Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Fortunately for owners, few significant players are out of action this week as the byes go to the 49ers, Jets, Patriots and Rams. Outside of the Patriots skill players, the toughest losses to overcome will be Frank Gore, Shonn Greene and the San Francisco defense/special teams. Having the Rams and Jets on bye the same week is a nice belated Halloween treat for fantasy owners, as they provide no sure starters outside of Greene, who only recently has looked that way. That means it's not a week in which we have to dig too deep for those QB2s and flex starters. By this point in the season the stronger matchup plays are becoming more apparent on a weekly basis, but it's also important to follow recent trends, as there are always teams whose first half of the year is a bit of a mirage. A good example of this is the Vikings defense. Through six games the Vikings were great against the run, not allowing a 100-yard rusher, and allowed just two passers to top 250 yards. The last two weeks, t...
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