The wide receiver position has been devastated by injuries recently, which makes fantasy owners’ jobs even tougher. Julio Jones, Allen Hurns, Torrey Smith, Eddie Royal, Marquess Wilson, Danny Amendola and Derrius Heyward-Bey have all been ruled out already, while A.J. Green is doubtful and probably won’t play in Week 15 either.
Some of these injures make decisions like starting Taylor Gabriel easier, but what about the other key wideouts that are on the injury report? Once again, there are quite a few. Those playing at 1 p.m. ET can be found below, while the rest can be found here. Double-check the inactive report prior to game time to be sure about the status of a particular player and don’t forget to check the key QB/RB and TE injuries before setting your lineup.
Note: All games below are Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET.
Sammy Watkins (foot), WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
Despite the foot injury, Watkins is a solid WR2 in a great matchup against the Browns in Week 15. The Browns have allowed 17 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season. Watkins is slowly getting healthier after missing nine games because of the foot injury. He's the top receiver in Buffalo and should have a good day against the Browns. He's a WR2 with upside.
Jordan Matthews (ankle), WR, Philadelphia Eagles at Baltimore Ravens
Even with the ankle injury, Matthews has put in full practices and is fine to play in Week 15. He had a solid game last Sunday against Josh Norman and the Redskins, with eight receptions for 75 yards. The Ravens did just allow the Patriots to beat them through the air on Monday night, so this bodes well for Matthews. However, he has been up and down all season. He's a WR3.
Randall Cobb (ankle), WR Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Over the past six games, Cobb has recorded more than four receptions and more than 50 receiving yards just once. He does have two touchdowns, but relying on Cobb as a touchdown-dependent wide receiver is not ideal at this point in the season. He's been dealing with an ankle injury, and will likely play, however, the injury has likely led to his dip in production. Between a banged-up Aaron Rodgers, Cobb’s own injury and the lack of production, he’s merely a WR4.
Dorial Green-Beckham (abdomen), WR, Philadelphia Eagles at Baltimore Ravens
After missing Week 14, Green-Beckham is back and practicing in full. He's likely going to play this afternoon, but he a WR4 on the fantasy radar. With Zach Ertz healthy and stepping up in the passing game, DGB is the third passing option. Darren Sproles has been ruled out, so the Eagles could end up throwing the ball more than usual. But you still shouldn’t trust DGB with so much on the line.
— 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.
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