Even with only two teams (Detroit, New Orleans) on a bye, plenty of fantasy owners need to check the inactive report before game time this week. The number of all position players (even kickers!) on the injury report that have fantasy relevance is seemingly the highest it has been all season.
For wide receivers, T.Y. Hilton and Rashard Higgins have already been ruled out (neither should be a surprise). However, plenty of others are listed as questionable. There also are key running backs and tight ends as a well as a few quarterbacks who are injured and should be confirmed as active before considering them for your lineup.
Teams on bye: Detroit, New Orleans
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 14 unless listed.
Geronimo Allison (hamstring) and Randall Cobb (hamstring), WRs, Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:15 p.m. (Monday)
In Week 5, both Allison and Cobb were inactive, leading the way for Marquez Valdes-Scantling to post seven receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. This situation is going to be tough because both haven’t really practiced all week, but they play on Monday night. For fantasy purposes, don’t expect either to play. The Packers have a bye in Week 7, and it makes sense to let two of their top three receivers get healthy. However, if fantasy owners are desperate to start either, be sure you have Valdes-Scantling as a back-up option.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) and Chris Hogan (thigh), WRs, New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m.
Gordon has been battling a hamstring injury for weeks, but he’s been able to play through it. Last Thursday night, he had two receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots have been slowly easing Gordon into their game script (he played 21 of 70 snaps in Week 5), but he should be considered a WR3 against the Chiefs. Hogan, meanwhile will likely play, but he has fallen out of fantasy relevance with Julian Edelman back and Gordon now in the mix.
Jamison Crowder (ankle), WR, Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Pretty much all of the Redskins are on the injury report this week. Crowder is probably the most owned Redskins wide receiver, but note that Paul Richardson (knee, shoulder) and Josh Doctson (heel) are questionable too. Doctson missed Week 5 and hasn’t shown signs of being active for Week 6. Crowder and Richardson didn’t practice all week. It seems the Redskins are going to start Maurice Harris against the Panthers. Look for tight end Jordan Reed to get plenty of work and the Panthers DST to be a great option.
Pierre Garcon (shoulder) and Trent Taylor (back), WRs, San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
The 49ers are hurting at wide receiver, although Marquise Goodwin is off the injury report. Garcon missed practice on Thursday and Friday, which does not bode well for his playing status. Odds are that most fantasy owners aren’t starting Garcon (or Taylor), and neither should be considered. Between the game not being played until Monday and the fact that the 49ers are struggling offensively, leave Garcon and Taylor on the waiver wire.
DeVante Parker (quad), WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Parker hasn’t played since Week 3, and at this point, even if he is active, he shouldn’t be on fantasy rosters. The Dolphins are struggling on offense, and Parker isn’t going to give them the spark they need.
— 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.