players' radar right now because he has been on Injured Reserve/Designated to Return over the first eight weeks of the year. However, the third-round pick appears likely to return this week and in a time share with the struggling Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey, Sims should earn playing time right away.

Denard Robinson - Jacksonville Jaguars

I'll admit, Denard has shocked me over the past two weeks with his productivity and the fact that he has put a lock-down on the top running back job in Jacksonville. Last week against the Dolphins, he had 18 carries to Toby Gerhart's four. The prior week, it was a 22/4 split. Get him now if you can, and it's probably a good idea regardless of whether you're an owner of a player on a bye. A matchup with the struggling Bengals run defense this week doesn't hurt either.

Wide Receiver Replacements

It's a double-whammy with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, both top-five wideouts, out this week. We have a few top options at wide receiver to go pick up if they're still available.

Martavis Bryant - Pittsburgh Steelers

We sang Bryant's praises before the draft as a possible second-day target for the Packers, and though Packers fans are (and should be) plenty happy with Davante Adams, the former Clemson Tiger has begun to live up to his promise over the past two weeks. His first career catch went for a big touchdown two weeks ago, and he saw an increase in targets from 5 to 7 in his second game, which featured two more scores. With a combination of height and speed that is not present in any other Steelers receiver, look for Bryant to continue being the recipient of several of Ben Roethlisberger's passes this week.

Allen Robinson - Jacksonville Jaguars

Now let's talk about the other Jaguar named Robinson. It's frankly stunning to me that Allen Robinson is still owned in fewer than 5% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues (as of this writing). Here are the number of targets Robinson has seen in the past six weeks, going backwards: 10, 7, 9, 11, 7, and 10. He has at least four catches in each of those games, and though he hasn't posted huge yardage numbers, he has a pair of scores and is definitely a good option in PPR leagues.

Brandon LaFell - New England Patriots

LaFell is another guy who has fewer than 10% ownership right now, and his expanded role in the Patriots offense dictates that he should be rostered in most leagues at this point. Like Robinson, look at the volume here - over 7 targets per game in his last six, including an 11-catch (on 11 targets) day against the Bears last Sunday.


We won't get into tight ends and defenses here, because if you are relying on Andrew Quarless or the Packers' defense as a starter on a weekly basis, you've probably got some major roster issues that we can't fix in an 800-word article (no offense intended, that is just an unfortunate situation).

Editor's Note: FanDuel is hosting a $500,000 one-week fantasy football league this weekend. It's $10 to join and first place wins $40,000. League starts Sunday 1 PM ET and ends on Monday night. Here's the link.