It is late in the fantasy football season, and players are banged up and dealing with bumps, bruises, and more as teams look toward the postseason. What are the latest fantasy injury updates with Keenan Allen, Jayden Reed, and Dontayvion Wicks, and how could it affect your fantasy starting lineup?
WR Injury Updates
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers’ star WR Allen still looks solid at almost 32 years old. He is currently the WR2 on the season and has three weeks where he was the WR1. After playing 65 out of the 66 snaps on Sunday night in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Allen popped up on the injury report ahead of Week 12.
He missed practice on Wednesday due to a quad issue. It is unclear what the specific injury is or if Allen was just enjoying an extra day off of rest. However, he was also absent on Thursday, raising alarm bells. Fantasy managers should keep an eye on the Los Angeles practice report on Friday to make sure Allen is able to play against New England this week.
It is a decent matchup for WRs against the Patriots — they give up the ninth most fantasy points to opposing WRs, so no doubt Los Angeles wants Allen on the field. Not to mention, the options behind Allen are sparse, with rookie Quentin Johnston and the speedy Jalen Guyton batting cleanup.
Jayden Reed, WR, Green Bay Packers
Rookie WR Reed has been a pleasant surprise on a young Green Bay Packers team trying to find its new identity. Reed is WR30 currently and has almost 500 yards receiving and five TDs. He was WR25 in the Packers’ Thanksgiving upset of the Detroit Lions.
Over the last couple of weeks, Reed has been dealing with a chest injury. Leading up to their Week 12 matchup, Reed was limited on the Tuesday of that week, and it seems like he is still battling the issue. He didn’t practice on Wednesday this week.
The Packers play the Chiefs on Sunday night and would love to have their full arsenal of weapons out and available. If Reed is unavailable, Christian Watson, who has been coming on strong lately, could see more snaps. Watson was the WR10 in Week 12 and had seven targets from Jordan Love.
Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Green Bay Packers
Fellow rookie WR Wicks had his best fantasy game of the season in Week 11 when he finished as WR25. That week, he caught three of his five targets for 91 yards. Wicks is deeper down the depth chart behind Reed, Watson, and Romeo Doubs, but he is showing flashes of talent.
Near the end of the Week 11 game against the Chargers, Wicks sustained a concussion. He also seemed to be dealing with a knee issue. Wicks did not pass the protocol and did not play in the Thanksgiving game.
On Monday, head coach Mike LaFleur stated that Wicks had cleared concussion protocol. However, he was still limited at Wednesday’s practice due to the knee.
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