Fantasy owners may not have a lot of tough injury decisions for Week 8, but plenty of players are injured. In addition, four teams are on bye, making the player pool a little more shallow than normal (although beware, Week 9 has six teams on a bye).
Wide receivers already ruled out include Quincy Enunwa, Jamison Crowder, John Ross and Rashard Higgins. Cooper Kupp and Pierre Garcon are both doubtful, but fantasy owners shouldn't plan on them either. Plenty of running backs are injured and/or already ruled out as well. Be sure to check the inactive report before game time to be sure your players will be out on the field.
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 28 unless listed otherwise.
Allen Robinson (groin), WR, Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.
In Week 7, Robinson played through his groin issue, although he only had one catch for four yards. Robinson did practice on Friday, which means that he earns the questionable tag. The team will likely see how he feels on Saturday and in pregame warmups to determine his eligibility. Fantasy owners should not plan on using Robinson this week. His absence should mean more targets for Taylor Gabriel, who disappointed in Week 7.
Josh Gordon (hamstring), WR, New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Gordon is still on the injury report with the same hamstring injury that has plagued him since joining the Patriots. He’s played through it and has been effective. He had 100 yards in Week 7 and he will continue to be an integral part of the offense. The Bills' defense is surprisingly good, so this matchup isn’t as tempting as it might seem, but Gordon should play and is a WR3.
Randall Cobb (hamstring), WR, Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.
Cobb still is only practicing in a limited fashion, which is concerning as he hasn’t played since Week 3. The team obviously has been waiting for the hamstring to heal, but it’s going to be hard to trust Cobb in his first game back. Geronimo Allison is not on the injury report, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling has stepped up in Cobb’s absence. If Cobb is active, downgrade Valdes-Scantling.
Derek Anderson (back/calf), QB, Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Josh Allen has already been ruled out, leaving a banged-up Anderson and interception machine Nathan Peterman as the only quarterbacks on Buffalo's roster. While it is unlikely that fantasy owners were planning on starting any Bills quarterback, this should be reason to stay far away. Anderson will likely play through his injuries, but the Patriots DST is the true winner here.
Adam Vinatieri (groin), K, Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
While kickers are a dime a dozen, Vinatieri has been a solid fantasy (and real-life) kicker. He had the groin issue last week as well, and missed two extra points. He did make one field goal, but the groin may be an issue. He will play in Week 8, but fantasy owners should look for better (healthier) options.
Phil Dawson (hip), K, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
Dawson missed practice on Thursday with a hip injury, and the team added a backup kicker. While he was able to practice on Friday, fantasy owners should not be using Dawson in Week 8. He’s only attempted five field goals this year (and made three of them). Better fantasy kicker options are out there.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.