A wild and wacky week 3 is concluded and now bye weeks start in the NFL. Pittsburgh and Indianapolis are off this week, so keep that in mind. Bye weeks usually leave fantasy owners with holes in their lineup. That's where the waiver wire comes into play big time. Here are some good options for your squad:
Shaun Hill, DET - Matt Stafford's status is unknown at this point. It's a muscle pull, so he could be the old game time decision. If you have the room, and especially if you have Stafford, grab Hill, who has proven to be a solid fantasy performer when he goes under center for the Lions.
Christian Ponder, MIN - I've always thought Ponder had the potential to be a relevant fantasy QB, and last week he proved me right. Ponder is in a good offensive system that mixes runs with passes and doesn't ask him to do more than he can handle. And he's got a great repoir with Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph. Ponder has a friendly matchup this week at Detroit, which could be a shootout.
Ryan Williams, ARIZ - Williams is the best running option for the undefeated Arizona Cardinals. Now, he's not going to put up gawdy numbers for you, but he's worth a grab off the wire and could be a bye week fill-in easily.
Tashard Choice, BUF - Buffalo is down to their third string running back now with CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson out with injuries. Choice had 20 carries for 91 yards last week filling in. Choice makes for that great one-week grab. Don't go crazy bidding on him, or dropping someone like Chris Johnson for him, but don't let your competition get him either.
Andrew Hawkins, CIN - You've heard me sing his praises already, and personally, I'm a huge Baby Hawk fan. Jay Gruden is using Hawkins perfectly for the Bengals offensive schemes, and he's now scored a TD two weeks in a row. In PPR leagues, Hawkins has even more value. Go grab, and consider starting, Baby Hawk.
Jerome Simpson, MIN - The former Bengal is back off suspension and steps into a Minnesota offense that knows how to move the ball. The question remains what his role will be. Both Harvin and Rudolph have established roles and Simpson might be the odd man out, or take some time to find his place in the offense. Either way, Simpson is too athletic and too talented to be left on the waiver wire. Grab and stash away.
Greg Olsen, CAR - Olsen is a hit or miss guy, and thus, very frustrating. But, if your league mandates you start a TE, consider grabbing Olsen, who is coming off 7 for 69 yards performance. Maybe soon he finds the end zone too.
Heath Miller, PIT - He's coming off a 2 TD performance last week, and heads to a bye this week. I'm a big fan of grabbing someone you covet while they're on a bye. An owner will likely wait until after the bye to grab him, and you can swoop in and do it now. Miller is a fringe starter in TE-league formats. He's certainly a favorite target of Roethlisberger in what is now a pass-oriented Steeler offense.