Week 11: Game Time Decisions - Injury Updates
In this article we profile players that are struggling to get into uniform for the coming week. Yet another running back suffered a season ending injury this past week as Tampa will be down to 3rd stringers Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey after Mike James suffered a fractured ankle in the first half of Monday night's win over Miami.
On a positive note, Shane Vereen is eligible to return to the Pats lineup and should be added in all leagues. Vereen suffered a wrist injury in week 1 and was placed on short-term IR. He's now eligible to be activated to the 53-man roster. Vereen has been practicing for two weeks and appears on track to make his return in Monday night's game against the Panthers. In week 1, Vereen rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the win over the Bills, adding seven catches for 58 yards. He'll team with Brandon Bolden to backup starter Stevan Ridley against a Panther defense allowing the sixth fewest fantasy PPG to running backs – 75 yards per game and just two rushing touchdowns allowed through nine games. Vereen should see 10-12 touches this week and remains a solid flex play (especially in PPR leagues, despite the difficult matchup).
Terrelle Pryor suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the week 9 blowout loss to Philadelphia. He was under center against the Giants in week 10, but completed just 11-of-26 passes for 122 yards and an interception. The day was not a total loss for fantasy owners as he added five rushes for 19 yards and a touchdown. The Ohio State alum entered week 10 averaging more than18 fantasy points per game over his previous four games. Despite mediocre passing numbers (five touchdowns and 10 interceptions), Pryor's dual threat ability (averaging 63 yards per game on the ground) keeps him on the QB2 most weeks, but owners should looks elsewhere for the week 11 meeting with a solid Houston pass defense. The Texans are allowing the seventh fewest fantasy PPG to opposing quarterbacks -- including a league low 180 yards per game through the air. Undrafted Rookie Matt McGloin (Penn State) is Pryor's backup and neither are recommended plays this week.
Rashad Jennings rushed 20 times for 88 yards and also hauled in two catches for 19 yards in the Week 10 loss to the Giants. The oft-injured McFadden (missed the past two games with hamstring injury) is expected to remain sidelined for the Raiders' week 11 contest against Houston. Through seven games, DMC is averaging 62 total yards per game with four touchdowns. During his previous five seasons, Mcfadden was sidelined for 23 games. Jennings' upside is limited by a porous offensive line and less than impressive track record (floundered during his starts for Jacksonville last season). The Texans run defense is allowing the 13th lowest fantasy PPG to opposing running backs -- including an average of 95 yards per game on the ground. Jennings remains on the RB2 radar (better start in PPR leagues) as he's likely to see 20+ touches this week.
The second year WR from Notre Dame suffered an AC shoulder sprain in the week 10 win over Houston and finished with just two catches for 31 yards. On the season he's averaging 53 yards per game with just two touchdowns. In his rookie year, Floyd caught 45 balls for 562 yards with 2 touchdowns. Head coach Bruce Arians expects Floyd to return to the lineup against Jacksonville. If Floyd is forced to miss the game, Andre Roberts will look to build on his productive week 10 – 5 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown (his first score of the season). The Jaguars defense is allowing the 19th most fantasy points per game to the WR position -- including an average of 141 yards per game to wide receivers.
The 27-year-old receiver is battling a groin injury to his right leg (dealt with hip and groin issues to his left leg earlier this year). Rookie Robert Woods is also dealing with an ankle injury and rookie Marquise Goodwin (Texas) appears likely to get a start this week, but he remains a WR4 at best despite the increased targets. On the season, Johnson is averaging 52 yards per game with three touchdowns. He's been a model of consistency the past three seasons, hauling in between 76-82 catches with 1,000-1,100 yards receiving. In the week 3 meeting with the Jets, Johnson finished with six catches for 86 yards. The New York Jets defense is allowing the 12th most fantasy PPG to opposing receivers.
A hamstring injury has kept the 29 year-old WR in street clothes for the past five games, but he practiced Wednesday and is expected to start this week against Buffalo. Holmes is averaging six targets per game this season and 60 yards per game over four contests. He has just one touchdown on the season, but did post a solid stat line in the week 3 meeting with the Bills: six catches for 86 yards. The Buffalo pass defense is allowing the second most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, which should make Holmes a serviceable WR3 this week. It's worth noting that the Bills defense has been getting healthier over the past month, so the matchup isn't quite as favorable as the numbers suggest for Holmes (especially in the Jets' ground and pound offense).