This article is part of our NFL Waiver Wire series.
The first of the dreaded six-team byes is upon us, making this an important week for the waiver wire. There are some good options at wide receiver, depending on the status of injured teammates, while running back is a bit thinner. Be sure to scour the wire in each league because there are usually one or two players with a high ownership out there waiting to be picked up.
If there are questions about the players mentioned or in general, feel free to hit up the comments section.
Byes: Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Arizona, Jacksonville
This column is geared toward "standard" 12-team leagues and based upon a $100 free-agent budget. Please, please adjust for your league based on both the number of teams (I'm in a 24-team league, for example) and budget.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB - Fitzpatrick almost led an improbable comeback Sunday, tying the game in Cincinnati only to see the Bengals win it on a last-second field goal. Fitzpatrick is relevant in all formats given what he accomplished earlier this season. He had three consecutive 400-yard games with a 11:4 TD:INT rate before getting benched against a tough Bears defense in Chicago. This week's matchup in Carolina isn't the best, but the Panthers' pass defense is average. Just hope there's some rope here in case Fitzpatrick gets off to a similar start he had in Chicago. FAAB: $10-$20
Alex Smith, WAS - Smith is one of the better streaming