The waiver wire will have some solid options fantasy football owners can use to replace bye-week studs in Week 10.
Among the teams with a bye are the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots.
These teams have impactful fantasy players on their rosters, but only a few of those players are true studs who are extremely difficult to replace.
Let’s take a look at the top players who have a bye from these teams and how you can replace them with available waiver-wire targets.
All fantasy stats, including points and own percentage, are based on ESPN standard-league scoring.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
The Chiefs are enjoying the No. 1 ranking among defenses in fantasy this season, and that makes their bye week a huge blow to owners depending on them. KC is averaging an astounding 17.9 fantasy points per game this season.
Replacement: Tennessee Titans (Owned in 32.2 percent of leagues)
The Titans will be up against none other than the gift that keeps on giving for fantasy defenses: the Jacksonville Jaguars and their offense.
The Jags have allowed the second-most points in fantasy this season, and despite a relatively low own percentage, the Titans are ranked No. 9 among defenses. Plus, the Jags are ranked dead last in the league with a dreadful 10.8 points per contest, while Tennessee is No. 9 in points allowed per game with 20.9.
In the AFC, the Titans are tied for No. 4 in takeaways with 15 and the Jags have compiled 15 giveaways, good enough for No. 9 in the conference.
There are a slew of ways fantasy owners can hope to score points against this lowly Jacksonville squad, and that makes Tennessee a must-start this week.
Honorable Mentions: Miami Dolphins (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Buffalo Bills (at Pittsburgh Steelers) and Philadelphia Eagles (at Green Bay Packers).
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
While fantasy owners who have stashed an injured Rob Gronkowski on their rosters all season long are used to not getting any production out of him, a bye week following a performance that saw Gronk drop 22 points via nine catches for 143 yards and a score will make him a top priority to replace.
Replacement: Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans (Owned in 10.7 percent of leagues)
When searching for a replacement to fill the void for Gronk, we go back to the Titans and Delanie Walker.
Walker has found the end zone three times this season, so he is no stranger to scoring a handful of points in a single reception. The problem lies in his yardage totals, as he’s never gained more than 52 yards in a game this season.
Still, his value as a red-zone target makes him a viable starting option in Week 10, and that’s cemented by the fact that he’s up against Jacksonville, a team allowing the sixth-most points to opposing tight ends this season.
Honorable Mentions: Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers; Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles has been a great back for the Chiefs this season, as evidenced by the fact that he’s the No. 1 overall running back in fantasy leagues in 2012-13. A bye week will be tough to swallow for owners, but it’s not impossible to replace him this week.
Replacement: Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders (Owned in 4.6 percent of leagues)
After Darren McFadden was forced to leave the Raiders’ Week 9 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles early, Rashad Jennings stepped right in and did a great job in his place. Keep an eye on the injury reports moving forward, but if McFadden doesn’t recover in time, Jennings will once again get the nod.
In Week 9, Jennings rushed for 102 yards and a score and also caught seven passes for 74 yards.
Jennings doesn’t have a great matchup against a New York Giants defense that ranks No. 9 against the run. But the cupboard is bare at this point in the season as far as running backs are concerned, and the G-Men are allowing the fifth-most points per game as a defense, so there will be ample opportunities for the Raiders to put points on the board by using Jennings’ legs.
Honorable Mentions: Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers; Dennis Johnson, Houston Texans