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Fantasy Football: With 3 undefeated teams on bye this week, here's who to start to replace your stars

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- We're through six weeks of fantasy football, which means nearly half of the regular season is gone.

By now, your league has pretty much defined itself. The good owners know they're good and the bad ones hope they won't finish last.

It's also a time when bye weeks can completely cripple rosters, making what may otherwise be lopsided matchups much more competitive.

This week, for example, three of the four teams on bye are undefeated: Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay and Chicago.

That's a lot of productive fantasy players who aren't playing this week - Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Andy Dalton, Jeremy Hill, Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, Randall Cobb, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Alshon Jeffery, etc.

These weeks are frustrating, but weathering them and getting those narrow wins is what can change the course of your league's playoffs.

So with a bit of a smaller pool to pick from, here's five players to start that could replace one of those resting stars:

Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Bortles wasn't likely a fantasy starter when the season began, but he as more than shown his merit as one through six weeks. He has the sixth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks in 2015 with 112. He gets a favorable matchup Sunday against Buffalo, who is 23rd in the league defending quarterbacks. Bortles is only owned in 47 percent of fantasy leagues. If you have an empty spot at quarterback this week, he's a great pickup.

Christine Michael, RB, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboy's backfield has been a revolving door of sorts, but the man with the most carries, Joseph Randle, still hasn't earned the full trust of the coaching staff. Michael, who Dallas traded for last month, may get an increased role starting this week. Local reports indicate the Cowboys will "take the reins off" Michael given their stalling offense of recent weeks. It's unclear whether he'll get all the carries Sunday, but he's definitely worth a FLEX play if you need somebody. He's only owned in 31 percent of ESPN leagues. And if he still isn't owned in yours, even stashing him away could be a positive move in case he catches fire.

Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints

Another guy coming out of nowhere is Snead, who was likely owned in less than ten percent of leagues in Week 1. But in a pass-heavy offense in New Orleans, Snead has blossomed, catching at least four passes in each of his last five games. Sometimes it's hard to find those diamonds in the rough with multiple teams vying for the same players each week, but Snead is a really nice waiver wire pickup for your bye week or injury needs.

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

A benefactor of Bortles' sophomore leap has been Hurns, a talented receiver who is capable of making big plays over the top of the defense. Hurns has at least 60 yards receiving in five games this season and has four touchdowns on top of that. He's the No. 2 wide receiver in Jacksonville behind Allen Robinson, but that ensures a lot of single coverage. Buffalo gave up 23 points to Cincinnati wide receivers last week, so Hurns could be in for another productive day.

Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Another previously-unheralded wide receiver, Aiken has slowly emerged as the top young talent in Baltimore. He has two touchdown catches in his last three games and is still owned in just 35 percent of ESPN leagues. He may just be a one-week plug, but with Green, Cobb, Jeffery, Thomas and others sitting this week, someone in your league is going to need him. 

This Week on WDRB:

Sunday at 1 p.m. - New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts

Sunday at 4:25 p.m. - Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

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