The good news is that while the overall number of injured wide receivers is high, many of these aren’t going to impact fantasy owners’ decisions, unless they are in deeper leagues. But any injury is worth attention, especially in a week where Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Washington are on bye. This means that guys like Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Terrelle Pryor (among others), aren’t options this week.
Wide receivers already ruled out because of injury include Jordan Matthews, Corey Davis, Kenny Golladay and John Ross. Kenny Britt is listed as doubtful, but likely won’t see the field this week either. As always be sure to check the inactive report before kickoff.
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 8 unless otherwise noted.
Davante Adams (concussion), WR, Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
After leaving last Thursday night's game in an ambulance, it's a relief just to see Adams listed as questionable. He was limited in practice after taking an illegal hit to the head/neck that resulted in a concussion. He was cleared from the concussion protocol on Saturday and made the trip to Dallas, so there's a pretty good chance he will play. He will most likely be a game-time decision. Fantasy owners that have the luxury of waiting for the late afternoon games should play him if active. However, owners need to have a backup plan in case he ends up not playing.
Jeremy Maclin (hand), WR, Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
Maclin put in full practices all week, so fantasy owners should plan on him playing in Week 5. The hand injury popped up on the injury report this week, but doesn't seem to be a concern. What is a concern is the Ravens’ offense. Maclin is the No. 1 receiver on the team and in the past two weeks he has a combined total of four receptions for 29 yards and no touchdowns. He's a low WR3 this week.
Tyrell Williams (neck), WR, Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
After a slow start to the year, Williams erupted in Week 4 for five receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. He practiced fully all week, so fantasy owners shouldn’t be concerned with the questionable tag for a neck issue. He'll play in Week 5, but his history is one of having good games and games where he seemed to disappear. This has been his pattern so far this year as well. Consider him a WR4 for Week 5.
Marqise Lee (ribs), WR, Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
While most fantasy owners don't own Lee (and they shouldn’t unless they are in deep leagues), it does look like he is going to be out for Week 5. He must have suffered a rib injury in Week 4 as he showed up on the injury report on Wednesday. He didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday and only put in a limited practice on Friday. For fantasy owners, it leaves Allen Hurns as the only fantasy-relevant pass catcher on the Jaguars. Hurns flirts with WR2 status if Lee is out.
J.J. Nelson (hamstring), WR, Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
It's always tough to trust Nelson, as he is a boom-or-bust player. He scored touchdowns in the first two games of the season. However, he then had to deal with a hamstring injury which has hampered his performance. He played but didn't record a catch in Week 3. In Week 4, he had three receptions for 34 yards. Nelson will play in Week 5, but he's hard to trust as more than a WR4.
John Brown (quad), WR, Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
After playing in Week 4 and putting in limited practices this week, Brown will play, although he should be treated as a WR4. He had three receptions for 47 yards in Week 4, but Carson Palmer seems to favor Larry Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown. While the Eagles’ defense can be beat through the air, Brown still appears to be limited a bit by the quad injury.
— 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.
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