NFL Bye Weeks Schedule 2018

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.

Bye WeekTeams on Bye
Week 4Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins
Week 5Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 6Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints
Week 7Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 8Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans
Week 9Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 10Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings
Week 11Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, New England Patriots
Week 12Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams

2018-2019 NFL Bye Week Notable Players

Week 4Washington RedskinsCarolina Panthers
QBAlex SmithCam Newton
RBDerrius GuiceChristian McCaffery
WRJamison CrowderDevin Funchess
TEJordan ReedGreg Olsen
Week 5Chicago BearsTampa Bay Buccaneers
QBMitch TrubiskyJameis Winston
RBJordan HowardRonald Jones II
WRAllen RobinsonMike Evans
TETrey BurtonCameron Brate
Week 6Detroit LionsNew Orleans Saints
QBMatthew StaffordDrew Brees
RBKerryon JohnsonAlvin Kamara Mark Ingram
WRGolden TateMichael Thomas
TELuke WillsonBenjamin Watson
Week 7Green Bay PackersOakland Raiders
QBAaron RodgersDerek Carr
RBJamaal WilliamsMarshawn Lynch
WRDevante AdamsAmari Cooper
TEJimmy GrahamJared Cook
Week 8Los Angeles ChargersDallas CowboysAtlanta FalconsTennessee Titans
QBPhillip RiversDak PrescottMatt RyanMarcus Mariota
RBMelvin GordonEzekiel ElliottDevonta FreemanDerrick Henry
WRKeenan AllenAllen HurnsJulio JonesCorey Davis
TEVirgil GreenRico GathersAustin HooperDelaine Walker
Week 9Cincinnati BengalsArizona CardinalsIndianapolis ColtsPhiladelphia EaglesNew York GiantsJacksonville Jaguars
QBAndy DaltonJosh RosenAndrew LuckCarson WentzEli ManningBlake Bortles
RBJoe MixonDavid JohnsonMarlon MackWendell SmallwoodSaquon BarkleyTJ Yeldon
WRAJ GreenLarry FitzgeraldT.Y. HiltonAlshon JefferyOdell Beckham Jr.Donte Moncrief
TECJ UzomahRicky Seals-JonesJack DoyleZach ErtzEvan EngramJames O'Shaughnessy
Week 10Denver BroncosBaltimore RavensHouston TexansMinnesota Vikings
QBCase KeenumJoe FlaccoDeshaun WatsonKirk Cousins
RBRoyce FreemanAlex CollinsLamar MillerDalvin Cook
WRDemaryius ThomasMichael CrabtreeDeAndre HopkinsAdam Thielen
TEMatt LaCosseHayden HurstRyan GriffinKyle Rudolph
Week 11Buffalo BillsCleveland BrownsMiami DolphinsSan Francisco 49ersNew York JetsNew England Patriots
QBDerek AndersonBaker MayfieldRyan TannehillCJ BeathardSam DarnoldTom Brady
RBLeSean McCoyNick ChubbKenyan DrakeMatt BreidaIsaiah CrowellJames White
WRKelvin BenjaminJosh GordonDeVante ParkerPierre GarconRobby AndersonJulian Edelman
TECharles ClayDavid NjokuMike GesickiGeorge KittleClive WalfordRob Gronkowski
Week 12Kansas City ChiefsLos Angeles Rams
QBPatrick MahomesJared Goff
RBKareem HuntTodd Gurley
WRTyreek HillBrandin Cooks
TETravis KelceGerald Everett

NFL Bye Week Fantasy Replacement Players

Week 4:

QB: Ryan Tannehill (@NE)
RB: Duke Johnson (@OAK)
WR: Antonio Callaway (@OAK)
TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (@NYJ)

Week 5:

QB: Sam Bradford (@SF)
RB: Sony Michel (vs IND)
WR: Jordan Matthews (vs IND)
TE: Tyler Eifert (vs MIA)

Week 6:

QB: Blake Bortles (@DAL)
RB: Ronald Jones II (@ATL)
WR: Terrelle Pryor (@IND)
TE: Clive Walford (@IND)

Week 7:

QB: AJ McCarron (@IND)
RB: Royce Freeman (@AZ)
WR: Zay Jones (@IND)
TE: Vernon Davis (@DAL)

Week 8:

QB: Jameis Winston (@CIN)
RB: Tarik Cohen (vs NYJ)
WR: Christian Kirk (vs SF)
TE: Ricky Seals-Jones (vs SF)

Week 9:

QB: Mitch Trubisky (@ BUF)
RB: Duke Johnson Jr. (vs KC)
WR: DJ Moore (vs TB)
TE: Cameron Brate (vs TB)

Week 10:

QB: Derek Carr (vs LAC)
RB: Austin Ekeler (@OAK)
WR: Donte Moncrief (vs IND)
TE: Vernon Davis (@TB)

Week 11:

QB: Eli Manning (vs TB)
RB: Dion Lewis (@IND)
WR: Sterling Shepard (vs TB)
TE: Cameron Brate (@NYG)

Week 12:

QB: Dak Prescott (vs WSH)
RB: Matt Bredia (@TB)
WR: Marquise Goodwin (@TB)
TE: CJ Uzomah (vs CLE)

Fantasy Analysis

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.

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