Diggs is questionable with a knee injury, so make sure he's active before putting him in your lineup
In Week 13, fantasy owners need to win. In most leagues, the playoffs start in Week 14, so this week is a must-win. It is important to obviously start the best lineup you can, and that may involve playing it safe if a player is questionable.
Luckily, the injured wide receivers this week are not any of the top players that fantasy owners need. However, they may affect lineup decisions. Players already ruled out include DeSean Jackson, Marquise Goodwin, Sammy Watkins and Pierre Garcon. Danny Amendola and Martavis Bryant are doubtful, but fantasy owners should not count on either. As always, be sure to check the inactive report before the game.
Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Dec. 2 unless listed otherwse.
Stefon Diggs (knee), WR, Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m.
Diggs has scored a touchdown in each of the past three games. He's a solid WR2 most weeks but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that his knee swelled overnight and he will need to test it out in pregame warmups. Just make sure Diggs is active and have a backup plan in place because of the timing of this game.
Vikings' WR Stefon Diggs' knee swelled overnight and he now needs to test it pregame to determine whether he can play today against the New England Patriots, per league source. Diggs back to being questionable today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 2, 2018
Devin Funchess (back), WR, Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
All signs point to Funchess playing this week, although he’s likely only being started in deeper leagues. He has three touchdowns on the year, and he hasn’t had more than four receptions or 45 yards in the past four games. With other pass catchers stepping up (Curtis Samuel, DJ Moore), Funchess’ role may be diminished even further so he's nothing more than a speculative WR3. Odds are one Panthers receiver finds the end zone, but it’s anyone’s guess as to which one.
Keke Coutee (hamstring), WR, Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
The Texans have said that Coutee will be a game-time decision. He injured his hamstring in Week 12 and has put in limited practices all week. Coutee has had hamstring woes all season, and fantasy owners should not trust him this week. If Coutee does sit out, it will open more targets for Demaryius Thomas, who had four receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns in Week 12.
DeVante Parker (shoulder), WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
This isn’t a new injury for Parker, so he should play through it. However, the Bills' defense is tough, the Dolphins' passing offense isn't that potent and the receiving corps is really banged up. Parker had three receptions for 10 yards in Week 12, and except for the huge Week 8 game, has not had more than 45 yards in a game. Even with the likelihood that Danny Amendola (knee, Doubtful) misses this game, Parker is still nothing more than a low-end, WR4 option.
Randall Cobb (hamstring), WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.
Cobb hasn’t played since Week 9, but even if he does on Sunday, he’s not a fantasy option. Marques Valdez-Scantling has been playing opposite Davante Adams (and not doing very well, based on the past two weeks). Even though the Cardinals can be beat through the air, Cobb should be on benches (or the waiver wire).
Robby Anderson (ankle), WR, New York Jets at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.
Anderson has been dealing with the ankle injury that has cost him some time, but he did play in Week 12. However, he only caught two passes for 22 yards. Anderson should play in Week 13, but he’s only a WR4. The Titans allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, but starting Anderson is a dart throw.
Jamison Crowder (ankle), WR, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Crowder has not played since Week 5, but he did put in limited practices this week. The most likely scenario is that he's active, but plays limited snaps as he's eased back into game action. Crowder is not a fantasy option at this point.
— 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.