Most fantasy owners that are playing in Week 14 either need to win to advance in the playoffs or need to win to get into the playoffs or improve their seed. This is an important week and fantasy owners are making tough lineup decisions.
This is especially the case at wide receiver if one rather large question marking looming in a light game and several other notable guys questionable. But at least we know of three that won’t be playing, as A.J. Green, Allen Hurns and Mohamed Sanu have already been ruled out. You can basically add Eddie Royal, who is doubtful, to that group.
As for the rest, you can find some of the key names below and the rest of them here. Don’t forget to get check the QB/TE and RB breakdowns as well, and be sure to confirm a particular player’s status via the inactive list that’s released prior to game time.
Note: All games are on Sunday, Dec. 11 and times are ET.
Sammy Watkins (foot), WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Watkins will remain on the injury report for the rest of the season. He played last week and saw his snap count go up (from 68 percent vs. 45 percent in Week 12), which is encouraging. While the production (3 rec., 38 yds.) wasn't there, he did have nine targets. Watkins is a WR3 against a Steelers secondary that allows the third-fewest fantasy points to the position.
Julio Jones (toe), WR, Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.
This one hurts, both for Jones and his fantasy owners. As valuable as he’s been, this may be the week to bench the NFL’s leading receiver. He missed practice all week and while the expectation is that Jones will give it a go today, it’s pretty clear that he’s nowhere close to 100 percent. Jones has played through his share of injuries in his career, but he’s also been used as a decoy under those circumstances. With Mohamed Sanu already ruled out, Taylor Gabriel could be in line for an increased number of targets. Either way, Jones is a game-time decision, and he’s playing in one of the later afternoon games. Jones’ owners will need to think about this one, as the safest course of action may be to leave him on the bench and hope he can get healthier for Week 15.
Marvin Jones (quadriceps), WR, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
With a week of limited practices, Jones is on track to play. However, with Golden Tate, TE Eric Ebron and even RB Theo Riddick seemingly ahead of Jones in the pecking order for targets, he is merely a low WR4. Both his ceiling and his floor are low, even with a good matchup against the Bears. He had four receptions for 54 yards in Week 12 (before missing last week’s game) and that's about what fantasy owners can expect again today.
Robert Woods (knee), WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
In Week 9, Woods had a monster game, with 10 receptions for 162 yards. In the other eight games he's played, he's only had more than 60 receiving yards once. He's practiced this week and is on track to play, but with Sammy Watkins back and getting more snaps, Woods is just a WR4 at this point. The knee injury isn't a concern, but the same can’t be said for matchup and the amount of targets he’ll likely see. In Weeks 1 and 2 when Woods was on the field with Watkins, he had a total of five receptions for 30 yards.
Marquess Wilson (groin), WR, Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Fantasy owners who started Wilson in Week 13 (1 target, 0 catches) probably aren’t too thrilled about the prospect of doing so again, and for good reason. He did put in limited practices this week, so he is on track to play. However, he is so hard to trust in a week when fantasy owners need to win. Josh Bellamy (questionable with a shoulder injury, but expected to play) and Cameron Meredith will likely be the leading targets for Matt Barkley, although it is possible Wilson gets involved. To be honest, any Bear not named Jordan Howard should probably be avoided in fantasy altogether.
— 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.