It’s hard to believe week 3 of the NFL season is already here. For most fantasy football rookies this is where you start to gain an understanding of the basics. However, just when you think you have it down a new variable emerges. This new point to consider is best known as NFL Bye Weeks. Chances are you noticed a mention of bye weeks during your fantasy draft, but if you are like most beginners you may have just looked over it and assumed it was another one of those statistics you’ll worry about later. Well starting week 4, it’s time to start worrying! Luckily for you I am taking time to let you know in advance so you can be prepared.
So what exactly is a bye week? To keep it short and simple it means that certain teams are sitting out, which could and will eventually leave large holes in your lineup. If you didn’t pay attention during the draft this may be detrimental to your team. Next week the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers have a bye week. Both teams have some key players that will be missed. Hopefully you have players on your bench that you can shift and fill the gaps. If not it’s time to get started.
First off I will address a strategy that I have noticed many experts recommending. Several fantasy football gurus are saying don’t worry about the bye week and just chalk it up as a loss. Maybe it’s because I am a rookie myself, but why would you want to go down without a fight? You do not have to sacrifice your key team members to make changes. You do have bench don’t you? Now some leagues do not allow trading and other maneuvering acts but chances are if this is your first or second season of fantasy football you are not in that type of league.
Now let’s save your week! Once you’ve determined what and who you need it’s time to enact your bye week strategy. One approach to locate key players is to get trading. This will most likely be the most time consuming and difficult method. However your hard work will not go unrewarded. Trade moves will give you chance to lock in better talent that other bye week strategies. You may also pick up someone better than your normal starter. If you want to dive in the deep end to fill your gaps be sure to check out my article published last week, How to Trade Fantasy Football.
An easier bye week strategy is to pick up a free agent. In fantasy football a free agent is a player who is not currently assigned to a team’s roster. Depending on your league you may also have a waiver system in place, but the key point you need to take away is that these are players that are up for grabs! You will have to drop someone from your roster but for the most part this is the easiest way to find players to sub in on your bye week. This is my preferred method as a beginner.
With a basic understanding of these Fantasy Football Bye Week Strategies you should be able to navigate through the next few weeks making critical moves and avoiding holes in your line up. Keep in mind the bye weeks continue until week 11 and the number of teams sitting out increase starting week 5. Remember, just because you are a rookie doesn’t mean you have to play like one!
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