The NFL released its schedule for the 2017 regular season tonight. And 2QBers are in for a treat, as the league decided to open up the season with an Alex Smith prime time game against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. You can view the full schedule on NFL.com.
Strength of schedule analysis will percolate the Interwebs throughout the offseason, but it seems too early to make any hard-line comments about how hard or soft a quarterback’s schedule is in April. However, Connor Orr and Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com’s Around the NFL have you covered with their takes on the easiest and toughest schedules, if you require such information today. Personally, I’ll be waiting for Patrick Thorman’s yearly fantasy football SoS analysis.
For the time being, with MFL10 drafts underway and 2QB redraft season just around the corner, we here at TwoQBs wanted to provide our readers with a quick quarterback bye week rundown. Being aware of quarterback byes will come in handy during your draft, as you want to avoid pairing up a QB2 duo that take the same week off (or maybe you do, as you want to get bye week headaches out of the way in one shot).
2017 NFL Quarterback Bye Week by Team
|Week 5||Atlanta||Denver||New Orleans||Washington|
|Week 8||Arizona||Green Bay||Jacksonville||LA Rams||NY Giants||Tennessee|
|Week 9||Chicago||Cleveland||LA Chargers||Minnesota||New England||Pittsburgh|
|Week 10||Baltimore||Kansas City||Oakland||Philadelphia|
|Week 11||Carolina||Indianapolis||Miami||NY Jets||San Francisco||Tampa Bay|
2017 NFL Quarterback Bye Week by QB
|Week 5||Matt Ryan||Trevor Siemian||Drew Brees||Kirk Cousins|
|Week 6||Tyrod Taylor||Andy Dalton||Dak Prescott||Russell Wilson|
|Week 7||Matthew Stafford||Tom Savage|
|Week 8||Carson Palmer||Aaron Rodgers||Blake Bortles||Jared Goff||Eli Manning||Marcus Mariota|
|Week 9||Mike Glennon||Brock Osweiler||Philip Rivers||Sam Bradford||Tom Brady||Ben Roethlisberger|
|Week 10||Joe Flacco||Alex Smith||Derek Carr||Carson Wentz|
|Week 11||Cam Newton||Andrew Luck||Ryan Tannehill||Josh McCown||Brian Hoyer||Jameis Winston|
2017 QB Bye Week Notes
- Drafting three quarterbacks with different byes in 2QB leagues can be a real asset, as teams dealing with bye week issues at the quarterback positions are sometimes desperate enough to trade a valuable asset such as an RB2 or WR3 in exchange to cover a quarterback bye week issue. Keep that tip in mind on draft day.
- As you can see from the above bye week schedule, the first bye week of the season is in Week 5, where we will be without the services of three potential fantasy QB1s (four if Trevor Siemian super fan Jim Sannes is reading this). Week 7 is easy going, with only Matthew Stafford and Houston QB TBD on byes. Week 8, Week 9, and Week 11, with six teams taking each week off, will be bye week gauntlet of death in fantasy leagues this year. You’ll want to pay extra close attention to the your draft board and circle those weeks.
- This might not matter for the upcoming fantasy season, but the teams that allowed the most weekly fantasy QB1 (top-12) finishes last year were the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers with nine apiece. That means quarterbacks in the AFC North (Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, Ben Roethlisberger) and NFC West (Russell Wilson, Jared Goff, Carson Palmer) will get to tee of twice against their respective divisional foes this upcoming season. Come draft day, that may or may be a deciding factor when it comes to which signal caller to add to your fantasy roster.
- Of course, we need to remember that it’s only April. Anything can and will happen between now and fantasy draft day and then between the end of fantasy drafts and Week 11. Injuries happen, depth chart moves take place. You can prepare all you want, but then Week 12 rolls around and Scott Tolzien is starting in place of an injured Andrew Luck.
In addition to dissecting the QB bye weeks, you can also study up on Philip Caldwell’s backup quarterback carousel breakdown and refer to our QB depth chart page all you want, just remember that the info you have at your fingertips today will look different throughout the course of the offseason and regular season. Remember, we saw 54 different quarterbacks start at least one game last season. As long as you’re an active owner that shouldn’t worry you too much though.