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Week 15 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Alshon Jeffery, Calvin Johnson, Jarvis Landry, Amari Cooper, Allen Hurns

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As usual, the list of wide receivers on the injury report is the longest, which means this is the report that fantasy owners need to pay the closest attention to for Week 15. But it could be worse, as guys who put in full practices and are probable for Sunday (Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Larry Fitzgerald, Jordan Matthews, Anquan Boldin, Dontrelle Inman) are not listed below. You can start any of these wideouts as you normally would.

Be sure to read the latest on the injured quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends as well. 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Ankle

Even with the questionable tag and missing Saturday practice, Johnson is expected to play on Monday night. The New Orleans Saints have been terrible on defense this year, and even though they are at home, Johnson is a top-tier WR1 this week, in what has the makings of being a high-scoring shootout in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

Questionable – Calf

After missing practice with both the calf issue and an illness, Jeffery returned to get in a limited practice on Friday, putting him on track to play today. Neither issue should keep him out, but as always, check the inactive report before kickoff. Assuming Jeffery is active, he is a WR1, coming off a six-reception, 107-yard game with a touchdown. Minnesota has given up at least two touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the past two games.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Probable – Knee

After complaining about his lack of targets in Week 13, Landry responded with 11 catches for 99 yards on Monday night. While he didn't find the end zone, the work was there for him. Based on the way San Diego has been playing, the opportunities should be there again for him this afternoon. In PPR leagues, he's a WR1; he's a WR2 in standard scoring. He's had double-digit receptions in three of the past six games. That's PPR gold.

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Probable – Foot

Fantasy owners were less than thrilled with the goose egg that Cooper gave them last week. However, it was against Denver and he was battling this foot injury. While he does still have the foot injury, he has a slightly easier matchup this week. Green Bay has allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. They've allowed just eight touchdowns to WRs, most recently holding Dez Bryant to one reception for nine yards in Week 14. Cooper is a low-end WR2 as he is not matchup proof.

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons

Probable – Thigh

Hurns is always on the injury report and he always ends up playing. He's clearly banged up and is playing at less than 100 percent. Last week, with the same thigh issue, he had three receptions, but he turned them into 105 yards and a touchdown. He is a risk/reward WR3 as he does have eight touchdowns on the year. However, unless he gets a touchdown, Hurns is probably going to be a fantasy disappointment.

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans

Probable – Knee

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With Julian Edelman out again, Amendola gets a boost into WR2 territory. He's had at least six receptions in the past four games he's played. While he only has one touchdown in that span, he still has had at least 45 receiving yards in each of those games. The Titans have given up nine touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in the past three games. This should be a week where Amendola finds the end zone.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills

Probable – Knee

In Week 14, Jackson spent a lot of time on the sideline, stretching out his knee and trying to get back into the game. As a result, his stat line was pretty disappointing for fantasy owners who started him (2-43-0). He had three games before that where he scored a touchdown. Jackson should play this week, despite the knee injury. He's a risk/reward WR3 as he always has the potential to catch a long ball for a touchdown.

Stevie Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Doubtful – Groin

Johnson did not practice all week and won't be active on Sunday. He can be dropped in fantasy leagues as the odds of him returning - and being productive - in Week 16 are slim. For the Chargers, Dontrelle Inman will be back and will see some value as Johnson is out. Inman is a WR3.Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates should see most of the targets.

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Probable – Foot

If you’ve been looking for a reason to sit Adams, here it is. He was questionable, but was upgraded to probable on Saturday, which means he will play. However, he's had 11 receptions in the past four games combined. In those four games, he has 83 yards and one touchdown. The Green Bay offense has struggled and Adams isn't going to be the one to jumpstart this unit. He's a low WR3, just because he still does have Aaron Rodgers throwing to him.

Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans

Questionable – Toe

For those wondering if Moncrief can be dropped, the answer is yes. It doesn't look like he will play this week as he was still in a walking boot at the beginning of the week. The fact that Matt Hasselbeck is beat up himself already is a knock on the fantasy outlook for the Colts’ wide receivers and tight ends. Moncrief has four receptions in the past two games. Even if he’s active, Moncrief should be left on fantasy benches.

Rishard Matthews, WR, Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Ribs

Matthews has been returned to practice on a limited basis, so he will likely be a game-time call later this afternoon. Fantasy owners should plan to be without him at this point to be safe. However, it is possible that he is on the field. The player this impacts the most is actually DeVante Parker. While Matthews has been out, Parker has taken advantage of the extra targets. He did have an off week last week with only two receptions for 16 yards, but if Matthews is out, Parker is a high WR3. If Matthews is in, both guys are low WR3s.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans

Out – Foot

Edelman appeared to be questionable heading into the beginning of this week. However, he has been ruled out again, leaving Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola to soak up the targets. Keep an eye on this situation this week, as Edelman could return for Week 16 provided he gets enough practice time.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots

Out – Ribs

Wright will miss his second game in a row because of a rib injury. Last week, it looked like Dorial Green-Beckham could step in and have a good game, even if he was facing off against Darrelle Revis. The rookie did get seven targets, but he was only able to catch three of them for 53 yards. With another tough matchup against New England, Green-Beckham is a WR3 with upside for Week 15.

— 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.