The 2024 NFL schedule has officially been released, giving fantasy football fans their first glimpse at the all-important bye weeks for the 2024 NFL season.

Find out which teams drew the dreaded Week 14 bye week and which quarterbacks to pair with the top options in best ball formats.

NFL Bye Weeks 2024, by Week:

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

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When does each NFL team have a bye week?

  • 49ers: Week 9
  • Bears: Week 7
  • Bengals: Week 12
  • Bills: Week 12
  • Broncos: Week 14
  • Browns: Week 10
  • Buccaneers: Week 11
  • Cardinals: Week 11
  • Chargers: Week 5
  • Chiefs: Week 6
  • Colts: Week 14
  • Commanders: Week 14
  • Cowboys: Week 7
  • Dolphins: Week 6
  • Eagles: Week 5
  • Falcons: Week 12
  • Giants: Week 11
  • Jaguars: Week 12
  • Jets: Week 12
  • Lions: Week 5
  • Packers: Week 10
  • Panthers: Week 11
  • Patriots: Week 14
  • Raiders: Week 10
  • Rams: Week 6
  • Ravens: Week 14
  • Saints: Week 12
  • Seahawks: Week 10
  • Steelers: Week 9
  • Texans: Week 14
  • Titans: Week 5
  • Vikings: Week 6

Which NFL teams are on bye Week 14?

The Ravens, Broncos, Texans, Colts, Patriots, and Commanders are on bye in Week 14 of the 2024 season.

Notable Fantasy Players on bye Week 14:

Lamar Jackson, C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson, Jayden Daniels, Derrick Henry, Joe Mixon, Jonathan Taylor, Zay Flowers, Courtland Sutton, Stefon Diggs, Nico Collins, Tank Dell, Michael Pittman, Terry McLaurin, and Mark Andrews will all be on bye in Week 14.

Why is a Week 14 bye week bad for fantasy football?

Week 14 is the first round of the fantasy playoffs in some formats and the final week for many more. Players on bye will not be available for one of the most important weeks on the fantasy football schedule.

Bye Week Pairings for Top Quarterbacks, 2024 Fantasy Football:

Fantasy Quarterbacks on Bye Week 5: Jalen Hurts

The first bye week of the season should not be too painful from a quarterback perspective aside from Jalen Hurts.

Jared Goff is the next highest-drafted quarterback set to miss Week 5, and he is currently the QB16 in ADP.

Matthew Stafford could be an interesting pairing for Hurts given his cheap draft cost (QB19) and expected game environment against the Packers in Week 5.

That game currently has a 48.5-point total, the highest on the Week 5 slate.

The Packers made some improvements to the secondary this offseason, most notably signing Xavier McKinney to a big deal, and were pretty good against fantasy quarterbacks last season.

Still, that game environment matched with the Rams’ weapons in the passing game makes things as interesting as possible when looking outside the top 15 quarterbacks in ADP.

Fantasy Quarterbacks on Bye Week 6: Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is not coming off his best fantasy season and could be without Rashee Rice for some time, but he is still the QB4 in early ADP.

Caleb Williams is not the cheapest option as the current QB11, but he has an enticing matchup with the Jaguars in London.

Jacksonville struggled against quarterbacks a season ago, and while they do have a new coordinator and some new faces on defense, it is not difficult to imagine they could struggle against the pass again this season.

Fantasy Quarterbacks on Bye Week 12: Josh Allen, Joe Burrow

This week is not as bad as the QB apocalypse below, but it is still tough to have the current QB1 (Josh Allen) and current QB7 (Joe Burrow) in ADP out in the same week this late in the season.

There are also not that many later-round quarterbacks whose matchups stand out in Week 12.

Geno Smith is somewhat interesting at home against the Cardinals, a defense that should be better but still has questions throughout.

Matthew Stafford is at home against the Eagles in Week 12 on Sunday Night Football, but we should expect the Philly secondary to be much better this season.

There has to at least be some interest in Justin Herbert, currently the QB17 in ADP.

That draft position is justified given what we have seen from Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman offenses in the past, and the Ravens defense Herbert plays on Monday night in Week 12 was very good last year.

That said, Baltimore had a lot of turnover including in the coaching staff and have an offense that could push the Chargers to throw.

It is hard to predict anything this far out, but just betting on Herbert’s talent and pairing him with someone like Allen at a very low draft cost makes sense without even considering bye weeks.

Fantasy Quarterbacks on Bye Week 14: Lamar Jackson, C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson, Jayden Daniels

Having Lamar Jackson (QB3 in current ADP), C.J. Stroud (QB5), Anthony Richardson (QB6), and Jayden Daniels (QB13) out for what is a pivotal week in many fantasy leagues is diabolical.

Jordan Love is a little too pricey for this exercise at QB10, and his matchup against the Lions in Week 14 might not be as juicy as it looks using 2023 numbers given the improvement Detroit has made on defense this offseason.

Still, the total in that game is a solid 48 points.

Geno Smith has another matchup against the Cardinals this week, which is worth mentioning.

Kirk Cousins, currently the QB18 in ADP, has a reunion with the Vikings in Minnesota if someone wants to take a stroll down Narrative Street.

Aaron Rodgers might be the most interesting name here.

The Jets game against the Dolphins currently has a 47.5-point total, and Miami’s defense is arguably worse than it was last year, although their pair of injured pass rushers should be back to 100% by this point in the season.

The current QB20, Rodgers might not be a bad pairing with someone like Jackson in best ball formats.

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