Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury Updates: Brandin Cooks, Calvin Johnson, Amari Cooper, Allen Hurns, Danny Amendola

Brandin Cooks was evaluated for a concussion earlier this week but is expected to play today

The list of wide receivers on the fantasy injury report for Week 14 is a long one (with more seemingly being added by the day!). A handful of guys are listed as probable and have put in a full practice. Start them as you normally would: Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Emmanuel Sanders, Eric Decker, Vincent Jackson, Ted Ginn Jr., Marques Colston and Anquan Boldin


Be sure to check on the key QB/RB and TE injuries for Week 14 as well.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.

 

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions at St. Louis Rams

Questionable – Ankle

With four touchdowns in the past two games, Johnson is going to play in Week 14. He is going to miss practices and be limited, but he finds a way to play each week. He's a WR1 this week.

 

Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Probable – Concussion

Whether or not Cooks suffered a concussion is debatable, however it does look like he will play today. Be sure to watch the inactive reports before the games, but Cooks appears to be set as a WR2. Willie Snead will return (has a probable tag himself) but doesn't have fantasy value at this point.

 

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Probable – Foot

Cooper showed up on the injury report with a foot injury this week. While it appears that he is going to play, the matchup is tough. The last time he faced Denver (Week 5), he had four receptions for 47 yards. Fantasy owners can expect the same this week. Cooper is a WR3.

 

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

Probable – Thigh

Hurns has been banged up all season, but the one injury that kept him out in Week 13 was a concussion. He's been cleared through the concussion protocol and is set to play in Week 14. This game has the potential of being a high-scoring affair, and Hurns has been a touchdown machine this year. He has seven touchdowns on the year and three 100-yard games. The Colts give up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Start Hurns as a high-end WR2.

 

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots at Houston Texans (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Knee

He had seven receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 and didn't suffer a setback (that was noted, at least). He has the questionable tag, but he is fully expected to play in Week 14. It is unclear if Rob Gronkowski will return, but if he does, Amendola may see fewer targets. However, with Julian Edelman still out, Amendola is a WR2.

 

Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Buffalo Bills

Questionable – Back

When a player shows up on the injury report in the middle of the week, it usually is never a good sign. Matthews was added to the injury report on Saturday and was given a questionable tag. It is likely he will be a game-time decision. Fantasy owners should plan to avoid Matthews if possible. He's a low-end WR3 if he plays. If he misses the game, Nelson Agholor may see in increase in targets, but both Eagle wideouts should be avoided.

 

Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers

Questionable – Shoulder

Most of the Browns’ WRs are questionable this week with Brian Hartline, Marlon Moore and Taylor Gabriel, joining Benjamin in this distinction. All are likely to play and none are solid fantasy options. Benjamin is the best of the bunch as a WR3.

 

Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins

Questionable – Knee

Royal hasn't played since Week 8, but he was able to practice this week, which bodes well for him finally getting back on the field. With Marquess Wilson already ruled out, Royal becomes the No. 2 WR for Chicago. However, he's been disappointing this season. He has one touchdown on the year and after a lengthy absence, it's tough to trust Royal as anything more than a WR3.

 

Cecil Shorts, WR, Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Probable –  Hamstring

Shorts hasn't had more than six receptions in a single game yet this year. He has two touchdowns and the Texans’ offense outside of DeAndre Hopkins is kind of a fantasy wasteland. Shorts is a WR4 for Week 14.

 

Chris Hogan, WR, Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles

Probable – Knee

Hogan may be a tempting starter because of the matchup against the Eagles. However, remember this is a run-first offense and LeSean McCoy is heading back to face his former team. This has the makings of a huge McCoy game, which leaves fewer opportunities for the rest of the team. Besides one big game in Week 11, Hogan hasn't been a fantasy playmaker. He's barely a desperation option.

 

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots at Houston Texans (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Out – Foot

Edelman is out again, although he did make this report because he did return to practice on Friday. Keep an eye on his status in practice throughout the week to see if he might play in Week 15.

 

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans at New York Jets

Out – Ribs

Wright should have been dropped in fantasy leagues weeks ago. However, the key here is what Wright’s absence means for Dorial Green-Beckham. He's been stepping up in recent weeks and had five receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown in Week 13. However, it does appear that Darrelle Revis will return, which does lower DGB's value a bit. He's a WR3.

 

Stevie Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Out – Groin

Johnson was a popular pick up when Keenan Allen went down, but he has disappointed in recent weeks. Now Johnson has been ruled out for Week 14 with a groin injury. Johnson did score a touchdown in Week 12, but gave fantasy owners a donut in Week 13. He is worth hanging onto in case he does play in the final few games of the season because he will be a WR3 moving forward when healthy.

 

Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Out – Neck

While Inman was filling in when Stevie Johnson and Malcom Floyd were injured, he was picked up by many fantasy teams. Inman can now be dropped. He's out for this week and the San Diego receiving corps is an injured mess. His best game of the season was Week 12, but outside of that five-reception game, he hasn't had more than three receptions all season.

 

Rishard Matthews, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Giants (Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Out – Ribs

Matthews will miss another week with his rib injury. This opens the door for another big game for DeVante Parker. This game features two bottom-barrel defenses and will likely be high-scoring on Monday night. Look to start Parker as a WR3 with upside.

 

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins

Out – Foot

The Bears placed Wilson on injured reserve, so he can safely be dropped in all redraft leagues. His role is unclear next year, but with Kevin White likely factoring into the offense, Wilson can probably be dropped in keeper leagues as well.

 

— 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.

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