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Packers WR Jayden Reed injury: What status means for Week 16 vs. Panthers

Jayden Reed is dealing with a chest and toe injury for Week 16. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

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Inactives update: Reed is officially inactive. Dontayvion Wicks is active and has appeal in fantasy with Reed and Christian Watson both out, while Malik Heath has some deeper league appeal.


Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jayden Reed is dealing with a toe and a chest injury ahead of Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers. Reed has not practiced all week and is listed as questionable on the Packers’ injury report.

Jayden Reed injury

Fantasy football analysis

Reed’s absence will make a huge impact on fantasy this week, as he has become one of Jordan Love’s top targets this season. However, Reed is not the only WR on the injury report this week — Christian Watson did not practice this week, and Dontayvion Wicks is listed as questionable after being limited all week. The biggest fantasy winners here will be Romeo Doubs and perhaps RB Aaron Jones.

NFL DFS analysis

Reed sits at $5400 right now in daily fantasy at DraftKings Sportsbook. With his questionable designation, there are other wide receivers at that price that would be a better investment for this week.

Betting analysis

Reed’s absence alone might affect the Packers’ offense to an extent, but his limited week combined with Christian Watson’s likely absence will make this a tough matchup for Jordan Love and the Packers. The good news is that they are playing one of the worst teams in the league, but the bad news is that the Panthers defense will be able to focus their coverage on Doubs. Doubs’ receiving yards total is also a prop to check out this week.