Every competitive fantasy team needs to start with a plan at quarterback.
Whether you're sacrificing a high pick to secure an elite passer, waiting for the middle rounds to lock up a veteran, or sitting back and rolling the dice on a late sleeper, the importance of finding a quality starter has become as vital to winning in fantasy football as it is in the NFL.
However, regardless of where you select your QB1, there will always be at least one week when he isn't able to step onto the fantasy field for you - his bye.
Let's take a look at this year's bye weeks (Week 4-Week 11), with a specific focus on which fantasy backups have the best matchups each week.
WEEK 4 BYES - Colts, Steelers
Quarterbacks: Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck
Replacements: Joe Flacco vs. Browns, Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Patriots, Andy Dalton at Jaguars, Josh Freeman vs. Redskins, Matt Schaub vs. Titans
WEEK 5 BYES - Cowboys, Lions, Raiders, Buccaneers
Quarterbacks: Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo
Replacements: Andy Dalton vs. Dolphins, Andrew Luck vs. Packers, Joe Flacco at Chiefs, Jake Locker at Vikings, Alex Smith vs. Bills
WEEK 6 BYES - Panthers, Bears, Jaguars, Saints
Quarterbacks: Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Jay Cutler, Blaine Gabbert
Replacements: Andy Dalton at Browns, Matt Cassel at Buccaneers, Josh Freeman vs. Chiefs, Ryan Fitzpatrick at Cardinals, Christian Ponder at Redskins
WEEK 7 BYES - Falcons, Broncos, Chiefs, Dolphins, Eagles, Chargers
Quarterbacks: Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Matt Cassel
Replacements: Alex Smith vs. Seahawks, Jake Locker vs. Bills, Andrew Luck vs. Browns, Brandon Weeden at Colts, Christian Ponder vs. Cardinals, Carson Palmer vs. Jaguars
WEEK 8 BYES - Ravens, Bills, Bengals, Texans
Quarterbacks: Matt Schaub, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton
Replacements: Josh Freeman at Vikings, Christian Ponder vs. Buccaneers, Andrew Lucks at Titans, Jake Locker vs. Colts, Carson Palmer at Chiefs, Matt Cassel vs. Raiders, Alex Smith at Cardinals
WEEK 9 BYES - Patriots, Jets, 49ers, Rams
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow
Replacements: Matt Cassel at Chargers, Joe Flacco at Browns, Andrew Luck vs. Dolphins, Josh Freeman at Raiders, Carson Palmer vs. Buccaneers, Christian Ponder at Seahawks, Matt Schaub vs. Bills
WEEK 10 BYES - Cardinals, Browns, Packers, Redskins
Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, Robert Griffin III, Kevin Kolb/John Skelton, Brandon Weeden
Replacements: Andrew Luck at Jaguars, Jake Locker at Dolphins, Ryan Fitzpatrick at Patriots, Josh Freeman vs. Chargers, Joe Flacco vs. Raiders, Alex Smith vs. Rams
WEEK 11 BYES - Vikings, Giants, Seahawks, Titans
Quarterbacks: Eli Manning, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Matt Flynn/Russell Wilson
Replacements: Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Dolphins, Andy Dalton at Chiefs, Josh Freeman at Panthers, Matt Schaub vs. Jaguars