Week 15 WR rankings are in flux as we wait on a number of big-name wideouts to either return to health or be ruled out. There are the new injuries from Week 14, namely DeVante Parker and DJ Chark, to worry about. There are also the usual culprits: Will Fuller, T.Y. Hilton, Adam Thielen and JuJu Smith-Schuster. All are talented enough to make an impact on the fantasy playoffs if they can be active in Week 15, but either way, start ’em, sit ’em decisions will not be easy this week.
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DeVante Parker concussion update
Parker was concussed in Week 14, but he made it out to the practice field Wednesday in a no-contact jersey (as did Albert Wilson, who was also concussed last Sunday). Parker will still need to clear concussion protocol to play in Week 15 against the Giants. Parker will remain in concussion protocol through the end of the week, head coach Brian Flores told reporters.
Parker’s a fantasy starter if he’s active Sunday, but if he’s not, Isaiah Ford (who had nine targets in Week 14) and Allen Hurns (who had eight) will battle for Miami’s top receiver spo t We’d give the slight edge to Hurns since he has the better NFL pedigree. If Wilson made it back but not Parker, Wilson would also be in play as a PPR option.
Adam Thielen injury news
Thielen (hamstring) was back at Vikings practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, and he was reportedly “closer to game speed” on Thursday. That bodes well for his chances of playing Sunday in the late-afternoon time slot against the Chargers, although we’ve seen Thielen make it back to practice before eventually being ruled out with an apparent setback already this season.
Hamstrings are tricky business, but it looks like Thielen should make it back on the field Sunday (although whether he plays a full allotment of snaps is anyone’s guess). If Thielen plays, you have to start him in fantasy against the Chargers. An activated Thielen knocks tight end Kyle Rudolph firmly out of fantasy starter territory.
DJ Chark injury update
Chark (foot) was called “week-to-week” a few days ago by the Jaguars, so his absence from Wednesday’s practice was no surprise. He’s not expected to practice Thursday, either. Jacksonville has no reason to push it with its prized young receiver, so unless Chark makes it back to the practice field this week, expect him to miss out on Sunday against the Raiders.
Oakland is a great matchup for WRs, so if Chark plays, you can start him with confidence. His absence creates a void that can be filled by Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley, both of whom fit as WR3/FLEX plays for Week 15 if Chark is out. Keelan Cole is also in play for deep-league owners looking for a big-play threat.
Is T.Y. Hilton playing in Week 15?
Hilton (calf) hasn’t spoked confidently about his own chances of returning this season, and the Colts are still referring to him as “week-to-week” with only three weeks left in the regular season. Hilton already suffered one apparent setback to this injury, so unless there’s some practice activity from him, don’t expect a return. Surprisingly, though, Hilton is returning to practice Thursday.
Parris Campbell (foot) has been ruled out for the season for Indianapolis, so Zach Pascal and Marcus Johnson look likely to close out the season as the Colts’ top two wideouts. The Saints are a sneaky good matchup for that pair Monday night, although both have occasionally thrown up duds in decent spots before. With each coming off a good Week 14, Pascal and to a lesser extent Johnson are in play as WR3/FLEX options if Hilton is out.
Will Fuller V hamstring injury update
Fuller (hamstring) was limited in Thursday’s practice after missing Week 14 despite being limited in practice all of last week. The Texans play a near must-win game against the Titans on Sunday at 1 p.m ET.
It’s always tricky to trust hamstrings, even if Fuller is ruled active, but there’s no denying what his big-play ability could do for a fantasy lineup if he’s healthy. He’s at worst a boom-or-bust FLEX play if active. Kenny Stills would continue to get Fuller’s snaps if he remains out.
Is JuJu Smith-Schuster playing Week 15?
Smith-Schuster (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice but limited on Thursday for Pittsburgh, his first time on the practice field since being injured in Week 11. The Steelers host the Bills on Sunday Night Football in Week 15.
Assuming JuJu plays, he’ll get a heavy dose of Tre’Davious White that leaves him floundering in WR3/FLEX territory with some serious risk. A Smith-Schuster return also makes it so you can’t really start Diontae Johnson or James Washington in what could be a messy passing game.