Good preparation is the key to any successful venture. Fantasy football is no different. Eventually you know that you're going to have to figure out how to survive without some of your star players. While you can't control injuries, you can plan on how to work around the dreaded bye weeks. To help you in that endeavor, we've compiled a handy cheet sheet on which players have potentially favorable matchups based on last season's fantasy points against.
A word of caution: using FPA as a planning tool can be deceiving. Teams change over the course of a season whether through free agency and the draft or with coaching changes. A defense's ranking from last season might not resemble that same unit's fortunes this year. Consider it just one tool in your toolbox when assembling a winning fantasy team.
The replacement players listed are those likely to be available in the late rounds of fantasy drafts or on the waiver wire.
Teams:Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers
Players:Joe Flacco, Case Keenum, Miami Dolphins, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Colin Kaepernick
Replacement options: Teddy Bridgewater (at CHI), Marcus Mariota (v. JAX), Brock Osweiler (v. DET), Tony Romo (v. PHI), Geno Smith (at CLE), Jameis Winston (v. OAK)
Teams:Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Washington
Players:Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton, Brock Osweiler, Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins
Replacement options:Sam Bradford (at NYG), Colin Kaepernick (v. NO), Eli Manning (v. PHI), Tony Romo (at CLE), Matt Ryan (at TB), Alex Smith (v. JAX)