Another six teams are on bye this week, including some of the top fantasy quarterbacks in the league. Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford and Colin Kaepernick are all off the table for Week 9, leaving owners scrambling to find a replacement. If you don't have a bench option or are unable to swing a trade, here are five guys who might be available to help you on the waiver wire. All fantasy data comes from Yahoo! Sports.
Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (owned in 36 percent of leagues)
Fantasy owners are understandably soured on Pryor after two straight weeks of subpar production, but he has better matchups coming up. The Eagles defense is coming up in Week 9 and has been a helpful cure for slumping quarterbacks. If he's not available for free in your league, see if you can buy low from a panicky owner.
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans (owned in 17 percent of leagues)
Locker was clearly less than 100 percent in his return from a hip injury, but he's now had a bye week to get healthy and will be facing a crumbling Rams defense this week. Despite the Titans getting demolished by the 49ers in Week 7, Locker still threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns. He's back on the QB2 with the injury behind him.
Jason Campbell, Cleveland Browns (owned in three percent of leagues)
Cleveland's third starting quarterback this season acquitted himself well in replacing Brandon Weeden, throwing for 293 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers in a tough matchup with the Chiefs. The Browns have already named Campbell the starter for Week 9, suggesting that they'll keep rolling with him as long as he stays healthy.
Josh McCown, Chicago Bears (owned in three percent of leagues)
McCown is the guy now with Jay Cutler out at least four weeks. At 34, you know what you're getting out of McCown, which is capable game management production, but he will never put up enough numbers to justify starting. The Bears have potential shootouts with the Packers and Lions, but McCown won't be much more than a QB3. He's a "break in case of emergency" guy for now. Matt Forte's fantasy value will be unchanged, although Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett might take a small hit.
Case Keenum, Houston Texans (owned in three percent of leagues)
Keenum was very impressive in his NFL debut, throwing for 271 yards and a touchdown against Kansas City's tough defense. More importantly, he avoided turnovers and kept the offense moving, which is why the Texans are giving him another start this week against the Colts. I don't advise chasing one-week stats after a potentially fluky performance -- ask fantasy owners who started Nick Foles last week how that worked out -- but Keenum is definitely someone to watch.