Fantasy: Quarterback bye-week replacement guide

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Bye weeks shouldn't be a major concern when selecting a fantasy quarterback, but you should keep them in mind to avoid being left empty-handed when your QB1 is unavailable.

Consider this an early cheat sheet. It shows which quarterbacks you should target on the waiver wire in the weeks leading up to your starter's bye.

We took into account how the potential replacements should fare in 2021, how opposing defenses performed against fantasy quarterbacks last year, and how those defenses may improve heading into this season.

You can view our complete fantasy quarterback rankings here.

Week 6

Bye Top Replacements
Matt Ryan Sam Darnold vs. MIN
Jameis Winston Justin Fields vs. GB
Trey Lance/Jimmy Garoppolo Carson Wentz vs. HOU
Zach Wilson Tua Tagovailoa at JAX
Drew Lock/Teddy Bridgewater vs. LV
Kirk Cousins at CAR
Cam Newton vs. DAL

Week 7

Bye Top Replacements
Josh Allen Sam Darnold at NYG
Dak Prescott Tua Tagovailoa vs. ATL
Justin Herbert Cam Newton vs. NYJ
Trevor Lawrence Jameis Winston at SEA
Kirk Cousins Trey Lance/Jimmy Garoppolo vs. IND
Ben Roethlisberger Derek Carr vs. PHI
Baker Mayfield vs. DEN

Week 8

Bye Top Replacements
Lamar Jackson Sam Darnold at ATL
Derek Carr Kirk Cousins vs. DAL
Carson Wentz vs. TEN
Jared Goff vs. PHI
Zach Wilson vs. CIN

Week 9

Bye Top Replacements
Russell Wilson Baker Mayfield at CIN
Tom Brady Tua Tagovailoa vs. HOU
Ryan Fitzpatrick Jameis Winston vs. ATL
Jared Goff Carson Wentz vs. NYJ
Drew Lock/Teddy Bridgewater at DAL
Cam Newton at CAR

Week 10

Bye Top Replacements
Deshaun Watson Carson Wentz vs. JAX
Joe Burrow Jameis Winston at TEN
Daniel Jones Cam Newton vs. CLE
Justin Fields Drew Lock/Teddy Bridgewater vs. PHI
Derek Carr vs. KC
Sam Darnold at ARI

Week 11

Bye Top Replacements
Matthew Stafford Tua Tagovailoa at NYJ
Drew Lock/Teddy Bridgewater Baker Mayfield vs. DET
Jameis Winston at PHI
Trey Lance at JAX
Cam Newton at ATL
Derek Carr vs. CIN

Week 12

Bye Top Replacements
Patrick Mahomes Tua Tagovailoa vs. CAR
Kyler Murray Justin Fields at DET
Cam Newton vs. TEN
Derek Carr at DAL
Zach Wilson at HOU

Week 13

Bye Top Replacements
Aaron Rodgers Carson Wentz at HOU
Ryan Tannehill Tua Tagovailoa vs. NYG
Sam Darnold Kirk Cousins at DET
Baker Mayfield Trey Lance at SEA
Justin Fields vs. ARI
Zach Wilson vs. PHI

Week 14

Bye Top Replacements
Jalen Hurts Sam Darnold vs. ATL
Carson Wentz Jameis Winston at NYJ
Tua Tagovailoa Drew Lock/Teddy Bridgewater vs. DET
Cam Newton Trey Lance at CIN
Derek Carr at KC
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