Whether you build your draft strategy around them or pretend they don't exist, bye weeks are just as much a part of fantasy football as the waiver wire or setting up your starting lineup each week. As a fantasy GM you have two choices when it comes to bye weeks - pay attention and plan accordingly or simply ignore them and accept the consequences from playing someone who can get you no points.
This season's bye week schedule runs from Week 4 through Week 12. There are only two weeks (8 and 9) with six teams on bye, but either week could turn out to be a pivotal one in your league. For example, in Week 8 alone Arian Foster, Ray Rice, Matt Forte, Chris Johnson and Ryan Mathews are all on bye, not to mention Andrew Luck, Brandon Marshall and Andre Johnson, while in Week 9 those who have Peyton or Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford or Colin Kaepernick will have to turn to a backup to carry them to victory. Who says bye weeks aren't important?
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2013 NFL Bye Week Schedule:
Week 4: Carolina, Green Bay
Week 5: Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington
Week 6: Atlanta, Miami
Week 7: New Orleans, Oakland
Week 8: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee
Week 9: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, San Francisco
Week 10: Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, New York Jets
Week 11: Dallas, St. Louis
Week 12: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle
2013 NFL Bye Weeks by Team: