This week, six NFL teams are on their bye. Next week, six more teams will rest. That means even fewer options than usual for fantasy owners.
It also means some teams who are in the middle of the pack in your league might be dropping valuable players on their bye that could help your depth. Scan the waiver wire carefully, as owners who may have been trying to stash certain players will dump them, hoping to sneak them through waivers for a week, while adding bye-week fill-ins at positions like kicker, defense, tight end or even quarterback, but many owners eschew carrying back-ups. If you're in a position to do so, try to snatch up value players, even if you don't necessarily need them. Who knows, you may even be able to trade them back to the owner who dropped them for something valuable to you.
But generally speaking, these next two weeks are going to be tough. Especially at the running back position. Arian Foster, Matt Forte, Ray Rice, Ryan Mathews, Chris Johnson and Trent Richardson are all on byes this week. While some of those players have performed well under expectations, they were still guys you had in your line-up every week because they offer value in volume. Compound that with injury (Doug Martin) and uncertainty (Steven Jackson, DeMarco Murray) and the options are even fewer this week.
With that in mind, I'm not going to do the standard "sits" this week, because how can I recommend you sit a guy when there may not be any other viable options? So instead of condemning these players to take a seat, I'll instead ask you to "scale back" your expectations.