For Week 7, the length of the injury reports fantasy owners have to come through are helped by the fact that four teams are on bye. That does not, however, change their importance, especially as it relates to wide receivers and tight ends.
At least fantasy GMs already know that Cooper Kupp, Jamison Crowder, Quincy Enunwa, Ted Ginn Jr. (who went on injured reserve this week), Rashard Higgins and Dante Pettis have already been ruled out. On Saturday, Atlanta's Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu were declared good to go for Monday night. The outlook, however, is not as promising for a certain tight end.
At tight end, Jack Doyle and Niles Paul won't play and neither will kicker Matt Bryant. With Ryan Tannehill and Josh Allen already ruled out, there are no key quarterbacks on the injury report but there are several running backs worth paying attention to. Be sure to check the inactive report before game time to make sure the players you are considering starting will be out there.
Teams on bye: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Rob Gronkowski (back/ankle), TE, New England Patriots at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
The Bears have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in every game this season except Week 1. Gronkowski hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1. However, reports surfaced on Saturday that Gronkowski did not travel with the team to Chicago. He was then given a doubtful tag, making it seem that the back injury (not the ankle injury as he's played through that) is a bigger deal than originally thought. Fantasy owners should make alternate plans at tight end for Week 7 (and possibly longer).
Allen Robinson (groin), WR, Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
The Bears did seem a bit concerned with Robinson’s status on Friday, even though he put in a limited practice (after missing Thursday’s session). Fantasy owners should also be concerned, even if Robinson is active. This has the makings of Robinson playing, but not being very productive. The safest bet is to keep Robinson on fantasy benches, but with four teams on bye and other injuries, that may not be possible. He’s a risky WR3.
Greg Olsen (foot), TE, Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
After playing in Week 6, Olsen did not appear to suffer any setbacks. He had four receptions for 48 yards in a game where he played nearly every snap. The Panthers were managing his practice reps, but he doesn't even have a designation on the injury report heading into Sunday's game. He should play and will be a TE1, but the Eagles have done a good job limiting opposing TEs so maybe temper expectations some.
Julian Edelman (heel), WR, New England Patriots at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Unlike Rob Gronkowski, Edelman made the trip to Chicago. He’s been limited in practice all week but should play. If Gronk sits this game out, the Patriots are going to need Edelman more than before as Tom Brady will likely be looking for an outlet for short passes. In PPR leagues, Edelman is a WR2; he’s a WR3 in non-PPR formats.
Josh Gordon (hamstring), WR, New England Patriots at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Gordon has been on the injury report with the hamstring injury since he joined the Patriots. There is no danger of him missing Week 7 against the Bears. He’s been on the field for the majority of snaps, and that should continue in Week 7, especially with Rob Gronkowski likely out. He’s a WR3.
Pierre Garcon (shoulder), WR, San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.
Dante Pettis has been ruled out and Garcon is questionable again for Week 7. However, given the struggles of the 49ers' offense, Garcon shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups. With Marquise Goodwin healthy and George Kittle stepping up, those are the only two 49ers pass catchers that should be started in fantasy.
— 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.