With the bye weeks now here, everybody has roster holes to fill. Make sure you turn to these players to keep your fantasy football team rolling as we enter October.
Even if your team has avoided the injury bug, your roster likely won't be at full strength from now through Week 11 and again in Week 13 due to byes. But enough about byes; here are this week's top buys.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
Howard has been nipping at Jeremy Langford's heels for the past two weeks, and now, he is the Bears' leading runner for at least a few weeks. Langford hasn't been benched; he has an ankle sprain that will reportedly keep him out for at least a month. However, even if Langford had stayed healthy, odds are Howard's role would have continued to expand. He looked like the more explosive back on Sunday night versus Dallas and has a 5.6 yards per carry average for the season. Howard has also caught six passes despite not being much of a receiver in college. Upcoming matchups versus the Lions, Colts and Jaguars looks mighty fine. This fifth-round rookie should be the most added player in all fantasy formats this week.
Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos
After a rather middling performance in Week 2 versus the Colts -- the Colts -- Siemian really opened some eyes this past Sunday in Cincinnati. He connected on deep shots to Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. He was no longer just a game manager. His pass attempts count has increased each week, and he will get to face a series of rather friendly defenses over the next few weeks: the Buccaneers, Falcons and Chargers. For this weekend specifically, Siemian is a nice fill-in option versus Tampa Bay for those owners who will be without Aaron Rodgers.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Cleveland Browns
Pryor was the reincarnation of Frank Gifford on Sunday, lining up at wideout, running back, quarterback and even safety (for one play). He's on this list because he had some success at each of his offensive positions. He completed three of his five passes for 35 yards. He had four carries, one of which ended with a touchdown. Most impressively, he caught eight of 14 (!) targets for 144 yards. So it certainly looks like the presence of QB Cody Kessler has, somewhat amazingly, pumped up Pryor's fantasy value in more ways than initially thought. With that kind of versatility, Pryor is a waiver wire priority.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
He may not have a high ceiling, but Crowder has been extremely effective through three games. He has caught 16 of his 25 targets and has scored in each of the past two weeks. He won't post huge yardage totals, but his PPR value is real and rising. He should remain an integral part of the Redskins' pass-heavy offense and gets to face the Browns in Week 4.
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Here's another player whom, if they haven't already, owners in PPR leagues, need to get their hands on right now. Beasley has been getting his hands on plenty of Dak Prescott's passes in the early going, securing 20 of his 25 targets. Like Crowder, he has yet to surpass the 80-yard mark this season. Unlike Crowder, he hasn't found the end zone yet. But those TDs will come and, in the meantime, Beasley will keep racking up the catches every week.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants
Darkwa could be the Giants' leading rusher this week. But he fin Shane Vereeds himself at the bottom of the list because he will probably have to share work with at least a couple of teammates. A triceps injury may keep Shane Vereen on the shelf for the rest of the season. But the Giants will still run Darkwa, Rashad Jennings (assuming his injured hand is OK), passing-down back Bobby Rainey and perhaps rookie Paul Perkins, who doesn't have a carry yet but may be the most talented player in the group. Another minus for this entire backfield is its upcoming schedule, which will pit them against four top-10 run defenses -- the Vikings, Packers, Ravens and Eagles -- in the G-Men's next five games. If you're fishing here for immediate help, I would spend a low dollar amount on Darkwa. If you are looking long-term, I believe Perkins will have a significant role by midseason.