Week 11 NFL Injury News and Updates
Week 11 NFL Injury News and Updates
This week was the trade deadline in a good percentage of leagues and this trade deadline season was different from most others. How so, you ask? This season we have seen more trades for depth rather than for top players than we have in season’s past. We all know why this is: COVID. We keep seeing it week after week as players are put on the COVID-IR. I’d still probably gamble and go for the better player, quality over quantity, but I certainly understand those who want to make sure they are covered just in case they lose a player or two to COVID. Good luck to you in whichever direction you chose.
Calvin Ridley is still questionable to play with a foot injury. Ridley has been limited in practice this week, and with a tough matchup on tap with the Saints, perhaps you want to look in a different direction even if he does suit up to play.
The Panthers will once again be without Christian McCaffrey this week. Mike Davis had a tough outing last week, but life should be better versus the Lions on Sunday. It’s also looking increasingly unlikely that Teddy Bridgewater starts Sunday. If Bridgewater is out, the Panthers are likely to start Will Grier in his place. This does not fill me with confidence for any of the wide receivers on Carolina, even in a good matchup versus Detroit. Proceed with extreme caution here.
Joe Mixon still hasn’t returned to practice due to a foot injury and once again seems unlikely to play Sunday in Washington. This means Gio Bernard should once again start and is no better than a low-end RB2 for me once again. Tee Higgins missed practice Thursday due to an illness, but it’s not expected to be COVID, and as of now, he is expected to play Sunday.
Coming off of a bye week, Andy Dalton will return as starting quarterback for Dallas, but how much can we expect from him. The offensive line is still in shambles, and though the Vikings don’t possess the most dangerous of pass rushers, they should be able to make life uncomfortable for Dalton, which in turn may do the same for all of the receivers and even Ezekiel Elliott, who is dealing with a sore hamstring but will play.
Drew Lock is dealing with a rib injury that has kept him out of practice as of this writing. He’s 50/50 at best to play Sunday, but that shouldn’t matter for you as you’re not starting him unless desperate. This week it’s an ankle injury for Jerry Jeudy, but he’s expected to be able to play versus Miami once again. However, this is not a great matchup, and with Lock’s injury, he’s just a flex play for me this week. Noah Fant also has a rib injury but is also expected to play. The Broncos’ pass offense is a mess, and so is a tight end in fantasy. Even with these injuries, Fant is still a TE1 this week. It’s just a shallow position.
Where do we start with Detroit? Matthew Stafford has a thumb injury but is practicing, although limited. While we love the matchup versus Carolina, the injury does give me pause and keeps him at a QB2, especially with these other problems on offense. D’Andre Swift will miss the game with a concussion. Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson should split the starting role in his place. If you have to choose between the two, give me Peterson. Kenny Golladay was limited in practice on Wednesday, hip injury, but then didn’t practice Thursday. That would seem to be a bad sign for his availability Sunday, but we will know more Friday. Marvin Jones has been limited with a knee injury but is expected to play Sunday. T.J. Hockenson is also expected to play with a toe injury and should be started in fantasy as he does seem to be Stafford’s favorite red-zone target.
Green Bay Packers
Davante Adam’s ankle injury is giving him problems again, and he has missed some practice time this week. If Adams was forced to miss the game, the Packers did activate Allen Lazard, but he has also been limited with his core injury and may not be ready to return Sunday. Robert Tonyan really hasn’t done much since his touchdown bonanza in September. He is dealing with an ankle injury but should play Sunday.
Gardner Minshew is still out this week, which leaves the start to Jake Luton. Remember how the Steelers approached their game versus the Cowboys who were without Dak Prescott? They game planned to stop Ezekiel Elliott. They will do the same this week to stop James Robinson, who also has a shoulder injury. Keep your expectations in check here.
Kansas City Chiefs
We need to get the wrong idea when we hear someone missed practice due to an illness. This is cold and flu season; it’s going to happen, and teams are going to be beyond cautious in making sure that illness doesn’t spread for obvious reasons. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has missed practice due to an illness. If he recovers, he should play Sunday. Sammy Watkins is still questionable with that hamstring/calf injury. Even if he were to play Sunday, I would hope you can wait and see him play first.
New England Patriots
Just like last week, Damien Harris was limited in practice this week, and just like last week, he should start Sunday. While I dislike gambling on who will start for New England, and yeah, Cam Newton probably will steal goal-line carries, you’re likely starting Harris this week as he looks too good.
New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is out of the lineup until at least December after suffering five broken ribs the past two games and a collapsed lung last week. The even bigger surprise is that it looks like Taysom Hill and not Jameis Winston will start at quarterback this week. Would I start Hill at QB? No, but in some leagues, he is eligible at tight end, and I would certainly start him there. Nobody truly knows how Hill will play as we haven’t seen him at quarterback since the 2019 preseason. You’re starting Michael Thomas, but that may be just about it in the passing game. Alvin Kamara has also missed most of practice this week with an ankle injury. Yeah, the Saints are a mess right now. If Kamara were to miss the game, Latavius Murray becomes a top RB2 this week.
New York Jets
Sam Darnold is out again this week. This may actually be good news for the receivers as Joe Flacco seemed to take much bigger advantage of them when he started versus New England.
The Eagles have opened the 21-day window on Zach Ertz to return from injured reserve, but they have also let it be known that he is unlikely to return this Sunday versus Cleveland.
A.J. Brown missed practice Thursday with a knee injury, but that was likely more of a maintenance day for the receiver. Brown should play Sunday.