Fantasy Football 2016: NFL Bye Week Cheat Sheet

Like them or loathe them, bye weeks are a part of fantasy football

Those who play fantasy football have two choices when it comes to bye weeks — embrace them or ignore them. Bye weeks are the reason why the NFL regular season is 17 weeks. Going into every season, fantasy owners know that their best players will miss one game, and it has nothing to do with health.


So whether your strategy going into the draft is work around bye weeks so as not to put your roster in a bind for a given week or simply draft who you want and let the byes fall where they may, at least you can’t say you haven’t been warned.


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And as it relates to this season, one particular aspect worth nothing is that the last bye falls on Week 13, which means Cleveland and Tennessee won’t get a break until December. From a strictly fantasy viewpoint, Weeks 8 and 9 appear to be the worst with six teams off each of those weeks.


2016 NFL Bye Week Schedule


Week 4: Green Bay, Philadelphia

Week 5: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle

Week 6: Minnesota, Tampa Bay

Week 7: Carolina, Dallas

Week 8: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

Week 9: Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England, Washington

Week 10: Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, Oakland

Week 11: Atlanta, Denver, New York Jets, San Diego

Week 13: Cleveland, Tennessee


2016 NFL Bye Weeks by Team

Team Week
Arizona Week 9
Atlanta Week 11
Baltimore Week 8
Buffalo Week 10
Carolina Week 7
Chicago Week 9
Cincinnati Week 9
Cleveland Week 13
Dallas Week 7
Denver Week 11
Detroit Week 10
Green Bay Week 4
Houston Week 9
Indianapolis Week 10
Jacksonville Week 5
Kansas City Week 5
Los Angeles Week 8
Miami Week 8
Minnesota Week 6
New England Week 9
New Orleans Week 5
New York Giants Week 8
New York Jets Week 11
Oakland Week 10
Philadelphia Week 4
Pittsburgh Week 8
San Diego Week 11
San Francisco Week 8
Seattle Week 5
Tampa Bay Week 6
Tennessee Week 13
Washington Week 9

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