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Packers injury report: Wide receivers listed as questionable ahead of Week 18

Packers WR Christian Watson, Jayden Reed and Dontayvion Wicks are back at practice going into Week 18 vs. the Bears. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

Wide receiver Christian Watson #9 of the Green Bay Packers waits for the snap during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field on December 3, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers will take on the Chicago Bears in Week 18 of the NFL season. The Packers’ defense has been falling apart down the stretch, and their wide receivers are struggling to stay healthy. In Week 17, Christian Watson (hamstring), Jayden Reed (toe, chest), and Dontayvion Wicks (chest, ankle) were all dealing with injuries. Watson and Wicks were sidelined vs. the Vikings but Reed left during the game, after catching two TDs.

Packers injury report

Christian Watson (hamstring)
Jayden Reed (chest)
Dontayvion Wicks (chest/ankle)
De’Vondre Campbell (neck)

Christian Watson injury updates

Friday update: Watson is heading into the weekend listed as questionable.

Thursday update: Watson, Reed, and Wicks were all practicing on Thursday, per USA Today’s Ryan Wood.

Wednesday update: Watson is back at practice for the first time since his hamstring injury.

Fantasy football analysis

After an impressive rookie season, injuries have de-railed Watson’s sophomore campaign, which is typically a time for players to take a step forward. He has only played in nine games and has brought in 28 of his 53 targets for 422 yards with five touchdowns.

The Bears allow the eighth-fewest fantasy fantasy points per game in half-PPR scoring formats. Watson heads into this week as the overall WR61. He didn’t play in the Packers’ first game of the season against Chicago. If Watson is able to play, he is tough to trust in fantasy football. Quarterback Jordan Love has built better rapport with Romeo Doubs, Reed and others. Watson can be started in 14-team leagues or larger.

Jayden Reed injury updates

Friday update: Reed is heading into the weekend listed as questionable.

Wednesday update: Reed was seen practicing on Wednesday.

Fantasy football analysis

Reed has been impressive as a rookie and leads the Packers in receiving yards with 681. He has played in 15 games and has brought in 60 of his 90 targets, along with eight touchdowns.

The rookie wideout is the overall WR25 in half-PPR scoring formats. Reed brought in two of his five targets for 48 yards in his first career NFL game, which was against Chicago back in Week 1. He has at least eight targets in four of his last five games, and that workload means he can be started in 12-team leagues or larger.

Dontayvion Wicks injury updates

Friday update: Wicks is heading into the weekend listed as questionable.

Wednesday update: Wicks was seen practicing on Wednesday.

Fantasy football analysis

Wicks has seen his role increase with Watson sidelined. He has played in 14 games and has brought in 33 of his 51 targets for 520 yards and two touchdowns. Wicks is often overshadowed in the offense but has carved out a nice role and target share for himself. He is the overall WR70 in half-PPR scoring. Wicks doesn’t need to be started in fantasy football leagues with fewer than 14 teams, but he makes for an interesting DFS dart throw to help free up some salary.