NFL Bye Weeks Schedule 2021

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2020 NFL Bye Weeks

The 2020 NFL schedule has been released, giving us a look into the upcoming season. Bye Weeks start at Week 5, and last until Week 13 again. There will be no international games this season, which means every team will have their true home and road games. With Bye Weeks varying, you can have a team get an early one, leaving them to play 12 weeks of football to finish off the year. Teams with later Bye Weeks can get a chance to rest up or get healthy before finishing out a crucial stretch of the season.

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. If you’re preparing for your draft, check out our Fantasy Football Bye Weeks Cheat Sheet. You can sort by players and teams. Of course, our fantasy teams will feel the Bye Week complications. This is where you can find some early help and plan in drafts and on the waiver wire. Replacements are updated throughout the season, but early on this is just a glance to get yourself ready.

2020 NFL Bye Week Schedule

Week 10: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers

Week 11: Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

Week 12: No Teams On Bye

Week 13: Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Notable Bye Week Fantasy Football Players

Week 10:

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL), Dak Prescott (DAL), Pat Mahomes (KC)
RB: Todd Gurley (ATL), Ezekiel Elliott (DAL), Austin Ekeler (LAC)
WR: Tyreek Hill (KC), Amari Cooper (DAL), Julio Jones (ATL), Keenan Allen (LAC), Calvin Ridley (ATL)
TE: Travis Kelce (KC), Hayden Hurst (ATL), Hunter Henry (LAC)

Week 11:

QB: Josh Allen (BUF), Daniel Jones (NYG)
RB: Devin Singletary (BUF), David Montgomery (CHI), Raheem Mostert (SF)
WR: Stefon Diggs (BUF), Allen Robinson (CHI), Sterling Shepard (NYG), John Brown (BUF)
TE: Evan Engram (NYG)

Week 13:

QB: Tom Brady (TB), Teddy Bridgewater (CAR)
RB: Christian McCaffrey (CAR)
WR: Mike Evans (TB), Chris Godwin (TB), D.J. Moore (CAR)
TE: Rob Gronkowski (TB)

2020 Fantasy Football Bye Analysis

Week 10

While there are only just four teams on bye in Week 10, Falcons, Cowboys, Chiefs, and Chargers take a lot of offensive firepower off the table. That is three top tier quarterbacks that you will need to replace. If Baker Mayfield floats in and out of the waiver wire as projected this season, a home matchup against Houston is a good spot for him. We can continue to look at the Carolina Panthers and Teddy Bridgewater as they have a home game against the Carolina Panthers. While the Jets and Dolphins matchup isn’t that intriguing, you will be able to take advantage of a few passing game matchups there.

Running backs and tight ends will be a tough ask to replace this week, but Noah Fant against the Raiders will be one to look at. Detroit’s backfield could be a place to look for a running back in a home matchup against the Redskins.

Week 11

Six teams are on bye in Week 11, but teams of lesser offenses. Outside of San Francisco, Buffalo, and a few players from the remaining teams, this isn’t that bad of a week late in the year. You will likely have to replace Josh Allen as your starting quarterback, but other than that, not too bad here. Once again Teddy Bridgewater in a home matchup is the way to go. There are not a lot of great passing games to target this week unless the matchups change due to injuries on the defensive side.

Week 13

The end of the bye weeks is Week 13, which is a week after Thanksgiving. Just two byes this week, which are Carolina and Tampa Bay. Christian McCaffrey will be the big one, and for those who are starting fantasy playoffs, this is a brutal two team bye. They are loaded with fantasy starts, and it is going to be tough to replace. The Bengals and Dolphins are going to be a battle of two of the poorer teams in the league, but there are going to be waiver wire options to target against these two defenses. This is a week with a lot of defensive battles and looks to be on the lower-scoring side.


NFL Bye Weeks Schedule FAQ

What are Bye Weeks?

Bye weeks are a week in the NFL where a team doesn’t play in a game. There is no matchup on the schedule. Timing of the bye week is important not only for real-life football but also for fantasy football where you have to replace players who are not playing.

When do Bye Weeks start?

Week 4. Bye Weeks always start this week, as they give teams the start to the season and make sure bye weeks end at the same time for teams. Unless the schedule changes in size, you can always count on Week 4 is the first set of byes.

When do Bye Weeks end?

Week 12. This is the final week of byes for teams, meaning they won’t have a game to play. The Thanksgiving Week prior is the only time during weeks 4-12 where every team will play. After Week 12 every team will play each weekend.

How many teams have a bye week at the same time?

Each week will have teams on bye, and this can range from just two teams, and the most teams that can have a bye week are six. Early on there will be only a few teams, and as the season progresses there will be more and more teams on bye.

Why Are There Bye Weeks In Football?

The NFL season is a long and grueling process, and teams have one bye week to help rest up. This is when teams will take some time off and also work on preparing for the rest of the season. It gives a chance for teams to catch their breath.

How Do Bye Weeks Affect Fantasy Football?

Players that are on bye for that week will not accumulate any fantasy football points for your team, meaning you will need to find players and replace them. This can be trouble if you don’t have any depth or are struggling to find players.

Do you offer the ability to search and sort by players and teams?

Yes, our NFL Bye Week fantasy football cheat sheet has everything you need. This can help you with your fantasy football team where you can search fill-in options and see into the future for how to prepare for your bye week troubles.

Does Every Team Have A Bye Week?

Yes, every team will have a bye week. While it may be on different weeks than the rest of the teams, every team will have a chance to rest up and heal up some injuries before going onto finish the rest of the season.

Are The Bye Weeks The Same Every Year?

Bye weeks will change every year, along with the schedule. The schedule will never be exactly the same, nor will the bye weeks. If a team has a bye in Week 5, they may have their Bye Week the next season in Week 8.

Do Bye Weeks Consider Thursday Night Games?

Thursday is the start of the new NFL week, which means if a team plays on Thursday, they will not have a bye. Bye weeks mean a team will not play at all, whether that is Thursday, Sunday, or Monday.

Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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