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Week 8 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Dez Bryant, Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb, Chargers WRs

Dez Bryant

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There are so many wide receivers listed as Questionable on the Week 8 injury report that the list had to be split into two parts to make it easier for fantasy owners to digest. Part one covered all those in the early games. Here is the second group, those in the later games. These wide receivers are more difficult to gauge since their games happen later. Most of these guys will play, but it doesn’t hurt to have other options at the ready, just in case.

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Besides wide receivers, there are some quarterback/running back and tight end injuries you need to be aware of before setting your lineup.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

Note: All games on Sunday unless otherwise noted. All times are ET.

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Ty Montgomery (illness), WR, Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, 4:25 p.m.

Montgomery was limited in practice all week with an illness, however, there has not been any concern with his ability to play on Sunday. With Randall Cobb banged up and the running back situation still a mess, Montgomery is a solid WR2. Depending on your league, he may have running back eligibility as well. Regardless of where you can play Montgomery, he should have plenty of opportunities for scoring fantasy points, both on the ground and catching passes.

Dez Bryant (knee), WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.

Bryant hasn't played since Week 3 with a knee injury, but he's expected to return Sunday night against the Eagles. Trusting a player coming back from a multi-week injury is always tough, but Bryant is a solid player and has been close to playing for weeks. He is a high-risk WR1 for Week 8. The Eagles’ defense is actually quite good against opposing wide receivers, allowing just one WR to finish with more than 100 yards (Antonio Brown in Week 3) and yielding just three TDs to the position. Bryant will likely play, and should be in most starting fantasy lineups.

Randall Cobb (hamstring), WR, Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, 4:25 p.m.

When Cobb (above, right) was listed as missing practice on Wednesday, fantasy owners weren't worried yet, as many players get that day off at this point of the year as a rest day. However, when he was "extremely limited" on Thursday, it was cause for concern. He was limited again on Friday, and while a limited practice does put him on track to play, fantasy owners should be a little nervous. The matchup is great in what may end up being a shootout, but Cobb's effectiveness may be in jeopardy. Fantasy owners will likely still start him as it's a late game and they may not have better options, but he is a low WR2 with chance of aggravating his hamstring injury today.

Travis Benjamin (knee), WR, San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m.

Benjamin put in limited practices all week, but the matchup should worry fantasy owners more than the knee injury. The Denver has allowed just one touchdown to an opposing wide receiver - and that was Kelvin Benjamin in Week 1. The Broncos haven’t let any WR post more than 50 receiving yards since Mike Evans in Week 4. Benjamin managed just three receptions for 17 yards against Denver in Week 6. He’s merely a WR3 this week.

Tyrell Williams (knee), WR, San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m.

Williams has been able to put in limited practices, which puts him on track to play this afternoon. However, the matchup is one of the hardest he'll face all season. When the Chargers played the Broncos in Week 6, he had three receptions for 28 yards, a poor showing sandwiched around a pair of 100-yard games against the Raiders and the Falcons. The knee issue likely won't keep him out of Week 8, but if fantasy owners have other options, the matchup could, depending on other options. Williams Is just a WR3 this week.

Cordarrelle Patterson (concussion), WR, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears, 8:30 p.m. (Monday)

Patterson is going to be a risky start, given the matchup, the game time and his injury. He hasn't been cleared through the concussion protocol, but the Vikings are expecting that he'll play on Monday night. He's had a role in the offense while Stefon Diggs has been struggling, but trusting Patterson in Week 8 is a gamble. He's a low WR3 if active. However, waiting to see if he is going to be active is risky. Try to find other options if possible.

— 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.