Fantasy Injury Updates: DJ Chark, Mike Evans, JuJu Smith-Schuster affect Week 16 waiver pickups

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Fantasy championships could be riding on some wide receivers who haven't yet gotten over injuries. DJ Chark, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Nelson Agholor could all play a part in start-or-sit decisions and waiver wire pickups this week as the Week 16 WR rankings get put together. We have the latest injury updates and news to help you make the best roster decisions.

For injury updates on banged-up RBs Jordan Howard, Kerryon Johnson, and Damien Williams, click here; for more on injured TEs Evan Engram, Greg Olsen, and Gerald Everett, go here; for the latest on Dalvin Cook, click here; for updates on Chris Godwin, go here. For more fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.

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DJ Chark injury update

Chark (ankle) was ruled out Friday for Week 15 but still traveled with Jacksonville to Oakland. On Monday, Jags head coach Doug Marrone said Chark was "cleared to get on the field and do some running and cutting." The Jaguars play in Atlanta at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

It's a great passing-game matchup for Jacksonville this weekend, so anyone who made it through the fantasy semifinals without Chark would love to get him back. Running and cutting on his injured ankle Monday has to be considered a good sign for his availability. He's a must-start if active. If Chark is out, Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole all have varying degrees of FLEX appeal.

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Is Mike Evans playing Week 16?

Two reports, one from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and one from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, have indicated that Evans (hamstring) is out for the remainder of the season. Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller are dealing with hamstring injuries for Tampa Bay, too.

It looks like Saturday at 1 p.m. ET will be the Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson show in the TB wideout group. Against the Texans, that makes Perriman a must-start and Watson a solid FLEX play against a bad pass defense. O.J. Howard is also a back-end fantasy starter at TE with Evans and Godwin both likely out.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster injury news

At the end of last week, Smith-Schuster (knee) said he isn't sure when he'll return and that it's up to Mike Tomlin. He's missed the past four Pittsburgh games with a knee injury. The Steelers take on the Jets at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

If JuJu couldn't make it back for a crucial playoff impacting matchup with the Bills on Sunday night, it's not looking great for his chances of playing the rest of the way. Against the Jets, both James Washington and Diontae Johnson have FLEX worthiness in a boom-or-bust way.

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Nelson Agholor injury status

When Eagles head coach Doug Pederson spoke with reporters Monday, he said that Agholor is making progress and that he wouldn't rule out Agholor returning Sunday to face Dallas. Agholor (knee) has missed the last two games, and Philadelphia is already without Alshon Jeffery for the rest of the season.

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Agholor hasn't been productive when he's played, even without Jeffery, but if he's healthy, he'll steal playing time from recent breakout Greg Ward. If Agholor is out, Ward is a solid FLEX play against Dallas, especially in PPR leagues, after catching seven passes for 61 yards and a late score in Week 15.

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