NFL Bye Week Schedule (Updated 2024): Fantasy Impact, Dates, FAQ, and More

For new NFL fans out there, bye weeks may be a source of confusion. What are NFL bye weeks, and when does each team have theirs in 2024?

While the NFL season is 18 weeks long, each team actually only plays 17 games. Each franchise is given one “bye week” during some part of the season that acts as a week off. This gives the players and coaches a chance to step away from the game for a bit, refresh, recover their bodies, and get prepared for what is always a taxing second part of the season.

Some teams have their bye week early in the season, some have it towards the back half. While what each team prefers is subjective, everyone can agree it is a much-needed chance to step away for a few days for all parties involved.

Let’s look at the 2024 NFL bye week schedule, which fantasy players may be missing each week, and then answer some frequently asked questions about the process of bye weeks.

NFL Bye Week Schedule

  • Week 5: Lions, Chargers, Eagles, Titans
  • Week 6: Chiefs, Rams, Dolphins, Vikings
  • Week 7: Bears, Cowboys
  • Week 8: None
  • Week 9: Eagles, 49ers
  • Week 10: Browns, Packers, Raiders, Seahawks
  • Week 11: Cardinals, Panthers, Giants, Buccaneers
  • Week 12: Falcons, Bills, Bengals, Jaguars, Saints, Jets
  • Week 13: None
  • Week 14: Ravens, Broncos, Texans, Colts, Patriots, Commanders

Fantasy Football Bye Week Impact

Now that we know the bye weeks, fantasy managers can start preparing for which players they could be without at various points in the 2024 season. Let’s go week-by-week and take a look at which key fantasy options managers will be without each week.

Week 5
Detroit Lions
Jared Goff, Jahmyr Gibbs, David Montgomery, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Sam LaPorta

Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert, Gus Edwards, Joshua Palmer, Ladd McConkey

Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Hurts, Saquon Barkley, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert

Tennessee Titans
Tony Pollard, Tyjae Spears, DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley, Chigoziem Okonkwo

Week 6
Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes, Isiah Pacheco, Rashee Rice, Xavier Worthy, Hollywood Brown, Travis Kelce

Los Angeles Rams
Matthew Stafford, Kyren Williams, Blake Corum, Puka Nacka, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee

Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa, De’Von Achane, Raheem Mostert, Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle

Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Jones, Ty Chandler, Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, T.J. Hockenson

Week 7
Chicago Bears
Caleb Williams, D’Andre Swift, DJ Moore, Keenan Allen, Rome Odunze, Cole Kmet

Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Rico Dowdle, CeeDee Lamb, Brandin Cooks, Jake Ferguson

Week 9
Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Hurts, Saquon Barkley, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert

San Francisco 49ers
Brock Purdy, Christian McCaffrey, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, Ricky Pearsall, George Kittle

Week 10
Cleveland Browns
Deshaun Watson, Nick Chubb, Jerome Ford, Amari Cooper, Jerry Jeudy, David Njoku

Green Bay Packers
Jordan Love, Josh Jacobs, Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, Romeo Doubs, Christian Watson, Luke Musgrave, Tucker Kraft

Las Vegas Raiders
Zamir White, Davante Adams, Jakobi Meyers, Brock Bowers

Seattle Seahawks
Geno Smith, Kenneth Walker III, Zach Charbonnet, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Week 11
Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray, James Conner, Trey Benson, Marvin Harrison Jr., Trey McBride

Carolina Panthers
Jonathon Brooks, Chuba Hubbard, Diontae Johnson, Xavier Legette, Adam Thielen

New York Giants
Daniel Jones, Devin Singletary, Malik Nabers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Baker Mayfield, Rachaad White, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin

Week 12
Atlanta Falcons
Kirk Cousins, Bijan Robinson, Drake London, Kyle Pitts

Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen, James Cook, Keon Coleman, Curtis Samuel, Dalton Kincaid

Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow, Zack Moss, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins

Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne Jr., Christian Kirk, Brian Thomas Jr., Evan Engram

New Orleans Saints
Derek Carr, Alvin Kamara, Chris Olave, Rashid Shaheed, Juwan Johnson, Taysom Hill

New York Jets
Aaron Rodgers, Breece Hall, Garrett Wilson, Mike Williams

Week 14
Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson, Derrick Henry, Zay Flowers, Mark Andrews

Denver Broncos
Javonte Williams, Courtland Sutton

Houston Texans
C.J. Stroud, Joe Mixon, Nico Collins, Tank Dell, Stefon Diggs, Dalton Schultz

Indianapolis Colts
Anthony Richardson, Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman Jr.

New England Patriots
Rhamondre Stevenson, Antonio Gibson, DeMario Douglas

Washington Commanders
Jayden Daniels, Brian Robinson Jr., Austin Ekeler, Terry McLaurin

NFL Bye Weeks FAQ

What Are NFL Bye Weeks?

Much like a bye in the NFL playoffs or any sort of tournament, a bye week is a week in which an NFL team does not play. In simplest terms, it’s a week off. Each team plays a 17-week schedule with one week off built-in for all 32 teams.

Before the league’s expansion from 16 games to 17, there were rumors the NFL might add a second bye week. That was not the case, as it appears the second bye week won’t be implemented until the NFL inevitably adds an 18th game in the not-too-distant future.

Why Do NFL Teams Have Bye Weeks?

The NFL is a grueling sport. It is without question the most physically taxing team sport, and there’s a reason every other major sport has teams play multiple games a week while the NFL schedules each team for just one.

Bye weeks provide each team with a bit of a reset as the week off helps players get rest and get as healthy as possible. It also allows players to take a mental break from the game for a few days and spend the time however they so choose, whether it’s time spent with family or a few days at a vacation spot.

How Many Teams Can Be on a Bye at the Same Time?

The number of teams on bye each week varies. Obviously, there must be an even number, but there can be as few as two or as many as six in a given week.

When Do NFL Bye Weeks Start?

The earliest the NFL has scheduled bye weeks is in Week 4. However, in 2021 and 2022, byes didn’t start until Week 6. This year, the NFL began scheduling byes in Week 5.

When Do NFL Bye Weeks End?

The latest the NFL will schedule a bye week is in Week 14. Previously, byes would stop in Week 13, but with the expansion to 17 games, the NFL naturally pushed the final set of byes back a week.

In 2022, six teams were on bye in Week 14, which was a nightmare for fantasy football players, as that is the final week of the fantasy regular season, and it put many fantasy owners in a roster-setting bind. Thankfully, in 2023, just two teams were on bye in the final week of the fantasy regular season.

Does Every Team Have a Bye Week?

As you likely surmised, the answer to this question is unequivocally “yes.” It would be unfair if some teams had to play 17 consecutive weeks while others enjoyed a week off during the season. Each NFL team has one bye week between Weeks 5 and 14 every season.

Do Bye Weeks Change Each Year?

Yes. No two NFL bye week schedules have been or will ever be the same.

The NFL schedule is an incredibly complex project that must account for hundreds of different factors and takes countless hours and manpower to put the proper schedule together.

Figuring out where to place bye weeks is just one of many different things the schedule-makers need to reconcile. As long as each team receives one bye between Weeks 5 and 14, that requirement is handled. When that bye week is for each team, it can change every season.

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