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Notable absent players during Week 10 byes in 2021 NFL season

The NFL has four teams on bye weeks in Week 10 so we’re going over the notable players who won’t be playing for fantasy football purposes.

Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after scoring a second half touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Week 10 will feature some significant matchups on the schedule, but there are plenty of fantasy assets that will be absent from your lineups. The Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, and Houston Texans will all have a bye next week.

Out of those four teams, fantasy football managers will be scrambling to find replacements for the Bengals. Second-year QB Joe Burrow has been tremendous this season and entered Week 9 as the ninth-ranked quarterback, while standout rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is ranked third among all wide receivers in the NFL. Then, there’s veteran running back Joe Mixon, who has been a weekly must-start RB1 over the last few seasons and second-year wide receiver Tee Higgins, who has been a nice WR2/FLEX play in fantasy football.

Another team to keep an eye on is the Bears, who might have David Montgomery returning back to the field in Week 11. Montgomery was designated to return off of injured reserve earlier this week. If the former Iowa State running back comes back, then that could take snaps away from rookie running back Khalil Herbert. Herbert entered Week 9 as the 46th-ranked running back, but has been productive as the Bears’ starting running back.

You’ll want to keep an eye on DKNation throughout the week, as we’ll go through some players worth picking up for use as stop gaps for this tough bye week. In the meantime, here is a list of notable players on the four teams that will be sidelined in Week 10.

Chicago Bears

QB Justin Fields
RB David Montgomery (injured)
RB Khalil Herbert
RB Damien Williams
WR Allen Robinson
WR Darnell Mooney
TE Cole Kmet

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Joe Burrow
RB Joe Mixon
WR Ja’Marr Chase
WR Tee Higgins
WR Tyler Boyd
TE CJ Uzomah

New York Giants

QB Daniel Jones
RB Saquon Barkley
RB Devontae Booker
WR Sterling Shepard (injured)
WR Kenny Golladay
WR Darius Slayton
WR Kadarius Toney
TE Evan Engram
TE Kyle Rudolph

Houston Texans

QB Tyrod Taylor
RB Phillip Lindsay
RB David Johnson
WR Brandin Cooks
TE Jordan Akins