With six teams on bye, the injury report that fantasy owner need to pay attention to is (thankfully) lighter than it has been in previous weeks. However, plenty of players are shaping up to be the dreaded game-time decision.
Be sure to check the inactive reports released before game time just to make sure that every player in your starting lineup is active. A couple have already been ruled out for Sunday, namely Spencer Ware, Hunter Henry and Alex Smith.
As for those which are Questionable, below is the rundown on the quarterback and wide receiver positions. Don’t forget to check out the tight end and running back situation before setting your lineup.
Teams on bye: Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England, Washington
Note: All games are on Sunday, Nov. 6 and times are ET.
Ben Roethlisberger (knee), QB, Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
After putting in limited practices this week, Roethlisberger is expected to play against the Ravens, but it will likely come down to a game-time decision. He's less than three weeks removed from knee surgery, but Roethlisberger has been known to return from injury earlier than expected. Fantasy owners were hoping all along that he'd be back after the Steelers' bye in Week 8. Roethlisberger does play better at home than on the road, and this game is in Baltimore. He is coming off the knee injury, so temper expectations, but as long as he’s active (check before kickoff!) he is worth starting as a high QB2 with upside.
Randall Cobb (hamstring), WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts, 4:25 p.m.
After being a surprise inactive last week, Cobb is still on the injury report with the lingering hamstring injury. He put in limited practices all week, but he did that last week as well. It is a great matchup for the Packers as it may turn into a shootout against the Colts, but it is going to be tough to trust Cobb. Based on reports from the Packers and from Cobb, it doesn't seem like he will be active this week. Even if he is, he might be limited. Fantasy owners should plan to be without Cobb for at least another week.
Dez Bryant (knee), WR, Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
Bryant is still listed on the injury report after practicing fully. If a player is still getting treatment from the medical staff, they need to be listed on the injury report. This is a case of a player that would receive the "probable" tag had it not been eliminated. In short, Bryant is playing. He had four receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in his first game back last week. He's a solid WR1 this week against a Browns defense that is giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Amari Cooper (back), WR, Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
Cooper showed up on the injury report on Wednesday with a back injury and has been limited in practice all week. He is expected to play, but the fact that the game is Sunday night is a little worrisome. Fantasy owners should expect to have Cooper in their lineups, but it is a tough matchup against the Broncos. Denver is giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and the Broncos have allowed just two touchdowns to the position all season. Cooper is a WR2.
Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), WR, Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
After missing two games with an ankle injury and getting a bye, Smith looks on track to play in Week 9. He put in a full practice on Friday, so as long as the ankle responds well and there’s no setback in warm ups, he should play against the Steelers. The return of Smith hurts the value of Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken. It shouldn't affect tight end Dennis Pitta's value, however, whose production improved while Smith was out. Smith is a low WR2 for those willing to throw him back out there.
Jeremy Maclin (groin), WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
After practicing on Wednesday, Maclin did not take part on Thursday, which makes fantasy owners nervous. He did return for a limited session on Friday, which usually bodes well for a player’s chances of being active. However, this is a case of a player whose status should be confirmed before kickoff. It would be a surprise if Maclin does sit, but stranger things have happened. He’s also had a disappointing season to this point, which makes him nothing more than a WR3/flex for Week 9.
Tyrell Williams (knee), WR, San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans, 4:25 p.m.
Williams injured his knee in Week 8 and missed a few plays during that game. He was able to practice in full on Friday, which is a good indicator that he'll be good to go on Sunday. With Hunter Henry out and Travis Benjamin also dealing with a knee injury, Williams has the potential to be the Chargers’ No. 1 target this afternoon. He's a solid WR2, but as always, check the inactive report before this late afternoon game just to be sure he's playing.
Travis Benjamin (knee), WR, San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans, 4:25 p.m.
After putting in a full practice on Friday, Benjamin is on track to play, although he will likely not be at 100 percent. He sprained his PCL in Week 8, and while that injury may not cost him any game time, it will limit him on the field. Fantasy owners just have to look at Tyler Lockett, who has been playing through the same injury this season. Benjamin only has 10 receptions in the past three games and has found the end zone once in that span. He's a low WR3 this week.
— 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.