By Mark Ackerman, CBS4 Fantasy Football Pro
DENVER (CBS4) – This week fantasy football gets a lot more interesting with the NFL’s first bye week of the season.
The bye comes at the worst possible time for the Eagles and the Packers who are both red hot. Speaking of red hot — I hope you stacked your rosters with Broncos last week, the payoff was huge.
Which Broncos Should You Start in Week 4 against Tampa Bay?
Through the first three weeks of the season the Tampa Bay Defense has given up 101 points, the most in the league. C.J. Anderson (RB-DEN) will be a top five running back this week. After demanding the ball, Emmanuel Sanders (WR-DEN) and Demaryius Thomas (WR-DEN) had breakout games in Week 3 and are must starts in Week 4.
The Broncos Defense should create turnovers and should be locked into your lineup every week. Brandon McManus (K-DEN) is a strong play, in what could be a high scoring game. I wouldn’t bank on any of the Broncos Tight Ends at this point.
After throwing four touchdowns against the Bengals Trevor Siemian (QB-DEN) is a trendy pickup this week. I’m not ready to say snag him off the waiver wire quite yet, but if you have Aaron Rodgers on a bye, you could do much worse.
How to navigate the Week 4 Bye Week?
This week the Eagles and Packers are both on a bye week. That means you need to sit star players like Aaron Rodgers (QB-GB), Jordy Nelson (WR-GB), Eddie Lacy (RB-DEN), but all need to be retained on your roster. Randall Cobb (WR-GB), Davante Adams (WR-GB), Richard Rodgers (TE-GB) are more expendable if you need to create roster space during the bye week.
In Philly, hold on to Ryan Matthews (RB-PHI) who is banged up now, but is expected to resume his role as the feature running back after the bye. Also, hold on to Jordan Matthews (WR-PHI) who has obvious chemistry with rookie Carson Wentz (QB-PHI). You can let go of Nelson Agholor (WR-PHI) or Zach Ertz (TE-PHI) if they are taking up space on your roster.
How to plan ahead for Week 5 Bye Week?
Next week, four teams: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans and Seattle have the bye week. It might be time to pick up a backup QB now if you have Russell Wilson (QB-SEA) who is banged up, Blake Bortles (QB-JAC) who is underperforming or Drew Brees (QB-NO) who is winless. A backup wide receiver might come in handy now, if you have Doug Baldwin (WR-SEA), Allen Robinson (WR-JAC) orAllen Hurns (WR-JAC) approaching the Week 5 bye.
Who are the top waiver wire pickups for week 4?
Christine Michael (RB-SEA) had a breakout Week 3, scoring twice and dominating the backfield touches against for the Seahawks. With a banged up Russell Wilson (QB-SEA) he’s a must play in Week 4 against the Jets.
If you are shopping for a wide receiver Terrell Pryor (WR-CLE) is coming off an incredible Week 3, in which he caught the ball, ran the ball and even threw the ball. On a team with limited options, Pryor is a strong pickup even after Josh Gordon (WR-CLE) returns from suspension in Week 5.
Who are the Top Defenses to Pick up for Week 4?
Arizona, Denver, Seattle, Minnesota, New England and Houston are probably gone in your leagues. If they are available, get on board now.
New York Jets, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Washington and Los Angeles are solid pickups and more likely to be available.
Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Antonio Brown in the first round before it was fashionable.