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
-by Braden Gall