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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 5: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers
Week 6: Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks,
Week 7: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans
Week 8: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Week 9: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles
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
QB: Matthew Stafford (DET), Aaron Rodgers (GB)
RB: Aaron Jones (GB, D’Andre Swift (DET), Kerryon Johnson (DET)
WR: Kenny Golladay (DET), Davante Adams (GB), Marvin Jones (DET)
TE: T.J. Hockenson (DET)
QB: Drew Brees (NO), Russell Wilson (SEA)
RB: Alvin Kamara (NO), Chris Carson (SEA), Josh Jacobs (LV), Sony Michel (NE)
WR: Michael Thomas (NO), Tyler Lockett (SEA), Julian Edelman (NE),
TE: Jared Cook (NO), Darren Waller (LV)
QB: Ryan Tannehill (TEN), Philip Rivers (IND), Kirk Cousins (MIN)
RB: Dalvin Cook (MIN), Derrick Henry (TEN), Leonard Fournette (JAX)
WR: A.J. Brown (TEN), Adam Thielen (MIN), D.J. Chark (JAX), T.Y. Hilton (IND)
TE: Jack Doyle (IND), Jonnu Smith (TEN), Kyle Rudolph (MIN)
QB: Kyler Murray (ARI), Lamar Jackson (BAL), Deshaun Watson (HOU), Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
RB: Kenyan Drake (ARI), Mark Ingram (BAL), David Johnson (HOU), James Conner (PIT)
WR: DeAndre Hopkins (ARI), JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT), Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)
TE: Mark Andrews (BAL)
QB: Joe Burrow (CIN), Baker Mayfield (CLE), Jared Goff (LAR), Carson Wentz (PHI)
RB: Joe Mixon (CIN), Nick Chubb (CLE), Miles Sanders (PHI)
WR: Odell Beckham Jr (CLE), Jarvis Landry (CLE), A.J. Green (CIN), Robert Woods (LAR), Cooper Kupp (LAR)
TE: Austin Hooper (CLE), Tyler Higbee (LAR), Zach Ertz (PHI)
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)
QB: Josh Allen (BUF), Daniel Jones (NYG)
RB: Devin Singletary (BUF), David Montgomery (CHI), Saquon Barkley (NYG), Le’Veon Bell (NYJ), Raheem Mostert (SF)
WR: Stefon Diggs (BUF), Allen Robinson (CHI), Sterling Shepard (NYG), John Brown (BUF)
TE: Evan Engram (NYG), George Kittle (SF)
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
This is a very early outlook on some bye week advice. With still the rest of the offseason to be played out and getting into actual regular season football, this will be updated to more current news and fantasy football data.
The first round of byes is generally a small week, and that is the case again this year with Green Bay and Detroit being the two teams on bye. Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers are going to need to be replaced, and looking ahead Teddy Bridgewater is going to be an option to pick up against the Falcons in what should be a shootout. Aaron Jones is going to be the bigger fantasy stud out of the backs on bye this week. Projecting bye week replacements this early for running backs is going to be tough because the outlook is still unclear on specific backfields. We are going to see a lot of change over the next few months, and then as always injuries and committee changes will cause us to look at things differently.
However, Washington at home against the Rams has the potential to be a muddied backfield where they could be out there on the waiver wire for the week. Jacksonville’s receiving core against Houston’s secondary is an intriguing matchup. The Raiders and Giants will also be in come-from-behind type games where the pass volume will be up. That is going to be the key aspect of looking at things this early, as potential game scripts can be easier to predict in what we think should happen, and then we can look at the players who will benefit because of it.
This is a much larger bye week, with the Saints and Seahawks being the headlining teams, but Las Vegas is also going to take a few names off the board. Russell Wilson and Drew Brees will be the more likely names here to be replaced. If Drew Lock can have a strong start to the season, a home matchup for him with the new weapons will be something to watch out for. Daniel Jones is another one, who is in a home matchup against Washington. A lot of replacement running backs will be needed this week. The Lions approach is going to be interesting because if it is a split workload, or simply an unpleasant fantasy situation we could see Swift or Johnson be a potential grab against the Jaguars.
The Colts secondary wide receivers will have a strong matchup against the Bengals at home. While the Colts might not have to air it out a ton, the Bengals secondary is going to still be one to target. The same goes for the Lions, even though they replaced Darius Slay, outside of that the secondary is extremely targetable. I would look at the secondary options of the Jaguars for Week 6 if you need a replacement. The Packers failed to address their wide receiver and tight end needs but will face the Buccaneers. I would imagine others will have to step up outside of Adams.
Week 7 is a mild bye week, as the Colts, Jaguars, Vikings, and Titans are all on bye. You shouldn’t have to replace a quarterback, as most of these names are going to be backups anyway. If you find yourself needing to, Derek Carr at home against the Buccaneers secondary is worth a look. While they will be improved, this should be a positive game script for Carr needing to throw and keep up with the Buccaneers offense. This also puts their receivers in a position to be streamed that week. Any team playing Carolina this season is going to put up some massive points, and that is going to mean Carolina will have to play catch up. Their receiving core got crowded this season, and while they are more boom or bust, you can certainly look their way.
The biggest issue for Week 7 is having to replace Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook. Leonard Fournette will be a replaceable need as well. The Chargers going on the road with this defense are going to try and run the ball and let their defense do the work. Miami is an opponent that should work against, and Justin Jackson should get a bulk of the work.
This is when the waiver wire and bench depth is going to be tested for your fantasy teams. Arizona and Baltimore having the week off is going to cause some trouble. Factoring in that Houston, Pittsburgh, and even Denver are not playing either, this is tough. Four quarterbacks that are going to be your starters are going to need to be replaced. We can look back at Teddy Bridgewater facing the Atlanta Falcons again, and Baker Mayfield is playing at home against the Raiders. If you are in a shallow league, Philip Rivers against the Lions is not a bad look either. Much like we talked about before, Colt’s secondary wideouts will be worth a look in plus matchups. The same goes for Carolina.
Replacing Kenyan Drake, Mark Ingram, Melvin Gordon, James Conner, and David Johnson is going to set a lot of teams back for this week at the running back position. The Colts and Lions both drafting rookie running backs and throwing them into a depth chart with other potential starters, we may or not have clarity at even Week 8 in the season. This could give us a couple of committee choices to use here.
After a brutal set of byes in Week 8, Week 9 takes it easy on us just a bit. We are going to take a good guess that Cam Akers will be the starter in Los Angeles, so we will add him into the list of Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, and Miles Sanders needing to be replaced. If Green Bay’s run defense carries over into this season, we could look at the 49ers committee, although likely more in shallow leagues. The Chargers are in a game where they can ground and pound their way to a win, which puts Justin Jackson in play. Other than that it is looking pretty tough for replacing backs this far out in advance. The positive is that we should have more chances to pick up players just a shade after the halfway point.
Now there are going to need to be some wide receiver replacements this week. We can point right back towards the Panthers’ secondary options in the passing game as they will desperately need to keep up with the Kansas City Chiefs. The same goes for the Dolphins as they go on the road against the Cardinals. Now the Cowboys secondary is not going to be great, and the Steelers will have a couple of options to potentially grab in a game that could turn into a shootout.
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.
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. With the Chris Thompson signing in Jacksonville we could see him be a PPR value in games where Jacksonville is trailing. That should be a lot of them, so the game script can benefit him in some weeks.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.