2017 NFL Bye Weeks and What They Mean to You


5: Falcons, Broncos, Saints, Redskins

6: Bills, Bengals, Cowboys, Seahawks

7: Lions, Texans

8: Cardinals, Packers, Jaguars, Rams, Giants, Titans

9: Bears, Browns, Chargers, Vikings, Patriots, Steelers

10: Ravens, Chiefs, Raiders, Eagles

11: Panthers, Colts, Dolphins, Jets, 49ers, Buccaneers

There will be no week 12 or week 13 bye weeks this year.  Last year the Titans and Browns were off week 13 which put a wrench in some fantasy playoff rosters.  The byes are a bit more condensed.  They don’t start till week 5 and they are done after week 11.  What does this mean to you?  You’ll have more players off.  If you like QB/WR or QB/TE connections, you may want to be mindful of what else you have on your roster.  If you’re a good drafter and pay attention to the waiver wire, you can handle these things.  If you’re someone who rarely makes moves and lets the draft decide their season, be mindful.  For example, in a keeper league, I have Gronkowski and Brady.  I also have Melvin Gordon.  That’s three guys off.  These condensed bye weeks can also mean more trade opportunities.  Does someone have Cam Newton and Tannehill off?  Do you have a 3rd QB you can trade?  Makes sense in week 11.  Especially if that person is trying to make the playoffs.  You can always take advantage of a team early.  Say after the draft they have Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins.  Maybe you trade them your backup (Flacco?  Smith?) for their QB they like least.    Let em know they’ll be covered week 5.  It may sound silly but this stuff happens.  Improve where you can.  Be smart.  Draft well.  Don’t take a kicker or defense till the end.  And pay attention.  Paying attention to bye weeks and how they affect your league can be the difference between being in the money and not.

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