Fantasy owners know that Week 13 is crunch time. Wins are more important now than ever, and owners need to be make sure, first and foremost, that every player in their lineup is active. With so many wide receivers banged up, it's hard to find starters that are 100 percent healthy. Wide receivers that have already been 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.
There are so many wide receivers on the injury report that once again it’s split into two parts. Those playing at 1 p.m. ET are listed below, while you can find the later game round up here. Be sure to check out the latest on the QB/TE and RB fronts too.
Teams on bye: Cleveland, Tennessee
Note: All games are on Sunday, Dec. 4 and times are ET.
DeVante Parker (back), WR, Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Parker is listed as questionable, but the reports from Miami lean more toward the doubtful side. He's missed practice all week and it is highly unlikely he suits up this afternoon. With Jarvis Landry no longer listed on the injury report, Parker is not a fantasy option for Week 13. Hold on to him as it doesn't appear this injury will result in an extended absence, but leave Parker on the bench this week.
Jordan Matthews (ankle), WR, Philadelphia Eagles at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
After injuring his ankle in the first half of the Monday night game, Matthews tried to play through it, but obviously was limited. He missed practice on Wednesday, but returned on Thursday only to sit out on Friday. The Eagles have said that he'll be a game-time decision, which is to be expected after the missed Friday practice. The game is at 1 p.m. ET, so at least fantasy owners will know early if he's playing. If Matthews does suit up, he's a WR2, but be sure to check his status before the game.
Julian Edelman (foot), WR, New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m.
Another week, another sighting of Edelman’s name on the injury report. But as has been the case this season, he'll play and he'll be fine. In the past three weeks, he's averaged 86 receiving yards per game. He's had seven, eight and eight receptions in those three games with a touchdown. He has stepped up in Rob Gronkowski's absence, and now with Gronk done for the season, Edelman is a solid WR1 in PPR leagues and is nearing WR1 status in standard leagues. Tom Brady (who also is questionable with a knee injury but is expected to play) trusts Edelman and will rely on his No. 1 WR even more with Gronk out and Martellus Bennett banged up.
Marvin Jones (thigh), WR, Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
With limited practices all week, Jones is likely a game-time decision for today. His fantasy production has come to a halt with the emergence of Golden Tate. Jones has averaged two receptions for about 25 yards over the last three games. He's hardly worth starting in fantasy leagues, especially with a thigh issue. Leave Jones on the bench, despite the tempting matchup with the Saints in what should be a high-scoring affair.
Eddie Royal (toe), WR, Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m.
If fantasy owners want a receiver who managed one reception for negative six yards in Week 12 and hasn't practiced all week, look no further. Royal is unlikely to play in Week 13, but even if he is active, he should be left on fantasy benches. The Bears’ offense is a mess with Alshon Jeffery, Jay Cutler and Zach Miller all out. Marquess Wilson was the top pass catcher in Week 12, and while that may not continue, don't look for Royal to put up big numbers.
Chris Hogan (back), WR, New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m.
After missing a week, Hogan returned in Week 12 and had four receptions for 70 yards. He fell behind rookie Malcolm Mitchell in the pecking order last week, and that should continue this afternoon and possibly the rest of the season. Even with the injuries to the Patriots, Hogan is only a desperation fantasy option. He may put up another 4-70-0 stat line, but he just as easily could have a 1-9-0. Leave him on the bench or waiver wire.
— 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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