The 2022 NFL season has officially reached Week 10, and that means bye weeks are in full swing. There are several teams that won't be in action this weekend, removing plenty of important players from fantasy football lineups.
Here's everything fantasy managers need to know about upcoming byes in Week 10.
What Does Bye Mean in Fantasy Football?
A bye in football is when a team doesn't have a game scheduled for that week. This off time is crucial for squads given the long grind that is an NFL season. Having a week away from practice and game prep gives players time to rest or heal from any injuries they're dealing with. It also allows coaches to take stock of their rosters and consider implementing any changes for the following game.
Since players on byes don't have a game that week, they need to be removed from fantasy football starting lineups and placed on the bench. This has to be manually done, though. Otherwise those inactive players will stay in lineups and post zero points for teams given they're not participating in any matchup.
What NFL Teams Have a Bye This Week?
In Week 10 of the 2022 season, four teams will be on byes. They are the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens.
That means important fantasy football players like Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Tee Higgins, Rhamondre Stevenson, Jakobi Meyers, Zach Wilson, Garrett Wilson, Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews and Justin Tucker will all be sidelined. Managers need to place these players on their benches to avoid getting zeroes from inactive players.
Fantasy Bye Week Strategy
Given the amount of fantasy-relevant players off in Week 10, managers may find themselves scrambling for replacements, There's still plenty of time to figure out your lineups, though.
The waive wire is the prime destination to go for bye-week fillers. Running backs rostered in 50% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues right now include Rachaad White (34%), Latavius Murray (30%) and Isiah Pacheco (29%). For anyone needing to fill a hole at RB, these players should be top targets.
Wide receiver options in Week 10 include Marquez Valdes-Scantling (43%), Wan'Dale Robinson (26%), Zay Jones (24%), and Donovan Peoples-Jones (22%). For tight end, streaming options are available, including the likes of Greg Dulcich (37%), Cade Otton (11%) and Noah Fant (10%). The same applies to quarterbacks, including Marcus Mariota (32%), Daniel Jones (41%) and Andy Dalton (15%).
Managers shouldn't just rely on picking up fill-in players for that week, though. It's important to know your key players' schedules and plan ahead if they have upcoming byes. That way you can add players now that won't be as in-demand if you need them for Week 11 or beyond. This is how smart managers get a leg up on their leaguemates.
How Many Bye Weeks in NFL?
Each NFL team has just one bye week during the 2022 season. Some happen to fall earlier in the year, while others can be much later. It's important to know when your starting players will be off in order to make moves that will keep you winning despite their absences.
Check out the full 2022 bye week schedule below.
- Week 10: Ravens, Bengals, Patriots, Jets
- Week 11: Jaguars, Dolphins, Seahawks, Buccaneers
- Week 12: None
- Week 13: Cardinals, Panthers
- Week 14: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Colts, Saints, Commanders
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