Knowledge of the bye weeks is important for a successful draft

If you want to have the most successful fantasy football draft possible, it's more than just knowing player values and potential sleepers and busts.

You also need an intimate knowledge of the bye weeks.

Listed in the left column of Table 1 are the quarterbacks and their respective byes weeks. In the right column, I've listed the quarterbacks who could be seen as fantasy reserves that should be added based on favorable matchups.

For example, if you draft Tom Brady (who you will almost never reserve outside of his bye week), you might want to target Vince Young in the middle to late rounds based on his opponent that week (Minnesota).

Listed in the left column of Table 2 are the running backs with the most fantasy value on each of the 32 NFL teams and their bye weeks. In the right column, I've listed the backs that will be active that week with the most attractive opponents.

While it's sometimes harder to avoid drafting running backs with the same bye based on player values (owners who draft Steven Jackson won't pass on Darren McFadden if he's the best back available), it's still important to know which runners can help you when your stars aren't on the field.

Be sure to print out this table and bring it with you to your draft!


Running backs

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