NFL Bye Weeks Schedule 2021

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2021 NFL Bye Weeks

The 2021 NFL Season will be the first season in history with 17 games played by each team. This has lead to an expanded 18 game schedule. One of the most significant changes for the league and fantasy players will be the new Bye week schedule that begins in Week 6 and runs until Week 14. This means that fantasy playoff schedules will have to account for the fact that Byes run very late into the season.

There seems to be zero rhyme or reason as to why certain teams have certain Bye weeks or how many teams have Byes in a certain week. Weeks 8, 11, and 12 all have two teams on Bye. Week 7 will be the biggest Bye week with a total of six teams. Then, Weeks 6, 9, 10, 13, 14 all have a total of four teams on Bye. This will take some time to get used to as in previous years, as the first and last possible Weeks had the smallest amount of teams on Bye.

2021 NFL Bye Week Schedule

Week 6: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets

Week 7: Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 8: Baltimore Ravens, Las Vegas Raiders

Week 9: Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team

Week 10: Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans

Week 11: Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos

Week 12: Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs

Week 13: Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans

Week 14: Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots

2021 Fantasy Football Bye Analysis

The first big change that you will see this season is the Week 14 Bye. You will need to make sure that your league structure does not have playoffs in Week 14, as you never want Byes to affect playoff games. This year has a wide range of bye weeks, with some weeks being two teams and most weeks being four teams. There is one crazy week in Week 7 where six teams will be on Bye, and fantasy managers will need to prepare for that.

However, when drafting this year, I would ignore the Bye week issues for season long. This is because the Byes start so late that your team will look pretty different from when it did on Draft Day. Therefore, going with the best value with each pick is probably the best course of action.

For Best Ball leagues, you will be most affected by the new rules. Best Ball does not allow for any transactions and simply takes your best possible score each week. You will want to make sure you have a startable lineup each and every week to maximize your season-long score and set yourself up for success.


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 6. This is the first year that Bye weeks start on this week. This is probably good as nobody wanted the Week 4 Bye due to the fact it was so early on. Now, every week seems like a great week to get the Bye as it starts later in the season.

When do Bye Weeks end?

Week 14. This is the final week of byes for teams, meaning they won’t have a game to play. Again, 2021 was the first season to have a Week 14 Bye, which is extremely late, even for an 18 week season. Only two seasons in the past eight have had a Week 13 Bye with the old 17-week schedule.

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.

Matthew Amato is a UC Berkeley Economics and Philosophy graduate. Matthew follows and writes about the NFL, Fantasy sports, MLB, European soccer, Professional Lacrosse, and e-sports. He has managed his own tournament baseball team and coached high school lacrosse. In his free time, Matthew used to compete competitively in Call of Duty and Counter-Strike.

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