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Bye weeks are a crucial aspect of fantasy football to some, while others pay less attention to it. Early bye weeks mean a very tough stretch in the second half -- while late bye weeks can also leave you hanging in crunch time. As you can see, week 8-9 are the heaviest of any other week, with five teams having byes. There is no bye week in week 12, due to Thanksgiving games. Getting a jumpstart on bye weeks will help your draft process, and have you better planning weeks down the line. Keep an eye on week 13, as some playoffs start that early. Tennessee and Cleveland both draw the last bye week of the season.

With the NFL introducing out-of-country games in London, and now Mexico City this year — the bye weeks become much more important. Indianapolis has a very odd schedule. Most teams that go to London, have the bye week immediately after. The Colts do not, they travel to Chicago, and then have their bye week all the way in week 10. Their opponent (Jacksonville), takes their bye week right after the London trip. It is an odd sequence, but it does have a factor. Bye weeks help give a break, as well as prepare for stretches of games. Be sure to keep an eye on your byes, and happy drafting in 2016.

Know your bye weeks! Many season long fantasy footballers fail to do their research and pay the price. You could be left with empty roster spots and give up a much needed win. Bye weeks in 2016, start in Week 4.

2016 NFL Bye Weeks

Week 4 (Oct. 4th):Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers

Week 5 (Oct 9th):Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 6 (Oct 16th): Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings

Week 7 (Oct 23rd):Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers

Week 8 (Oct 30th):San Francisco 49ers , Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams

Week 9 (Nov 6th): Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals

Week 10 (Nov 13th): Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills

Week 11 (Nov 20th): San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons

Week 13 (Nov 4th): Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns

2016 NFL Bye Week Fantasy Notable Players

Week 4 (Oct. 4th):

Philadelphia Eagles

QB: Sam Bradford

WR: Jordan Matthew

RB: Ryan Mathews

TE: Zach Ertz

Green Bay Packers

QB: Aaron Rodgers

WR: Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb

RB: Eddie Lacy

TE: Jared Cook, Richard Rodgers



Week 5 (Oct 9th):

Seattle Seahawks

QB: Russell Wilson

WR: Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett

RB: Thomas Rawls, CJ Prosise

TE: Luke Willson

New Orleans Saints

QB: Drew Brees

WR: Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas

RB: Mark Ingram

TE: Coby Fleener



Kansas City Chiefs

QB: Alex Smith

WR: Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson, Chris Conley

RB: Jamaal Charles

TE: Travis Kelce

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB: Blake Bortles

WR: Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee

RB: TJ Yeldon, Chris Ivory

TE: Julius Thomas



Week 6 (Oct 16th):

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB: Jameis Winston

WR: Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Kenny Bell

RB: Doug Martin, Charles Sims

TE: Cameron Brate, Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Minnesota Vikings

QB: Teddy Bridgewater

WR: Laquon Treadwell, Stefon Diggs

RB: Adrian Peterson, Jerick McKinnon

TE: Kyle Rudolph



Week 7 (Oct 23rd):

Dallas Cowboys

QB: Tony Romo

WR: Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley

RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Darren McFadden

TE: Jason Witten

Carolina Panthers

QB: Cam Newton

WR: Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn

RB: Jonathan Stewart

TE: Greg Olsen



Week 8 (Oct 30th):

San Francisco 49ers

QB: Blaine Gabbert, Colin Kaepernick

WR: Torrey Smith, Bruce Ellington, DeAndre Smelter

RB: Carlos Hyde, Mike Davis

TE: Vance McDonald, Blake Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB: Ben Roethlisberger

WR: Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates

RB: Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams

TE: LaDarius Green



Baltimore Ravens

QB: Joe Flacco

WR: Breshad Perriman, Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken, Chris Moore, Mike Wallace

RB: Javorius Allen, Justin Forsett, Kenneth Dixon

TE: Maxx Williams, Corckett Gilmore, Ben Watson

New York Giants

QB: Eli Manning

WR: Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard

RB: Rashad Jennings, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen

TE: Will Tye, Jarrell Adams



Miami Dolphins

QB: Ryan Tannehill

WR: DaVante Parker, Jarvis Landry, Leonte Carroo, Kenny Stills

RB: Jay Ajayi

TE: Dion Sims, Jordan Cameron

Los Angeles Rams

QB: Jared Goff

WR: Tavon Austin, Pharoh Cooper

RB: Todd Gurley

TE: Lance Kendricks



Week 9 (Nov 6th):

Washington Redskins

QB: Kirk Cousins

WR: DeSean Jackson, Josh Doctson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder

