Week Five Bye Week Kickers/Defenses

By Zack Cimini

The bye week teams for week five are Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans, and San Diego. Assuming you have a kicker or defense representing one of those teams you’re going to need to do a quick addition to your team. As no team can afford to go without those crucial points that give that extra boost to your fantasy team. The crop available on the waiver wire will be slim pickings. Notjustagame tries to provide you the best matchups of kickers and defenses likely available to give you solid points for week five.

Houston (Available in 94% of Yahoo Leagues)- We know they’re going to give up points but the chance of a big play here and there defensively is likely. The Cardinals line has struggled to open up holes for the running game, which has made them quick to abandon the run game. Warner has taking an early beating in the Cardinals first three games because of it. The Texans front four has the speed to create havoc and get after Warner some more. We all know Warner is fumble prone when getting attacked.

Miami (Available in 55% of Yahoo Leagues)- Miami’s defense will look to continue to confuse Mark Sanchez as the New Orlean Saints did. Being a rookie it’ll be interest to see how Sanchez responds to his first real struggle. We will see how tough he is mentally to overcome those woes. Miami has enough play makers defensively to warrant a pickup this week against the rookie.

New England (Available in 41% of Yahoo Leagues)- The Broncos are riding high off on a four game winning streak, but in all four games Kyle Orton has been able to manage games. Allowing only 26 points thus far in four games will not be a probable result for a fifth week. The Patriots put up points on everyone and that means Kyle Orton will have to display that arm more. We have not forgotten the ugly Orton that threw three horrible picks in limited action in one game during the preseason.


Olindo Mare (Available in 98% of Yahoo Leagues)- After being criticized by his coach Mare has taken enough negative feedback to put him as a non considered fantasy kicker. This week though the Seahawks play the Jaguars which have been giving up lots of yards through the air. Seattle hasn’t had too much trouble moving the football which should give Mare two to three attempts at field goals.

Phil Dawson/Bill Cundiff (Available in 95% of Yahoo Leagues)- The Browns offense is ten times better with Anderson in, and with a few games under his belt the offense should get some chemistry together. Once their in sync it will allow for Dawson to give his leg an actual workout. We don’t know if Dawson will be ready to go this week after missing a few games with a calf injury. If he isn’t ready Cundiff is a viable option as well as he has been doing fine filling in. The Bills are coming off giving a bunch of points to the Dolphins and haven’t been strong defensively yet besides three quarters against the Patriots. That game really was just Brady missing open targets.

Neil Rackers (Available in 75% of Yahoo Leagues)- The Texans averaged out their points allowed by playing the pathetic Jamarcus Russell Raiders attack. The Cardinals are coming off a bye week and should be well prepared to take it to the Texans offensively. Rackers was the best of the best a few years ago and is in a potent offense. We’re stupefied that he is this widely available.