Per usual, the list of fantasy-relevant wide receivers on the Week 13 injury report is the longest. Plenty of guys banged up, including a few with Questionable tags that could leave fantasy owners with some tough decisions to make.
Some players who have a Probable tag and practiced in full on Friday that are fully expected to play include DeAndre Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald, Emmanuel Sanders, Vincent Jackson, Eric Decker, Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff. We also know that Julian Edelman is still out, but what about the rest? Don’t forget to study up on the running back and tight end (plus kicker!) injury updates.
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.
Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets at New York Giants
Probable – Toe
Marshall is going to play. He had limited practices throughout the week, but this is the point of the season where veteran players dealing with minor injuries don't practice in full. Marshall is a WR1 against a terrible Giants secondary this week. He is coming off a nine-reception, 131-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 12. Start him with confidence.
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Knee
This is the biggest injury concern and question of the week. Amendola missed Week 12 with a knee injury, but the initial projection was that he might only miss one week. After Rob Gronkowski (out for Week 13) hurt his knee, it's hard to say which way the Patriots are leaning. Do they hold Amendola out to make sure he's healthy for the playoff run (and they're pretty sure they can beat the Eagles, at home, without him)? Or do they throw him back out there because they need to win and they need someone to catch passes from Tom Brady? Because the game is later in the afternoon, fantasy owners won't know Amendola's official status until after the 1 p.m. ET games have kicked off. If he's active, he's a borderline WR1. The sense is that Amendola will play, so fantasy owners should try to find a way to get him in their lineup, but have a backup plan in place just in case.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens
Probable – Knee
Despite being limited in practice, Landry will be good to go this week in a great matchup against the Ravens. While he only has four TD catches on the year, he's averaged almost nine receptions per game over the past four. Landry has had more than 50 receiving yards in the past six games, and is a high-end WR2 for Week 13.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Probable – Hip
After missing practice on Wednesday, Bryant returned on Thursday in a limited fashion. While this seems to be cause for concern, no one on the Steelers seemed worried. Given that he has a Probable tag, fantasy owners shouldn't be worried either. Bryant has two 100-yard games and six touchdowns in the six that he's played in this year. In what could easily be a shootout on Sunday night, Bryant is a WR2.
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Probable – Hamstring
Brown has been dealing with hamstring injuries for weeks, and has been able to play the past two games. He had five receptions for 99 yards in Week 12, and he should be fine for Week 13. He does have a tough matchup against the Rams, who allow the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. This is tougher than the 49ers, last week’s opponent. Brown is a WR3 with upside for Week 13.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Questionable – Hamstring
After being limited in practice, Floyd is Questionable for Week 13, however, he is fully expected to play. He injured his hamstring in Week 10, missed Week 11, and returned in Week 12, but caught only one pass for 14 yards. The matchup is tough, and it's unclear how healthy Floyd is. He'll likely play, but is a WR3.
Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers
Questionable – Knee
Royal has been given a Questionable tag, but it does look unlikely that he will play. However, given that in past weeks he's been ruled out at this point, the door is still open. With Marquess Wilson already ruled out, the Bears may see if Royal is able to go to get another pass catcher with experience on the field. He still isn't worth starting in fantasy leagues, as this whole season has been a disappointment for Royal.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens
Questionable – Ankle
With Rishard Matthews out, it is possible that Stills does see some more targets heading his way, especially with the matchup. The way to beat the Ravens is through the air, so look for Ryan Tannehill to throw it early and often (not that the Dolphins have shown much desire to run the ball in the first place). However, keep in mind that Stills is banged up. He hurt his ankle on Thursday and didn't practice Friday, so his Sunday status is Questionable. Reports from Miami indicate that he'll play, but Stills is a desperation option for fantasy.
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Doubtful – Calf
After Snead's big game in Week 5, he hasn't done a lot for fantasy owners since. He had two touchdowns in Week 8, when many had already given up on him. Since then, it's been hit or miss (kind of like the entire New Orleans offense). With Snead likely to miss the game, it's hard to trust any other New Orleans pass catcher. Brandin Cooks will see a lot of Josh Norman, the Panthers’ shutdown cornerback. Tight end Ben Watson may be the best fantasy option among the Saints’ pass catchers.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Out – Concussion
Hurns has been banged up all season, but he will miss his first game in Week 13 with a concussion that he suffered last week. Hurns actually has struggled, in terms of fantasy numbers, over the past two games because he didn't find the end zone. Rather than looking at Marqise Lee or Bryan Walters for fantasy purposes, upgrade both Allen Robinson (a low WR1 this week) and Julius Thomas (a TE1). Both should expect to see more targets against a defense that surrendered three touchdowns to Oakland wide receivers in Week 12.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers
Out – Foot
Wilson hurt his foot in practice on Wednesday and was unable to return to the field the rest of the week. The Bears have ruled him out already, which means that the next WR up is Josh Bellamy. Fantasy owners can safely ignore him in all formats. Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett are in for huge days as the primary targets (although look for the running backs to also be involved in the passing game).
Rishard Matthews, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens
Out – Ribs
When Matthews was injured in Week 12, it opened the door for DeVante Parker. The Dolphins’ first-round pick had four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown in garbage time. However, Parker will likely be even more involved in the offense moving forward, especially with Matthews out. Parker spent most of his rookie season injured, but this week he has a chance to shine. The Ravens allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and have given up 21 TD receptions this season. Parker is a WR3 in season-long leagues but an interesting play in daily.
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Out – Hamstring
Hankerson is not only out for Week 13, but he was placed on season-ending injured reserve. That leaves Julio Jones and Roddy White. While White doesn't really get a boost in value, the player to keep an eye on is tight end Jacob Tamme. When Hankerson has been out, Tamme has been flirting with TE1 status. He had five receptions for 56 yards in Week 12, and fantasy owners can expect more of the same in Week 13.
— 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.