With another NFL Sunday officially in the books, fantasy football owners are reviewing how their teams performed as well as the league’s latest injuries. Three standout wide receivers (Cooper Kupp, Jerry Jeudy, and Juju Smith-Schuster) left early this week, affecting Week 15 waiver wire pickups and rankings.
Week 15 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups: Jerry Jeudy, Cooper Kupp and Juju Smith-Schuster
UPDATE (DEC. 18): Jeudy will be the Broncos’ featured wide receiver against the Cardinals on Sunday, with both Courtland Sutton (hamstring) and Kendall Hinton (hamstring) ruled out, according to Aric DiLalla of the team’s official website.
UPDATE (DEC. 17): Jeudy will be the Broncos’ featured wide receiver against the Cardinals on Sunday, with both Courtland Sutton (hamstring) and Kendall Hinton (hamstring) ruled out, according to Aric DiLalla of the team’s official website.
UPDATE (Dec. 13): In Sunday’s 34-28 loss to Kansas City, Jeudy caught eight of nine targets for 73 yards and three touchdowns.
UPDATE 4: Jeudy (ankle) took part in a limited capacity in Wednesday’s practice.
UPDATE 3: Jeudy (ankle) didn’t practice Thursday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
UPDATE 2: According to Aric DiLalla of the Broncos’ official website, Jeudy (ankle) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders.
UPDATE: An MRI revealed that Jeudy suffered a “mild ankle injury,” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, but his Week 11 status is still unknown.
According to beat writer Aric DiLalla, Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett told reporters on Sunday that the team is “hoping that we dodged a bullet” with Jeudy’s ankle injury.
In the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Titans, the young wide receiver was carted off the field.
If Jeudy is out for a few weeks, it will be a devastating blow to the Broncos’ mediocre passing offense, which has struggled mightily this season.
Jeudy was coming off a strong performance against the Jaguars last week, in which he had six receptions (seven targets) for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Kendall Hinton, who had four receptions (five targets) and 62 yards in Sunday’s loss, should be considered by deep-league owners.
If Jeudy is out, Hinton has some boom-or-bust flex upside against the Raiders in Week 11.
- Cooper Kupp
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 to repair the torn ACL in his left knee after Christmas.
UPDATE 3: Kupp will be out for six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery for a right high-ankle sprain.
UPDATE 2: Kupp is undergoing surgery and will be out for at least four games.
UPDATE: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Monday afternoon that Kupp will miss “some time.” Owners of Kupp should expect to be without their star until at least Week 13.
According to beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue, Kupp (ankle) appears to have avoided a worst-case scenario after going down in Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.
However, Rodrigue added that the veteran receiver will undergo additional ankle testing in the coming days.
Kupp has suffered an ankle injury for the second time in three weeks.
The star wide receiver suffered an ankle injury against the 49ers in Week 8, but he was able to play the following week.
Kupp may not be as fortunate this time and may miss a few games.
According to Rodrigue, Rams head coach Sean McVay stated on Sunday that Kupp’s injury “didn’t look good, didn’t sound good.”
If the 29-year-old receiver is ruled out, Allen Robinson, Ben Skowronek, and Van Jefferson will be the Rams’ top three wide receivers heading into next week’s game against the Saints.
Robinson is a WR2, and both Skowronek and Jefferson have flex potential.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster
UPDATE (Dec. 13): Smith-Schuster caught nine of 11 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 34-28 win over the Broncos.
UPDATE 4: Smith-Schuster caught three of four targets for 35 yards in the Bengals’ 27-24 loss on Sunday.
UPDATE 3: Smith-Schuster (illness) participated fully in Thursday’s practice.
UPDATE 2: Smith-Schuster (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams.
UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Smith-Schuster will miss the Chiefs’ Sunday Night Football game against the Chargers.
According to beat writer Herbie Teope, Smith-Schuster (concussion) was among several Chiefs players who did not practice on Thursday.
On Wednesday, he also did not practice. After leaving last week’s game against the Jaguars in the second quarter, the veteran receiver is still in the league’s concussion protocol.
To make matters worse for the Chiefs, fellow wide receiver Mecole Hardman (abdomen) has been placed on injured reserve.
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