A handy list to help fantasy owners manage those pesky bye weeks
Generally speaking, fantasy owners fall in one of two camps when it comes to bye weeks. They either love them for the opportunity to think strategically or they loathe them and view them as nothing more than an annoying nuisance.
This year's bye weeks were initially laid out slightly different compared to last year in that they were set to start one week later (Week 5). But that changed when the first game (Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee, Week 4) was postponed and moved to another spot on the schedule (Week 7) because of COVID-19 concerns. More postponements followed because of situations with other teams, resulting in a series of changes that as of Oct. 11 had seen 10 games rescheduled to later in the season. This also means that nine teams — Baltimore, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee — have had their bye weeks change from what it was entering this season.
These changes actually spread out the byes a little more. There are no longer any weeks with more than four teams on bye.
So love them or loathe them at least fantasy owners know when they byes are and what teams will be missing which week. So plan accordingly... or just continue to ignore them altogether.
2020 NFL Bye Week Schedule
Week 4: Pittsburgh*, Tennessee*
Week 5: Denver*, Detroit, Green Bay, New England*
Week 6: Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers*, New Orleans, Seattle
Week 7: Baltimore*, Indianapolis, Miami*, Minnesota
Week 8: Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville*, Washington
Week 9: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia
Week 10: Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, New York Jets*
Week 11: Buffalo, Chicago, New York Giants, San Francisco
Week 13: Carolina, Tampa Bay
|Green Bay||Week 5|
|Kansas City||Week 10|
|Las Vegas||Week 6|
|Los Angeles Chargers*||Week 6|
|Los Angeles Rams||Week 9|
|New England*||Week 5|
|New Orleans||Week 6|
|New York Giants||Week 11|
|New York Jets*||Week 10|
|San Francisco||Week 11|
|Tampa Bay||Week 13|
*Indicates a team that had its bye week changed as a result of the schedule adjustments made by the NFL because of games that were moved due to COVID-19 concerns.