2011 NFL Schedule: Bye Weeks for All 16 NFC Teams
First Look at NFL Bye Weeks For Fantasy Football Geeks
Just in case you haven't heard, the NFL announced the 2011 schedules for each team a little while ago. Some have pointed out that this is a rather puzzling gesture, as the NFL is still in the midst of a labor nightmare that could cut into the 2011 season, if not cancel it altogether.
For the sake of keeping this conversation on the light side, why don't we go ahead and just ignore the elephant in the room? If we can do that, we can talk about fantasy football, which is always good.
When it comes to fantasy, there are two things that can make and break a potential championship season: the draft, and bye weeks. If you're going to win, you need to show up for the former, and you need to be on top of the latter.
Here are the bye weeks for all 16 teams in the NFC:
Arizona Cardinals: Week 6
Atlanta Falcons: Week 8
Carolina Panthers: Week 9
Chicago Bears: Week 8
Dallas Cowboys: Week 5
Detroit Lions: Week 9
Green Bay Packers: Week 8
Minnesota Vikings: Week 9
New Orleans Saints: Week 11
New York Giants: Week 7
Philadelphia Eagles: Week 7
San Francisco 49ers: Week 7
Seattle Seahawks: Week 6
St. Louis Rams: Week 5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Week 8
Washington Redskins: Week 5
With the exception of New Orleans' Week 11 bye, the byes are pretty evenly distributed. As always, you're going to need to monitor your roster very closely once the NFL season hits Week 7. Most byes occur between Week 7 and Week 9, and you don't want to be the guy who misses out of the playoffs because you failed to keep your house in order.
I don't know about you, but we have an "Idiot of the Year" award in my fantasy league, and we have been know to give it to people who disrespect the influence of the bye week. I'm not proud to admit I've won the award, and I'm merely trying to save you from the same fate.
In any case, now you know when not to start Adrian Peterson and Aaron Rodgers. After all, they're not going to rack up many fantasy points from their couches, am I right?
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