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Packers wide receivers injuries: What status means for Week 18 vs. Bears

Christian Watson (hamstring), Jayden Reed (chest) and Dontayvion Wicks (chest) are all dealing with injuries for Week 18. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

Jayden Reed #11 of the Green Bay Packers walks along the sideline in the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Game status updates: Watson has been ruled inactive. Reed and Wicks will be active for Sunday’s game against Chicago.

The Green Bay Packers will play an important game against the Chicago Bears in Week 18 of the NFL season. Green Bay finds itself in a win and in situation as a victory on Sunday will grant them either the No. 6 or the No. 7 seed in the NFC playoff picture. Quarterback Jordan Love may be missing some key targets as Christian Watson (hamstring), Jayden Reed (chest) and Dontayvion Wicks (chest) are all listed as questionable.

Christian Watson injury

Watson was limited in Wednesday’s practice estimation and limited on Thursday. He was downgraded to not practicing on Friday.

Fantasy football analysis

Watson heads into this week as the overall WR61 in half-PPR scoring. He has played in only nine games this season and has come down with 28 of his 53 targets for 422 yards and five touchdowns. Watson has a tough matchup this weekend, though, as Chicago allows the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. If he is active, he should only be started in 14-team leagues or larger.

NFL DFS analysis

Watson will cost you $4,700 to roster in DFS lineups. Chicago allows the 10th fewest DFS points to opposing wideouts. He could be an interesting play if he finds the endzone, but the target share won’t likely be there to make it worth it.

Jayden Reed injury

Reed was limited every day in practice this week.

Fantasy football analysis

Reed has come on strong in his rookie year, developing a quick rapport with quarterback Jordan Love. He has played in 15 games this year and has 681 yards with eight touchdowns. Reed is the overall WR26 in half-PPR scoring formats. He likely has the most upside in the matchup, but that just means that he can be started in 12-team leagues or larger.

NFL DFS analysis

Reed will run you $5,700 to roster in DFS but has seen enough of a target share and versatility in the offense that he would be worth rostering despite the price tag.

Dontayvion Wicks injury

Wicks was estimated to be limited on Wednesday but was upgraded to a full practice participant on Thursday and Friday.

Fantasy football analysis

Wicks has been overshadowed in the offense but has carved out a role for himself while others have struggled with injuries. He has played in 14 games and has 520 yards and two touchdowns on 33 receptions. Wicks’ role will depend on who all is active, but assuming everyone is healthy, he likely will only be worth it if he comes down with a splash play for a lot of yards or a score. He shouldn’t be started in leagues with fewer than 14 teams.

NFL DFS analysis

Wicks will run you $4,600 to roster in your DFS lineups. Similar to Watson, he doesn’t have a good matchup but would just need a few plays to be worth it to roster. Still, there are likely better options, unless Watson and Reed both miss the game.