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I hate seeing my team cop their bye early in the year, except they've been draggin' ass and tend to come out better after the bye each year.
All I know is, despite their class as atlete's the amount of pounding their bodies take, giving them one week without that impact every season isn't too much to ask and shouldn't be taken away just because some geek's miss out on a few points.
You can strategise around Bye weeks. It's part of being a complete fantasy GM.
Personally, I say just leave it along. I understand the whole fairness issue with the "well if you team has a bye like week 3 and another has a bye week 8, obviously the week 8 team has a better bye week". But in regards to injuries and rest, all these teams undergo the same stress and issues, and I wouldn't want to see a whole bunch of backloaded teams have bye weeks and then come with like only like 12 games a week. My personal opinion. It also comes up what if you have a key player that has a serious injury like week 3, and you have a bye week 4. In this scenario, that bye week worked out to your advantage. I'm spitballin here
I completely agree that bye weeks shouldn't come too early in the season, it's totally unfair if you happen to get your bye week early. However, you have to understand that for many years the Super Bowl games were blowouts because not all teams could adjust to long layoffs before the SB was played. When they set up the byes, the NFL didn't know if teams could handle a bye week and play well after sitting out for that time period so they were extremely careful to put bye weeks starting early in case teams all lost the following game. They didn't want it to impact on the playoff races late in the season.
Now that teams have become accustomed to bye weeks and shown that it has almost no impact on winning or losing, the NFL should adjust the bye weeks to start later in the season.
Yes the bye weeks were invented to make more TV money but the player's union and the NFL saw a second reason in that it gave the players a week off to recover their health from a long grueling season. I don't think fans realize how painful it is to play pro football. I remember a piece on Bettis, the bus. He couldn't get out of bed the day after a game, that's how much pain he was in. By Tuesday he could just manage to get down the stairs in his home by holding on tightly to the banister. By Wednesday. he felt well enough to attend practice and by Sunday he was ready to play again. Football is a tough sport where every player is in pain from the 1st game on. Most of us wouldn't be able to get out of bed for a week if we put our bodies through a pro football game.
So let's imagine the byes are all in a 2 week span. That makes 8 games a week for two weeks. I don't see how that kills fantasy football. You either a) keep playing and just have less players on the field for those weeks or B) just make that FF week last 2 weeks, therefore everybody plays and FF teams kinda have only one bye week. Heck, the NFL would probably like it since FF players would catch more games (percentage wise).
Am I the only one who always thinks Final Fantasy first when seeing FF somewhere?
No, I think of it too.
But, having to deal with 16 teams on byes... Eh. Not so much.
8 teams, much more doable.
Suppose a 2 week bye schedule looked like:
week 8: MIA, NWE, CLE, CIN, TEN, JAX, KC, SD, SF, SEA, TB, CAR, CHI, DET, NYG, WAS.
week 9: BUF, NYJ, BAL, PIT, IND, HOU, OAK, DEN, ARI, STL, ATL, NO, GB, MIN, DAL, PHI
I'd make drafting a QB much more... interesting... and then you have RBs on top of what you can play? It just becomes a very different game for 2 weeks.
Not the point though, FFB is just an aside (and when I say FFB, most of the time I think of frostfire bolt, but that's just me)... and think that the 'it's not broke, don't fix it' line is wearing thin.
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There's only 8 games in one week, 8 games in the next week.
everyone gets shown 6 regional games for the 1-2 slot, SNF and MNF that week.
aka. a full set of football 2 weeks in a row. when you reduce the choices in teams, viewership doesn't necessarly go down. how many people don't watch football on sunday when their team isn't playing?
A lot. Probably the majority of fans. It would just be dumb for the NFL to set all of that up in a two week span. Add onto the fact you have fans who will watch a great match-up if their team isn't playing, but not mediocre ones. Having only 8 games that week increases the odds for only mediocrity.