The Cleveland Browns will face the New York Jets in Week 17 for Thursday Night Football. The tough part about playing in the final short-week game of the season is that players have had a season of wear and tear on their bodies and aren’t able to recover as much. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and Dustin Hopkins headline the Cleveland injury report this week.
Amari Cooper injury updates
Thursday update: Cooper tested his injury briefly during pregame warmups but didn’t feel good about it. He has been downgraded to OUT and will not play.
Wednesday update: Cooper has been listed as questionable for Thursday’s game.
Tuesday update: Cooper did not practice on Tuesday and is still said to be dealing with his heel injury.
Monday update: The Browns didn’t practice on Monday, but Cooper was estimated to be a non-participant in practice due to rest and a heel injury.
Fantasy football analysis
Cooper hasn’t seemed to care that the Browns have used four different starting quarterbacks this season. He has played in 15 games this year and has brought in 72 of his 128 targets for 1,250 yards with five touchdowns. Cooper balled out in his last game, setting a franchise-record with 265 receiving yards with two touchdowns.
Cooper heads into this week as the overall WR12 in half-PPR scoring formats. The Jets allow the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Cooper has a bad matchup, but his target share in the offense with QB Joe Flacco under center has been hard to pass up. Cooper claimed this week that he was unguardable and he will get the chance to prove it this week. If he is active, you can start him in 10-team leagues or larger. If he sits, his backup Elijah Moore would only draw value in the biggest of leagues.
Dustin Hopkins injury updates
Wednesday update: Hopkins has been ruled OUT for Thursday’s game. Riley Patterson is expected to be the team’s kicker.
Tuesday update: Hopkins did not practice and is considered week-to-week with his hamstring injury. The short week against the Jets doesn’t bode well for his having enough time to recover.
Monday update: The Browns didn’t practice on Monday, but Hopkins was estimated to be a non-participant in practice due to his hamstring injury sustained in Week 16’s win.
Fantasy football analysis
We don’t usually highlight kickers in injury reports, but Hopkins has been having a great year. He has connected on 33 of his 36 field goal attempts and 42 of his 45 extra-point attempts. Despite the injury last week, Hopkins is the overall K2 in fantasy football. Patterson will take over as the starting kicker and has a great matchup. New York allows the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing kickers. Patterson can be started in 12-team leagues or larger.