While the Week 14 WR injury report may not be the most star-studded list, there are still players with significant fantasy football impacts to consider. Let’s look at the latest updates and fantasy implications as the likes of Deebo Samuel, DK Metcalf, Mike Williams, Diontae Johnson, Tee Higgins, and more deal with injuries this week.
Please note that practice status listings are as follows: DNP – did not participate, LP – limited participant, FP – full participant.
WR Injury Update Heading into Week 14
Deebo Samuel, SF | Quad (Cleared)
As he continues to recover from his deep thigh bruise, Samuel was limited to open practice in Week 14. The WR was able to play through the injury last week and is not expected to be in danger of missing the game. He should be closer to 100% this week, making him a better proposition for fantasy.
Samuel has not always been the weapon we hoped he would be this season, but with six teams on a bye, it will be nearly impossible not to start him this week after he was cleared on Friday.
Tee Higgins, CIN | Hamstring (Cleared)
To see Tee Higgins downgraded on Thursday with a hamstring issue is a major concern. On Friday, head coach Zac Taylor told reporters that Higgins should be good to go on Sunday. Taylor stated that their practice status was “more protecting them” and that he doesn’t “see any issues with them.”
Higgins was cleared from the injury report after practice Friday. He should be good to go with no limitations against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14.
DK Metcalf, SEA | Hip (Questionable)
Another player who popped up on the injury report was DK Metcalf, with a hip issue. The Seattle Seahawks WR was limited for the second day of practice this week. There are a number of potential reasons for this, with a range of different severities.
The best-case scenario is that the Seahawks are just managing a slight injury for Metcalf, and this is as much about resting the hip as it is something to worry about. However, it could also have been an injury suffered during practice itself, which would be something to worry about. Metcalf is listed as questionable heading into the weekend.
Courtland Sutton, DEN | Hamstring (Out)
While there was some positive news for Sutton regarding his hamstring issue on Monday, that news was less positive on Wednesday. The WR avoided a major injury, but head coach Nathaniel Hackett said, “it’s not looking good for him this week” when asked about Sutton’s availability.
On Friday, Hackett told reporters that Sutton would be out for Week 14. That leaves the Broncos’ passing game very short on options again. Last week, they at least got Jerry Jeudy back, but we saw Greg Dulcich getting work lined up as a receiver. Outside of those two, there is limited value to be found in Denver this week.
With a nice matchup against the Chiefs in terms of fantasy points allowed to outside pass catchers, Jeudy and Dulcich could be intriguing Underdog Fantasy Best Ball options this week. Trusting the Broncos’ passing attack in standard leagues is tough to do, but in Best Ball formats, the risk is significantly reduced.
Jerry Jeudy, DEN | Ankle (Cleared)
It always looked as though Jeudy would be available again this week for the Broncos. He opened the week limited after suiting up in Week 13 but carries no designation into the weekend. This offense limits his upside, but he should be more effective another week removed from the ankle injury.
Mike Williams, LAC | Ankle (Cleared)
There was finally some positive news for Mike Williams’ fantasy managers, as the WR was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday. It is worth noting that the Chargers only held a walkthrough, so this is an estimated report, but it is still a positive sign. The positivity continued with Williams being a full participant on Thursday. He was cleared to play in Week 14 in the Chargers’ Friday injury report.
Unfortunately, the risk of re-injury likely remains high if Williams does end up back on the field this week. Alongside that risk, it is also likely that Williams will be on a limited snap count. The trio of DeAndre Carter, Josh Palmer, and Keenan Allen has done a solid job, so they do not need to rush Williams back to a full load.
Diontae Johnson, PIT | Hip (Questionable)
Diontae Johnson was somewhat of a surprise on the Steelers’ injury report. The WR is dealing with a hip injury, which is something he managed for a couple of weeks earlier in the season. On both of those occasions, Johnson was, at worst, a limited participant in practice before being upgraded as the week went on. However, this time Johnson was downgraded to a non-participant on Thursday.
