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 […]

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