Even though Week 10 has fewer names on the injury report, fantasy owners still need to pay attention. Many wide receivers have already been ruled out, which helps with some of the decisions as well as the four teams that are on bye.
A.J. Green is out this week and probably will miss next week as well. Dez Bryant tore his Achilles before he could suit up for the Saints, so if you took a flyer on him you can move on. Geronimo Allison, Jamison Crowder, Cameron Meredith and Tavon Austin also have been ruled out. Robby Anderson is doubtful, but fantasy owners shouldn’t expect him to play. Don’t forget to check out the running backs and be sure to confirm a questionable player's status prior to game time.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Minnesota
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Rob Gronkowski (back), TE, New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
Early on Saturday, reports surfaced that Gronkowski was ruled out for Week 10. However, later on Saturday, news circulated that Gronk traveled with the team to Tennessee. While it’s unlikely he wanted a tour of Nashville, it’s also unlikely that he plays in Week 10. Fantasy owners will know early if he’s active but they should plan on playing another TE. The Patriots have a bye in Week 11, and it seems likely that they will rest Gronk through the bye with the hope of having him healthy for the end of the season.
David Njoku (knee/ribs), TE, Cleveland Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
It seems that Njoku is banged up, but not with an injury serious enough that is going to cost him any game time. He played in Week 9 and then was limited in practice throughout the week. With the Browns' offense looking better, Njoku is a TE1 for Week 10 if active. The Atlanta Falcons have allowed three TD catches to tight ends, most notably to both of Tampa Bay's in Week 6. Check the inactive report just to make sure Njoku is not a surprise inactive, but if he plays, start him with confidence.
Sammy Watkins (foot), WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.
After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, Watkins did return on Friday for a limited session. He reportedly had a MRI on his foot and it revealed no structural damage, but that doesn’t mean that he’s in the clear. Watkins has had a history of foot problems, and his status for Week 10 should not be guaranteed, even though he is questionable. If active, Watkins is merely a flex option as he may be limited or suffer a setback.
Randall Cobb (hamstring), WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Miami Dolphins, 4:25 p.m.
Cobb has been dealing with the hamstring injury for most of the season, and he suffered a setback in practice on Thursday. He shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups, given the late start time and the injury. He’s likely going to test out the hamstring in pregame warm-ups, but even if he does play, he’s clearly not fully healthy and subject to an in-game setback as well. His absence means more targets for Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who is a WR3 this week.
Jakeem Grant (Achilles), WR, Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Most fantasy owners aren’t starting Grant anyway, but the injury should be enough to keep him on fantasy benches. Grant’s big opportunity came when Kenny Stills was out, but now that Stills is back and healthy, Grant falls to the third in line for the Dolphins, which means he shouldn’t be played in fantasy. Odds are that Grant plays this week, after putting in a week of limited practices, but is only a desperation option for fantasy.
Geoff Swaim (knee), TE, Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m.
For fantasy owners in two-tight end leagues, Swaim is likely to return in Week 10. He missed Week 9 with a knee injury, but he was able to put in limited practices this past week. He hasn’t had more than five receptions in a game since Week 3 and he hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 4. Swaim is not worth starting in most fantasy formats.
— 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.