Week 7 is the mid-point of the fantasy season (assuming playoffs start in Week 14), and fantasy owners have plenty of injury situations to digest. Several players have already been ruled out completely, while there is a lengthy list of those who are listed as questionable. While some of these are likely to play, others will go down to wire, otherwise known as the dreaded game-time decision.
However, there is no question about those who have already ruled out. That group includes Ben Roethlisberger, Doug Martin, Carlos Hyde, Theo Riddick, DeAngelo Williams, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett, Markus Wheaton, Jordan Reed, Eric Ebron, and Jordan Cameron. In addition, John Brown, Steve Smith Sr., and Robert Woods are all Doubtful, but it’s probably safest to consider them out as well.
That brings us to those who are listed as Questionable. Below is the latest on a quarterback and a few running backs, while the list of wide receivers and tight ends is just a little bit longer. Be sure to check the inactive list before game time and be prepared to dig deep into your bench or the waiver wire to round out your Week 7 starting lineup.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Dallas
Note: All games are on Sunday and times are ET.
Carson Palmer (hamstring), QB, Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
With Ben Roethlisberger already ruled out, Palmer is the only quarterback with a questionable tag, but he will be fine to play Sunday night. After missing practice Wednesday and putting in limited practices Thursday and Friday, he is good to go for Sunday. However, with one of his receivers (John Brown, Doubtful) most likely out and another (Jaron Brown, Questionable) banged up, plus facing the Seahawks’ defense, he's going to be hard to trust. He's merely a QB2 for fantasy purposes.
LeSean McCoy (hamstring), RB, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
This is the big one for Week 7. Reports on Thursday had McCoy being ruled out for this game. However, he’s officially listed as Questionable, giving him the chance to play. He injured his hamstring on Wednesday in practice and missed Thursday’s session. He was limited on Friday, and he will be a game-time decision. Based on the practice reports and how McCoy was running, it seems he would be more Doubtful than Questionable. McCoy also has a history of lingering hamstring injuries, and while that may not factor in the Bills’ decision to play him, fantasy owners should be adding Mike Gillislee in all formats. Even if McCoy is active, he's going to be hard to trust in Week 7.
Latavius Murray (toe), RB, Oakland Raiders at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
After missing the last two weeks with turf toe, Murray is on track to return for Week 7. He put in limited practices this week, but is expected to play. However, for fantasy owners, the Oakland running back situation is one to avoid. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard both have split carries in the past two weeks, and no back on the roster has stood out as a lead back. With Murray back in the rotation, the expectation is that all three will have carries, and none truly have fantasy value.
Dwayne Washington (ankle), RB, Detroit Lions vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
Similar to the running back situation in Oakland, Detroit’s backfield options also should be avoided for fantasy purposes. Newcomer Justin Forsett should see more work, Zach Zenner will be involved in passing downs, and Washington is on track to suit up as well after putting in limited practices this week. Theo Riddick is still out, but the other three backs should split carries. Washington may see the most work, but the Lions may also choose to stick with the hot hand. All three should be avoided if possible in fantasy.
— 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.
(LeSean McCoy photo courtesy of www.buffalobills.com)