Is Jarvis Landry playing Thursday night? Fantasy injury updates for Bengals-Browns

Jarvis Landry has been remarkably consistent over the past several years. He doesn’t catch a lot of TDs, but the Browns receiver has always been a reliable PPR threat. He has recorded at least 81 catches in each of his six seasons, and he looked good last week, grabbing five passes for 61 yards. However, there is some question about whether he’ll play ahead of a Thursday Night Football clash with the Bengals. Landry is dealing with a troublesome hip injury and is officially questionable for the game. It’s difficult to know whether he will be active or not, so fantasy football owners and DFS players will have to check up on his active/inactive status before making any start ’em, sit ’em decisions involving Landry.

We’ll have updates below ahead of the Browns-Bengals game and right up until the official inactive report is released at around 6:50 p.m. ET on Thursday night. For more fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.

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Is Jarvis Landry playing Thursday night?

Landry was listed as a non-participant in Tuesday’s practice, according to the Browns’ official website, before logging a limited session on Wednesday. That’s good news that Landry’s status appears to be trending in the right direction, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll play.

Because the Browns are playing on a short week early in the season, they could choose to sit Landry and ensure that he will be healthy come Week 3. That would give him a full week of rest to help his troublesome hip so it won’t be a problem down the line. Essentially, if there was a time for Cleveland to sit Landry for a game to help that injury heal, this would be it.

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Conversely, one could argue that Landry could play Thursday night since he will have a full 10 days between games after that. It’s unclear which option the Browns and Landry would choose because it’s unclear the exact extent of Landry’s injury.

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If Landry does suit up against the Bengals, he can be trusted as a high-end WR3 in a solid matchup. In PPR formats, he could move into WR2 range because he should be in line to catch a lot of passes, especially if the Bengals focus on slowing down Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns’ running game.

If Landry misses the game, Beckham and the top two RBs for the Browns, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, would get a boost as they would shoulder a lot of the offensive workload. At receiver, Rashard Higgins would probably be the next man up along with KhaDarel Hodge. Both would be too risky to play in yearlong fantasy leagues, but either (preferably Higgins) could be a good flier to take on in single-game DFS tournaments.

It’s also possible that Kevin Stefanski could give his tight ends more action if Landry is out. The Browns have several questionable offensive linemen, so they may need some in-line blockers to help out. That could open up some more receiving opportunities for Austin Hooper, who is already in line for an increased workload with David Njoku (knee) on IR, and fourth-round rookie Harrison Bryant.

We’ll keep you posted on Landry’s status moving forward. If he can’t play, fantasy owners should still have plenty of options available to fill in for him considering that it is so early in the week and there are several good matchups to take advantage of this week.


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