2018-2019 NFL Bye Weeks
In the midst of a long season, teams will get their one week of rest. These are called Bye Weeks for those are not aware. They vary from weeks 4-to-12, and do not really have a rhyme or reason to where they get placed. Bye Weeks can play a crucial part to a team’s seasons. Having an early Week 4 or 5 Bye Week is going to give you 11-12 games of no break football. Having a Bye Week in the middle of the season, or later can give you a reset in the middle, but also play a role of letting you rest of for the final stretch of games. In our world it has an effect on our fantasy teams. We often prep in our early draft process to make sure we cover our own Bye Weeks, but sometimes that isn’t always the case. Looking for streamers is key to doing well in fantasy, so those weeks 4-12 are going to be key.
Some Bye Weeks have more weight than others. Early on in the season you have just two teams on bye, then as you get into the Bye Weeks, you start to see four teams on bye. With the NFL playing in London these days, teams will often get their Bye Week immediately after. Most teams have that preference given the travel and time difference. However, not every team is lucky to have that. Indy in 2017 did not have the Bye Week after London, and that is a tough task to follow. Bye Weeks are also transition periods for teams that are already out of the playoff race. If they have drafted rookie quarterbacks, but have yet to start them, post Bye Weeks is often the place to start. Keep this in mind if you are getting ahead of your league and want to land a new rookie late in the year. Whether you are looking to find replacements for your Bye Week players, or keeping tabs on possible roster changes, this is the place for you. Find your replacement players, and get ready for the year.
2018-2019 NFL Bye Week Notable Players
|Week 4||Washington Redskins||Carolina Panthers|
|QB||Alex Smith||Cam Newton|
|RB||Derrius Guice||Christian McCaffery|
|WR||Jamison Crowder||Devin Funchess|
|TE||Jordan Reed||Greg Olsen|
|Week 5||Chicago Bears||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|QB||Mitch Trubisky||Jameis Winston|
|RB||Jordan Howard||Ronald Jones II|
|WR||Allen Robinson||Mike Evans|
|TE||Trey Burton||Cameron Brate|
|Week 6||Detroit Lions||New Orleans Saints|
|QB||Matthew Stafford||Drew Brees|
|RB||Kerryon Johnson||Alvin Kamara Mark Ingram|
|WR||Golden Tate||Michael Thomas|
|TE||Luke Willson||Benjamin Watson|
|Week 7||Green Bay Packers||Oakland Raiders|
|QB||Aaron Rodgers||Derek Carr|
|RB||Jamaal Williams||Marshawn Lynch|
|WR||Devante Adams||Amari Cooper|
|TE||Jimmy Graham||Jared Cook|
|Week 12||Kansas City Chiefs||Los Angeles Rams|
|QB||Patrick Mahomes||Jared Goff|
|RB||Kareem Hunt||Todd Gurley|
|WR||Tyreek Hill||Brandin Cooks|
|TE||Travis Kelce||Gerald Everett|
NFL Bye Week Fantasy Replacement Players
Week 4 is when Bye Weeks start, and we start with Washington and Carolina. Cam Newton and Alex Smith will be notable quarterback names off the table, but Ryan Tannehill is a potential fill-in at QB. Moving ahead one week, Chicago and Tampa Bay are both off but both don’t offer up a ton of huge starts to be missed. Mike Evans and Jordan Howard would be the harder names to replace. You have some New England options against Indy that could be options, but volume is going to be tricky for the Patriots as usual. Week 6 is brutal for two teams that have a lot of fantasy players. Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford both are off, but also the Saints running backs, and then all those wide receivers. While the fill-ins are not sexy, but Tampa Bay brings some fill-in options, and then well the Bills. Hopefully you are better prepared for the Week 6 Bye Week and don’t need to dive into the free agent pool last minute. Week 7 is the last of the two-team Bye Weeks for a while, but Green Bay is going to give some people trouble. Aaron Rodgers, Devante Adams, and Jimmy Graham are big absences. Oakland is also on bye, and time will tell if this is even a big deal or not. Outside of Amari Cooper and Derek Carr, most of these names are bench players already. We have reached the bulk of the Bye Weeks, seeing four teams mostly off.
Week 8 has some major names out. Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliot, and Devonta Freeman are the big running backs out. Tarik Cohen is a potential fill-in, or you might be looking at a committee back to fill-in. Julio Jones and Keenan Allen are the big wideouts out, and Marvatis Bryant and D.J. Moore are a few streaming options in good spots. Get your backup QBs ready for this week, Philip Rivers, Dak Prescott, Matt Ryan, and Marcus Mariota are all on bye. Week 9 is one that is going to hurt a lot of teams as it has six teams on bye. Odell Beckham, A.J. Green, David Johnson, Leonard Fournette, and Saquon Barkley are the biggest names out. Names from Tampa and Carolina can fill-in this week, but also Tennessee will give some wide receivers. Week 10 goes back to four teams, Denver, Baltimore, Houston, and Minnesota. DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson, and the Vikings skill players are the notable names. Jacksonville’s secondary players standout as replacement, and Washington as well. Week 11 is another big one, but the NFL clearly lumped all the below average teams into one week outside of New England. Not too worried about this week. Week 12 is the end of byes, which leaves a little hit. Kansas City and Los Angeles are the teams out, and two premier backs will be gone for potential crucial huge fantasy implications.