Julio Jones (hamstring), DJ Chark (ribs), and Kenny Golladay (hip) all had been out of fee final week on account of accidents, and Adam Thielen and Brandon Aiyuk had been inactive after being positioned on their groups’ respective COVID lists. With one week separating many fantasy soccer house owners from the fantasy playoffs, house owners might want to know the newest information and updates about these WRs, as they may affect waiver wire technique and key begin ’em, sit ’em choices. This is what we learn about every scenario and what to look at for within the coming weeks.
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Is Julio Jones enjoying this week?
It was all the time anticipated that Jones (hamstring) would miss no less than one week after aggravating his nagging hamstring damage in opposition to the Saints in Week 11. Jones did observe within the lead-up to Week 12 however solely on a restricted foundation for 2 days earlier than being downgraded to a non-participant in Friday’s observe. That late-week downgrade indicated that Jones would not be able to play, and positive sufficient, he was inactive for the Falcons’ win in opposition to the Raiders.
Forward of Week 13, Jones ought to have an opportunity to get again on the observe discipline. Will probably be notably essential to look at his Wednesday observe standing. If he is a non-participant at that time, it will be a nasty signal, however as long as he would not log any “DNP” tags all through the week, he ought to no less than have an opportunity to play in opposition to the Saints. He could find yourself being really questionable, however we must always know extra about his standing on Friday.
If Jones cannot play, Russell Gage would be the greatest beneficiary when it comes to enjoying time. The traditional No. three receiver will change into the starter throughout from Calvin Ridley whereas Christian Blake and Brandon Powell would rotate in because the No. three receiver. Olamide Zaccheaus (toe) left the sport in opposition to the Raiders and did not return, so Ridley, Gage, Blake, and Powell could be left to hold the load at receiver.
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Is Adam Thielen enjoying this week?
Thielen needed to miss the Vikings’ Week 12 sport after testing constructive for COVID. Nevertheless, there’s a likelihood that it was a false constructive, as NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero reported that Thielen examined constructive after which adverse for the virus. He nonetheless sat in Week 12, however some further details about his standing ought to be out there within the coming days.
Provided that Thielen was positioned on the COVID checklist on Nov. 23, there is a good likelihood he ought to be capable of return for Minnesota’s Week 13 sport, as 13 days would have handed between his placement on the COVID checklist (which possible got here from his constructive take a look at) and the workforce’s subsequent sport. NFL guidelines stipulate that asymptomatic gamers could return to motion 10 days after the preliminary constructive take a look at or in the event that they take a look at adverse for 5 straight days after testing constructive.
Thielen will must be watched within the coming days, however until he’s symptomatic, he ought to be out there to play. Nevertheless, on the off-chance he is not, Justin Jefferson would proceed to be a WR1 in opposition to a weak Jaguars move protection whereas Olabisi Johnson and Chad Beebe could possibly be price speculative flex performs.
Is Brandon Aiyuk enjoying this week?
Aiyuk missed the 49ers’ Week 12 sport after touchdown on the COVID checklist. Like Thielen, it seems that he may have an opportunity to play in Week 13.
Aiyuk had beforehand been positioned on the COVID checklist Nov. 20, so offered that he is asymptomatic, he’ll be capable of return. If he is symptomatic, issues will get a bit trickier, as he’ll must be away from the workforce for 10 days and be 72 hours faraway from his final signs earlier than he can observe once more. There was no indication if Aiyuk is symptomatic or asymptomatic, so it is laborious to say with certainty whether or not he’ll return.
If Aiyuk does make it again for Week 13, he will probably be a welcome addition for the 49ers as they tackle a Payments protection that has among the best cornerbacks within the NFL (Tre’Davious White). If Aiyuk cannot play, it will likely be as much as Deebo Samuel and Jordan Reed to deal with many of the targets. Kendrick Bourne and Richie James would additionally see elevated enjoying time, however they’d be nothing greater than potential bargain-bin DFS performs.
Is DJ Chark enjoying this week?
Chark (ribs) was a non-participant at Jaguars observe all final week and was declared out on Friday effectively forward of Jacksonville’s sport in opposition to the Browns. The truth that he could not observe final week will make his observe standing this week all of the extra essential to look at.
If Chark can get in a restricted observe on Wednesday, that ought to point out that he has an opportunity to play in opposition to the Vikings in Week 13. If he is nonetheless listed as a DNP, that might have him trending towards lacking the sport. Both approach, it is laborious to rely on him to return as a result of the Jaguars, a one-win workforce, will not wish to rush him again if he is not 100 p.c.
Ought to Chark be absent on this favorable matchup, Keelan Cole and Collin Johnson could be intriguing performs in opposition to a Vikings protection that has struggled badly in opposition to WRs this yr. They’d be plug-and-play WR3/flex choices with WR2 ceilings, so be at liberty to focus on them in a good matchup in both season-long leagues or DFS tournaments.
Is Kenny Golladay enjoying this week?
Golladay (hip) was unable to play on Thanksgiving, however with a mini-bye forward of the Lions’ Week 13 sport, he ought to theoretically be nearer to returning.
Golladay was listed as a restricted participant on final week’s Lions damage report on Monday earlier than being out of motion on Tuesday, and that is notable as a result of the Monday report was only a observe estimation. So, which means the teaching workers evidently thought that Golladay was nearer to returning than he was.
Wednesday would be the first time that the Lions launch an damage report this week, so if Golladay may be upgraded to “restricted” or full,” he may have an opportunity to play. If he is a “DNP” which means he could have hassle getting again on the sphere this weekend. With the Lions just about eradicated from playoff competition, they don’t have any cause to hurry Golladay again, in order that’s one thing to bear in mind, as effectively.
If Golladay is out, Marvin Jones will proceed to be the Lions’ No. 1 receiver whereas Marvin Corridor and Quintez Cephus play the opposite receiver spots. Corridor is the extra interesting fantasy choice due to his big-play means, so be at liberty to make use of him ought to Golladay miss one other sport.