Bye Weeks Taking a Toll in Sports Writers Fantasy League

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Adam Cichoski | Sports writer | @AdamCichoski

With undefeated teams Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, and Cincinnati Bengals on bye weeks there are a lot of talented fantasy players that coaches in the Sports Writer’s League need to replace. This week is bound to be interesting.

Game of the Week:

Breesus King of the Drews (3-3) v Las Vegas Locos (6-0)

Breesus King of the Drews looked just as good as anyone the past month. Before a tough loss last week, Drews had won three straight and had looked good doing it. The Locos on the other hand have yet to lose a game, as they remain the only undefeated team in the league. Drews will look to Phillip Rivers and Le’Veon Bell to win this game for him. Another big game from Chris Ivory would put him in a great position to win. With Tyrod Taylor out, the Locos will once again lean on Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. With A.J Green and Broncos Defense on bye weeks, the Locos look to rookie Stefon Diggs and Rams Defense to replace those points. Diggs, who had his first start last week, has been a reception monster, racking up 13 catches the past two weeks. Since each reception is worth a point the Locos expect the trend of high amounts of catches to continue and win him this one.

Victory Formation (2-4) looked unstoppable for two weeks before hitting a setback last week. Here so I Don’t Get Fined (2-4) is coming off of a heart breaking loss to the Las Vegas Locos, where they almost knocked off the undefeated team. This is a game that both need to win. With Marcus Mariota injured, Formation needs a big game from Derek Carr. If Doug Martin can see the same kind of success against the Redskins that Chris Ivory had last week, Formation may take this one. After finding the end zone for the first time last week, Fined needs him to find it against this week. John Brown is poised for a big game, after ripping the Steelers secondary in week six. This week he’s facing the even weaker Ravens and looks to have another big game.

Poff for America (2-3-1) has won their last two games and threw up massive points last week, while Mr. Sports Editor (4-2) is fighting for seeding in the playoffs. Poff’s team is finally getting on track with Demarco Murray finding his stride and DeAndre Hopkins looking unstoppable. Carson Palmer looks to tear up the weak Baltimore Defense. On the other side, Editor has Devonta Freeman, who has scored over 30 fantasy points in the past three weeks. Another huge game from Antonio Gates and Pierre Garcon might be the key to Editor’s win.

Neither Eazy G (2-3-1) nor Team Morin (2-3) have had the seasons they wanted. However, they both won last week. Eazy G has some good players in place. With Greg Olsen getting all of the targets from Cam Newton, the reemergence of Lamar Miller, and Andrew Luck always being a solid player, Eazy G feels confident going into this matchup. Morin looks to battle back with a healthy LeSean McCoy against a weak Jaguars run defense, and Travis Kelce, who remains the only threat in the Chiefs passing game.

Slammin Fortes (4-2) started off white-hot but has cooled in recent weeks. No one is feeling the effects of the bye weeks more than him, which Amazing St. Patrick’s (2-4) hopes to take advantage of. Steve Smith had a huge day last week and another huge game is just what Fortes need. Calvin Johnson was unstoppable also last week. Those two receivers may just be what it takes for Fortes to get back on track. Patrick’s needs Aaron Rodgers to have a massive game. Allen Robinson, LeGarette Blount, and Larry Fitzgerald have all had great seasons. More big performances from them would likely be what it takes for Patrick’s to pull the upset.

Teams have been scrambling this week to make up for so many players on bye weeks. This week will be interesting to watch. Will new stars breakout? Will winning teams fall from this? Only time will answer this questions.

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