With just a couple of weeks left in the fantasy football season, injury concerns at every position are becoming critical in make-or-break start ’em, sit ’em calls. At WR, Julio Jones (hamstring), John Brown (ankle), Kenny Golladay (hip), DeVante Parker (hamstring), and Marquise Brown (COVID) are all dealing with issues that could keep them out in Week 15. These injuries will have a big impact on our Week 15 WR rankings, and if these receivers are out, some sleepers could emerge as solid injury fill-ins.
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Is Julio Jones playing this week?
Jones (hamstring) aggravated the hamstring injury that has bothered him all season in the lead-up to the Falcons’ Week 14 loss to the Chargers. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris declared that Jones will be treated as “week-to-week” for the rest of the season.
Usually, when a player is listed as week-to-week, it means that they are set to miss some time. Jones didn’t practice on Wednesday, but that has been par for the course for him this season while dealing with the injury. If he doesn’t practice on Thursday, that will probably indicate that he will have trouble suiting up against the Buccaneers.
If Jones can’t play against Tampa Bay, Russell Gage will serve as the Falcons’ No. 2 receiver and will have a chance to be a great WR3/flex play. He was very productive against the Chargers last week, and while the Bucs have a much better defense, Gage should still have the volume needed to be a solid play in most fantasy formats.
Is John Brown playing this week?
Brown (ankle) was designated to return from IR by the Bills, but he won’t be playing in Denver this Saturday. Sean McDermott confirmed as much, per Bills reporter Sal Capaccio. Brown should have a chance to play in Week 16 when the Bills take on the Patriots.
With Brown out again, Gabriel Davis will serve as the No. 3 receiver for the Bills. Davis has caught a TD in each of the three games that Brown has missed, so the rookie does have some upside, especially against a banged-up Broncos secondary. Feel free to utilize him as a flex play if you need some receiver depth.
Is Kenny Golladay playing this week?
Golladay (hip) hasn’t played since Week 8 and hasn’t been able to practice since before Thanksgiving. He was once again absent from Lions practice on Wednesday, so that’s a bad sign as he looks to return to the field.
If Golladay can’t suit up on Thursday, he will likely be heading toward another absence. With Golladay out, Marvin Jones has been the No. 1 receiver for the Lions while T.J. Hockenson has gotten more value at TE. Those two should continue to be solid starts with Danny Amenolda having some potential value as a PPR flex, even if Chase Daniel is forced to start for Detroit. Aside from those three, the Lions don’t have any relevant fantasy pass-catchers.
Is DeVante Parker playing this week?
Parker (hamstring) missed more than half of the Dolphins’ game against the Chiefs in Week 14 after suffering a hamstring strain. However, he was able to log a limited practice on Wednesday, so that’s a good sign that he may be available against the Patriots in Week 15.
It’s worth noting that hamstring injuries do tend to linger, so Parker will need to be watched closely in practice the rest of the week. That said, if he does continue to practice in a limited basis or if he gets upgraded to full participation, that should give him a chance to play.
If Parker does suffer a setback or needs a week to get fully healthy, Mack Hollins and Lynn Bowden would see bigger roles in the Dolphins’ passing game. Bowden is the better play thanks to his RB/WR versatility and his PPR upside.
Is Marquise Brown playing this week?
Brown was one of three Ravens receivers to land on the COVID list this week along with James Proche and Miles Boykin. It’s unclear whether the wideouts placed on the list tested positive or if they were just close contacts to a positive test.
If Brown tested positive, he will be out against the Jaguars, and that would open up more targets for Willie Snead and Mark Andrews while providing Devin Duvernay the opportunity to earn more snaps. If Brown is just a close contact, he will have a chance to clear COVID protocol in time to play in Sunday’s game. Brown has caught a TD in three straight outings, so he has upside against a Jaguars defense that has been weak against WRs this year.