Julio Jones (hoarding), Kenny Golladay (hip) and DJ Chark (ribs) have all struggled with injuries in recent weeks and all were out of contention for their respective competitions in week 12. Their potential absences will have a major impact on our WR ranking in week 13 and key start, set them decisions for fantasy football owners in what is the final week before fantasy playoffs in most leagues.
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Is Julio Jones playing this week?
Jones (hoarding) could not play in week 12, but he logged a limited practice for kickstart of week 13 according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones was a limited participant both Wednesday and Thursday last week before missing Friday’s practice, so it’s too early to say if that’s good news, even if it’s better than getting on the field.
Jones’ practice status on Thursday and Friday will be important to monitor. Soft tissue injuries like hamstrings tend to linger, and if there are setbacks, Jones is likely to miss training and miss another game.
If Jones can not play in Week 13, Russell Gage would be in line for many more goals as Falcon’s true No. 2 receiver. Meanwhile, Christian Blake and Brandon Powell are fighting for the No. 3 role with Olamide Zaccheau (toe) out. Of these three, Gage is the only one worth considering as a flex or DFS value game.
Is Kenny Golladay playing this week?
Golladay (hip) was unable to attend Wednesday’s exercise for the Lions. This news is especially discouraging for Golladay’s owners, as the talented WR had almost a week off after Lions’ Thanksgiving Day game. In addition, he had logged a limited participation mark in each of the first training sessions of the last two weeks, so in some ways this feels like a downgrade.
Unless Golladay can improve and sign a “limited” or “full” entry mark, it seems likely he will miss another game. If Golladay is out, Marvin Hall and Quintez Cephus will continue to watch outside time play across Marvin Jones. None of them seem like a particularly appealing fantasy opportunity in a tough matchup against the Bears.
Is DJ Chark playing this week?
Chark (ribs) was out of action last week after sitting all three exercises. This week he has a much better start as he came on the field in a limited capacity for Wednesday’s practice. That should give him a chance to play, provided there is no setback.
The Jaguars play the Vikings in Week 13, and the Vikings are weak against WRs, so if Chark can play, he should take advantage of a great matchup. That said, if he does not look up, Keelan Cole will be the best game among Jaguars receivers, while Laviska Shenault, Collin Johnson and Chris Conley (if they are healthy) could all have a chance to work their way into the flex area. . At the moment, it still looks like Chark is on the right track, leading into week 13.