Fantasy Injury Updates Week 16: News on Tyreek Hill, Michael Pittman Jr., Nico Collins, Cole Kmet, more

PDIt’s never fun going into your fantasy football playoff matchup with some key “questionable” players, but that’s the case for those with Tyreek Hill, Michael Pittman Jr., Nico Collins, Jayden Reed, and Cole Kmet. With wide receivers like Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder), Keenan Allen (heel), Christian Watson (hamstring), and Marquise Brown (heel) already “doubtful” or “out” for Week 16 and tight end always thin, losing any more depth at these positions could be disastrous.

Below, we’ll give you the latest news on these key pass-catchers and break down how their injuries could potentially affect the Week 16 fantasy landscape. We’ll continue to provide updates here right up until kickoff on Sunday, so check back for the latest.

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Is Tyreek Hill playing Week 16?

UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Hill is expected to play against Dallas, but a final decision won’t be made until after he tests his ankle in pre-game warmups.

UPDATE 2: Hill is officially ACTIVE.

Hill (ankle) missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he returned for a limited session on Friday. Dolphins’ coach Mike McDaniel said on Friday that the star receiver didn’t suffer any setbacks throughout the week, and considering he almost played last week, it’s safe to assume he’ll be out there against the Cowboys at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.

As always, Hill is a must-start if he’s playing. There’s always the worry that he’ll aggravate his injury and be forced to exit early, but that’s not something you can plan for. If he’s a surprise scratch, Jaylen Waddle will see more targets, while the rest of the Dolphins’ secondary receivers will be left to fight over the scraps, leaving them as irrelevant as they’ve been all season.

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Is Michael Pittman Jr. playing Week 16?

UPDATE: Pittman Jr. was officially declared OUT on Saturday afternoon.

Pittman Jr. had an odd week as it relates to the injury report. He was in concussion protocol after taking a nasty hit last Saturday, but he practiced in full on Thursday and cleared protocol on Friday, leaving him without an injury designation. However, at some point in between, he picked up a shoulder injury, was limited in practice on Friday, and wound up “questionable” for Indy’s game against Atlanta.

At this point, we’d still expect Pittman Jr. to suit up against the Falcons, as there haven’t been any reports about the severity of his newfound shoulder injury. As long as Pittman Jr. is active, he’s a must-start despite the statistically tough matchup. In his four games prior to last week, he averaged 13 targets while totaling 391 yards and a touchdown. If Pittman Jr. is a surprise scratch, Alec Pierce and Josh Downs will see more targets, with Downs garnering flex consideration.

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Is Nico Collins playing Week 16?

UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Collins is expected to play against the Browns.

UPDATE 2: Collins is officially ACTIVE.

Collins (calf) was able to put in a week’s worth of limited practices, leaving him “questionable” for Houston’s game against Cleveland. The breakout receiver certainly appears more probable than questionable at this point, so fantasy owners can feel safe penciling him into a WR3 or flex spot in all formats, barring a setback.

Unfortunately, Collins won’t have C.J. Stroud (concussion) throwing him the ball, but Case Keenum showed last week he can be effective enough to carry a productive receiver, helping Noah Brown to an eight-catch, 82-yard, one-TD day. Houston has a much tougher matchup against Cleveland’s dominant defense this week, but we still think Collins will get enough targets to pay off. If he’s out, look for Brown to resume his role as Keenum’s go-to guy.

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Is Jayden Reed playing Week 16?

UPDATE: Reed is officially OUT.

Reed (toe) was somewhat of a surprise “questionable” after failing to practice all week, and his prospects of suiting up against Carolina appear dim. 

The impressive rookie will likely be joined on the sidelines by Christian Watson (hamstring), who will miss his second straight game. That leaves Romeo Doubs and Dontayvion Wicks (ankle), who’s also “questionable,” as Green Bay’s top two wide receivers, with Malik Heath also checking in to steal some targets. Against Carolina’s third-ranked pass defense, there’s no reason to force any of these guys into your semifinal lineup, but if you’re looking to play one, Doubs is your best bet — and that includes Reed if he’s a surprise active.

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Is Cole Kmet playing Week 16?

UPDATE: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that Kmet is expected to play against Arizona.

UPDATE 2: Kmet is officially ACTIVE.

Kmet (quad) was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday after tweaking his quad in practice on Wednesday. It seems likely that he’ll suit up against the Cardinals, but with the game kicking off at 4:25 p.m. ET, anyone counting on him should have a late-game/Monday contingency plan.

Your best wide available option is Hunter Henry (@ Broncos), but he’s also “questionable” because of a knee injury. Cade Otton (vs. Jaguars) is a safe bet if you don’t want to play the guessing game with New England TEs, and he’s probably better than Kmet even if Kmet starts. (UPDATE: With Henry declared “out,” you can opt for either Mike Gesicki or Pharaoh Brown, both of whom have decent ceilings against Denver, but Otton remains the “easiest” choice.)


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