While Week 2 was brutal in terms of injuries to running backs, it wasn't so kind to wide receivers either. Courtland Sutton is now on injured reserve and out for the season and the injury report is littered with the names of other receivers.
Some fantasy owners are going to have a tough time this week because the playing status for several key wide receivers is up in the air. There is a lengthy list of those who have already been ruled out (see below), but several more that are considered Questionable or Doubtful.
Fantasy owners should always make sure that their starting lineup is active. The best way to do this is to check the inactive report released by the teams before game time. One thing to potentially be aware of is that there was one Atlanta Falcons player (cornerback A.J. Terrell) that tested positive for COVID-19. The rest of the team was tested on Saturday and the team will have results on Sunday. Be sure to check to make sure that no other Falcons players are ruled out before game time.
A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans
Jamison Crowder, New York Jet
Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
Breshad Perriman, New York Jets
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Sept. 27 unless otherwise noted.
Julio Jones (hamstring), WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Jones did not practice all week, but he's not someone that needs to practice to play. However, it may be possible that Jones does miss this game in order to try to give his hamstring time to heal. The Falcons don't have a bye until Week 10, so the team may decide that a healthier Jones is better than forcing him out there to potentially make his injury worse. Fantasy owners will know early if Jones is active. If he is, do not count on WR1 production.
Update 11:38 a.m. EST: Julio Jones has been ruled OUT.
Kenny Golladay (hamstring), WR, Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
This is another tough one for fantasy owners. Golladay has said that the hamstring injury that has kept him off the field so far this season is still not 100 percent. He did put in a limited practice on Wednesday, but he may end up being on a snap count if active on Sunday. Because of his potential to succeed, fantasy owners should start him if active, but they may not know his status until later in the day on Sunday. He's a WR2/3 if active.
Julian Edelman (knee), WR, New England Patriots vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m.
Edelman was questionable heading into Week 2 and he had eight receptions for 179 yards. He saw 11 targets, following seven in Week 1. Cam Newton seems to want to throw the ball to Edelman and N'Keal Harry, which makes them the two Patriots receivers to start in fantasy. However, Newton only threw the ball 19 times in Week 1. He upped that to 44 times in Week 2, but 23 of those targets were to Harry and Edelman. Edelman should be ranked higher than Harry and is a WR3.
Jerry Jeudy (ribs), WR, Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.
Courtland Sutton is on injured reserve and done for the season, and Jeudy should be the beneficiary of his absence. However, Jeudy looks to be a game-time decision. He is dealing with a ribs injury, and it seems that he should be able to play. This is a tough one for fantasy owners, though, because the Broncos play in the later afternoon slate of games. The safest bet is to keep Jeudy sidelined if possible, but some fantasy owners may be able to wait to see if he can play. He's a WR3 if active.
N'Keal Harry (ankle), WR, New England Patriots vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m.
Harry is on the injury report with an ankle injury, but he's fully expected to play in Week 3. He's been a target hog over the past two weeks (six in Week 1 and 12 in Week 2). In Week 2, he had 72 yards. Harry hasn't found the end zone yet, but that may happen in Week 3 when the Patriots face the Raiders. Harry is a WR3/4 for this week.
Sammy Watkins (concussion), WR, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Watkins did have a full practice on Saturday, but concussions are known to cause players to miss the game even if they attend practice. All signs point to Watkins playing, but it's going to be hard to trust him with the Chiefs playing on Monday night. If Watkins is active, he's more of a WR4. If you have another option, play that WR over Watkins.
Kenny Stills (illness), WR, Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Stills practiced until he was listed with an illness on Friday. Typically players play through an "illness" designation, but in the COVID-19 era, it's certainly not a given. Fantasy owners should plan on keeping Stills on the bench, regardless. He has a total of two receptions for 16 yards through two games this year.
Braxton Berrios (hamstring), WR, New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts, 4:05 p.m.
Some fantasy owners that were truly desperate at wide receiver were looking at Berrios off the waiver wire. However, now that he's dealing with a hamstring injury of his own, he's not a starting option. The Jets pass catchers are pretty much all injured, and it's hard to recommend starting anyone from this offense.
— 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.