While there are four teams on bye in Week 8, it’s still a surprisingly light week for injuries, which is good news for fantasy owners. Hopefully it's not the calm before the storm, however! In looking at quarterbacks and tight ends, it seems like most of these are clear-cut, with the exception of Antonio Gates again. However, at least this week the Chargers play at 1 p.m. ET.
Not included on this list is Travis Kelce, who is probable and put in full practices, so he'll be active on Sunday (early game, in London, for him). Be sure to also check out the latest on the injured running backs and wide receivers (group 1, group 2) too.
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Washington
Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns vs Arizona Cardinals
Questionable – Shoulder
After a four-game streak of at least 200 yards and two touchdowns, McCown had a down week last Sunday with 270 yards, no touchdowns, but also no interceptions. However, the biggest takeaway from the game was that he hurt his shoulder. It appears that he will get the start and play on Sunday, but Johnny Manziel may also see some snaps. The matchup against the Cardinals is a tough one, as they have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. They have allowed touchdowns, but don't count on a banged-up McCown to help lead your fantasy team to victory this week. He's barely on the QB2 radar.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Probable – Knee
After injuring his knee in Week 3, Roethlisberger is set to return this week against Cincinnati. He can be inserted into lineups as a QB1 and owners of Antonio Brown can breathe a sigh of relief. While Roethlisberger may be limited a bit in terms of mobility, he should be able to play well enough to reward fantasy owners that have held onto him over the past five weeks.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
Questionable – Knee
Dealing with a sprained MCL, Gates sat out last week. He still hasn’t been able to practice, so it’s highly likely he misses a second straight game. Ladarius Green will fill in as a TE1 in a great matchup. If Gates plays, he maintains TE1 status, but don’t count on him making an appearance. The typical timeline for a MCL injury is a few weeks, so fantasy owners should prepare to be without Gates in Week 8. See if he practices next week for his Week 9 status.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Doubtful – Shoulder
Seferian-Jenkins hasn't played in a game since Week 2, however, he did return to practice this week. With Vincent Jackson (knee) likely out, it was possible that Seferian-Jenkins could play today. The doubtful tag doesn’t offer a lot of hope though. However, ASJ will likely be back next week, so if he is available in your league, and you can afford the roster spot, he is worth adding.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
Out – Knee
After missing Week 7, Mariota has already been ruled out for today’s game. Zach Mettenberger wasn't amazing in his start, but he was serviceable with 187 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The matchup against Houston is a great one, as the Texans have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. They've allowed at least one touchdown pass each week. Mettenberger is a QB2.
— 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.