Johnson was upgraded to limited on Friday and listed as questionable for the weekend. He appears to be a game-time decision for the Steelers’ game against the Ravens on Sunday. It will be tough to trust Johnson even if he does suit up. If Johnson misses the game, Pat Freiermuth and George Pickens would get a boost in value.
Amari Cooper, CLE | Hip (Questionable)
The status of Amari Cooper as limited on Thursday is intriguing. He has routinely missed Wednesday due to a veteran rest designation but is usually back by Friday. We do not have total clarity on if this is an issue they always planned to ease him back in with or something that popped up Thursday.
Cooper was listed as questionable on Friday, which puts both Donovan Peoples-Jones, and potentially David Bell into play as fantasy options this week. If Cooper is questionable but then active, it will be tough to trust what level or role he plays this week.
Jaylen Waddle, MIA | Fibula (Cleared)
We saw Jaylen Waddle struggling with his leg last Sunday, so there were a lot of eyes on the Dolphins’ practice report Wednesday. The good news is that Waddle was able to practice in a limited fashion. HE ended the eek by being cleared from the Dolphins’ injury report and should be good to play for fantasy managers.
Corey Davis, NYJ | Illness (Cleared)
For the most part, illness designations turn out to be nothing of significance come game day. However, they are always worth noting simply for when they do buck that trend and have an impact. We saw Davante Adams struggle for a full week with an illness earlier in the year, so it can impact fantasy output. Davis was upgraded to a limited participant on Thursday and was cleared from the injury report on Friday.
Davis had a big game last week as he returns from injury and has a nice matchup this week. Assuming he plays, he is an intriguing starting option against the Bills. If Davis is inactive, Elijah Moore could be the biggest beneficiary.
Brandin Cooks, HOU | Calf (Out)
After being a late-week downgrade and ultimately inactive last week, Brandin Cooks opens the week as a non-participant on Wednesday. As the veteran WR deals with a calf injury, it seems unlikely the Texans will rush him back.
With Houston already eliminated from playoff contention and Cooks’ contract guaranteed next year, there is little to be gained for the team by pushing back on the field before he is fully healthy. Cooks was ruled out for Week 14 on Friday.
Nico Collins, HOU | Foot (Out)
In Cooks’ absence, Nico Collins stepped up and took a bigger role. Therefore, it is frustrating to see Collins as a non-participant on Wednesday with a foot issue. When he spoke to the media, Lovie Smith called Collins “limited,” but it seems even that was optimistic. Collins was ruled out for Week 14 on Friday.
Treylon Burks, TEN | Concussion (Out)
It is not a huge surprise to see Treylon Burks as a non-participant on Wednesday due to a concussion. Burks left the game Sunday after a nasty-looking hit on a touchdown catch and did not return.
Rarely do we see a player who is absent on Wednesday with a concussion get cleared for the following week. As expected, he was ruled out Friday and did not practice all week.
Zay Jones, JAX | Chest (Questionable)
For the second-straight week, Zay Jones is listed as limited to open practice with a chest injury. He ultimately suited up last week but did not seem to be 100% during the game. Jones ended the week listed as questionable. That, in combination with uncertainty over Trevor Lawrence’s health, puts the brakes on Jones’ value this week.
Kadarius Toney, KC | Hamstring (Questionable)
Kadarius Toney returned to practice in a limited fashion to open Week 14, giving him a shot to play this week. In his media availability, head coach Andy Reid said he is “going to let him get out there and work a little bit.” He added that they would not rush him back “and have him hurt it again.”
That would suggest that even if Toney is active, his role would be very limited in Week 14. If he does start, it will be hard to trust Toney in fantasy lineups.
Jakobi Meyers, NE | Concussion (DNP)
While Jakobi Meyers had been dealing with a shoulder injury, his status this week is regarding a concussion. With Meyers not practicing by Friday, it is likely he will be out for Week 14.