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Fantasy football, Week 5: Bye week players to consider

Don’t get stuck in a bye week rabbit hole.

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is a quarter of the way through the season, and we have officially arrived at the first bye week. There are plenty of notable fantasy football performers that owners will need to replace this week.

The Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, and Washington all will be sidelined this week. That means no Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, or Kirk Cousisn. The running back position loses the Falcons’ two-headed monster of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, while Broncos running C.J. Anderson will also be unavailable for you. If you rely on Julio Jones, Terrelle Pryor, or Demaryius Thomas, you’ll need to look elsewhere. The tight end position is the least-impacted for the time being.

Here’s a full list of fantasy-relevant players on byes this week.


Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Trevor Siemian, Kirk Cousins

Running backs

Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara, Adrian Peterson, C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles, Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine

Wide receivers

Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel, Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Willie Snead, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Bennie Fowler, Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant, Josh Doctson

Tight ends

Austin Hooper, Coby Fleener, Virgil Green, Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis