Another week of monitoring the injury reports and navigating around bye weeks. Isn’t that what makes fantasy football great? Luckily, this week’s injury report is the lightest it has been in a long time. This is probably a result of six teams having a bye this time around, but it’s still refreshing nonetheless.
With that being said, all of the updates below come from after Friday’s practices so it is important to monitor reports coming out from now until game-time on Sunday.
Ben Roethlisberger (QB) – Roethlisberger continues to work his way back from a torn meniscus and is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Big Ben was able to participate in limited practices throughout the week, but Head Coach Mike Tomlin has yet to say if Roethlisberger will play. Because the Steelers are preparing to take on the Ravens it’s hard to imagine Big Ben not taking the field. If any owners are using him as a streamer, check his status Sunday before plugging him into your lineup.
Spencer Ware (RB) – After not practicing all week, Ware has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with a concussion. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise after Charcandrick West highlighted most of this week’s waiver pick ups. Expect West to see a major workload this Sunday with quarterback Alex Smith also being ruled out.
Carlos Hyde (RB) – Hyde has logged limited practices all week with a shoulder injury. While Hyde has been at practice, he has been sporting a non-contact jersey. It would be hard to see the 49ers activating him without seeing a full-contact practice beforehand. Hyde owners should already have some kind of contingency plan in place as it appears he may not be active for Sunday’s game against the Saints. If Hyde is unable to go, a committee of Shaun Draughn and Mike Davis are expected to handle carries.
Theo Riddick (RB) – Riddick was a limited participant in practice all week as he is dealing with a minor setback with his ankle. Riddick was used heavily in his return to the Detroit offense last week so the Lions may be playing it safe with their running back. There have been no reports to say the injury is serious, so Riddick could be in for another productive day as the Lions’ pass-catching back against an intimidating Vikings D.
Amari Cooper (WR) – Cooper is currently listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Broncos. The Raiders’ star wide out has practiced in limited fashion all week as he works his way back from a back strain. Despite his practice status, there are multiple reports indicating that Cooper is expected to play come Sunday. While this news is certainly a relief to owners, be sure to keep an eye on Oakland throughout the day on Sunday to confirm this.
Dez Bryant (WR) – Bryant is listed with both knee and back injuries, but was able to practice in full on both Thursday and Friday. Despite his questionable designation for Sunday’s game against the Browns, Bryant is expected to play and should bring owners WR1 value.
Randall Cobb (WR) – Cobb has been able to log limited practice throughout the week, but is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Colts. If last week was any indication, Cobb will not suit up this week. He failed to participate fully in any practice before eventually being ruled out with a nagging hamstring ailment. It appears the Packers will see where the receiver is at come Sunday as Cobb appears to be a game-time decision.
Jeremy Maclin (WR) – After missing practice on Thursday, Maclin was able to log a limited practice Friday as he deals with a groin ailment. The lack of concern surrounding Maclin’s injury bods well for his status on Sunday. Owners should track his progress until the Chiefs release their list of inactive players before Sunday’s match up with the Jaguars.
Tyrell Williams (WR) – Williams has been dealing with a knee injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans. Teammate Travis Benjamin is also listed as questionable, but the two are expected to suit up Sunday. Both receivers make for solid flex plays against a mediocre Tennessee defense.
DeVante Parker (WR) – After practicing fully all week with a hamstring injury, Parker is expected to play in Miami’s game against the Jets. He has struggled with this hamstring issue throughout the year, but reports say the team expects him to improve over the second half. Parker brings flex value into week 9 as the Dolphins take on a weak Jets secondary.
Steve Smith Sr. (WR) – Smith Sr. was able to log a limited practice on Thursday before practicing fully on Friday with an ankle injury. He’s already missed the last two games and many reports are saying the bye week may not have been enough to heal his ankle. No further comments have been made regarding Smith Sr.’s health so it appears he will be a game-time decision this week against the Steelers.
Delanie Walker (TE) – Walker has been battling a groin issue throughout the week and is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Reports indicate the tight end will be a game-time decision as the Titans will continue to monitor his progress. Walker owners should definitely be monitoring his situation and have some sort of streaming option set up just in case.
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