Wide receivers have littered the injury report in recent weeks and even with four teams on bye, Week 7 is no exception. The early games are full of fantasy-relevant names you need to know about, starting with the early kickoff across the pond in London featuring the Bills’ M*A*S*H wide receiver corps and the Jaguars’ Allen twins. Don’t forget to check the banged-up WRs in the late games, as well as the key QB/TE and RB injuries.
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Teams on bye: Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay
Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets at New England Patriots
Probable – Calf
Marshall showed up on the injury report on Thursday with a calf injury, but the probable tag means he's likely good to go on Sunday. He's a high WR2 against the Patriots, who give up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. They've let wide receivers score a touchdown in four of five games so far this year, and multiple wide receivers on the same team score touchdowns in two of those games.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Questionable – Concussion
Maclin did officially pass through the league's concussion protocol and he should be good to go on Sunday. The Steelers’ secondary can be beaten through the air, but Alex Smith has looked lost since Jamaal Charles got injured. Maclin was averaging over seven receptions a game prior to exiting the Week 6 game early, and will have to be the focal point of the Chiefs’ offense moving forward if they are going to have any success. He's a high WR2 for Week 7.
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets at New England Patriots
Probable – Knee
Decker practiced in full on Wednesday, but was limited on Thursday. Because he did get the probable tag, the assumption is he was just getting a little rest. He should be good to go on Sunday and is a high-end WR2 in a game where the Jets are going to be throwing the ball a lot. Decker has a touchdown in every game he's played this season (four) and that streak should continue in Week 7.
Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills (London, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Probable – Shin
Robinson will likely be active, but he drops to a WR3 this week. He has three touchdowns in the past two weeks, but he has a tough matchup this week. Look for TE Julius Thomas and WR Allen Hurns to both finish with better numbers than Robinson in Week 7. If you have Robinson, start him as your third wide receiver, but don't look for him to repeat last week's numbers.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills (London, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Probable – Ankle
Both Allens of Jacksonville are on the injury report and both are probable, meaning that both will likely play. However, even though Robinson is the No. 1 wide receiver in Jacksonville, Hurns is the better play for Week 7 and is a high WR3. Buffalo has shut down the No. 1 receiver for opposing teams over the past four weeks:
Week 6: A.J. Green, 4/36/0
Week 5: Kendall Wright, 3/29/0,
Week 4: Odell Beckham Jr., 5/38/0
Week 3: Jarvis Landry, 8/67/0
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta Falcons at Tennessee Titans
Probable – Ribs
Hankerson was able to practice in full on Friday, so he should be good to go on Sunday. Since his massive Week 4 game, he's totaled five receptions for 50 yards. He's a WR3 against a Titans defense that has given up the fifth-fewest points to wide receivers. They have allowed five touchdowns over five games to wide receivers (through the air, six if you count Jarvis Landry's rushing touchdown in Week 6), so it is possible Hankerson finds the end zone.
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. Cleveland Browns
Questionable – Thigh
While Cleveland’s top cornerback Joe Haden is out for this game, Tavon Austin's WR3 status doesn't change. The Rams struggle to move the ball through the air, and the Browns have the worst rush defense in the league. Look for this to be the Todd Gurley show with the rest of the team just adding yards where they can. Austin will likely play, but with an average of three receptions per game, he's a touchdown-dependent WR3.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (London, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Out – Ankle
After leaving the stadium on crutches in Week 6, it’s not surprising that Watkins was ruled out earlier this week. With Watkins and Percy Harvin both out, the top two wide receivers for Buffalo are now Robert Woods and Chris Hogan. In Week 6, Woods had four receptions for 47 yards on six targets. Hogan had two receptions for 31 yards on five receptions. EJ Manuel will likely target both, but each is still nothing more than a risky WR3.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Out – Hamstring
Each week it appears that it may be getting close to DJax's return, but each week, he's been ruled out. The Redskins have a bye in Week 8, and it is possible he plays in Week 9, but it's hard to hold on to a player that hasn't recorded a catch in 2015.
Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (London, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Out – Not Injury Related
Harvin is listed as out, but the reason given is “Not Injury Related," which is somewhat curious. This could be more related to his contract than the truth. Harvin his dealing with a hip injury and there have been reports that not only could he be out multiple weeks, but that he also has considered retirement. The latter has been shot down for the most part, but the fact remains there’s no reason to keep Harvin on your roster.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins
Out – Hamstring
Shorts has been ruled out, but Nate Washington is back. DeAndre Hopkins is the only Houston wide receiver you want to start in fantasy leagues, and owners looking to capitalize on Jaelen Strong's Week 5 performance need to wait a little longer.
Harry Douglas, WR, Tennessee Titans vs. Atlanta Falcons
Out – Ribs
Douglas is out, which means that Dorial Green-Beckham and Justin Hunter should have more opportunities to step up. DGB is capable of having a true breakout game, and while it may not come this week, he's an intriguing boom-or-bust WR in Week 7.
— 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.