We all know when drafting a Fantasy Football team, you want to check the bye weeks to make sure you have capable backups when your starters are off. This year, the bye weeks are scheduled from Weeks 4-10.
Week 4: Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Giants and Seattle
Impact: This is the week you want to face the owners with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning because they will be off. The backup quarterbacks will be tested this week because starters in Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Matt Hasselbeck will be missing. Some backups with favorable matchups this week will be Jake Delhomme against Atlanta, Vince Young against Minnesota, Philip Rivers in what might be his first game back from his knee injury at Oakland, Jason Campbell at Dallas and Trent Edwards at St. Louis.
Week 5: Cleveland, Jets, St. Louis and Oakland
Impact: This is a soft bye week in terms of quarterbacks because only Derek Anderson and Marc Bulger are expected starters. Running backs will be missed this week with Jamal Lewis, Thomas Jones and Steven Jackson off. Some backups with good matchups this week will be Cedric Benson at Detroit and DeAngelo Williams vs. Carolina.
Week 6: Buffalo, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Tennessee
Impact: Just like Week 5, not many quarterbacks will be missed here with only Ben Roethlisberger a definite starter. At running back, you'll be without Marshawn Lynch, Larry Johnson, Willie Parker and LenDale White. Some backups with good matchups here include Cedric Benson at Atlanta, Ahman Green vs. Miami, Chester Taylor vs. Detroit, Deuce McAllister vs. Oakland, Thomas Jones vs. Cincinnati, Rudi Johnson at the Jets and Fred Taylor at Denver.
Week 7: Arizona, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Philadelphia
Impact: We'll stay with the running backs again this week with Edgerrin James, Michael Turner, Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew and Brian Westbrook all off. Some backups with good matchups include Deuce McAllister at Carolina, Chester Taylor at Chicago, Ahman Green vs. Houston, Thomas Jones at Oakland and Justin Fargas vs. the Jets.
Week 8: Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Houston and Minnesota
Impact: This is a good week to have backup wide receivers with Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Brandon Marshall, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Andre Johnson and Bernard Berrian all off. Some backups with good matchups include Anthony Gonzalez at Tennessee, Bobby Engram at San Francisco, Jerry Porter vs. Cleveland, Kevin Curtis vs. Atlanta, Dwayne Bowe at the Jets, Jerricho Cotchery vs. Kansas City, Chris Chambers and New Orleans, Jabar Gaffney vs. St. Louis and Santana Moss at Detroit.
Week 9: Carolina, New Orleans, San Diego and San Francisco
Impact: Again, we're looking at key running backs missing this week, with Reggie Bush, LaDainian Tomlinson and Frank Gore off. Some backups with good matchups include Thomas Jones at Buffalo, Cedric Benson vs. Detroit, Fred Taylor at Cincinnati, Chester Taylor vs. Houston, Travis Henry vs. Miami, Michael Turner at Oakland and Justin Fargas vs. Atlanta.
Week 10: Baltimore, Dallas, Tampa Bay and Washington
Impact: Tight ends will be missed on the final bye week with Todd Heap, Jason Witten and Chris Cooley all off. You can look at starting Tony Scheffler at Cleveland, Greg Olsen vs. Tennessee, Owen Daniels vs. Cincinnati, Marcus Pollard at Miami, Donald Lee at Minnesota and Ben Watson vs. Buffalo if you need a backup.
We'll know more as the season unfolds, but take a look at the bye weeks now, especially in keeper leagues to make sure you are covered when one of your studs is off.
More to come.