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Fantasy Football 2016: NFL Bye Week Cheat Sheet

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Tom Brady

Tom Brady

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.

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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.

Related: Strategy and Tips to Prepare for Your Fantasy Draft

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

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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