By this point of the fantasy season, many players are on the injury report and fantasy owners have to be aware of which ones on their roster may be out or playing at less than 100 percent. The information here is based on the week's practice reports and chatter from the teams and those who cover them. As always be sure to check the inactive list on Sunday morning to see who is active and who is out.
Players that have already been ruled Out include: 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.
While Reed, Ebron and Cameron are out, there are several key tight ends that are considered Questionable. Be sure to check out their situations below and don’t forget about the quarterback/running back and wide receiver lists before setting your lineups.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Dallas
Note: All games are on Sunday and times are ET.
Martellus Bennett (ankle), TE, New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m.
In a week where Rob Gronkowski is miraculously not on the injury report, Bennett still appears. He put in limited practices, but is in no danger of missing Sunday's game. Gronk was the tight end with the big game last week, as Bennett only had five receptions for 48 yards. However, both are TE1s because of 1) Tom Brady and 2) red zone potential/usage.
Jimmy Graham (knee/hip), TE, Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals, 8:30 p.m.
All reports point to Graham playing Sunday night. It's tough for fantasy owners because it is the Sunday night game, but at this point, they should count on being able to plug Graham into the lineup. It is a tough matchup with the Cardinals, who allow the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. They haven't allowed more than five receptions or 52 receiving yards to an opposing TE, and they yet to surrender a touchdown to one either. However, Arizona hasn’t faced many elite tight ends, so Graham is still a low-end TE1.
Tyler Eifert (back), TE, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
Eifert is shaping up to be a game-time decision, although if he does play, he will likely be limited. He did have a full practice on Thursday, but after missing the first six weeks of the season, when he does come back, he will likely be on a snap count. Fantasy owners that have hung on to him this far should continue to keep him on the bench for Week 7. If he is available (owned in about 69 percent of Yahoo leagues!), he should be picked up although he might not make an impact until after the Bengals’ Week 9 bye.
Julius Thomas (ankle), TE, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m.
Thomas initially was a full practice participant but was downgraded to limited by the end of the week. It's unclear the extent of his injury, but fantasy owners should monitor the inactive reports for him. Thankfully he is playing in one of the early games, so fantasy owners will know with plenty of time to spare if he is active. If he does play, he's a TE1 against a Raiders team that is giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Charles Clay (ankle), TE, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Clay is on the injury report, but he is fully expected to play. With the team dealing with injuries to LeSean McCoy and Robert Woods, Clay may end up being the focal point of the Bills’ offense. He's had five receptions in each of the past three games and has averaged about 60 receiving yards. He faces a Dolphins defense that has allowed two touchdowns to tight ends this year. It wouldn't be shocking if Clay ends up with the most targets on the team in Week 7. He's a good bye-week fill-in TE2 with TE1 upside.
— 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.