Will Either Arizona Wide Receiver Play On Sunday Night?
Per usual, the wide receiver injury report is the longest out of the group. The quarterback/tight end injury report and the running back injury report don't have nearly the list of players as the wide receivers. Also, the wide receivers contain more game-time decisions. Players that practiced in full and are listed as probable are not on here, as they are expected to play on Sunday. Those wide receivers include: Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall, Nate Washington, James Jones and Larry Fitzgerald. Note that all games are at 1 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears
Questionable - ankle
After being on the injury report last week, being a game-time decision, and eventually being active, Sanders rewarded fantasy owners that took a risk on him with a big zero for the day. Sanders now has a finger injury in addition to the ankle injury, but is expected to play on Sunday. While it is a risk to start him, it is a good matchup with Chicago. Brock Osweiler will need to throw the ball, and Sanders is the guy that will catch the short passes and try to make plays. He has more value in PPR leagues than standard leagues, but is a solid WR2 in both formats.
Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears vs Denver Broncos
Out - knee
Royal hurt his knee in Week 8 (November 1) and hasn't played or practiced since. He has been ruled out for Week 11, and will likely be out for the Bears matchup on Thanksgiving night as well because of the short week. Alshon Jeffery is also banged up, which puts the Bears receiving corps in a tough spot. For now, continue to hold Royal in case he does come back as he could have value down the stretch.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears vs Denver Broncos
Questionable - groin
Eddie Royal has already been ruled out, and Jeffery missed practice both Thursday and Friday. Typically that would be a sure sign that the player will be out for the game on Sunday, but the Bears are arguably the worst team in the league about their injury reports. Jeffery was questionable heading into Week 10 and he played (although he only had three receptions for 23 yards in a tough matchup against St. Louis). This week's matchup isn't any easier, and Jeffery is a WR3, if active. Between the matchup and the injury, it's tough to trust him. We don't expect him to be on the field.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
Probable - ankle
After missing practice on Wednesday, Johnson practiced on Thursday and Friday. The matchup against the Vikings is a good one and he seems to be past the worst of the ankle injury. In Week 10 (with the injury), he still managed six receptions for 81 yards. While he hasn't found the end zone since Week 7, this may be the week that changes. Start Megatron as a WR1.
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs Indianapolis Colts
Probable - hamstring
Hankerson will likely be active on Sunday, but fantasy owners have to be desperate to consider starting him. He hasn't had a good game since Week 4. Since then, he's had five receptions for 50 yards in three games. Granted, he's left those games with injuries, but until he can get through a full game, he should remain on fantasy benches. While the Colts have let up 16 touchdowns to wide receivers, and Julio Jones may see a lot of Vontae Davis, it is a risk to start Hankerson. He's a WR4 (although not a terrible contrarian play in DFS).
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans vs New York Jets
Probable - knee
After giving fantasy owners a scare earlier this week, Hopkins said his knee was fine. After getting in practice on Friday and earning a probable tag, fantasy owners should expect to see him on Sunday. He's scored four touchdowns in the past four weeks, but T.J. Yates at quarterback caps his upside. In addition, Darrelle Revis will be covering him, and Hopkins hasn't yet proven that he's elite enough to be matchup-proof. He's still a WR1, but temper expectations.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles
Questionable - knee
Vincent Jackson hasn't played since Week 7, and he's only had one good game all season: week 4 (10/147/1). Eliminate that game, and he has 11 receptions for 172 yards and a touchdown in five games. Reports came out Wednesday that V-Jax would miss Week 11. Then he returned to practice on Thursday and has earned the questionable tag. It's likely, however, that he does sit out this week and returns in Week 10 vs. the Colts.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins
Probable - foot
Bryant will be on the injury report with his foot injury every week, and unless he suffers a setback of some kind, he will play. Finally getting Tony Romo back only helps Bryant. He did only have a 5/48/0 stat line in Week 1, but he should improve upon that for Week 11. Miami is middle-of-the-road in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers, and Bryant should regain his clear-cut WR1 status.
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals (Sunday, 8:30 p.m.)
Questionable - hamstring
After being active in Week 10, Brown gave fantasy owners a zero. (At least he was targeted three times, as opposed to when he was active and didn't play a snap in Week 8 before the bye. Knowing that Brown is still struggling with the hamstring injury and seeing how he's performed with this injury over the past two games, it's hard to start him. Add in that it's a late game, that the Bengals are actually a tough defense against opposing wide receivers, and try to keep Brown on your bench for another week.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals (Sunday, 8:30 p.m.)
Questionable - hamstring
After not practicing all week, Floyd is listed as questionable and a game-time decision. He pulled his hamstring during the Week 10 game and clearly is still hampered by it. Don't count on Floyd playing this week. With two of the big three wide receivers out or limited for Arizona, it's going to be a big game for Larry Fitzgerald (and likely the running backs).
Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Questionable - hamstring
While it appears that Boldin will be active on Sunday, it is a tough matchup for a player that is still banged up and has Blaine Gabbert throwing to him. The Seahawks defense has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. When the 49ers played the Seahawks in Week 7, Boldin had three receptions for 39 yards. He only has two 100-yard games and two touchdowns on the year. He's a WR4 this week.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Probable - toe
Baldwin may be on the fantasy radar because of his Week 10 stat line of 7/134/1. However, remove that game, and on the season, he has 31 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns on the year (as in, over the course of eight games). That's less than four receptions and 45 yards a game, on average. While the 49ers do give up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, Baldwin is a WR4 this week. The toe injury isn't a concern, but the lack of consistency is.
Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, 4:05 p.m.)
Out - shoulder
After injuring his shoulder in Week 9, Floyd was a long shot to play this week. He wasn't able to practice and has already been ruled out. While he does insist he will be back on the field this season, if fantasy owners need the roster spot, feel free to cut bait. Shoulder injuries are hard for wide receivers to overcome (look at Randall Cobb) and with the fantasy playoffs just around the corner, it's going to be hard to trust Floyd.