Fantasy: Planning around your quarterback's bye week

Justin Boone,

8/14/2012 12:28:01 PM

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

: 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

: 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

: 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

: Alex Smith vs. Seahawks, Jake Locker vs. Bills, Andrew Luck vs. Browns, Brandon Weeden at Colts, Christian Ponder vs. Cardinals, Carson Palmer vs. Jaguars

- Ravens, Bills, Bengals, Texans

Quarterbacks: Matt Schaub, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton

: 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

- Patriots, Jets, 49ers, Rams

Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow

: 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

: Andrew Luck at Jaguars, Jake Locker at Dolphins, Ryan Fitzpatrick at Patriots, Josh Freeman vs. Chargers, Joe Flacco vs. Raiders, Alex Smith vs. Rams

- Vikings, Giants, Seahawks, Titans

Quarterbacks: Eli Manning, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Matt Flynn/Russell Wilson

: Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Dolphins, Andy Dalton at Chiefs, Josh Freeman at Panthers, Matt Schaub vs. Jaguars