With another NFL Sunday in the books, fantasy football owners are looking back at how their teams performed as well as the league’s most recent injuries. Three key wide receivers (Cooper Kupp, Jerry Jeudy, and Juju Smith-Schuster) left early this week, affecting waiver wire pickups and rankings in Week 15.
Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups Week 15: Cooper Kupp, Jerry Jeudy and Juju Smith-Schuster
- Cooper Kupp injury status
UPDATE (DEC. 18): According to Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Murray will have season-ending surgery after Christmas to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.
UPDATE 3: Kupp will be out for six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery for a right high-ankle sprain.
UPDATE 2: Kupp is having surgery and will miss at least four games.
UPDATE: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday afternoon that Kupp will be out for “some time.” Kupp owners should expect their star to be out until at least Week 13.
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According to beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue, Kupp (ankle) appears to have avoided a worst-case scenario after collapsing against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Rodrigue did, however, add that the veteran receiver will be subjected to additional ankle testing in the coming days.
Rodrigue claims that Rams head coach Sean McVay stated on Sunday that Kupp’s injury “didn’t look good, didn’t sound good.”
Kupp has sprained his ankle for the second time in three weeks. The star wide receiver was injured against the 49ers in Week 8, but he returned the following week. Kupp might not be as lucky this time, and he might miss a few games.
If the 29-year-old receiver is ruled out, the Rams’ top three wide receivers will be Allen Robinson, Ben Skowronek, and Van Jefferson heading into next week’s game against the Saints. Skowronek and Jefferson both have flex potential, and Robinson is a WR2.
- Jerry Jeudy injury status
UPDATE (DEC. 18): According to Aric DiLalla of the team’s official website, Jeudy will be the Broncos’ featured wide receiver against the Cardinals on Sunday, with both Courtland Sutton (hamstring) and Kendall Hinton (hamstring) ruled out.
UPDATE (Dec. 13): Jeudy caught eight of nine targets for 73 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s 34-28 loss to Kansas City.
UPDATE 6: Jeudy (ankle) practiced fully on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.
UPDATE 5: Jeudy (ankle) participated in Wednesday’s practice in a limited capacity.
UPDATE 4: According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, Jeudy (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.
UPDATE 3: Coach Nathaniel Hackett said Tuesday that Jeudy (ankle) remains day-to-day, but the Broncos are hopeful the wideout will be back this week, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos’ official site reports.
UPDATE 2: Jeudy (ankle) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders, according to Aric DiLalla of the Broncos’ official website.
UPDATE: According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, an MRI revealed that Jeudy suffered a “mild ankle injury,” but his Week 11 status is still unknown.
The young wide receiver was carted off the field during the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Titans.
Jeudy was coming off a strong performance against the Jaguars last week, in which he caught six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown on seven targets.
Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett told reporters on Sunday that the team is “hoping that we dodged a bullet” with Jeudy’s ankle injury, according to beat writer Aric DiLalla.
If Jeudy is out for a few weeks, the Broncos’ mediocre passing offense, which has struggled mightily this season, will suffer a devastating blow.
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Deep-league owners should consider Kendall Hinton, who had four receptions (five targets) and 62 yards in Sunday’s loss. Hinton has some boom-or-bust flex upside against the Raiders in Week 11 if Jeudy is out.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster injury status
UPDATE (Dec. 13): Smith-Schuster caught nine of 11 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos’ 34-28 victory on Sunday.
UPDATE 6: Smith-Schuster caught three of four targets for 35 yards in the Bengals’ 27-24 loss on Sunday.
UPDATE 5: In the Bengals’ 27-24 loss on Sunday, Smith-Schuster caught three of four targets for 35 yards.
UPDATE 4: Smith-Schuster (illness) was a full participant in Thursday’s practice.
UPDATE 3: Smith-Schuster is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams (concussion).
UPDATE 2: According to Matt McMullen of the Chiefs’ official website, Smith-Schuster (concussion protocol) will not play against the Chargers on Sunday.
UPDATE: Smith-Schuster will miss the Chiefs’ Sunday Night Football game against the Chargers.
Smith-Schuster (concussion) was among several Chiefs players who did not practice on Thursday, according to beat writer Herbie Teope.
He also did not practice on Wednesday. The veteran receiver is still in the league’s concussion protocol after leaving last week’s game against the Jaguars in the second quarter.
To make matters worse, fellow wide receiver Mecole Hardman (abdomen) has been placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs.
This weekend, look for Kadarius Toney and Marquez-Valdes Scantling (illness) to see increased usage. Because of their big-play potential, Toney and MVS are worth starting in all formats.
NFL Schedule 2022 – NFL Week 15
Thursday, Dec. 15
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 p.m., Amazon
Saturday, Dec. 17 or Sunday, Dec. 18 (Pool games)
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, TBD, TBD
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns, TBD, TBD
Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings, TBD, TBD
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints, TBD, TBD
New York Giants at Washington Commanders, TBD, TBD
Sunday, Dec. 18
Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., Fox
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans, 1 p.m., CBS
Dallas Cowboys at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., Fox
Detroit Lions at New York Jets, 1 p.m., Fox
Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m., Fox
Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m., CBS
New England Patriots at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m., NBC
Monday, Dec. 19
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m., ESPN/ABC