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Notable absent players during Week 7 byes

The NFL enters its fourth week of byes, and we start to see larger numbers of teams sidelined. Week 7 byes include the Browns, Steelers, Bucs, and Panthers. We break down the fantasy implications.

Mike Evans and Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Bucccaneers celebrate a touchdown during their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images

The NFL has one last game to wrap up Week 6, with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. There’s plenty of fantasy football options involved in the game, so I imagine quite a few matchups could be swung this evening.

This weekend was the third set of bye weeks, but the first in which four teams did not play. The Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and Oakland Raiders all sat out the weekend and return to action in Week 7. This week brings the second set of four-team byes.

Each week we’ll take a look at the notable players you’ll need to replace each week over these nine weeks. This week’s byes include the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Carolina Panthers. We’re moving into serious talent with the bye weeks, so fantasy football decisions are going to get a little more difficult.

Week 7 will see some serious skill position talent sidelined. At running back, Nick Chubb, James Conner, and Christian McCaffrey are all out. At wide receiver, Odell Beckham, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chris Godwin, and Mike Evans are all sidelined. There will be some tough decisions this coming weekend.

Cleveland Browns

QB: Baker Mayfield
RB: Nick Chubb
WR: Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry
TE: Ricky Seals-Jones, David Njoku
K: Austin Seibert

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB: Devlin Hodges, Mason Rudolph
RB: James Conner
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson
TE: Vance McDonald
K: Chris Boswell

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB: Jameis Winston
RB: Ronald Jones, Peyton Barber
WR: Chris Godwin, Mike Evans
TE: O.J. Howard
K: Matt Gay

Carolina Panthers

QB: Kyle Allen
RB: Christian McCaffrey
WR: D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel
TE: Greg Olsen
K: Joey Slye