As we get ready for Week 3 of the NFL season, the injuries are starting to pile up, giving fantasy owners even more to think about when it comes to setting their lineups. Below you will find the latest information on the wide receivers of note that appears on this week’s injury reports. Don’t forget to check out the breakdown on quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends.
One wide receiver you won’t find listed below is Terrance Williams (ankle), who was a late add to the injury report. Dallas plays Monday night, so there’s still a chance that Williams will be active, but the safest course of action is to probably find another option this week.
Players already ruled out include Andrew Luck, Greg Olsen, Dwayne Washington, Corey Coleman, Marlon Mack, Sam Bradford, Rex Burkhead, Corey Davis, John Brown, and Tyler Eifert. Don’t forget to check the inactive list before game time if you’re uncertain about a specific player’s status.
Note: All times ET and all games are on Sunday, Sept. 24 unless otherwise noted.
Jarvis Landry (knee), WR, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
After missing Wednesday's practice, fantasy owners were a little concerned. However, he returned to practice on both Thursday and Friday, so he should be fine to play this afternoon. He faces the Jets, and after his 15-target game in Week 2, he is a low WR1/high WR2 in PPR formats and a WR2 in standard leagues. While the game flow may not dictate 15 targets for him again, Jay Cutler clearly has no problems throwing to Landry.
Jordy Nelson (quad), WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 4:25 p.m.
After Nelson rewarded fantasy owners with a goose egg in Week 2, it appears he’s on track to return this afternoon. He was able to practice this week, including being listed as a full participant on Friday. With Randall Cobb (chest) listed as doubtful (see below) that could mean Nelson will be busier than usual against the Bengals. As long as he’s not a late scratch, Nelson is a WR1.
Danny Amendola (knee/concussion), WR, New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
After missing Week 2 because he was still in the concussion protocol, Amendola has said he’ll be back out there this afternoon despite the questionable tag. Staying healthy has always been a problem, but with Julian Edelman out for the season, Amendola could have a bigger role. Amendola led the way with six catches for 100 yards in the Week 1 loss to Kansas City. If he’s active, Amendola should be viewed as a WR2.
Randall Cobb (chest), WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 4:25 p.m.
With a doubtful tag, Cobb likely won't play this week. He didn't practice at all and there’s a lack of clarity as to the extent of his injury. He had an MRI on his shoulder, which reportedly came back negative. However, he’s listed on the injury report with a chest issue. Either way, fantasy owners should not count on Cobb for Week 3. Watch the practice reports throughout the week to get a feel for his Week 4 status.
DeVante Parker (ankle), WR, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Listed on the injury report on Wednesday and then not practicing on Thursday, Parker's fantasy owners were getting worried about his Week 3 status. However, he was a full practice participant on Friday, which bodes well for him being out there today. He had four receptions for 85 yards in Week 2, and he should post similar numbers in a good matchup with the Jets.
Chris Hogan (knee), WR, New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
With Danny Amendola likely back and the fact Hogan is dealing with a knee injury, his value has taken a dip this week. He will likely play against Houston, but how many targets he gets is in question. Hogan should be in the slot, but he didn't see a lot of action in Week 1 with Amendola and Brandin Cooks tying for the team lead in targets (seven). Hogan had five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown last week with Amendola out because of a concussion. There are no lack of options for Tom Brady to throw to, a situation that makes Hogan no more than a WR3 with upside.
Torrey Smith (illness), WR, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Typically an illness isn't enough to keep a player out of the game, but it bears watching, especially considering Smith did not practice at all on Friday. When healthy, Smith is a WR3. Last week, he had eight targets, which he converted into four receptions for 66 yards. The concern is the boom-or-bust potential that comes being part of passing attack that also has Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor and several running backs that can catch the ball.
J.J. Nelson (hamstring), WR, Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m. (Mon.)
After breaking out (5 rec., 120 yds., TD) in Week 2, the speedster was limited in practice because of a hamstring injury. While it appears that Nelson will be able to play, any soft tissue injury is worrisome, especially with the timing associated with a Monday night game. Even if Nelson is active, how many snaps he sees and how he will be used is unclear. To be safe, fantasy owners should make other plans. If he plays, he’s a WR3 with equal amounts of risk and reward potential.
— 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.