Week 11 Sunday Update by James Morris
Injuries are by far the fantasy football player’s worst enemy and week 11 isn’t looking great for one NFL superstar in particular. Lucky for you TheFinsiders.com has become your go-to place for all your final injury news and updates before setting your lineups and letting the guys on the field do their magic. So, without further ado, let’s talk some NFL injuries and hang another W on your fantasy season!
Julio Jones didn’t practice all week long and is being listed as questionable for the game. While it is encouraging that the Falcons didn’t list him as Doubtful or Out, the lack of practice and swelling in the ankle aren’t good signs. It will all come down to how he does in pre-game warm-ups, but I am hearing that he should be able to take the field. Because of the ankle, I am dropping him to a WR2 in terms of production, but make sure you check back right before kick-off to see if he will play or not.
Michael Turner is being listed as questionable with a groin injury. The Falcons love to list guys as limited or questionable, but they often suit up and play through whatever injuries they have. I wouldn’t have a problem sticking him in your line-up.
Jordy Nelson returns to the field today for the Packers and should be locked and loaded for this one. You will want to get him in your line-up as he should take over the starting gig and push James Jones to the WR3 spot. I’d still play Neslon, Jones and Randall Cobb as Aaron Rodgers can certainly make winners out of everyone on the field with his talents.
Wes Welker is being listed as questionable, but all indications are that he will play this week. I have him listed as a low-end WR1 this week and have him in all my lineups this week. Aaron Hernandez is now expected to miss this week’s game yet again with his troublesome ankle injury. It will be his fourth straight game and the Patriots could be targeting a return on Thanksgiving versus the Jets. Hold on to him as he can put up huge numbers when healthy.
Darren Sproles is being listed as questionable Saints coach Pete Carmichael is indicating that he expects to have Sproles available against the Raiders. Sproles is leaving the decision up to the doctors, but it sounds like you will want to stick him in your flex spot and roll the dice if he in fact does play.
Ryan Mathews is being listed as questionable for the Chargers this weekend with a neck injury, but is a lot closer to a true game-time decision than anything. He got in a limited practice on Friday, but it was his only participation this week. Even if he does play, he is projecting out as a RB2 against a stout Broncos defense that has been playing in beast mode recently.
Rashard Mendenhall returns to the Steelers starting lineup this week and that’s good news for fantasy owners who stuck with him because both Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown won’t be in this one. With Byron Leftwich at the helm, the Steelers are going to need to lean on the running game that much more. The problem as I see it is that the Steelers are going to struggle to move the ball under Leftwich, which makes Mendenhall a flex play unless he finds a way to score a TD or two.
Jay Cutler has already been ruled out for Monday night’s game due to a helmet-to-helmet hit he took last week that resulted in a concussion. Jason Campbell will draw the start for the Bears, and that is one small step above Leftwich starting for the Steelers in fantasy terms. Maybe Brandon Marshall puts up solid stats, but it is a risk considering how bad Campbell looked in relief last week. You can’t sit him, but you can’t trust him either.
DeMarco Murray is officially listed as doubtful, and isn’t going to play this week. That means Felix Jones will draw the start once again and ranks out as a middle of the road RB2.
Frank Gore put in a full practice week and is a go for the Monday Night Football match-up with the Bears. He is a RB2 in nearly all formats.
Owen Daniels has an “excellent” chance of playing this week, according to Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. With TE already being a boom-or-bust position, fantasy owners need the points that a guy like Daniels is capable of putting up.
Darren McFadden has been ruled out this week, which means Marcel Reece will get the start at RB. Reece makes for an interesting RB2 play against the Saints generous defense, but the risk is that they get up early on the Raiders and the running game gets abandoned. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is being called a game-time decision with a hamstring injury. The feeling amongst the Raiders beat writers is that DHB will miss this one. I tend to trust them on this and would go ahead and pull him from your line-up until you hear otherwise.
Torrey Smith is being listed as questionable with a chest injury, but he is a lock to play this week. He was never in any real danger of missing the game, so stick him in your line-up as a solid WR2 this week.
Joe Haden did make the trip to Dallas for the Browns and is being listed as questionable for the game. He is going to see how things go in warm-ups and is a true game-time decision. Haden is one of the leagues’ top corners, so his absence would give the Cowboys passing attack a much needed bump in production.
Donald Brown is being listed as probable for the game against the Patriots, but is still going to work in rotation with Vick Ballard. He isn’t much more than a flex option this week.
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