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Fantasy Football: The Bye Week Effect

RotoExperts Staff June 29, 2014 7:49PM EDT
Fantasy Football, be it in the weekly, annual, or dynasty version, is a game of opinions. Writers like myself can provide you with all the data in the world, but in the end, we use those numbers to make our best guess at what is going to happen in the future. Football is a physical game, a very physical game. Players go through the rough equivalent of multiple car crashes in a span of 60 minutes, and then are asked to recover and prepare for another battle in a week’s time (if not less). But don’t forget, these aren’t your average humans. If you or I got into a car crash, we might not drive again for a month, based on potential injury and/or fear of it happening again. NFL players? They thrive on the grind and have been doing so their entire lives.

Colin Kaepernick's production declined 55 percent in games following a bye week. Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Colin Kaepernick's production declined at least 55 percent in games following a bye week. Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

That brings me to my point … the bye week. Many Fantasy owners will look for an edge wherever they can get it and often assume that an extra week of rest/preparation puts Player X in a better position to succeed than Player Y who played last week. But is that true? Or are NFL players such creatures of habit that the week off actually hinders their performance? Common sense would tell you one thing, but the numbers from 2012-2013 would suggest another.

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