Week 12: Game Time Decisions - Injury Updates
After an impressive week 1 performance against the G-men, Miles Austin struggled in back to back weeks totaling just five catches for 53 yards and suffered yet another hamstring injury in the week 3 win over St Louis that has kept him sidelined for the past seven games; the 29-year-old missed six games during 2011 with similar leg problems. Rookie Terrance Williams has impressed -- averaging 50 yards per game with five touchdowns --, but could see his role diminish going forward. Owner Jerry Jones has confirmed that Austin will return to the lineup for a crucial week 12 game against the New York Giants. Fantasy owners should take a wait and see approach with Austin, but he is well worth a pickup as the Cowboys have a favorable remaining schedule. The matchup this week against the Giants is average, as the G-men are allowing the 12th fewest fantasy PPG to opposing WRs. It's worth noting that Tony Romo passed for 263 yards with touchdowns in the week 1 win over the Giants.
Jordan Reed (concussion) did not practice Wednesday and with a Monday night matchup against San Francisco, his owners should secure a backup plan as the rookie from Florida will need to pass league concussion protocol in order to suit up. Reed owners would be wise to target the waiver wire as Garrett Graham, Rob Housler and Delanie Walker could be serviceable week 12 replacements. For Washington, they might be forced to activate veteran Fred Davis, but he remains off the fantasy radar. Through nine games, Reed is averaging 55 yards per game with three touchdowns. His absence would be a negative for RG3's fantasy value in a difficult matchup with a 49er defense allowing the fifth lowest fantasy PPG to quarterbacks. The San Fran defense is also stingy against tight ends as they allow the fourth lowest fantasy PPG -- including just three touchdowns to the position on the season.
Julius Thomas had three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Chiefs (first touchdown the Chiefs have allowed to a tight end all season). The third year TE from Portland State took a helmet to the knee in the third quarter, but remained in the game. He missed Wednesday's practice, but is expected to play on Sunday night against a Patriots defense allowing the 11th fewest fantasy PPG to opposing tight ends. Thomas is averaging 59 yards per game with 10 touchdowns through the first 10 games of the season. He's a must start provided he returns to practice this week. Former Texan Joel Dreesen is battling a knee injury, but would likely start if Thomas suffers a setback. Dreesen is not fantasy relevant.