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Fantasy Football Week 8 Injury Updates: Dez Bryant, Emmanuel Sanders, Eric Decker, Anquan Boldin

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant

Although there are fewer injured players for fantasy owners to deal with in Week 8, banged-up wide receivers still lead the way position-wise. Be sure to read up on the other group of wide receivers, but as far as the second wave goes all eyes on Dallas to see if the Cowboys will have their No. 1 target back on the field.

Emmanuel Sanders (Will he play?)

Don’t forget about the injured quarterbacks/tight ends and running backs before setting your starting lineup.

Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.

Teams on bye: Buffalo, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Washington

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos vs Green Bay Packers (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Probable – Shoulder

Sanders injured his shoulder at the end of Week 6, but he was able to practice in full and should be good to go. Before they bye, he had two 100-yard games. He has three touchdowns on the year, but Peyton Manning has only thrown seven touchdowns. It's a tough matchup and Manning has struggled, but the bye week may have been good for the entire Denver offense. Sanders is a WR2 this week.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Foot

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Bryant hasn't played since Week 2, but after practicing the last two weeks, it seems possible that he may be active this week. However, he gets Richard Sherman and the Seattle defense, although the game is in Dallas. Bryant also will be catching passes from Matt Cassel and not Tony Romo, so keep that in mind too. While Bryant is a top-tier wide receiver when healthy, it's tough to trust him in his first game back this week. He's a low WR2.

Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets at Oakland Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Knee

The reports from the Jets say that all signs point to Decker playing. He has had limited practices this week, but he should be active on Sunday. It's tough because it is a later game, but for now, assume that Decker will be active in a good matchup. Most likely, fantasy owners don't have better options, but if they do, consider them in case Decker does not play. If he is active, he's a WR3.

Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

Questionable – Hamstring

Boldin showed up on the injury report after tweaking his hamstring in practice on Thursday and then not practicing on Friday. He has told reporters that he is playing on Sunday, despite the questionable tag. Boldin has put together a very up-and-down season, mostly the result of his quarterback struggling. He has two games with 100 or more yards and four games with less than 40. It's a tough matchup and until Colin Kaepernick gets right, it's hard to trust any of his pass catchers. Boldin is a WR3 this week.

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Probable – Ankle

After trying to play in Week 3, Adams has let his ankle heal, but he is ready to go in Week 8. He is the third receiver for the Packers in a tough matchup, so even if you've been hanging onto him, he is a WR4 with upside. James Jones steals the red zone work, and Randall Cobb is the No. 1 WR. However, Adams should find himself with a role in an offense that loves throwing the ball.

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants at New Orleans Saints

Out – Calf

Cruz is still out and it isn't clear when he'll be back. He isn't practicing and with six teams on a bye next week, if you need to drop him for the roster spot, don't hesitate to do so. It's unclear how effective or what his role will be when (if) he does get back on the field this year.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.