The Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins have bye weeks during Week 6. Fantasy owners with Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzales, Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are looking for spot starts while other owners are looking for possible alternatives for struggling wide receivers such as Dwayne Bowe and Roddy White.
Luckily, there are some wide receivers putting up solid numbers that can help owners during these bye-weeks and sub-par performances from some big name receivers.
Justin Blackmon produced some big numbers during his 2013 debut with 5 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown in Week 5. Blackmon took full advantage of the putrid St. Louis defense and it didn’t hurt that the Jaguars were playing catch-up the whole game. Blaine Gabbert also left the game early with a tweaked hamstring and Blackmon was and will continue to be more productive with Chad Henne at quarterback.
There’s nothing not to love about Blackmon’s fantasy value moving forward. He’s playing on a team that will almost certainly be behind in every game they play this year and he will be getting lots of chances to make big plays. Blackmon is owned in only 61% of Yahoo and 20% of ESPN Fantasy leagues so grab him if he’s available in your league.
Alshon Jeffery produced double-digit fantasy points during Week 3 and 4 and absolutely exploded in Week 5 against the Saints. Jeffery caught 10 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. This was Jeffery’s second week in a row with at least 10 targets and it’s quite clear that Jay Cutler has found his number two option in Jeffery.
Jeffery has a great Thursday night match-up against the Giants at home during Week 6 and another great match-up on Week 7 against the Redskins. Jeffery is poised to put up big numbers the rest of the season with his favorable schedule and high volume of targets he is receiving. Jeffery is only owned in 67% of Yahoo and 85% of ESPN Fantasy leagues and should now be owned in 100% of all leagues. If you have a high waiver priority, it should definitely be used on Jeffery.
Austin Pettis has scored has at least 10 points in his last four games in PPR formats. Pettis is getting lots of targets in the red zone and already has four touchdowns on the season, including two on Sunday against the Jaguars.
Pettis plays in a tough division so he has some ugly match-ups down the road, but he still warrants a WR3 or Flex consideration during bye weeks. Pettis might not warrant a waiver wire pick-up in smaller leagues, but is definitely worth a look in deeper leagues because of his upside.