Images of Broncos Country from Denver's Week 9 game in New England.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- As we hit the midseason point, the injuries keep rolling in for fantasy GMs, and now a new issue arises. Twelve QBs will be on bye over the next two weeks. This means some maneuvering will be required to keep or gain playoff positioning. The first move to consider though, doesn't involve a QB. Adrian Peterson is close to a plea deal that could clear the way for his return. ESPN reports that the Vikings would welcome him back by all indications, and so the time to claim him may be now. No timeline for his return is set, but if you have a lower waiver priority, you need to act now and cut later.
Nick Foles is done for the fantasy season. Tony Romo was a late scratch last week, and I don't know if he'll play or not against the Jaguars. The Cowboys plan on taking him to London, and may be desperate enough to play him, but transverse process fractures in his back sound like a tough thing to play through. Six QBs this week and six next week have their byes. If you're a Nick Foles owner, like me, then you may have a QB-by-committee, if you can't swing a trade. Ryan Tannehill and Ben Roethlisberger are two guys to maybe target if you have something to trade. If you don't, Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, Blake Bortles, Brian Hoyer, Carson Palmer and Mike Glennon are all options this week. Kyle Orton is back off bye, and RGIII will be back from his bye after this week. Glennon has thrown two TDs in 4-of-5 games, so don't discard him as an option.
At RB, some new options appeared this week, with some familiar names. Matt Asiata looks to be the goal-line back in Minnesota, Jeremy Hill made a statement while replacing Giovani Bernard, and Andre Williams showed some low-end flex value for the Giants. All names to remember as Arian Foster battles a groin issue, and Lamar Miller is day-to-day with an AC joint (shoulder) sprain.
The WRs and TEs remain intriguing too. Odell Beckham Jr. is clearly becoming Eli Manning's top guy, probably the only good news in the Giants' season. Mike Evans might be a good pairing with his QB Glennon in Tampa Bay. He is making a steady climb. As for TEs, Dwayne Allen continues to be an available option, as he helps Andrew Luck continue to tear up the league's defenses. Heath Miller faces a Jets defense that usually hands out double-digit fantasy points to the position, and if Wes Welker is out with that back injury, look for Jacob Tamme to get a few more targets from Peyton Manning.