Oct 20, 2007
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 that I was going to be short at WR in one of my leagues, so I already made my moves ahead of time. I found a particularly useful player that should take care of my roster deficiency. If my opponent looks at my roster after the week seven games and before our waiver draft, he might make that move to block me, which leads to the next part of the plan.
Pre-emptive block: Let’s face it, most of us are vying for playoff spots, and having a specific opponent lose is almost as important as a win for you. If you take a quick look at the league rosters, see if either your opponent or a league rival is going to be in a pinch, then look over the free agent pool to see if there is a logical pickup that the owner would make, and then snap the player up before knowing what happened. If your free agent pool is shallow, this is a strategy that one can easily use. As mentioned earlier, these strategies can be used before any of the bye weeks. It is part of the idea of seeing the big picture while the little picture is upon us. As we know from playing this game, the margin for error is very small and any edge we can get, however small, is useful.