Week 7 is here, and the fantasy football injury report is still long. Not quite as long as Week 6, but there are still plenty of injuries to digest. The quarterbacks and tight ends are pretty straightforward this week, with two quarterbacks already ruled out and one as a game-time decision (but not looking good), along with two tight ends that should be active and one game-time decision (but will likely try to give it a go).
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Teams on bye: Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Questionable – Knee
While Roethlisberger has the questionable tag, it doesn't appear that he will play in Week 7. He has put in some limited practices, and his playing status for Week 8 looks good. However, he technically has the chance to play this week. If he does play, he's a QB1 (and Antonio Brown owners rejoice). Landry Jones, as a fill-in, is a high QB2 against a terrible Kansas City secondary that has allowed the second-most touchdown passes in the league.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Knee
Gates did not practice this week and will likely be a game-time decision for this afternoon. It's terrible news for his fantasy owners, because the Raiders have been the worst against tight ends. Philip Rivers loves finding Gates in the red zone, and he had the potential to be the No. 1 tight end of Week 7. Gates will likely try to play, but unless it is announced early Sunday morning, fantasy owners will be faced with a tough decision. If you can obtain Ladarius Green, do it, and start him in case Gates is not active. Otherwise, cross your fingers and hope he plays or err on the side of caution and play it safe and plug in another tight end.
Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills (London, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Probable – Chest
Thomas has bruised ribs, but is fully expected to play in Week 7. Last week, Thomas had seven receptions for 78 yards and a
touchdown. It is clear that the Jags want him involved in the passing game, and in the red zone, and they will look to use him there as much as possible. The matchup against Buffalo, which has struggled against the pass in general and at time against tight ends, is pretty favorable. He's a TE1 this week.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Questionable – Concussion
Reed returned to practice and did pass through the league's concussion protocol on Thursday, so he should be active on
Sunday. When he plays, he's a TE1, so enter him in your lineup as such. With DeSean Jackson still out, Reed should compete for the most targets on the team. He has averaged six receptions and about 70 yards a game so far this season. He's only scored one touchdown, and the Buccaneers have only allowed one touchdown to a tight end this season (Delanie Walker, Week 1). However, Reed is still a TE1.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (London, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Out – Knee
Even though Taylor travelled with the team to London, he has already been ruled out for Sunday. EJ Manuel will start for the Bills for the second week in a row. Last week, he threw for 263 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He's a QB2 for Week 7.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans vs. Atlanta Falcons
Out – Knee
Mariota did not practice on Friday and has been ruled out for Week 7. Zach Mettenberger will be the Titans’ starting quarterback, for better or worse. The Titans’ offense has been struggling with Mariota, and Mettenberger shouldn’t make things any worse. He may actually help the pass catchers, as he can get the ball downfield. He shouldn't be considered a fantasy starting option, however.
— 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.