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Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 11

For the past couple of weeks, I feel like I have started off these Sunday morning posts by saying that there's not a lot to watch as far as early game injury concerns, but hey, follow along anyway. This week, I don't need any sort of sell. We've got plenty of guys to keep track of this morning -- Pierre Garcon @PierreGarcon, Julio Jones @juliojones_11, Michael Turner, Calvin Johnson @Bigplaycj and many more. So keep it here until about 1 p.m. Eastern for all of the latest news about those playing in early games.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 11 include Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez, Michael Vick, Jay Cutler and Darren McFadden. For a full list of injuries around the league this week, click the link below to the NFL's official injury report.

-- Julio Jones is active for the Falcons today, but it's not all good news for him. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's unclear how much Jones will play with his sprained ankle, and that will depend on game situation. Still, I think you have got to play Julio if you've got him. It depends on your options, but even at less than 100 percent, Julio has a ton of upside.
-- Browns cornerback Joe Haden @joehaden23 is out with an oblique injury. Good news for Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.
-- As expected, Texans tight end Owen Daniels is active after missing Week 10 due to a hip injury. The Jaguars have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends but Daniels is still a fine TE1 today.
-- Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins @YoungBabyHawk is inactive due to a knee injury that he most likely suffered in practice late in the week. Still, the Bengals' wide receiving corps is A.J. Green and a bunch of guys.
-- Pierre Garcon is active and will start for the Redskins on a game day for the first time since early October. I don't think you can trust him today against the Eagles. He most certainly won't play a full complement of snaps, but he could definitely give you a solid WR3 during your fantasy playoffs. His return is also great news for Robert Griffin III, who is in serious need of a dependable wideout.
-- Falcons RB Michael Turner is active. He was listed as questionable because of a groin injury. I don't know how much the injury is affecting his play, but Turner is just an uninteresting RB2 today against the Cardinals.
-- Calvin Johnson and Titus Young are ready to go for the Lions. Johnson, who is questionable on the injury report every week, has been in full Megatron mode lately. Young is a WR3.
-- Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight are all active for the Jets today. Should you care? Do I need to answer that?
-- Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is inactive, as expected. But his sprained foot is making progress. We'll check back on him in Week 12. Felix Jones is a nice RB2 versus the Browns.
-- After being suspended last week, Rams wide receiver Chris Givens is back and active for today's game versus the Jets. However, he is not a good play.
-- In a couple of late-game notes, we have multiple reports out there stating that Ryan Mathews will start for the Chargers despite having a neck injury that kept him very limited during the practice week. Also, Saints running back Darren Sproles is expected to play, and NFL Network's Albert Breer said this morning that Wes Welker will play versus the Colts today. However, because of his ankle injury, I don't think Welker is a WR1 today.
-- Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is active despite a lower back injury. Maclin always seems to be hurt, but he's a nice WR3 today against the Redskins.
-- Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is active. He was listed on the injury report with a thigh bruise, but he'll play his usual role. Also, Brady Quinn is active for KC, but Matt Cassel will get another start.
-- Packers running back Alex Green is active after being listed a probable with a knee injury. The bigger problem for him is James Starks as it looks like Starks will get the majority of the carries in today's game versus the Lions. However, he is only a flex option. Green should be on your bench.
-- In other Packers news, Jordy Nelson is active, as expected. He's over his hamstring and ankle injuries. Get him into your lineups.
-- Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss is active. He's purely a last-resort WR3.
-- One more late-game note: Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is fully expected to start tonight against the Ravens. But since he, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer will all be getting a decent amount of work, I don't think you can really trust any of them in this favorable matchup. Mendenhall's your guy if you have to start one, but he's nothing more than a flex.
-- Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglas are active for the Falcons. Obviously, you're starting the former. The latter is very hit-and-miss, but he could see more playing time depending upon game flow and the status of Julio Jones' injured ankle.
-- Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson, both listed as probable, are active for today's game against the Cowboys. Weeden, QB2. Richardson, RB1. Simple.
-- Panthers WR Steve Smith (probable, not injury related) is ready to go against the Buccaneers. That is one sweet matchup, so Smith is a solid WR2.

Fantasy Analysis:

What was a shoulder sprain with a rib injury for Big Ben quickly turned into a very serious rib injury with a shoulder injury. His dislocated rib will likely keep him out of action for at least 3-4 weeks. Byron Leftwich steps in, and that could be a big problem for the rest of the Pittsburgh passing game. Speaking of which, Antonio Brown is looking to return from his high ankle sprain in Week 13. Emmanuel Sanders will continue to start in his place, but I can't recommend him until we see if Leftwich can stay upright behind that Steelers' offensive line.
Hernandez will miss his sixth game of the season today as he is still dealing with pain in his sprained ankle. This is getting ridiculous. I don't know what it's going to take to get him healthy -- a bye back in Week 9 didn't seem to help enough -- and I have no idea when Hernandez will play again.
Vick is out for Week 11 because of a concussion. He probably won't play next week either as he has yet to even take his concussion tests. Then, once he is clear-headed again, there's no guarantee that Vick gets his job back. Nick Foles will get his first career start today. I don't think the move from Vick to Foles is cause to change the values of DeSean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin all that much. It most likely won't be a downgrade.
In other backup QB news, Jason Campbell will take over for Jay Cutler this week as he is also concussed. Campbell is not on the fantasy radar against the Niners, but I have no fear about starting Brandon Marshall at all. I am a little worried about Matt Forte. Defenses may very well give him nowhere to run for as long as Campbell is playing.
McFadden is still out with his high ankle sprain. Marcel Reece remains the Raiders' lead back, and he is a stellar RB2 today in all formats against the Saints. There have been reports that McFadden could be back in Week 12, but I am skeptical.

Source:
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2 Comments | Add Yours

Sproles or Larod Howling? Those are my only two options, unfortunately.

Posted by:
heatwaves 11/18/12 12:32 PM

Went with Larod, then heard Sproles is out. Phew!

Posted by:
heatwaves 11/18/12 01:07 PM

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