As the bye weeks are in full swing, fantasy owners will be looking for fill-ins at all positions, including wide receiver.
However, fantasy owners may also want to look for replacements for the following players. All three wideouts are in less than ideal situations to produce this week.
Here’s your bench list for Week 6:
Benching of the Week – Tavon Austin, St. Louis
Without a touchdown reception since Week 2, Tavon Austin’s drought is likely to continue this week against the Houston Texans. The Texans have played opposing wide receivers extremely well this year and have not surrendered a touchdown to a wideout in 3 weeks.
Austin is also not being given a chance to run the ball anymore, limiting the potential of the speedy receiver. Unable to produce last week against the lowly Jaguars, Austin belongs on your bench this week against the league’s top defense.
Anquan Boldin, San Francisco
Since his Week 1 explosion against the Green Bay Packers, Boldin has only had one game of 90 or more yards. With teams realizing Colin Kaepernick’s limitations as a passer and the fact that the 49ers only have one other viable receiving option in Vernon Davis, Boldin has seen double-coverage all season long.
With a matchup against Patrick Peterson, one of the best young corners in the league, Boldin will be in for a long and unproductive day. Leave Boldin on your bench as the 49ers look to pound the rock this week against the Cardinals.
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia
DeSean Jackson owners may not have the resources in order to do so, but a trip to Revis Island in Week 6 may warrant a benching of the Philly wideout. In their only matchup two years ago, Jackson was a non-factor, posting 2 receptions for 28 yards.
While Revis has been playing less man-to-man in Tampa Bay this year, an improved Bucs’ secondary may still end up giving Jackson fits this week. If you have the depth to do it, move Jackson to your bench, but temper expectations this week if he has to play.