The list of wide receivers on the Week 7 injury report is the longest it's been all season, so be ready to study up fantasy owners. While some players will likely play, there are plenty of guys who are legitimately questionable or will be a game-time decision. It is more important than ever to check the inactive report Sunday morning to make sure all the players in your lineup are in fact, active.
At least fantasy owners already know these guys are NOT playing: Ben Roethlisberger, Doug Martin, Carlos Hyde, Theo Riddick, DeAngelo Williams, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett, Markus Wheaton, Jordan Reed, Eric Ebron, and Jordan Cameron. In addition, wide receivers John Brown, Steve Smith Sr., and Robert Woods are all Doubtful, but it’s probably safest to consider them out as well.
But as was already referenced, there are still quite a few wide receivers who are Questionable. Which ones will play, which will be a game-time decision and what should you do with any of these guys? Keep reading to find out what I think and be sure to check out the quarterback/running back and tight end rundowns before setting your lineups.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Dallas
Note: All games are on Sunday and times are ET.
T.Y. Hilton (hip) WR, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
Fantasy owners were concerned when Hilton missed practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. However, he returned to practice Friday and is good to go for Week 7. He did have an off week in Week 6 (3-49-0), but should bounce back against a Titans team that has allowed three different WRs to post more than 100 receiving yards. Hilton is tied for first in the league in targets (64, tied with Antonio Brown) and has had double-digit targets in five out of the last six games. He's a solid WR1.
Terrelle Pryor (hamstring), WR, Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Thankfully for fantasy owners, Cleveland is in the early slate of games, as it looks like Pryor will be a game-time decision. He missed practice all week, but the Browns are holding out hope that their best (only?) offensive weapon will be able to play on Sunday. For those who have Pryor on their roster, the safest bet is to find another option. Pryor will be limited and is at risk for re-injury during the game. While he's a solid WR2 if healthy, he drops to a desperation WR4 for Week 7, if active.
Travis Benjamin (knee), WR, San Diego Chargers at Atlanta Falcons, 4:05 p.m.
After missing practice on Wednesday, Benjamin did return for a limited session on Thursday. He is expected to play in what should be a high-scoring game. The Falcons have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. While Benjamin had a rough Week 6, he was facing Denver. Against Oakland, in Week 5, he had seven receptions for 117 yards. He may not repeat those numbers, but he's a solid WR2.
Stefon Diggs (groin), WR, Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
Diggs has been dealing with a groin injury for about a month, and it did cost him the Vikings last game prior to their Week 6 bye. He returned to practice this week, but still earned the Questionable tag entering today’s game. Diggs has struggled since suffering the injury, after starting the season with a league-leading 285 receiving yards and a touchdown in the first two games. Given the injury and the tough matchup (Philadelphia has only allowed one 100-yard receiver and two TDs), Diggs is a WR3.
Julian Edelman (foot), WR, New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m.
Fantasy owners are likely frustrated with Edelman at this point. Since Tom Brady’s return, Edelman has managed just nine receptions for 65 yards. Typically a PPR monster, Edelman just hasn't been targeted much this year. Perhaps that will change in Week 7, as it is a good matchup with the Steelers. However, between being listed as Questionable with the same foot injury and the rough past two weeks with Brady, Edelman is a low WR2.
DeSean Jackson (hamstring), WR, Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
After not practicing Wednesday or Thursday, Jackson returned to full practice Friday and is on track to play on Sunday. The Lions allow the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Included in that damage is nine TDs, which bodes well for Jackson. He's proven to be a touchdown-dependent wide receiver this year, with only two games where he has more than 55 receiving yards (one of which he scored a touchdown). His value is higher in standard leagues, but he is still just a WR3.
Kamar Aiken (thigh), WR, Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Aiken was downgraded to limited in Thursday's practice, which was worrisome for fantasy owners, but he should be fine to play on Sunday. While most fantasy owners aren't looking at starting Aiken, in deeper leagues, he is an interesting option with Steve Smith Sr. listed as Doubtful, but in all likelihood he won’t play. Aiken had six targets, which he converted into four receptions for 64 yards in Week 6 with Smith out. Aiken will continue to get targets, but his fantasy value is limited to deep leagues.
Jaron Brown (knee), WR, Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
Brown injured his knee in Week 6's Monday night game and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He was able to put in a limited session on Friday, but is Questionable for Sunday night. Fantasy owners are best leaving him (and John Brown, who is Doubtful, but likely out) out of their lineups. Between the late game time, the injury, and the tough matchup, Jaron Brown isn't worth starting in fantasy. The Arizona’s receiving corps is banged up, which means the offense will feature a heavy dose of David Johnson.
— 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.