Hilton is a risky WR2 this week, and fantasy owners should make sure he is active on Sunday
On Saturday, it was announced that Odell Beckham Jr. did not travel with the Giants for their game in Washington and has been ruled out because of a quad injury. Make sure he's not in your lineup. Also not playing in Week 14 are DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Martavis Bryant (who went on injured reserve earlier this week). Sammy Watkins is listed as Doubtful, but there's no reason to count on him as the Chiefs signed Kelvin Benjamin earlier this week.
Be sure to check the inactive report before game time to confirm that everyone in your lineup is playing.
Note: All times are ET and all games are Sunday, Dec. 9 unless indicated otherwise.
T.Y. Hilton (shoulder), WR, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Hilton went down in Week 13 but continued playing. However, he did not practice on either Wednesday or Thursday. On Friday, he got in a limited session, which does bode well for his availability Sunday. The matchup against the Texans is a tough one, and a shoulder injury is never good for a wide receiver. Hilton is a risky WR2 if he plays. This is a name to keep an eye on as someone that might be a late scratch.
Doug Baldwin (hip), WR, Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
The Seahawks don’t play until Monday night, so fantasy owners need to keep that in mind. With Baldwin on the injury report with a new injury, fantasy owners should be concerned. He did not practice on Thursday or Friday, and he may be a game-time decision. Given that it’s the fantasy playoffs and a late inactive could be devastating, the safest bet is to keep Baldwin on the bench this week.
Danny Amendola (knee), WR, Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Amendola practiced all week and if fantasy owners are planning on using him, he should be good to go. However, he only had one reception for 13 yards in Week 12. He missed Week 13 with the injury but should return in Week 14. While he is playing against his former team, this should not be enough to tip any fantasy starting decisions. Amendola is a WR4. He has one touchdown this year, but it’s always a possibility a player facing their former team finds the end zone in a “revenge game.”
Keke Coutee (hamstring), WR, Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Coutee missed Week 13 after re-injuring the hamstring that has caused him problems all season. He put in limited practices, but at this point, trusting him in fantasy is tough. He’s not fully healthy, and he is going to come down to a game-time decision. Even if he is active, he’s at risk for an in-game setback. Even though fantasy owners will know early if Coutee is playing, he’s too hard to trust. Leave him on the bench.
Robby Anderson (ankle), WR, New York Jets at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Anderson has played the past two weeks following the Jets bye. He missed time before the bye and has been listed as Questionable each week but he's played through the ankle injury. However, he has six receptions for 70 yards total in the past two games. He’s not a fantasy option against the Bills, who allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Josh Doctson (hip), WR, Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Doctson is questionable with a hip injury, but the bigger issue for Redskins wide receivers is the fact that they have Mark Sanchez throwing to them. Doctson had three receptions for 51 yards in Week 13. He’s only scored two touchdowns this season, and the matchup against the Giants is a tough one. Doctson should be left on fantasy benches.
Michael Gallup (illness), WR, Dallas Cowboys vs Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m.
Typically players don’t miss time with illnesses, but a missed Friday practice is always concerning. It is possible that Gallup does not play in Week 14, but not likely. He should play but is a WR4 at best. Look for Amari Cooper to be the wide receiver to start in this game. The matchup is great, and desperate fantasy owners could consider Gallup (assuming he’s active) but there are likely better options.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.