The NFL regular season has begun, which means fantasy managers will do anything in hopes of gaining an edge over their opponent. For some, that means paying close attention to the schedule or perhaps one particular detail — 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
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
New York Giants
New York Jets