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The NFL season is on the horizon, and 2019 NFL schedules were released recently. Everything is set up to take a look at who plays who, but also the 2019 Bye Weeks Schedule set up for each team. Early on in the season it is usually pretty light, where the latter weeks begin to pile up. This can cause a headache for fantasy, so it is best to know when these Bye Weeks are occurring to prepare. Bye weeks starts in Week 4, so let's jump in.
Week 4 - San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets
Week 5 - Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins
Week 6 - Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders
Week 7 - Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 8 - Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys
Week 9 - Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints
Week 10 - Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins
Week 11 - New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
Week 12 - Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings
Looking ahead, Bye Weeks are super light early on. Week 4 isn't a big deal, although Le'Veon Bell owners will need to adjust, but other than that it is pretty quiet. The same goes for Week 5. Between Miami and Detroit there are a few options that will be held out, but once again pretty light. The Bucs and Bills present a lot options to pick up during these weeks just based on anticipated free agents or late draft picks. Week 6 and 7 pick up quite a bit, where we see some bigger names take a week off. Quarterback is a big one, as Andrew Luck, Baker Mayfield, Ben Roethlisberger, and Cam Newton are all out. This also takes out some big running backs, as Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb, James Conner, and the Bears backs are out. Austin Ekeler in PPR leagues is a viable fill in, as well as It'o Smith for Atlanta. In terms of quarterbacks it isn't pretty, but Josh Allen should be available during Week 7.
Week 8 is the calm before the storm, with Baltimore and Dallas being out. The big three for Dallas will be missed by many, but Derek Carr is out there as a fill-in, and the Eagles committee will have options to fill in at running back. Arizona faces New Orleans, and their wide receivers should be out for the choosing. From weeks 9-12 we see the heaviest of teams on bye. In addition, it seems like the good offenses have Bye Weeks late in the year. For Week 9, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, and Drew Brees will be out. Sam Darnold takes on Miami, and will likely be floating around to fill-in. Denver also plays Tampa in Week 9, which is going to be a streaming offense to target. Week 10 is no different with DeShaun Watson, Tom Brady, and Carson Wentz out. Sam Darnold is there once again, and Andy Dalton isn't a bad fill-in against Cleveland.
Week 11 shortens a bit, but the presence is felt. Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Saquon Barkley are the bigger names going to miss out from your fantasy lineups. Baltimore takes on Houston at home, which opens up some room for fill-in options. Baltimore will have some boom or bust wide receiver options to use throughout the year. Kansas City, Minnesota, and the Los Angeles Chargers are going to have a lot of teams missing out on passing game weapons.