The fantasy wide receiver injury report is the longest it’s been all season – and that's with six teams on bye in Week 8! There are more than enough injured wide receivers to cover to split into two groups. Below are those playing in the early games, including 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff in London. Here you will find the latest on those injured wide receivers playing in the later games.
As always, be sure to check the inactive report before game time to ensure that the players in your starting lineup are active. And don’t forget to read up on the quarterback/running back and tight end lists before setting your lineup.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco
Note: All games are on Sunday an all times are ET.
T.Y. Hilton (hip), WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Don't let the hip injury fool you: Hilton is healthy and is ready to go. He's been a target monster this year and that should continue in Week 8, even with Donte Moncrief likely back. Over the past five games, he has averaged seven receptions a game. He has three 100-yard games in that span and four touchdowns. The Kansas City Chiefs give up the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Hilton is a solid WR1 for Week 8.
John Brown (hamstring), WR, Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
It is still unclear how effective Brown will be after missing Week 7 and practicing in a limited session all week. He's been dealing with leg/hamstring issues related to sickle cell trait. The Cardinals have said all week that he will play in Week 8, and the matchup with Carolina is a good one. The Panthers have allowed an opposing wide receiver to score a touchdown in each of the past three games. Brown is a risk/reward WR2 for this week as it's hard to gauge how effective he will be based on the leg issue.
Michael Floyd (hamstring), WR, Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Floyd has struggled all season and is now banged up with a hamstring injury. He missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, returning to a limited session on Friday. The limited practice does put him on track to play, but he is someone that owners should check the inactive report before the game just to be sure he’s playing. Even if he’s active, however, fantasy owners should find better options. Even with Jaron Brown out (torn ACL), Floyd just hasn't been a big part of this offense. He's a desperation WR3 for this week if active.
DeSean Jackson (hamstring, shoulder), WR, Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 9:30 a.m. (London)
Jackson has put in limited practices and is on track to play. He's a little banged up and therefore gets a break during practices during the week. He's only found the end zone once this year, and he hasn't had more than 55 receiving yards in the past four weeks. He typically is a big-play receiver, and is a WR3 with the potential to have a great stat line at the end of the day.
Donte Moncrief (shoulder), WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
After fracturing his shoulder in Week 2, Moncrief returned to practice and is likely going to play today. The matchup with the Chiefs is a great one, but it is hard to trust a player that has missed so much time due to injury. He's a WR3 for Week 8 but should be picked up in all leagues (he's currently 73 percent owned on Yahoo!). The Colts have a bye in Week 10, but the value of Moncrief as the second receiver in an offense that likes to throw the ball is worth it.
Julian Edelman (foot), WR, New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
In Week 7, Edelman finally had nine receptions, which is what fantasy owners had been hoping for all season (or at least since Tom Brady returned). He has three games with 60 or more receiving yards and four games with fewer than 40. He's averaging a little more than five receptions a game, and is only a WR3. The foot injury may not keep him out of the game, but it may be limiting him.
Robert Woods (ankle), WR, Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
With Marquise Goodwin out with a concussion, on paper, it appears to open the door for a big day for Woods. However, he was limited in practice and may be limited on Sunday with an ankle injury. He missed Week 7, but had five receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in Week 6. That stat line is the ceiling for Woods, as fantasy owners shouldn't expect monster numbers. He's a WR3.
Jamison Crowder (groin), WR, Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 9:30 a.m. (London)
The groin injury isn't the biggest concern for Crowder owners. Rather, the likely return of tight end Jordan Reed is the biggest concern. In the two weeks when Reed was out, Crowder had 10 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown. However, he has been inconsistent when Reed has been active. Crowder is a desperation WR4 for Week 8.
— 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.