Bye weeks are here. Now is the time for strategy. Now is the time to make the right choices. Here's some players to lock in and lock out of your lineups this week...
Kyle Orton @ TEN: Orton threw almost 500 yards last week and is averaging well over 300 yards per game thus far. Those are elite statistics. Orton is a Top 10 QB and unless you've got one of the elite few, Orton should be your QB this week versus the Titans.
Bruce Gradkowski vs. HOU: If you have Tony Romo or Brett Favre on bye, then Gradkowski makes for a fantastic play this week. Gradkowski faces one of the worst passing defenses in the league that has yielded 300 yards to every quarterback this season. Gradkowski should be locked in for this week.
Chad Henne vs. NE: Henne opened a lot of eyes in his Monday night performance against the Jets. He threw all over the field on a very good defense. The Patriots young secondary could get exposed again by Henne, who is really coming into his own as a quarterback.
Ladainian Tomlinson @ BUF: "LT" is back. Shonn Greene has been invisible and it's Tomlinson who is making a fantasy impact. This week, he gets the Bills. With a majority of the touches, LT should surpass 100 yards. In PPR leagues, he's even more valuable. Lock in LT in Week 4.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ MIA: The Patriots may have found their featured running back. Fred Taylor is likely out again which means a repeat performance of nearly 100 yards and a score from "the law firm" is quite possible. For that reason, you should lock him in as a RB2 or flex play this week.
LeSean McCoy vs. WAS: As Michael Vick has taken the spotlight in Philly, McCoy has put together an elite season thus far. McCoy will expose the Redskins defense and rack up the yards and at least one score.
Chad Ochocinco @ CLE: The Bengals WR promises big things against Cleveland this week. He's scored 12 times in his career against the Browns and he definitely owns Cleveland. I would look for a huge day from Ocho and maybe his cohort TO as well.
Jabar Gaffney @ TEN: As Kyle Orton has gone off, Gaffney has been the beneficiary of the Broncos passing attack. I don't expect that to change this week against a Titan secondary that can be score on. Gaffney finds the end zone again this week. Lock that in.
Malcolm Floyd vs. ARI: Floyd is quickly moving his way up to must start status. If you start 3 WRs in your league, then I can't imagine not using Floyd. Floyd makes for a great WR2 or flex option this week.
Chris Cooley @ PHI: Cooley faces off against his Philly counterpart Brent Celek and this week it's Cooley who is the much better start. McNabb loves throwing to his tight end and will be under pressure and look for his big target. Lock in Cooley in Week 4.
Dustin Keller @ BUF: At this point, consider Keller a top 5 tight end. In PPR leagues, he's a must start and in PPR leagues, he would start over many WR options too. Keller is being targeted early and often and this week must be locked in.
Joe Flacco @ PIT: Flacco was exposed as being unable to throw under pressure or on the move. Against blitzburgh, he will be on the ground a lot. I still like Flacco, just not this week, so lock him out.
Vince Young vs. DEN: Don't be fooled by the defensive rankings of Denver. They are ranked 21st against the pass. However, I think Young will hand the ball off a lot to Chris Johnson and the Titans will try to control the clock. So, expect limited stats out of Young and thus, lock him out.
Shonn Greene @ BUF: I don't know what's wrong with Shonn Greene. I don't know if he's in Rex Ryan's doghouse. LT has outperformed him so much that Greene is practically invisible. Despite a great match up, I would not trust Greene with my fantasy squad at this time.
Clinton Portis @ PHI: Portis is still a "starting" running back. And yes, in Week 2 he scored twice. But, his yards per carry and total yardage are miserable. Philly's run defense is top 10. This is a bad combination for Portis this week.
Steve Smith (CAR) vs. NO: Poor Steve Smith. First he hurts his arm playing flag football. Then when he's healed up, he gets a rookie quarterback throwing to him. The Panthers entire offense is anemic and for that reason, I'm shying away from all Panthers.
Michael Crabtree @ ATL: The 49ers fired their offensive coordinator this week; and for good reason. If the new coordinator is going to get the offense going it's going to require a gradual transformation. It starts with getting Vernon Davis more looks. Eventually, Crabtree might get more action and targets, but until this Niners team gets going, I'm locking Crabtree out.
Brent Celek vs. WAS: Michael Vick has been electric, but he's been awful for Celek owners. Celek is staying in to block and Vick is running with the ball instead of dumping it off to Celek. Until these two show a connection, keep Celek on your bench.
Heath Miller vs. BAL: I see this game as a very low scoring effort. I don't see many points or yards being gained by anyone. I definitely think the Ravens will keep Miller silent this week. Keep Miller locked out for now.