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According to the Data: Don't Worry About Bye Weeks

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales is the author of the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series. In addition to RotoWire, Jonathan also provides content to the New York Times, Dallas Morning News,, and NBC.

Should You Worry About Bye Weeks During Your Draft?

I have a confession to make: I don't care when my players have their bye weeks. I don't even look at them, actually. I take a minimalistic approach to drafting, equipping myself solely with my rankings and final point projections. I don't want to see schedules, I don't want to have to sift through advanced stats, and I don't want to check a player's bye week before I take him.

It's not that I think the bye weeks have no effect on one another. They might, but I'm primarily concerned with grabbing the best values at each spot, so I'm not going to bypass my top-rated guy because he has the same bye week as a player already on my roster. Unless having two players with the same bye week is more than mildly detrimental, you should be able to make up for it by just acquiring the most projected points with each pick.

But, BUT, I've never actually done any research on the topic. Until now.


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