As we head into Week 8, there are a ton of injuries fantasy owners need to be aware of. From Ben Roethlisberger to Dez Bryant (who are both slated to return this week), players around the NFL are feeling the wear-and-tear of the season. Luckily, we're here to let you know which key players to monitor through Sunday morning so you can make the best possible lineup decisions, and be prepared for the worst.


• Ben Roethlisberger has been listed as probable for the Steelers Week 8 matchup against the Bengals. It's great news for fantasy owners as Roethlisberger is a top-10 fantasy QB when healthy and raises the value of the offensive weapons that surround him: Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant.

• Dallas coach Jason Garrett has already ruled out running back Joseph Randle for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Randle is dealing with an oblique injury as well as a possible suspension due to an off-field issue during the offseason. Darren McFadden will get the start for the Cowboys, albeit in a tough matchup.

• As has been the case for a few weeks now, Cardinals wideout John Brown is dealing with a nagging hamstring injury and hasn't practiced yet this week. He's one to keep a close eye on Sunday morning. If he starts, he should be started in fantasy, but have a backup plan at the ready.

• Chargers TE Antonio Gates will likely sit for the second straight week as he deals with a knee injury. Fantasy owners should already have a Plan B in place from last week, but his absence is still worth noting.

• It sounds like Josh McCown will start for the Browns on Sunday after injuring his shoulder last week. He's better for the Browns passing game, but faces a very tough matchup against the Cardinals, so it will be a tough road ahead.

• Jets' WR Eric Decker is listed as questionable with a knee injury, but it sounds like there isn't much to worry about. He'll be a low-end WR2 against Oakland and is always a threat to score.

• San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin suffered a hamstring injury in practice this week and was unable to participate in Friday's session, which is concerning. If he sits, Torrey Smith could see more targets agains a tough Rams pass defense.

• Marcus Mariota will be sideline for a second straight game with a knee injury. His replacement, Zach Mettenberger, isn't fanatsy relevant and will likely hinder the production of the Titans' receiving corps too. So it's a matchup to steer clear of this week for fantasy.