The six-team bye weeks and roster depth

by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger

As you may or may not have noticed, there are two NFL weeks this year that have six teams on their byes. One of them has passed already (week 6,) while the other occurs in week 8. Depending how the breaks fall, these byes may help or hurt your squad, but regardless, there are a couple of strategies you can use to your advantage if you have roster space. The first is pre-emptive planning and the other is the pre-emptive block.  (These plans are based on the premise that your league has weekly waivers followed by an open free agency period. If your system is vastly different, you may be able to apply these plans differently.)  These plans are useful for any bye week, but when I noticed that six teams were off, a light bulb went off in my head and presented me with these strategic plans. 

Pre-emptive planning: Being that it is week seven, look ahead to week eight and see if you will be short-handed next week. If you are, then you want to make your replacement moves now, so that you are not at the mercy of next week’s waiver draft. I realized [...]

About John Hansen

John Hansen

Specializing in football, Hansen is one of the most connected fantasy writers in the country.

About the author

RSS Staff Commentary

  • Notable 53-Man Roster Cuts August 30, 2014
    Arizona Cardinals   Atlanta Falcons RB Maurice Hagens, WR Freddie Martino, TE Jacob Pedersen, RB Josh Vaughan, WR Jeremy Ebert, WR Bernard Reedy, TE Mickey Shuler, WR Geraldo Boldewijn   Baltimore Ravens TE Nathan Overbay, TE Phillip Supernaw, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, QB Keith Wenning   Buffalo Bills QB Jordan Palmer, FB Evan Rodriguez, TE Dominique Jones, P […]
    Tom Brolley
  • Position Battle Playing Time for First Full Week of Preseason Action August 13, 2014
    We continue to update the position battles around the league, but in this blog, I thought looking at preseason playing time would be interesting. The depth chart doesn’t always tell the whole story and it’s certainly worth noting when players get in the game and who they get to play with, whether it’s with the first-team offense or the backups. If you’re loo […]
    Matt Camp
  • Poll Result Analysis: RB Sleeper Candidate Targets August 12, 2014
    Over the last week, we posted a poll asking you which RB sleeper candidate was at the top of your targets list. The results varied throughout the week and Falcon rookie RB Devonta Freeman led most of the way, but things certainly changed after a full week of preseason games:                           As you can see, the final results put 49er rookie RB Carlo […]
    Matt Camp