With just two teams on bye, it should come as no surprise that the Week 13 injury report is a long one for fantasy owners to digest. But with this being the last week of the fantasy regular season for many leagues, the stakes are even higher.
At this point in the season, putting together a lineup with healthy, active players is tougher than usual, especially with the number of injured wide receivers. Those already ruled out include A.J. Green, Jeremy Maclin, Allen Hurns, Robert Woods, Percy Harvin and Darrius Heyward-Bey. On top of these, Tavon Austin is listed as doubtful and likely won’t play. The wide receiver report once again had to be split into two parts, so be sure to read up on those playing in the early games here. Don’t forget to consult the QB/TE and RB reports as well before setting your lineup.
Teams on bye: Cleveland, Tennessee
Note: All games are on Sunday, Dec. 4 and times are ET.
Tyrell Williams (shoulder), WR, San Diego Chargers vs. Atlanta Falcons, 4:25 p.m.
After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, Williams returned in a limited capacity on Friday. He believes he'll play and be fine. Fantasy owners should exercise caution. He will play, however, a shoulder injury can easily hamper a receiver's ability to catch the ball and one wrong landing can send him to the locker room for the rest of the game. Williams was making his way into the WR1 conversation, but the injury sends him back to being a WR2 play.
Sammy Watkins (foot), WR, Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
Watkins made his long-awaited return last Sunday, and led the Bills with 80 yards on three catches. He played just 25 snaps and made it through the game fairly well. He reported soreness in his foot and missed Wednesday's practice. He returned for a limited session on Thursday and is on track to play. The plan was that he would see more work in Week 13, but it does depend on how his foot feels. Buffalo is already thin at wide receiver (Robert Woods, Percy Harvin out; Marquise Goodwin questionable) and tight end Charles Clay is banged up and may not play as well, so Watkins should have plenty of opportunities to make plays, as long as his foot doesn’t get any worse. He's a low WR2.
Michael Crabtree (ankle), WR, Oakland Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills, 4:05 p.m.
Even though he was questionable leading into last week’s game, Crabtree managed eight receptions for 110 yards. He was limited in practice this week, but is fully expected to be out there against the Bills. Crabtree hasn't found the end zone since Week 7, but Buffalo did give up touchdowns to a pair of Jacksonville wideouts in Week 12. Crabtree has had an up-and-down season, with three 100-yard games and five with fewer than 50. He's a WR2 for Week 13.
John Brown (illness), WR, Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins, 4:25 p.m.
Brown hasn't had more than five receptions or 50 yards since Week 6. He's been dealing with issues relating to having the sickle-cell trait, and while he was able to practice, he is a risky fantasy bet for Week 13. The Cardinals are still trying to figure out how to manage his workload, and he likely won't be on the field for a full complement of snaps. The other Cardinal receivers are healthy, which drops Brown down in the pecking order on an offense that hasn't been able to get the passing game going. He should be left on fantasy benches this week.
Marquise Goodwin (wrist), WR, Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
With Robert Woods and Percy Harvin already ruled out, Charles Clay not on the flight to Oakland and Sammy Watkins likely on a snap count, Goodwin will be the primary pass catcher for the Bills. That's not to say fantasy owners should run out and pick him up, but he may be a risk/reward discount option in DFS. Goodwin hurt his wrist in practice on Thursday, but was able to return on Friday, which is a good sign regarding his availability for this afternoon.
— 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.
(Sammy Watkins photo courtesy of www.buffalobills.com)