There are only two weeks left into the fantasy football season for most leagues, so owners are looking for some important injury updates with their seasons in play. To survive in the fantasy playoffs, some hope the top catchers Assists like Julio Jones, Kenny Golladay, George Kittle, John Brown, DJ Moore and Brandin Cooks will be able to play in Week 15. Here are the latest updates on each of their injuries and how they will impact the waiver strategy. week 15 and departure and rest decisions.
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Is Julio Jones playing this week?
Jones has suffered an intermittent hamstring injury throughout the year, and last week he missed his fourth game of the season due to the injury. Jones has not been able to train for the Falcons at all after being limited to two sandwich workouts with a non-participating designation Thursday the previous week.
It remains to be seen if Jones will play in Week 15. His irregular training schedule throughout the year will make it difficult to interpret whether he will fit until the weekend arrives. That said, if he is kept out of practice on Wednesday, Jones’ owners may want to start looking elsewhere for potential replacements and contingency plans for their first group.
If Jones is out, Russell Gage will be the Falcons’ second receiver opposite Calvin Ridley. Gage was good against the Chargers, catching five passes for 82 yards and throwing a 39-yard touchdown on a tricks play, so he can be trusted as a flex against the Buccaneers if Jones can’t play.
It’s also fair to wonder if the Falcons, who have come off the playoff race well, will shut down Jones for the season. At this point, they haven’t indicated that the option is on the table, but it’s something to watch out for in the coming days.
Is Kenny Golladay playing this week?
Golladay (hip) has been out of action since week 8, and he has barely been able to train since getting injured. He will need to save a limited training session at the start of the week if he is to have any chance of playing against the Titans in a favorable Week 15 game.
It seems unlikely that Golladay will return at this point, unless surprised. As such, Marvin Jones will continue to be Detroit’s No.1 receiver, and TJ Hockenson and Danny Amendola will absorb the majority of the remaining targets. Hockenson has been a strong TE1 this year while Amenolda has some flexing potential, especially in PPR formats.
Is George Kittle playing this week?
Kittle (soccer) hasn’t played since Week 8 against the Seahawks, but there is some optimism about his status going forward. According to Official website of Keiana Martin of the 49ersCoach Kyle Shanahan said there’s a chance Kittle could return to training for the 49ers this week. This would give Kittle an outside chance to come back in Week 15 and could give him a chance to play in Week 16 if Week 15 doesn’t work out.
For now, fantasy owners with Kittle on their bench should have a backup plan in place, but Kittle’s status should be monitored in the coming days. Because he’s in IR, he won’t appear on the 49ers’ official injury report. That said, if the 49ers nominate him to return from the IR, it will signal that he’s set to join the team. It would just be a matter of when.
Until Kittle returns, Jordan Reed will be the 49ers’ best tight end. Reed has had productive games in Kittle’s place, but he’s only a potential streaming option against the Cowboys in Week 15. Kittle, if healthy, would be a potential top-five game. first.
Is John Brown playing this week?
Brown (ankle) has missed the last three games for the Bills after being placed on IR with an ankle injury, but it looks like he will have a chance to return to action. According to Athletic’s Matthew Fairburn, coach Sean McDermott said Brown will return to training this week. This will open up a 21 day training window for him to test his ankle. At this point, invoices can activate it from IR at any time.
Brown should have a chance to play in Week 15 as his injury is expected to put him on the sidelines for a few weeks. However, if the team wants to give him more time to reach 100%, they could choose to have him sit down and let Gabriel Davis make another start. The Bills play a game on Saturday and Davis has a TD in each of the games Brown missed, so he would be a capable flexible player if Brown is out of action. If Brown plays, however, he will be a WR3 / flex and Davis will revert to a dynasty reserve.
Is DJ Moore playing this week?
Moore landed on the COVID roster after the Panthers bye, which caused him to miss their loss to the Broncos. However, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL NetworkMoore should be able to get off the COVID list in time for Saturday’s game against the Packers.
Moore’s return will mean fewer targets for Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel, but those two should still be bootable when WR3 / flex is playing. Moore will likely fall into that same territory given he will be in a tough game against Jaire Alexander.
Is Brandin Cooks playing this week?
Brandin Cooks (neck) was out of action for the Texans against the Bears, and they definitely missed him. Looks like Cooks will be back for the Texans at Week 15.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Cooks is expected to play in Week 15 against the Colts. The Colts’ defense has been strong this year, but they’ve struggled against the WRs in recent weeks, and that includes giving the Cooks five catches and 65 yards against the Texans a few weeks ago. The Cooks can be pitched as a potential Top 30 player, and at the very least he should be a solid WR3.
In the event that Cooks suffered a setback and couldn’t leave, Keke Coutee and Chad Hansen would see more targets. They’re both worth owning considering how much they’ve produced in recent weeks since Will Fuller’s suspension.