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How to take advantage of bye weeks in NFL Fantasy Football

Bye weeks are stressful for fantasy football players, but they don’t have to be. Here’s how to make the best of the bye week.

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Bye weeks are stressful for fantasy football players, but they don’t have to be. Here’s how to make the best of the bye week.
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Bye weeks. We love to hate them in the fantasy football world. We have to make tough decisions in order to make our lineup work and it can be stressful, especially on those weeks when several teams have a bye week. Heading into Week 6 of the NFL, we’ve got four teams on a bye: Detroit Lions, Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and Houston Texans.

This presents quite the dilemma for many owners who have some of the top players on those teams. But don’t fret. This can also be a great time to start re-assessing your team. In the beginning of the season, you choose your players and all seems pretty well. By Week 6, you’ve got injured players still sitting on your bench and changes needed to be made anyway. So what better time to make them than now? Here are some tips to make the best of the bye weeks in fantasy football.

Take advantage of trading

Let’s say you have your eye on a certain running back and that said running back is on a bye this week. You could ask to trade for him now, when his fantasy owner is scrambling to find someone to replace him. If you have someone else to offer, they may be forced to take the bait to get a needed win this week.

Use this time to assess your team

On the other hand, you may want to consider making trades or seeing who’s available on the waiver wire based on your own line-up issues. Maybe your should-be star turned out to be a dud or maybe your running back had two explosive games before getting injured and missing several games or even the rest of the season. Whatever the case may be, now is a very good time to take another look at the problem areas on your roster and make some moves. Consider trading with the teams who are sitting towards the bottom of the standings and/or look for the team who has the opposite of your problem. Maybe you are running thin on receivers and have plenty of depth at running back. If so, look for the team who’s got players to spare at receiver but is struggling at the RB position and see if you can negotiate a trade there.

In summary: Make your roster moves on the bye weeks. Use these weeks to look at your own and see what needs changing and who you can negotiate with. Heed this advice again next week, too as Week 7 has the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and Los Angeles Rams on bye.

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