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Fantasy Football 2012 NFL Bye Week Cheat Sheet


The all-important bye week can make or break a fantasy football season.

Finding quality spot starters doesn't have to be just a last-minute, Sunday morning race to the waiver wire, either. A quality fantasy general manager plans well ahead of time for off weeks. And while I, personally, am willing to sacrifice one week loaded with byes in order to draft the best team for the other 16 weeks, most GMs will address the off week in the draft room.

In a move that I applaud, the NFL has decided to condense its off-week scheduling into a tighter eight-week window.

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2012 NFL Bye Week Schedule:

Week 1: None
Week 2: None
Week 3: None

Week 4:Indianapolis, Pittsburgh

Week 5:Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, Tampa Bay

Week 6:Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville, New Orleans

Week 7:Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego

Week 8:Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston

Week 9:New England, New York Jets, San Francisco, St. Louis

Week 10:Arizona, Cleveland, Green Bay, Washington

Week 11:Minnesota, New York Giants, Seattle, Tennessee

Week 12: None
Week 13: None
Week 14: None
Week 15: None
Week 16: None
Week 17: None

2012 NFL Fantasy Rankings:

2012 Athlon Sports Big Board: Top 100

2012 Positional Rankings: QBs

2012 Positional Rankings: RBs

2012 Positional Rankings: WRs

2012 Positional Rankings: TEs

2012 NFL Schedule Analysis:

Pittsburgh Steelers

Jacksonville Jaguars

New Orleans Saints

Seattle Seahawks

Philadelphia Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Oakland Raiders

Indianapolis Colts

-by Braden Gall

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