Fantasy owners looking at the Week 8 injury report may be a bit overwhelmed. It’s the middle of the season, and with only two teams on a bye, plenty of players are banged up. Many miss practice, but these guys will still suit up on Sunday. Others may have gotten injured in practice and others may not have put in a full practice in week. The practice reports are often the best way to gauge if a player will be active on Sunday, but as always, check the inactive reports before game time.
Wide receivers that have already been ruled out for Week 8 include Davante Adams, A.J. Green, Sterling Shepard, DeSean Jackson, Will Fuller, Josh Gordon (was placed on injured reserve this week), and Tre'Quan Smith. Tight ends that also won't be playing on Sunday include O.J. Howard, Delanie Walker, and Chris Herndon. There are some QBs and RBs you should pay attention to as well.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Dallas
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Keenan Allen (hamstring), WR, Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Allen is one of those players that suffered an injury during practice. Mid-week injuries are never good news, and this is no exception. Allen is looking like he's going to be a game-time decision. Luckily for fantasy owners, the Chargers play in the early slate of games, but the team has already said Allen would be limited if active. It's going to be tough to sit him as you may not have better options, but if at all possible, leave Allen on the bench. Between the matchup and the injury it doesn't look like a great fantasy day.
Julian Edelman (chest), WR, New England Patriots vs. Cleveland Browns, 4:25 p.m.
Nothing to see here. Edelman has been questionable heading into the game for weeks and he's played every time. He's had 27 targets in the past two games. He's caught 16 of those for 160 yards. Tom Brady trusts him and uses him as often as possible, whether it is in the slot or not. Regardless, Edelman is a solid WR2 in both PPR and standard formats.
Dede Westbrook (shoulder), WR, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Westbrook had the shoulder injury heading into Week 7 and he played through it. In that game, he didn't seem to be limited and managed six receptions on nine targets for 104 yards. He missed practice this week, but still is expected to play as it didn't appear that he suffered a setback or any further injury to the shoulder. Westbrook is a WR3, but if he is limited in any way, D.J. Chark Jr.'s fantasy arrow points even further up.
Christian Kirk (ankle), WR, Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
Yet again, Kirk is a game-time decision. The team is once again "hopeful" that he will play this week, but fantasy owners have heard those lines before. Kirk hasn't played since Week 4. The Cardinals have not been very forthcoming about the nature of Kirk's injury. They had said it wasn't serious after it happened and since Week 6, they've thought he could play. At this point, until Kirk practices in full, he should be left on fantasy benches.
Tyrell Williams (foot), WR, Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans, 4:25 p.m.
Williams started the season by scoring a touchdown in every game he played. However, that streak lasted for four games, as he hasn't played since Week 4. The Raiders have missed having Williams out there, as no other receiver has stepped up in his absence. This is going to be a tough call for fantasy owners. He's a WR4 if active, but it's hard to say if he will definitively be active before the late-afternoon window. If you are debating between two players that play later (or Sunday or Monday night), you can hold off. Otherwise, start the guy playing at 1 p.m. just in case Williams isn't active.
Parris Campbell (abdomen), WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.
Campbell suffered an abdominal injury sometime either during Week 4 or shortly after and hasn't played in a game since. He had a string of limited practices this week, which should put him on track to play in Week 8. However, with T.Y. Hilton healthy, Campbell's role will likely not be the eight-target, five-reception performance he had in Week 4. If he's active, he's a WR4 but has the potential to surprise.
Jack Doyle (groin), TE, Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.
Doyle is a case of a late-week injury. He had full practices on Wednesday and Thursday, but he was listed as a limited participant on Friday with a groin injury. Late-week downgrades are never good, but the fact that he was able to get in a limited practice is promising. Fantasy owners will know his status early. If active, he's only a TE2, between the injury and the matchup.
— 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.