As has been the case for several weeks now, the fantasy wide receiver injury report is too long to fit into one article, and Week 9 is no exception in that respect. While the early game names to know are covered here, there are plenty of key targets that fantasy owners need to be mindful of in the late games too.
Teams on bye: Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Seattle
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Probable – Foot
After playing in Week 8 and not suffering a setback, Bryant will be active on Sunday night. He played over three-quarters of the snaps in Week 8 and should improve upon that this week. The Eagles allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. While his upside is still limited by Matt Cassel, Bryant should be in lineups as a WR1.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Foot
This is one of the toughest injuries for fantasy owners this week. Let's make it simple: take Hilton out of your lineups. Between it being a late game on Sunday, the injury, and the matchup against Denver’s top-ranked defense, he's not worthy of starting. It's unclear what exactly is wrong with Hilton's foot, if he had a MRI, or what the results were. But the bottom line is that the Broncos’ defense is tough and a banged-up Hilton won't be successful fantasy-wise even if he's active.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Out – Knee
VJax has been ruled out, which should not be a surprise, given that he didn't practice this week, again. He missed last week, and Donteea Dye filled in, to the tune of one reception for four yards. Mike Evans is in line for a big day, and if Austin Seferian-Jenkins can play, will see plenty of targets as well. Watch next week's practice reports for Jackson's Week 10 status.
Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Doubtful – Hamstring
If you were Boldin, with a balky hamstring, a tough matchup, a bye week ahead in Week 10, and Blaine Gabbert now in as your starting quarterback this week, would you play? We didn't think so. Take Boldin out of your lineups for Week 9. He should be ok by Week 11, but monitor the practice reports following the 49ers’ bye. At this point, there isn't a San Francisco offensive player, let alone a wide receiver, that is a recommended start.
Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Hamstring
Randle has been playing through his hamstring injury for two weeks, and his performance has suffered from it. He's lost the burst to run after the catch, as evidenced in last week's 5/55/0 performance when Eli threw the ball 41 times for 350 yards and six touchdowns. Randle shouldn't be started in fantasy leagues until he can get healthy. He's losing targets to Dwayne Harris while he's banged up.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Ankle
After missing two weeks with an ankle injury, Agholor should return on Sunday night. However, fantasy owners shouldn't wait to make sure he's playing. Agholor was a sleeper coming into the season who has yet to pan out. Sam Bradford's struggles haven't helped either, but at this point, Agholor is barely worth owning in fantasy. He has eight receptions for 105 yards on the year – in five games.
Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears at San Diego Chargers (Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Out – Knee
While it didn't look like Royal was going to be active, it is nice for fantasy owners that he has already been ruled out for Monday night. He has 26 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown through the six games he's played this season. He's been dealing with injuries all year and likely won't be fully healthy this season. Marquess Wilson will step in on Monday night in his place, but is a WR3 at best.
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Out – Hamstring
Hankerson will miss his second game (although he essentially missed most of Week 7 after injuring the hamstring at the beginning of the game). Tight end Jacob Tamme has excelled in Hankerson's absence, grabbing 10 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown in Week 8. Tamme should continue to see a boost in targets. Hankerson didn't practice all week and fantasy owners will have to monitor how/if he practices after the Falcons' bye week in Week 10.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Out – Calf
Another week, another game Cruz will miss. He's still not practicing, even though he says his MRIs have been “clean.” At this point, if you've been hanging on to him, your waiver wire must be pretty thin. If there is anyone else out there to take a flyer on, grab them and drop Cruz. He may not see the field in 2015.
— 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.