Bye-week timing good for Brett Favre 

September, 29, 2010
Full disclosure: I'm not a big fan of bye weeks during the NFL season. But they are here to stay, and fantasy owners have to deal with them. However, while the theory behind the week off is that it is unilaterally good for the players, I wouldn't go quite that far in all cases. Read on.

Three players who really need the bye week

Brett Favre
Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireBrett Favre has just two touchdown passes -- and six interceptions -- this season.
Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings: If there's an offense that could use an extra week to figure some things out, it's the Vikings', specifically Favre and the passing game. One can only imagine the aches and pains Favre's 40-year-old body is dealing with right now, so that's one obvious angle to the time off. But I'm also focusing on the game plan, too. As in, it has to get better. Favre has fewer fantasy points this season than 29 quarterbacks, including Charlie Batch. But I wouldn't drop him. Let's see what the week off does to make things better.

Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: Witten is dealing with a sprained MCL, so it's likely he would have missed the Week 4 game anyway. He says he will play in Week 5, and based on how he has overcome injuries in the past -- he hasn't missed a game since 2003 -- I'd tend to believe him. He has been outscored in fantasy by 23 other tight ends and, of course, he's starting to get dropped, probably in part because he won't add any points this weekend. But that's a mistake; he remains a top-10 tight end.