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Notable absent players during Week 9 byes in 2021 NFL season

The NFL has four teams on bye weeks in Week 9 so we’re going over the notable players who won’t be playing for fantasy football purposes.

Tom Brady #12 and Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate after a touchdown during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Week 9 will feature some significant matchups on the schedule, but one notable team will be sidelined. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of four teams on bye this week. With apologies to the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Football Team, the Bucs are the big fish of this group that will get a week to get healthy.

The Bucs bye means fantasy football managers will have to figure out alternatives to players like Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Leonard Fournette. Brady entered Week 8 as the second-ranked quarterback and Evans was the seventh-ranked wide receiver. Notably, the Bucs defense ranked third in fantasy points scored this season.

This is a big off week for the Seahawks as Russell Wilson will be eligible to return from injured reserve in Week 10. Reports on his rehab have been positive, but we won’t get a clear picture of his Week 10 status until sometime that week.

You’ll want to keep an eye on DKNation, 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 9.

Detroit Lions

QB Jared Goff
RB D’Andre Swift
RB Jamaal Williams
WR Kalif Raymond
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown
TE T.J. Hockenson

Seattle Seahawks

QB Geno Smith
RB Alex Collins
RB Rashaad Penny
WR DK Metcalf
WR Tyler Lockett
WR Freddie Swain
TE Gerald Everett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Tom Brady
RB Leonard Fournette
RB Ronald Jones
RB Giovani Bernard
WR Chris Godwin
WR Mike Evans
WR Tyler Johnson
WR Antonio Brown
TE Rob Gronkowski
TE OJ Howard
TE Cameron Brate

Washington Football Team

QB Taylor Heinicke
RB Antonio Gibson
RB J.D. McKissic
WR Terry McLaurin
WR Adam Humphries
TE Ricky Seals-Jones