Fantasy Fox: Bye-week saviors; cherished YouTube memories

The Fantasy Fox details his listing of the best bye-week options for Weeks 4-12 this season, citing 14- or 16-team leagues.

Quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill (left -- 3,913 yards passing, 25 total TDs last year) and Carson Palmer (right -- 4,274 yards passing, 24 TDs) are viable bye-necessitated alternatives for Weeks 4-12 this season.

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Citing our recent countdown of the 32 presumed starting quarterbacks, here are the most ideal fantasy backups (those ranked 15-32) to start in 14- or 16-team leagues, during a star QB's bye week:

WEEK 4 -- Bye: Peyton Manning, Andy Dalton, Russell Wilson

1. Ryan Tannehill @ Oakland
2. Eli Manning @ Washington
3. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Tampa Bay

WEEK 5 -- Bye: Ryan Tannehill

1. Sam Bradford @ Philadelphia
2. Josh McCown @ New Orleans
3. Carson Palmer @ Denver

WEEK 6 -- Bye: Drew Brees

1. Carson Palmer vs. Washington
2. Russell Wilson vs. Dallas
3. Joe Flacco @ Tampa Bay

WEEK 7 -- Bye: Nick Foles

1. Eli Manning @ Dallas
2. Joe Flacco vs. Atlanta
3. Carson Palmer @ Oakland

WEEK 8 -- Bye: Colin Kaepernick, Eli Manning

1. Tony Romo vs. Washington
2. Carson Palmer vs. Philadelphia
3. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Indianapolis

WEEK 9 -- Bye: Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, Jay Cutler

1. Carson Palmer @ Dallas
2. Ryan Tannehill vs. San Diego
3. Johnny Manziel/Brian Hoyer vs. Tampa Bay

WEEK 10 -- Bye: Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Robert Griffin III, Philip Rivers

1. Alex Smith @ Buffalo
2. Tony Romo @ Jacksonville
3. Chad Henne/Blake Bortles vs. Dallas

WEEK 11 -- Bye: Tony Romo, Joe Flacco

1. Sam Bradford vs. Denver
2. Josh McCown @ Washington
3. Carson Palmer vs. Detroit

WEEK 12 -- Bye: Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger

1. Joe Flacco @ New Orleans
2. Jake Locker @ Philadelphia
3. Alex Smith @ Oakland


Back by popular demand, here are some of the greatest fist-pumping (or most surreal) NFL moments from the 1970s and 80s:


You get two gems for the price of one in this loooooooong clip:

a) Monday Night Football's Howard Cosell does a full-length narration of the previous day's NFL highlights, including the Lions' comeback win over the Falcons in "venerable Atlanta Stadium" -- which (thankfully) no longer exists.

b) For the Raiders' 34-0 thrashing of the hapless Oilers, a fan at the Astrodome salutes the nationally televised crowd with the proverbial "bird" -- eliciting laughter and all-time zinger from ABC announcer Don Meredith.


1. More iconic, but eminently primitive halftime highlights from Monday Night Football's Howard Cosell.

2. Without hyperbole, this clip stands as NFL history's most exciting film devoted to a player putting on shoulder pads.


It's very difficult to envision Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or even Cam Newton doing this Fran Tarkenton TV spot for Johnson's Baby Shampoo, but ol' Frannie pulls it off in a charming, homespun manner.

I've got to shampoo every day ... that's a lot of shampooing! (Not the greatest line ever written for TV.)

Of course, if current Jets owner Woody Johnson (of Johnson & Johnson corporate fame) presided over the franchise in the late 1970s ... Joe Namath would have been the clear and easy choice to hawk the No More Tears shampoo.


One of my favorites: Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann recklessly hurdles a car after a Terry Bradshaw miss on a 'Go' route.

This clip may represent why we don't see many parked cars just inches from the end zone in today's NFL.


Detroit's Billy Sims caps the greatest rookie RB debut in modern NFL history (217 total yards, three TDs).

Last but not least, an all-time classic that NEVER gets old: Here it is ... the greatest two-play sequence in NFL history! Bar none.

It also helps that legendary NBC announcer Charlie Jones (perhaps my favorite of all time) was on the call that day.

Jay Clemons, the 2008 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year (Fantasy Sports Writers Assoication), can be reached via Twitter, day or night, at @FOX_JayClemons.