RB: Matt Jones, Keith Marshall

TE: Jordan Reed

New England Patriots

QB: Tom Brady

WR: Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson, Malcolm Mitchell

RB: LaGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis

TE: Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett



Houston Texans

QB: Brock Osweiler

WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller, Jaelen Strong

RB: Lamar Miller, Tyler Ervin

TE: CJ Fiedorowicz

Cincinnati Bengals

QB: Andy Dalton

WR: AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, Brandon Lafell

RB: Jeremy Hill Giovani Bernard

TE: Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft



Chicago Bears

QB: Jay Cutler

WR: Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White

RB: Jeremy Langford, Jordan Howard

TE: Zach Miller

Arizona Cardinals

QB: Carson Palmer

WR: Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, JJ Nelson

RB: David Johnson, Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington

TE: Troy Niklas, Jermaine Gresham, Darren Fells



Week 10 (Nov 13th):

Oakland Raiders

QB: Derek Carr

WR: Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree

RB: Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington

TE: Clive Walford

Indianapolis Colts

QB: Andrew Luck

WR: TY Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett

RB: Frank Gore

TE: Dwayne Allen



Detroit Lions

QB: Matthew Stafford

WR: Golden Tate, Marvin Jones

RB: Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick

TE: Eric Ebron

Buffalo Bills

QB: Tyrod Taylor

WR: Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods

RB: LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams

TE: Charles Clay



Week 11 (Nov 20th)

San Diego Chargers

QB: Phillip Rivers

WR: Keenan Allen, Stevie Johnson, Travis Benjamin

RB: Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead

TE: Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry

New York Jets

QB: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick

WR: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Devin Smith

RB: Matt Forte, Bilal Powell

TE: Jace Amaro



Denver Broncos

QB: Paxton Lynch, Mark Sanchez

WR: Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders

RB: CJ Anderson, Ronnie Hillman

TE: Jeff Heuerman

Atlanta Falcons

QB: Matt Ryan

WR: Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu

RB: Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman

TE: Austin Hooper, Jacob Tamme



Week 13 (Nov 4th):

Tennessee Titans

QB: Marcus Mariota

WR: Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Rishard Matthews

RB: DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry

TE: Delanie Walker

Cleveland Browns

QB: Robert Griffin

WR: Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman

RB: Duke Johnson, Isaiah Crowell

TE: Gary Barnidge



2016 NFL Bye Week Fantasy Replacement Players

This is your way too early section for potential fantasy replacement players for the bye weeks that could have your starters Off the field.

Week 4 (Oct. 4th):

QB: Kirk Cousins (vs. CLE)

WR: Travis Benjamin (vs NO), Stevie Johnson (vsNO)

RB: Danny Woodhead (vsNO), Melvin Gordon (vsNO)

TE: Benjamin Watson (vs OAK)

Week 5 (Oct. 10th):

QB: Jay Cutler (@IND)

WR: Jeff Janis (vs NYG), Marvin Jones ( vsPHI)

RB: Latavius Murray (vs SD)

TE: Zach Miller (@IND)



Week 6 (Oct. 16th):

QB: Brock Osweiler (vs IND), Joe Flacco (vs NYG)

WR: Kendall Wright (vs CLE), Will Fuller (vs IND)

RB: Matt Jones (vs PHI)

TE: Benjamin Watson (vs NYG), Jordan Cameron (vs PIT)

Week 7 (Oct. 23rd):

QB: Alex Smith (vs NO)

WR: Mohamed Sanu (vs SD), Jamison Crowder (@DET)

RB: Jeremy Hill (vs CLE)

TE: Lance Kendricks (vs NYG), Jacob Tamme (vs SD)



Week 8 (Oct. 30th):

QB: Brock Osweiler (vs DET)

WR: Will Fuller (vs DET), Marvin Jones (@HOU)

RB: Tyler Ervin (vs DET)

TE: Dwayne Allen (vs KC), Austin Hooper (vs GB)

Week 9 (Nov. 6th):

QB: Alex Smith (vs JAX), Carson Wentz (@NYG)

WR: Kendall Wright (@SD), Reuben Randle (vs PHI)

RB: Duke Johnson (vs DAL), Bilal Powell (@MIA)

TE: Jeff Heuerman (@OAK), Dwayne Allen (@GB)



Week 10 (Nov 13th):

QB: Jay Cutler (@TB), Mark Sanchez (@NO)

WR: Markus Wheaton (vs DAL)

RB: C.J. Prosise (@NE)

TE: Zach Miller (@TB)

Week 11 (Nov 20th):

QB: Jay Cutler (@NYG), Alex Smith (vs TB)

WR: Marquisse Lee (@DET), Markus Wheaton (@CLE)

RB: Derrick Henry (@IND), Ameer Abdullah (vs JAX)

TE: Zach Miller @NYG), Jordan Cameron (@LA)



Week 13 (Nov 4th):

QB: Alex Smith (@ATL), Joe Flacco (vs MIA)

WR: Chris Moore (vs MIA), Malcolm Mitchell (vs LA)

RB: C.J. Spiller (vs DET), Sean Draugn (@CHI)

TE: Charles Clay (@OAK) Will Tye (@PIT)





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