By just glancing at the list of bye teams below, you can already begin to feel the pain of a number of fantasy owners. Elite quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends are all sitting this week out, and a once lush waiver wire is now as lean as Kyle Orton’s chances of starting again in Denver. But this week is not as bleak as it appears on first glance. Here are my rankings and some sneaky plays for week 8.
Teams on bye week: Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, New York B, Oakland, Tampa Bay
Could Impress: Matt Hasselbeck. It wasn’t the performance we expected last week, when Hasselbeck threw for just 104 yards against the Texans. But the Colts are just hemorrhaging points to quarterbacks this season, allowing more touchdowns than anyone to fantasy quarterbacks.
Could Disappoint: Kevin Kolb. The Ravens can make a lot of fantasy quarterbacks look mediocre, but Kolb has spent the last four weeks riding the mediocre train. He’s had 9 turnovers in that span...