Week 8 was brutal in terms of injuries, so that leads to a long fantasy injury report for Week 9. Check out the quarterbacks and tight ends as well as the running backs, but the wide receiver list is so long, it needed to be broken up into two groups. Those ailing wideouts in the early games can be found below with the later game crop covered here.
Teams on bye: Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Seattle
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins
Probable – Knee
The Patriots are going to put up points in this game, and those points are likely going to come from Tom Brady throwing the ball. Edelman has been one of Brady's favorite targets all season, with an average of seven-plus receptions per game. Edelman has had at least 50 receiving yards in every game, and in PPR leagues he’s a no-doubt WR1 this week. In standard leagues, he's a WR2.
Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Questionable – Ankle
Marshall played in Week 8 and had an ankle injury in that game as well. He'll play in Week 9. He's been dealing with a sore toe and ankle, but was able to put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He's a WR1 in a good matchup against the Jaguars. This season, he has five 100-yard games and four touchdowns. He's had at least four receptions and 62 yards in every game and this week should be no exception.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams
Probable – Hamstring
Since taking over as a starter, Diggs has 25 receptions for 419 yards and two touchdowns in four games. He is a high-end WR1 even in a tough matchup against St. Louis. He missed practice Wednesday, but the Vikings don't seem concerned about his status. Diggs returned to practice Thursday and Friday and will play on Sunday.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets
Probable – Ankle
Hurns will play in a great matchup on Sunday. With Allen Robinson likely headed to (Darrelle) Revis Island, Hurns will be the Jags receiver in line to put up a big day against the Jets. The ankle injury isn't anything to be concerned with. Fire him up as a high-end WR2.
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Probable – Knee
Decker not only played last week, he also practiced in full on Friday. He'll be fine to play in Week 9 and is a high WR2 in a good matchup. The Jags have given up seven touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. Decker has found the end zone in every game he's played in except one. That math sounds pretty good. The knee injury will likely keep him on the injury report each week, but should not prevent him from playing every Sunday.
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints vs. Tennessee Titans
Probable – Knee
Snead has said his knee is just bruised. He practiced on Thursday and Friday and will be active on Sunday. Coming off a 6/70/2 stat line from Week 8, fantasy owners can't expect to see those numbers again in Week 9. The game against the Titans probably won’t develop into a high-scoring affair, like last week’s 52-49 spectacle with the Giants was. Snead will resume his role behind Brandin Cooks as a WR3 for fantasy purposes.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins at New England Patriots
Questionable – Hamstring
Is this the week Jackson’s fantasy owners have been waiting for? Jackson hasn't recorded a single reception this year and hasn't played in a game since Week 1. It does look like, however, that he is on track to play today. The Patriots will likely build a big lead, forcing the Redskins to throw the ball. Jackson is not a recommended start because of the injury and the matchup, but with injuries and six teams on a bye, he is a WR3.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
Questionable – Ankle
Watkins obviously wants to play and he wants the ball. He's made that clear. However, the biggest issue for him is health. He hasn't been able to stay on the field, only playing in four games this season and leaving the last one with an ankle injury. He tweaked his ankle in practice this week and is a game-time decision, despite saying that he will play. If he is active, he's a WR4. Fantasy owners need to be concerned that he might not make it through the game.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints
Out – Knee
Wright has been ruled out for Week 9 after suffering a knee injury last Sunday. This should open the door for Dorial Green-Beckham, but how many times have we said that before? Wright should be back, perhaps as soon as Week 10, so don't drop him.
Harry Douglas, WR, Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints
Probable – Ribs
The Titans won’t have Kendall Wright today, but Douglas is on track to return. Don’t get too excited, however, as Douglas isn't a fantasy option. If you are looking for a Titans wide receiver to have a big game against New Orleans, take a flyer on Dorial Green-Beckham. The Titans keep saying they want him to be more involved, and while fantasy owners have been burned when they've started Green-Beckham in the past, this could be the week. The Saints’ defense is terrible, Marcus Mariota is back, and one of these weeks, DGB will break out.
— 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.