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The Eagles will be ruling WR A.J. Brown (knee) out for Monday night’s game against the Buccaneers. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Brown "wants to fully heal as much as he can and give it a go next week." Philly would obviously need to win at Tampa to make that second game happen. Brown’s absence leaves targets available for WR DeVonta Smith and TE Dallas Goedert. WR Julio Jones gains intrigue as a DFS play. QB Jalen Hurts loses upside without his top wideout (and is dealing with his own finger injury). Brown makes for a weak play across playoff fantasy contests.

Update: Brown missed practice again on Saturday and has officially been ruled out.

Eagles WR DeVonta Smith (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Giants. He didn’t practice all week, which puts his availability for the Wild Card round in question. Julio Jones figures to step in as Philadelphia’s No. 2 WR on Sunday.

Eagles WR Julio Jones has been elevated from the practice squad and is expected to play vs. the Dolphins on Sunday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 34-year-old Jones evidently kept himself in good shape if he's ready to play less than a week after joining the Eagles. Jones should not be in Week 7 season-long fantasy lineups and would likely need an injury to WR A.J. Brown or WR DeVonta Smith to have bankable fantasy value this season.

The Eagles announced out of nowhere Tuesday that they have signed WR Julio Jones. The move likely signals that they don't expect WR Quez Watkins -- who recently landed on IR -- to return anytime soon. It's tough to imagine a significant fantasy impact from Jones, though. He caught just 3.1 passes per game with the Titans in 2021 and then 2.4 per game with last year's Buccaneers. Each set a career low. And Jones appeared in just 10 games each season. We'll be interested to see how the Eagles incorporate Jones. But we're not chasing him on redraft waivers or adjusting outlooks for any incumbents on the Philly offense.

Update: Ian Rapoport adds that Jones is joining the practice squad, but that he's likely to get quickly elevated. We'd also be surprised if Jones signed to just work on the practice squad.

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin hauled 10 of 13 targets for 85 yards in Monday's Wild Card loss vs. the Cowboys. Godwin is 1 of 3 Bucs' WRs who received double-digit targets in this contest. WR Julio Jones tallied 7 catches on 11 targets for 77 yards and a TD, and WR Mike Evans roped in 6 of 11 targets for 74 yards of his own. These are pretty eye-popping numbers on the surface, but it's not nearly as impressive considering QB Tom Brady was forced to throw the ball 66 times in the loss. It's difficult at this time to look ahead to the 2023 NFL season for these wideouts given Brady's uncertain future. We'll have a better idea of what to expect from Godwin and Evans once we learn who the Bucs QB is next season.

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (knee) was a full participant at practice on Thursday. The same goes for teammate WR Julio Jones (knee). With their Wild Card game vs. the Cowboys occurring on Monday, we'll have an extra day of practice to follow that bleeds into Saturday. We'll keep our eye out for any updates regarding this duo of Bucs' pass-catchers.

11:35am EST 1/8/23

Bucs WR Julio Jones (knee, illness) is inactive for today's game vs. the Falcons. The rest of Tampa's regulars are active, but we're not expecting them to play much in this meaningless game.

11:38am EST 1/1/23

Buccaneers WR Julio Jones (knee) is active for today’s game vs. the Panthers. He played behind Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Russell Gage last week. Jones isn’t a viable Week 17 fantasy play.

Buccaneers WR Julio Jones (knee) was a limited practice participant all week and is officially questionable for Week 17 vs. the Panthers. We don't consider the veteran a fantasy-viable option even if he plays.

Buccaneers WR Julio Jones (knee) was a limited participant in practice again on Thursday. This is par for the course for the veteran in 2022. Even if Jones does suit up for Week 17 vs. the Panthers, he is unlikely to be on the fantasy radar anyway. Regardless, we'll keep up with an official word from Bucs practice tomorrow regarding Jones' health.

Buccaneers WR Julio Jones (knee) was a limited practice participant on Wednesday. The former All-Pro is a regular on the injury report in 2022, so it's tough to glean anything from only Wednesday's report. We'll keep an eye on Jones this week.

Buccaneers WR Julio Jones (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Cardinals. He remained limited in practice all week after missing last Sunday's loss to the Bengals. Jones is tough to bet on for fantasy football lineups. His return challenges the role of WR Russell Gage, who led the Bucs in targets last week and scored twice.

Buccaneers WR Julio Jones (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 16 vs. the Cardinals after limited practice all week. When healthy, Jones has been a solid fantasy contributor. It is difficult to trust the former superstar, however. Jones has only played in 8 games and has been fantasy relevant in even fewer of them. Outside of a desperate situation, you should probably sit Jones. There are likely better options available.

2:56pm EST 12/18/22

Bucs WR Julio Jones (knee) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Bengals. That figures to leave Russell Gage as Tampa’s #3 WR, but he’d be a desperation fantasy play.

Bucs WR Julio Jones (knee) is not expected to play vs. the Bengals later today, although a final decision might not come until pregame warmups, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jones obviously shouldn't be in fantasy lineups. Jones' absence figures to leave Russell Gage as Tampa’s #3 WR, but he’d be a desperation fantasy play.

Bucs WR Julio Jones (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Bengals. He only got in a limited practice on Friday. Clearly not at 100%, Jones shouldn’t be in your Week 15 fantasy plans.

Bucs WR Russell Gage (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game vs. the Saints. He was a full-go in Saturday's practice, so he seemingly has a good chance to return for this one. Gage has been out since Week 7 and shouldn't be in your fantasy plans. But his return adds downside to WR Julio Jones' fantasy profile.

Bucs WR Russell Gage (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Browns. He remained sidelined all week and has no timetable for return. Julio Jones will continue to operate as Tampa’s #3 WR behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin led the team with 8 targets, 6 catches and 71 yards in Sunday morning's win over the Seahawks. And much to the relief of fantasy football managers everywhere, he finally found the end zone for the 1st time this season. Mike Evans followed with a mediocre stat line on a limited passing day for the Bucs, catching 5 balls for 54 yards among 6 targets. WR Julio Jones claimed the team's other TD catch among 3 receptions for 53 yards.

Bucs WR Russell Gage (hamstring) did not make the trip to Germany and is out for Sunday morning's game vs. the Seahawks. Scotty Miller finished 3rd among Bucs WRs with a 52% route rate last week; Julio Jones was 4th at 35%. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans remain the only bankable fantasy plays in this WR corps.

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