2013 Fantasy Football Bye Week Soultions
- Week 4: Carolina, Green Bay
- Week 5: Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington
- Week 6: Atlanta, Miami
- Week 7: New Orleans, Oakland
- Week 8: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee
- Week 9: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, San Francisco
- Week 10: Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, New York Jets
- Week 11: Dallas, St. Louis
- Week 12: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle
The NFL bye weeks are a fact of life for both the teams and us fantasy football players. It’s a system as beloved as the BCS selection process. This year weeks 4-12 will have different teams sitting out and on weeks 4, 6, 7 and 11 only two teams will be on a bye. Keep in mind, these suggested players are ones that you likely could draft in mid to late rounds to have on your roster as fill-ins. Let’s have a look at who is off when and what possible players you can have waiting in the wings to jump in for your starts.
NFL Week 4 Byes:
The bye weeks kickoff with two of the most popular QBs, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton, sitting out. It’s so nice that they get to take a break after three hard fought games out of 16… Good QB2 match-ups include:
- Eli Manning at Kansas City is a pretty nice match-up. If you have Eli as your QB2 that’s an easy one.
- Josh Freeman has what looks to be a pretty nice home match-up vs. Arizona.
NFL Week 5 Byes:
Even Adrian “All Day” Peterson gets a day off. With Doug Martin and Alfred Morris also taking a breather, you’ll need some bench RBs to step-up. All those RBs were likely first round picks and few teams will have two of them, so your RB2 and RB3 should do the trick. Some good RB match-ups in week 5 are:
- Steven Jackson at home against the Jets on MNF is a pretty nice match-up. Heck, even Jacquizz Rodgers could be a good choice in that game.
- David Wilson will be at home against the Eagles this week. Andre Brown could also be worth a start if he turns out to be the touchdown vulture many think he will be.
- Daryl Richardson (assuming he’s the Rams’ starting RB in week 5 and if he’s not, go with whoever is) has a nice home match-up against a very giving Jaguars’ run defense.
NFL Week 6 Byes:
Lots of options and not too much to worry about in week 6. These two-team bye weeks are not hard to work around. The Falcons being off is the biggest dilemma here since the Dolphins don’t have an established offense. Maybe you need a good WR if you will be without Julio Jones, Roddy White, or Mike Wallace:
- Danny Amendola, or Julian Edelman, just take your pick. They will be playing at home vs. the Saints in a game that could set a record for pass attempts. The Saints were horrible in pass defense last season.
- Torrey Smith could have a good game at home vs. the Woodson-less Packers. The defending champs will likely not walk over Green Bay and need to air it out a little.
- Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams will be at home against the Eagles and coming off a bye in week 6.
- Matt Schaub could fill in for nicely for Matt Ryan since the Texans host the Rams this week.
NFL Week 7 Byes:
Not many skill positions these teams have in common. Maybe you need a RB to fill in for someone named Darren? Odds are you won’t need to draft someone specifically to fill in this week, but the following names may peak your eye based on their match-ups:
- Lamar Miller has a nice looking match-up against the Bills at home. Assuming he’s doing a nice job of filling Reggie Bush’s shoes, give him a start.
- Ben Tate could have a nice bounce back season in 2013 and any game against the Chiefs is good news. Start him and watch him do some damage late in what might be a romp for the Texans.
- Jonathan Stewart could be a good start at home vs. the Rams. He looks to be the feature back this season.
- Andy Dalton could be a nice fill-in for Brees as the Bengals go to Detroit for what could be a high-scoring affair.
NFL Week 8 Byes:
Arian Foster, Ray Rice, Chris Johnson and Matt Forte off… Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Reggie Wayne off… This is when you turn to the guys you drafted at your flex positions. You’ll need some good fill-in RBs and WRs:
- Mark Ingram, or Pierre Thomas should be a great play with the Saints at home against the Bills. Just go with whoever is getting the most carries, as New Orleans is likely to go up early and run a lot late.
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis at home against the Jets is a very favorable match-up. Currently it’s unknown who will be the Bengals’ RB2, but even he could be a good choice here.
- James Jones on SNF at the Vikings could be a nice start. He scored a TD in each game vs. Minnesota last season. Jordy Nelson would also be a good play.
- Antonio Brown is the man in Pittsburgh now. A trip to Oakland seems like a good chance for Big Ben to post some nice numbers.
NFL Week 9 Byes:
Week 9 is likely the most feared week on your schedule due to all the talent that will be licking its wounds this week. No Mannings, MJD, or even a Megatron. No matter what position, you could be hurting. Here is a laundry list of different favorable match-ups in this godforsaken week of NFL football…
- Matt Schaub has a home game against a weak Colts defense, so he could be a good start in place of a Manning, or Kaepernick.
- Joe Flacco in Cleveland is a good match-up for the somehow still underrated Super Bowl MVP.
- Pierre Garcon could be a pretty good fill-in for one of the many top WRs that will be off this week. He has a favorable home match-up with the Chargers.
- Miles Austin is a good option this week at home vs. the Vikings.
- Bryce Brown figures to be one of the most valuable of the second string RBs in the NFL and has a good match-up at Oakland.
- Bernard Pierce should continue to get more touches in 2013 and possibly spawn memories of the days when Ricky Williams vultured points from Ray Rice. If your in a spot, start him on the road vs. the Browns.
NFL Week 10 Byes:
Okay, so Tom Brady can’t play every week. At least there is almost no way your back-up for him is on one of these other teams. One issue is RB with Trent Richardson, Jamaal Charles and Steven Ridley off. Go with the following players to help you out:
- Ben Roethlisberger would be a great start in place of Brady. He’s at home vs. the Bills this week.
- Chris Johnson has been fading fast in the last few years, but at times he will shine bright. A home game against the Jaguars should help kindle his flame.
- Vick Ballard is not flashy by any means, but he gets the job done. You can use him this week as he plays at home vs. the Rams.
NFL Week 11 Byes:
Another bye week with just two NFL teams off. No Dez Bryant or Tony Romo in week 11, but otherwise it’s one of the more forgiving NFL Bye weeks. Here are some good players to grab:
- Alshon Jeffery will see a lot of single coverage this season thanks to Brandon Marshall. Don’t worry that the Bears are hosting the defending champs. They will not be as good as last season with Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed gone.
- Ryan Tannehill had a decent rookie year with an awful receiving core. At times in 2013 he will be worth a start and this looks to be one of them. The Dolphins will host the Chargers who are pretty good against the run and may force Tannehill to throw more than he normally would.
NFL Week 12 Byes:
Last week to deal with… An assortment of players will be taking a break. WR could be an issue with AJ Green, Percy Harvin and other talented WRs off. RB could also be problematic with Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy and CJ Spiller resting up.
- Ryan Broyles, or Nate Burleson will normally just get leftovers from Calvin Johnson, but you got to love this match-up. Tampa Bay finished dead last in pass defense in 2012. Revis will not be a factor against these guys as he will be battling Megatron.
- Issac Redman, or Jonathan Dwyer could be good starts on the road vs. the Browns. The Steelers backfield could be in flux, so go with the hot hand.