A.J. Green makes his return from injury in Week 16, but should you trust him?
Week 16 is the fantasy championship for most leagues. Fantasy owners have to put forth their best lineup, even knowing that many of the players are banged up at this point. Also, fantasy owners need to remember that most games are on Saturday so lineups need to be set early.
Please note that if a player did practice in full by the end of the week (wide receivers such as Steve Smith and Stefon Diggs), even if they are listed as questionable, they are going to play. Julio Jones, after missing two weeks, isn't even on the injury report. Fantasy owners will start him, but beware: he's been active as a decoy in the past, although not being on the injury report is a good sign. Sammie Coates is doubtful (but not likely to play).
Be sure to check out the running back/quarterback/tight end injuries, and as always, check the inactive report before game time just to be sure.
Note: All games are on Saturday, Dec. 24 and times are ET.
A.J. Green (hamstring) WR, Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans, 8:30 p.m.
After injuring his hamstring in Week 11 (and sinking fantasy teams in the process), Green looks to make his return Saturday night. He's put in limited practices for the past two weeks, and all signs point to him being active. He is at risk for a setback mid-game, so fantasy owners need to beware. He's a WR2.
Amari Cooper (shoulder) and Michael Crabtree (finger), WRs, Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts, 4:05 p.m.
Both Oakland receivers are on the injury report, but both will play. Crabtree (above right) has been playing through the finger injury for weeks, and Cooper has been on the injury report for weeks as well. Both receivers have been up-and-down and both are WR3s for Week 16. Cooper had 585 receiving yards in the first six games of the season and 251 in the last six. Crabtree is coming off a six-reception, 60-yard with a touchdown effort in Week 15. The matchup against the Colts is a good one, but Crabtree is hard to trust.
Sammy Watkins (foot), WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
After what was supposed to be a big game in Week 15, fantasy owners are likely a little gun-shy about starting Watkins again in what is a tougher matchup. He's going to play, but expectations should be lowered. He's a WR3 this week.
Brandon Marshall (shoulder, back), WR, New York Jets at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Bryce Petty is still at quarterback, which means Robby Anderson is going to get the targets, regardless of Marshall's health. Marshall did practice in a limited fashion all week, so he'll likely be active, but he's struggled with Petty. Between the injuries and the quarterback, Marshall is a WR4.
Randall Cobb (ankle), WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Odds are fantasy owners aren't starting Cobb this week as he has been a disappointment this season. In the past six games, he has only had more than 50 yards once. He didn't even have a catch in Week 15. The ankle injury isn't a concern; the lack of production is. Leave him on the bench.
John Brown (illness), WR, Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.
Brown is still dealing with issues regarding the sickle-cell trait and the Cardinals are managing his snaps. He did play more in Week 15 than he had in awhile and managed five receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. However, against the Seahawks, he's merely a WR3.
— 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.