A handy list to help fantasy owners manage those pesky bye weeks
The unveiling of the 2021 NFL regular-season schedule means that fantasy players can finally start looking forward to the upcoming campaign. And with the schedule comes that one detail for each team that can't be ignored — the bye week.
This season also marks the introduction of a 17-game schedule, which gifts fantasy owners one more week to fret over matchups, injuries, and their lineups. It also means an even longer wait for some teams to get their first breather, as the bye weeks for 2021 start in Week 6 and stretch all the way to Week 14. That means four teams (Indianapolis, Miami, New England and Philadelphia) won't have their bye until the second week of December.
The 17-game schedule does allow for the bye weeks to be spread out a little more. Last season, they were originally scheduled to span eight weeks until COVID-19 caused several games to be postponed and eventually moved to a different date. Four or fewer teams are on bye each week with the exception of Week 7, which has six.
So love them or loathe them at least fantasy owners know when the byes are and what teams will be missing which week. So plan accordingly... or just continue to ignore them altogether.
2021 NFL Bye Week Schedule
Week 6: Atlanta, New Orleans, New York Jets, San Francisco
Week 7: Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh
Week 8: Baltimore, Las Vegas
Week 9: Detroit, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Washington
Week 10: Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New York Giants
Week 11: Denver, Los Angeles Rams
Week 12: Arizona, Kansas City
Week 13: Carolina, Cleveland, Green Bay, Tennessee
Week 14: Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Philadelphia
|Green Bay||Week 13|
|Kansas City||Week 12|
|Las Vegas||Week 8|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Week 7|
|Los Angeles Rams||Week 11|
|New England||Week 14|
|New Orleans||Week 6|
|New York Giants||Week 10|
|New York Jets||Week 6|
|San Francisco||Week 6|
|Tampa Bay||Week 9|