Ask the Geeks – Week 4: Bye week blues

Atg ButtonHere are some more questions for week four…and again the theme seems to be surviving a brutal bye week (Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, New England, New York Giants, and Seattle.)

Jeanne asks: I have a lot of byes this week and quickly need to pick-up….who do you suggest?

Defense – Green Bay, Bills or Steelers
WR – Issac Bruce or Chansi Stuckey
TE – LJ Smith (may be hurt), Jerramy Stevens, Robert Royal

Brandon’s take: Hey Jeanne, welcome to the club (of people struggling with bye’s this week.) In terms of a team defense, I think you have to take the team that plays against the St. Louis Rams if they’re available…and just you’re luck, the Buffalo Bills are there for the taking. For a receiver pickup, I’m liking Stuckey these days, as he’s getting plenty of looks from Brett Favre (having a touchdown in each game so far this season doesn’t hurt either!) Bruce had a big week two, plus he had a touchdown last week, but the offense is too inconsistent and there’s no telling how he will do from week to week, even if it is against a week Saints defense. Finally, go with Rober Royal as your tight end, as he’s going against a Rams defense that is just as bad as their offense.

Bolt asks: I have to pick 2 RBs for week 4 from Graham, Portis, and Jones-Drew. Who would you pick?

Brandon’s take: Bolt, this is a nice problem to have on your hands, but that doesn’t make it any easier to make a decision. Graham is going against the weakest opponent in terms of running backs, as the Packers are giving up 5.7 yards per carry at this point in the season. However, MJD’s game last week got me excited that the Jags running game might be back on track, while Portis is someone you know will always get the carries and is usually good for a score or two (even though he’s going against a tough Dallas defense.) I’d go with Clinton Portis and Maurice Jones-Drew and hope that the Packers run defense can limit Graham on your bench so you’re not kicking yourself Sunday night.