Are Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper playing in Week 15 after being placed on COVID list? Fantasy injury update ahead of Raiders-Browns matchup

Jarvis Landry and Austin Hooper were placed on the reserve / COVID list ahead of a crucial Week 15 game in the AFC playoff race against the Raiders at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Their statuses are up in the air, so will one or both play in Week 15? We’ve got the latest updates below as well as how the fantasies begin, ’em, sit’ em decisions could be affected by any of your absences.

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Case Keenum tested positive for COVID, putting Nick Mullens in line to start against the Raiders.

Will Jarvis Landry play in week 15?

As usual, Landry will have two turns in two negative tests before the start of Saturday, and time is running out. It’s hard to know if he will be able to do that, and the Browns could ultimately be left without their QB, both opening tackles, some key defensive players and their head coach Kevin Stefanski. What we do know is that it feels like a worrying place to trust any Browns player other than Nick Chubb. If almost the entire team is miraculously approved for the game, Landry would have some consideration, but that’s highly unlikely.

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He’s already been a fringe starter this season, but there’s a scenario where could play with him. If he and Mayfield are active, he can be seen as a decent flexible option in the WR3 or WR4 range against the Raiders. If it’s active but Mayfield isn’t, look at it as a flexible low-end option that’s strictly from the PPR leagues. Before the COVID news came out in Cleveland, we had Landry in the WR30 range at PPR. If he’s out, Donovan Peoples-Jones is a risky play, but it offers advantages, especially if Austin Hooper (see below) is out as well.

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Will Austin Hooper play in week 15?

Hooper is yet another victim on the reserve / COVID list, so we’ll see if he can be released by Saturday as well. When David Njoku (reserve / COVID) was out last week, Hooper caught five of six goals for 30 yards and a touchdown in a very favorable matchup with the Ravens. Earlier in the week, we liked Hooper’s chances as one of the best broadcast options against the Raiders, who are also a top-five matchup for tight ends. If Mayfield and Hooper play, he can still be considered, but are we sure the offense won’t collapse with so many missing pieces on the offensive line? Are these risks we want to take in the fantasy playoffs for a marginal starter at tight end? We would say no.

Assuming Njoku is back, he would be the top tight end, but he’s been hard to trust. with Mayfield in the lineup, can we trust him with Case Keenum behind a shaky offensive line? Once again, it’s hard for you to like your possibilities. Still, there’s obviously a mess in Cleveland right now, and we’re not sure we’re going to roll with these guys in the postseason. That said, Hooper or Njoku can be a boom or bust play, while Landry (see above) is probably a decent floor, low ceiling prospect this week if he plays.