COACHING MOVES - WEEK 7 INJURY UPDATE

As we head into Week 7, there are a ton of injuries fantasy owners need to be aware of. From Antonio Gates to T.J. Yeldon, 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.

COACHES' CRIB NOTES

• We found out on Friday that Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is dealing with an MCL sprian which is bad news for his chances of suiting up on Sunday. He hasn't practiced all week, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan in place if Gates cannot go against the Radiers due to his kneee injury.

• It was reported on Thursday that John Brown's hamstring tightened up on him during a practice session. It's a bit concerning since he doesn't play until Monday night which means alternative options would be limited. There's a good chance he plays in a favorable matchup against the Ravens but its worth monitoring.

• Jeremy Maclin suffered a concussion last Sunday against the Vikings and didn't log a practice until Friday. It's a good sign that he did get some work in at the end of the week, but concussions can be tricky. You'll have to keep a close eye on his status as game time approaches on Sunday morning.

• There were some reports swirling this week that Dez Bryant might be able to play in Week 7 against the Giants. But those reports were squashed as the week went on. He's only about 5 weeks removed from surgery and isn't ready to play just yet. Keep him stashed for now.

• Marcas Mariota suffered a knee injury last week and won't play against the Falcons on Sunday. Zach Mettenberger will get the start for the Titans, and isn't really an option in fantasy, so steer clear in season long and DFS formats.

• Keenan Allen is dealing with a hip injury that knocked him out of last week's game. It's looking like he will play, but if he can't Stevie Johnson would probably see more volume. His status will need to be monitored as game time approaches.

• Ben Roethlisberger is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but it's highly unlikely that he plays. Landry Jones will get the nod as the Steelers starting quarterback and represents an upgrade from Mike Vick.

• T.J. Yeldon was out last week with a groin injury but logged limited practices all week ahead of Sunday's game in London. All signs point to him suiting up and he can be relied on as a high-volume flex play against the Bills.