The time has come in the world of Fantasy Football where the more experienced and serious fantasy owners separate themselves from those who simply joined the league for S & Gs. That’s right my friends, the bye weeks are upon us. Some look at the bye weeks as if it were a drought period where they do little but scrape the bottom of the waiver barrel to get by each week in hopes of hitting a fantasy geyser to push them through their matchups. However, to the more cunning and wise fantasy owner, they seize the moment and take the opportunity to build their team into an unstoppable machine.

It may seem like just yesterday you were drafting your workhorses, signal callers, spectacular catchers, and the deep sleepers that now sit in free agency. But by now you have a better understanding of which players on your team are doing you more harm than good. This opens the door for many trading opportunities as league-mates are desperate to fill gaps in their starting lineup. Therefore, your main objective is to TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM, and I don’t mean slipping something in their drink and trading all their players. Let’s look at the bye week schedules below:

 Week 5: Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Rams, Ravens, Redskins

Week 6: Broncos, Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs, Seahawks, Titans

Week 7: 49ers, Bengals, Bills, Eagles, Giants, Patriots

Week 8: Bears, Buccaneers, Falcons, Jets, Packers, Raiders

Week 9: Jaguars, Lions, Panthers, Vikings

Week 10: No Team

Week 11: Colts, Saints, Steelers, Texans

The first thing to notice is that weeks 5-8 are stacked with 6 teams sitting while weeks 9 & 11 have only 4 teams on byes each week. There are differing opinions on which is better, to have a player with an earlier bye or a later bye week. Supporters of the early bye weeks suggest that getting the bye week over and done with is most advantageous so that they can move forward with their season. Others believe that having a player in the later weeks gives you the advantage earlier to get your wins in until your players sit in the latter weeks of the season. Both have their upside and both have their downside. It all really depends on where you rank going into these byes.

If you’re sitting near the top of your league, you’ll want to look at the bye weeks as an opportunity to make your team stronger by making some sacrifices. There will be teams in your league that are 0-4 or 1-3 that have to make these next few weeks count in order to have a shot at the post season. Your best bet is to find one of these teams that may be willing to let go of a RB1 in order to get a win this week. For example, a Ray Rice or Peyton Hillis owner will let him go at a lower cost in order to fill their gap this week, or week 6 has a slew of players to buy low; Larry Fitzgerald, Dwayne Bowe, Vincent Jackson, Ryan Matthews, etc. The point is that the bye weeks weaken every team, and if you’re willing to bite the bullet for a star on bye, it should pay huge dividends towards the end of the season.

Now if you’re floating somewhere in the middle or towards the bottom of your league’s rankings, you know how important a win is during these bye weeks. You also know that you need to make your team as strong as possible to hold on after the bye weeks pass. If you’re willing to sacrifice the first few bye weeks, then deploy the same strategy above. But if you have to win this week, then you’re only hope is to do exactly the opposite. Consider trading your players on their bye weeks to stronger teams in order to replace them with immediate help. This way, if you are facing someone who is losing some power due to the bye, you’ll at least have some sort of advantage. For example, you could shop Hillis for a Fred Jackson or Ahmad Bradshaw perhaps. And don’t be afraid to trade multiple players for a big name that will boost your team down the road. You need to have a sense of urgency about your team’s situation and now is the perfect time to fix it.

Do not fear the bye weeks my friends, learn to use them to your advantage and take control of your league. The opportunities are out there to improve, you just need to make the right moves, at the right time, in order to take the reins of your team, and your league.

  1. Jim Parkey says:

    Which 1 of these WRs would you pick up this week?

    D. Moore
    N. Burleson/T. Young
    T. Smith


  2. dsimon says:

    Asked this in the prev. thread but I guess we’ve moved on.

    What with two RBs on bye weeks, I’ve got to pick a fill-in. 1/2 point per reception, everything else is standard.

    Ryan Grant
    Earnest Graham
    Pierre Thomas


  3. Dingo says:

    Hey should I give megatron and either Finley/j.Graham for beanie and Julio.
    I would be stuck w roddy and Julio but since I have depth at te, would you do the deal. And which te is worse

  4. mr. heavyfoot says:

    Who should I start in the flex?

    Jordy Nelson or Stevan Ridley (ppr .5)


  5. John Rambo Junior says:

    My RBs are basically killing my chances. Aside from Forte, I have both CAR RBs, Grant(GB) and Reggie Bush. Which do I cut or trade if possible? Is CAR ever gonna run the ball? Which CAR RB is gonna come out as the no.1 or are either worth waiting on?
    Thanks in advance

  6. nick m. says:

    Romo on a bye. Mcnabb, TJax, Cutler, Cassel, or Alex Smith for this week (6pts/passing TD, -1pts/sack, -2pts/INT)?

  7. kratos says:

    Standard non-ppr

    Mike Thomas(vs. Cin) or Johnny Knox(vs. Det) w3?

    Thanks for the help.

  8. pigskinporker says:

    Giving up Megatron without getting a stud in return is one of worst deals you could possibly make.

  9. barker says:

    12 team league trade

    i give j stew i get reggie bush and dallas clark

    my rbs CJ 2 K steve jackson jacobs ridley stewart

  10. barker says:

    TE is jimmy graham

  11. Doc

    Doc says:

    @kratos: Knox has more upside, but Thomas is safer.

    @nick m.: Cutler

    @John Rambo Junior: Tough to cut either, but JStew is who I would want in that race. It’s going to be hard to trade any of those guys until they put up a good game.

    @mr. heavyfoot: Nelson

    @Dingo: No

    @dsimon: I like Thomas’ matchup a lot, but he’s risky. I’d probably lean Grant.

    @Jim Parkey: Cruz

  12. Jhern says:

    Im in a 12 team league. ive got Decker, N. Washington, S. Moss, Pierre Garcon and Brandon Gibson. Thoughts on a Decker, Moss, or washington for M. Austin trade?

    I also have a chance to get Hillis for Tolbert and my RB1 is C. Johnson (hoping for his turn around). Go for trade or no?

  13. trick dad says:

    i prefer later bye weeks because later on in the season, you have a better idea who is droppable for a bye week replacement pickup. also, since other teams will have already had players on bye, you may be able to scoop up a higher quality bye week player that had to be dropped by another team.

  14. Mark Lee

    Mark Lee says:

    @barker: No. Bush is losing a job and clark’s value is way down w/ no manning

    @Jhern: Id hold on to decker and see if you can get austin for moss & washington, and take hillis over tolbert if you can get him, tolbert losing touches

    @trick dad: very true. also, with later bye weeks, players get rested before the FF playoffs

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