As a game-time decision, Keenan Allen fantasy owners should be making other plans
Partially due to the fact there are just two teams (Detroit, Houston) on bye; the number of fantasy-relevant wide receivers on the injury report for Week 7 is as long as it has been all season. Many of those listed below are considered questionable but will most likely play. Just be sure to check the inactive report before game time.
Wide receivers that have already been ruled out include Emmanuel Sanders, Stefon Diggs, Kenny Britt and Corey Davis. DeVante Paker is doubtful, but his owners should not plan on having him as an option this week. Don’t forget to check the quarterback/running back/tight end injury rundown before setting your lineup.
Teams on bye: Detroit, Houston
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 22 unless otherwise noted.
Demaryius Thomas (calf), WR, Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
When Thomas returned for full practices on Thursday and Friday, his status for Week 7 was no longer questionable, even though he is listed as such. With Emmanuel Sanders out, Thomas should expect to see even more targets (and he saw 14 in Week 6). Fantasy owners should feel confident with Thomas as their WR1 for Week 7.
Keenan Allen (shoulder), WR, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
Allen's fantasy owners should be a little concerned about this one. He was added to the injury report after Thursday's practice with a shoulder issue. He did not practice on Friday and is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Week 7. Because the Chargers play in the later afternoon window, fantasy owners should be prepared to be without their WR. If he plays, he's a WR2.
Kelvin Benjamin (knee), WR, Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, Benjamin did return on Friday, putting him on track to play in Week 7. He isn't going to be 100 percent and the Bears’ defense is actually tough. This may be a low-scoring game, which doesn't bode well for fantasy points. Because of the injury and the matchup, Benjamin is a WR3 this week. He will likely be active, but don't expect a great game.
Willie Snead (hamstring), WR, New Orleans at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.
Snead is still listed with a hamstring injury, but he is on track to play in Week 7. He was very limited in Week 6 in his season debut, but his role should expand and that may be the case Sunday. The matchup against the Packers is a good one, and Snead is a WR3 for this week.
Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), WR, Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Maclin owners are going to need to keep an eye on inactive report before kickoff. He practiced this week, but he also practiced last week before getting ruled out prior to game time. Odds are that he will suit up for Week 7, but nothing is guaranteed. For a player who only has one game with more than 50 receiving yards and has a tough matchup on the road against the Vikings’ stout secondary, it may be best to leave Maclin on the bench this week. He’s only a WR4 if active.
Sterling Shepard (ankle), WR, New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.
With Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall on injured reserve, the Giants need Shepard. He hurt his ankle in Week 5, and missed last week’s game. He put in limited practices and even though New York has a bye next week Shepard will probably play today. While it's hard to trust a player who is clearly not 100 percent healthy, Shepard immediately enters the picture as a WR3 with upside.
Mike Wallace (back), WR, Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Even though Wallace has only missed one game in his NFL career, he is questionable for Week 7. He was injured in Week 6, where he was hit in the back. The reports are that it is just a bruise, but that can certainly be painful and could be aggravated on another hit. The Ravens are pretty beat up right now, and odds are that Wallace is active in Week 7. If so, he's a WR3.
Jordan Matthews (thumb), WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Matthews missed the past two weeks after injuring his thumb. He's practiced this week and is on track to play in Week 7. However, he has yet to have more than three receptions in a game. He's had 61 receiving yards in two games (and 30 or less in the other two games he's played). It's hard to trust him as anything more than a WR3, especially coming off of injury.
Robby Anderson (ankle), WR, New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Anderson had four receptions for 76 yards in Week 6, but prior to that, he only had one game with more than 60 receiving yards and three with 30 or less. He did practice in full Thursday and Friday, so he should play in Week 7, however, it's hard to trust Anderson as a fantasy option. The Dolphins’ defense isn't formidable, but the Jets offense isn't exactly red hot.
Marquise Lee (knee), WR, Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, Lee did get in a practice on Friday. He is going to be a game-time decision, and with the bye looming for the Jaguars in Week 8, it's going to be a tough call. Lee hasn't been a great fantasy asset all year, although in Week 6, he did have five receptions for 83 yards on 10 targets. He's merely a desperation play this week.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.