Denver is coming off of its bye and should have all of its offensive weapons available for its Week 10 contest, while a key Cowboy wide receiver is dealing with a back issue. Which injured wideouts can you start with confidence today?
Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
The Broncos are coming off of their bye, but Welker’s lingering ankle injury was still enough of an issue to keep him from being a full-go at practice until Friday. Still, he’s listed as Probable, so it would be a shock if he wasn’t on the field against the Chargers. Welker leads all wide receivers with nine touchdown catches and even though he’s yet to post a 100-yard game this season, he’s a must-start if you own him.
Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, WRs, Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
Bryant (right) missed some practice time this week with a back issue, but he was a participant on Friday and it didn’t seem to be bothering him then. The team has said they believe Bryant’s issue is a muscle-related and not a disk problem and he is Probable for tonight’s primetime matchup with New Orleans. Bryant is a must-start, while the same can’t be said of Austin, who is Doubtful once again because of a hamstring injury. Austin is an after-thought at this point, with Terrance Williams replacing him as the starter opposite Bryant.
Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys
Listed as Questionable headed into last week’s game, Colston was deactivated prior to kickoff versus the Jets. He is Questionable yet again this week, but he was able to participate in practice on a limited basis. While it looks likely he could return, this doesn’t mean that Colston should do the same for your lineup. Despite the numbers that Drew Brees has been able to put up, Colston has just 27 catches and one touchdown on the season. Brees has been able to rely on the likes of Jimmy Graham, rookie Kenny Stills and, in the past two games, Lance Moore, to get the job done in the passing game. Brees appears to have moved on from Colston and you should probably do the same.
Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
Once again, Royal did not practice all week and is listed as Questionable on the injury report. However, this has been the case for the past two games, which were sandwiched by the Chargers’ bye, and not only did he end up playing, he caught a touchdown in each contest. Royal is typically a hit-or-miss player, and even though he’s at less than 100 percent, he appears to be in the midst of one of his hot streaks. It’s your call if you want to see if he can keep it up for another week, just don’t be surprised if Royal doesn’t come through.
Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin, WRs, Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
Two of the Bills’ 2013 draft picks got hurt last week in the loss to Kansas City. Woods sustained an ankle injury and Goodwin hurt his hamstring. Woods did not practice all week and is considered Doubtful while Goodwin was a full go on Friday and is Probable. Even with the expected return of quarterback EJ Manuel, the safest Bill wide receiver to employ right now is Stevie Johnson. Woods has been too up-and-down in recent weeks and could end up not playing at all, while Goodwin just doesn’t get enough targets to count on for consistent production.