With fantasy football playoffs fast approaching, there will be several eyes on the Week 12 WR injury report with some important names listed this week. Let’s take a look at the latest status of Ja’Marr Chase, Mike Williams, Rondale Moore, Jerry Jeudy, Allen Lazard, and more.
WR Injury Report Heading Into Week 12
Please note that practice status listings are as follows: DNP – did not participate, LP – limited participant, FP – full participant.
Ja’Marr Chase, CIN | Hip (LP)
After missing three games with his hip issue, Chase was back at practice to start Week 12. According to a report from Mike Petraglia of the Jungle Roar Pod, the Cincinnati Bengals WR took part in “all the normal drills, footwork agility, and warmup throws from quarterbacks Wednesday.”
Petraglia added that the media viewing session did not include Chase working at full speed, but the early signs are good for Week 12. When the Bengals chose not to place Chase on IR, Week 12 was likely their target date for his return. With three games in four weeks due to the bye, they managed to “buy” a free week in his recovery.
Before practice on Wednesday, head coach Zac Taylor said the team will take it day-to-day. He also expressed that the Bengals will be cautious to make sure that Chase is fine before getting him back on the field.
The early signs are good that Chase will be active Sunday. If he is, it will be close to impossible not to start him in your fantasy lineups. There is always the chance that Chase re-injures himself in the first couple of weeks, which would have major fantasy ramifications. However, his talent, to some extent, goes beyond those concerns.
If Chase does miss the game, then Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd retain the most value from a usage point of view. Boyd has failed to deliver consistently for fantasy managers in the past three games, despite seeing 18 targets.
Mike Williams, LAC | Ankle (LP)
We saw Mike Williams leave this past Sunday in the first half. After the game, we found out that he had aggravated the ankle injury that had kept him out for the previous three weeks. On Monday, we also found out that the re-injury was not believed to be severe, and there was hope it would not be an extended absence for Williams.
That appears to be the case, as head coach Brandon Staley said Williams was set to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday. He added that Williams has a chance to play in Week 12. However, Williams was not spotted during individual drills that were open to the media.
Even if he does suit up this week, Williams will be a tough player for fantasy managers to trust in Week 12. We saw last week how tricky returns from ankle injuries can be, and it would be hard to have full faith he won’t end up leaving the game again. He might be best left to find value in Underdog Fantasy Best Ball formats, where fantasy managers don’t have to worry about making start/sit decisions.
Additionally, Williams’ presence will cloud the WR situation for the Los Angeles Chargers. With Keenan Allen also expected to take on a bigger role, it was already tough to know how to value him, Joshua Palmer, and DeAndre Carter this week. If Williams misses the game, all of the other three would have at least 14-team Flex consideration in Week 12.
Rondale Moore, ARI | Groin (DNP)
We saw Rondale Moore leave the Arizona Cardinals Monday Night Football game with a groin injury. The news is not good on the first Cardinals’ injury report of the week, with Moore listed as limited. While this was a walkthrough and, thus, an estimated report, head coach Kliff Kingsbury did not strike a positive tone when discussing the injury in his media availability.
Kingsbury told reporters that it does not look like Moore will play Sunday. He added that he would be out at least a week, but with a bye in Week 13, Moore could just miss one game with the injury.
With Moore out, the Cardinals will hope that Marquise Brown can make his way back from the IR. However, with a bye next week and the season on the verge of slipping away, Arizona may choose to be cautious with Brown, who was described as “day-to-day.”
If Moore and Brown cannot go, then Greg Dortch, who is dealing with a thumb injury, could be in line for a big role opposite DeAndre Hopkins.
Jerry Jeudy, DEN | Ankle (DNP)
It is less than ideal to see Jerry Jeudy open the week as a non-participant as he continues to deal with his ankle injury. With KJ Hamler expected to miss multiple weeks, the Denver Broncos’ WR situation is far less than ideal. The Broncos will not practice Thursday, so our next update on Jeudy will come Friday.
In Jeudy’s absence last week, TE Greg Dulcich was the secondary pass-catching option. At WR, Kendall Hinton and Brandon Johnson split five targets. Hinton has some deep-league upside, but without finding the end zone, his ceiling and floor are both reasonably low.
Allen Lazard, GB | Shoulder (LP)
Despite Allen Lazard being listed as limited on the Green Bay Packers’ injury report to open the week, there doesn’t seem to be much concern that he will miss this week. Coming off Thursday Night Football in Week 11, there was no major concern over Lazard, so this should just be precautionary.
Assuming he’s active, Lazard remains a solid fantasy WR option. Despite the breakout for Christian Watson, Lazard still appears to be Aaron Rodgers’ No. 1 target.
Romeo Doubs, GB | Ankle (DNP)
It was not ideal to see Romeo Doubs open the week as a non-participant in practice. Ahead of the session, head coach Matt LaFleur said he wasn’t willing to bank on Doubs’ return for Week 12. However, he did add that the team will see how he progresses throughout the week.
With Doubs potentially set to miss Week 12, fellow rookie Watson should continue to be the beneficiary. Even if Doubs returns, he shouldn’t significantly eat into Watson’s playing time this week. If Doubs does play, it’s likely he’ll be heavily limited and not really a reliable fantasy option.
Randall Cobb, GB | Illness (LP)
The fact that Randall Cobb was able to practice in a limited fashion with his illness should mean it is no major concern. Barring a setback, we should see Cobb on the field in Week 12. His role should also expand a little from last Thursday, as he has had 10 days rest after coming off the IR just before that game.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, KC | Concussion (FP)
The tone that Andy Reid struck during his media availability on Wednesday was positive in terms of JuJu Smith-Schuster. After the WR missed Week 11, Smith-Schuster returned to practice to open the week. He still has to officially clear out of the protocol, but that appears to be more of a protocol thing right now.
Kadarius Toney, KC | Hamstring (DNP)
Unfortunately, the renaissance of Kadarius Toney’s NFL career in Kansas City could not even make it through three games. The Chiefs WR left early in the game on Sunday with a hamstring issue and did not return. Hamstring issues have blighted Toney’s career to this point, and that continues in Kansas City.
In his absence, Justin Watson should be the WR3 for the Chiefs, but it could also open up more opportunities for Skyy Moore. With Mecole Hardman already on IR, the Chiefs may want to use Moore to get creative in that role.
Jarvis Landry, NO | Ankle (LP)
Jarvis Landry continues to deal with an ankle injury that has hampered him during the season. The New Orleans Saints’ WR does not appear to be in major danger of missing this week, which will be a relief for fantasy managers.
With that said, Landry’s value is limited to deeper leagues, as he has just 70 yards from 10 targets through the last two games. A touchdown in Week 11 really salvaged Landry’s fantasy value for the week. Without it, he would have been looking at averaging five fantasy points in the last two games.