With Mr. 4-Star recovering from the Cubs' "keeping hope alive", The Number Cruncher steps in to offer a few QBs, RBs, WRs and TEs to help YOU recover from yet another bye week where another six teams take the week off. And with big-name players being on bye you may need to plug one or more of these guys in to stay competitive. Remember, this is just for Week 9, so you can also view them as solid DFS plays.
Ryan Tannehill (MIA - vs. NYJ): Comes off bye week to face a Jets team that ranks in the bottom-fourth in terms of allowing fantasy points to QBs. The Jets remain better against RBs and will look to shut down the red-hot Jay Ajayi, so expect Tannehill to have 250ish yards and a couple of scores. He's available in just 22% of Yahoo! leagues so the guy's probably out there for you.
Trevor Siemian (DEN - @OAK): Thought Siemian would have a much better effort against the Bolts yesterday but they really just have his number. The Raiders' pass defense is soft and with injuries at RB we figure the Broncos will be throwing more to keep up with the high-octane Raider offense. Siemian is owned in just 12% of Yahoo! leagues and looks like a decent option in Week 9.
Colin Kaepernick (SFO - vs. NOS): If Kaepernick remains the starter, he would be our deep sleeper pick of the week at QB. The Saints' defense is downright terrible and if there's any defense that can be torn up by an offense like the Niners', this is it. Worth a shot if you're desperate. He's most likely available in your league.
Peyton Barber (TBB - vs. ATL): Both Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers are likely out Thursday night, so Barber will be the flavor of the week RB for the Bucs. The Falcons allow decent production from opposing RBs, so Barber getting his shot should be a decent one-week play. He's available in all but 7% of Yahoo! leagues so go ahead and grab him if you can. Most folks think Antoine Smith will get most of the run but Barber could prove useful too.
Bobby Rainey (NYG - vs. PHI): The Eagles' D is tough and could really put a damper on what the Giants do offensively. This bodes well for the current "designated pass catching RB" for the Giants. Rainey is widely available in most redraft formats and prior to last week's London game, was on a nice little streak catching the ball out of the backfield. We expect him to be busy come Sunday against the Eagles.
Alfred Morris (DAL - @CLE): Everyone and their mother expect the Cowboys to handle the Browns. So there's an outside chance Morris gets extended work in garbage time or even earlier in order to run the clock. If you're in a deep league or just really hurting at RB, Morris will definitely get you 5-7 points, with the potential for double digits if he can manage a garbage time TD.
Adam Humphries (TBB - vs. ATL): The Buc slot WR may be a bit busier on Thursday night with the team's RBs being all banged up. His targets have been hovering around 4 per game after a hot start to the season, but he does make the best of those targets. We like him a lot in PPR formats this week. He's only owned in 18% of Yahoo! leagues so there's a good chance you can grab him. We like him in DraftKings this week as they feature full PPR scoring.
Kenny Britt (LAR - vs. CAR): Carolina's D looked a little better this week but is still susceptible to the big play. Britt has been consistent in terms of targets/catches in 2016 and will be the focus of the passing attack for the Rams coming off their bye week. With Jared Goff looming in the background, current Ram QB starter Case Keenum will go to his most reliable options in this winnable game. Britt's taken in 39% of Yahoo! leagues so there's a chance you can still grab him.
Torrey Smith (SFO - vs. NOS): It looked like Smith was Colin Kaepernick's favorite target so if we feel that the Saints will allow passing production come Sunday, Smith could be in line for 80+ yards and a TD. Worth a shot, and he's available in most Yahoo! leagues.
Lance Kendricks (LAR - vs. CAR): See Kenny Britt, above.
Virgil Green (DEN - @OAK): Green had a season-high 6 targets, turning into 4 catches for a season-high 55 yards last week against San Diego. The Raiders allow for good production out of the opposing TE, so Green is a decent gamble.