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Week 11 Injury Questions

Saturday, November 19, 2011


There's a shortage of NFL-caliber quarterbacks on this planet. There's not a shortage of NFL-caliber wideouts.

So as receivers continue to go down, we can keep finding help for our teams. Laurent Robinson has proven he has difference-making talent and now has an enhanced role with Miles Austin out. Harry Douglas flashed his skills after Julio Jones went down last week. Andre Caldwell gets his chance now thanks to A.J. Green's injury and rookie Vincent Brown is turning heads thanks to Malcom Floyd's inability to heal. The list goes on and on.

As we get set for Week 11, we'll have an eye on the next big things at wideout.

Of course, the Rotoworld News Page will be humming all Sunday morning to bring you the latest word from around the league. Also be sure to read every word of these rankings from Gregg Rosenthal/Chris Wesseling in combination with Evan Silva's unprecedented Matchup Column.

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OK, let's get to the hurt folks:

1 PM GAMES
RAIDERS at VIKINGS
* Jacoby Ford (foot) is out. Darrius Heyward-Bey gets back in the starting lineup opposite Denarius Moore.
* Darren McFadden (foot) is out again. It's the Michael Bush show.
* Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring) is expected to kick at less than 100 percent once again.
* Christian Ponder's non-throwing hand got stepped on last week, but he's fine.

BILLS at DOLPHINS
* Stevie Johnson (shoulder) is tentatively expected to play, but won't be 100 percent.
* David Nelson (ankle/illness) should be fine.
* Dan Carpenter (groin) is out and Shayne Graham is in. We can do better at the kicker spot.
* Anthony Fasano (ankle) is expected to play through his questionable tag. Yawn.

JAGUARS at BROWNS
* Montario Hardesty (calf) is technically a game-time call, but he didn't practice with the team all week. Look for Chris Ogbonnaya to draw the start. Peyton Hillis (hamstring) isn't close.
* Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion) is expected to play, taking his starting flanker job back from Josh Cribbs.

BENGALS at RAVENS
* A.J. Green (knee) is out. Andre Caldwell will replace him in the lineup, but is a poor fantasy bet playing out of position in this tough matchup.
* Lee Evans (ankle) is a true game-time call. Torrey Smith will likely start regardless.

COWBOYS at REDSKINS
* Felix Jones (ankle) is back, but DeMarco Murray will remain the workhorse.
* Miles Austin (hamstring) is still out. Get Laurent Robinson going.
* Tashard Choice (hamstring) will play. Projecting touches in this backfield is impossible.   

PANTHERS at LIONS
* Jeremy Shockey (ribs) is out. Look for Greg Olsen to get a couple extra targets.
* Matthew Stafford (finger) will keep wearing his glove, but it's not a major concern. He practiced well with it all week.

BUCS at PACKERS
* Ryan Grant had some stitches in his knee last week, but is fine. Still, he's not a fantasy option as he gets outplayed by James Starks weekly.

4 PM GAMES
CARDINALS at 49ERS
* Frank Gore (ankle) is fully expected to play. However, we're expecting Kendall Hunter to be worked in plenty. Consider Gore a RB2, even in this plus matchup.
* Beanie Wells (knee) is good to go, but this is a brutal matchup and he's nowhere near 100 percent.
* Kevin Kolb (toe) is listed as questionable, but isn't ready. John Skelton gets another chance to make his case for the starting job.
* Todd Heap (hamstring) is a game-time call and Rob Housler (groin) is out. Avoid.

TITANS at FALCONS
* Julio Jones (hamstring) is not expected to play. Harry Douglas gets the nod.

SEAHAWKS at RAMS
* Sidney Rice (concussion) and Doug Baldwin (concussion) have both been cleared.  They are ready to go.
* Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) will continue to play through pain.
* Cadillac Williams (calf) is out. Jerious Norwood will back up Steven Jackson.
* Danario Alexander (hamstring) isn't ready. As usual.

CHARGERS at BEARS
* Malcom Floyd (hip) is out. Impressive rookie Vincent Brown gets another start.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
EAGLES at GIANTS
* Michael Vick (ribs) is not expected to play. Look for Vince Young to get the nod.
* Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) is not expected to play. Look for Riley Cooper and Steve Smith to share snaps opposite a reinstated DeSean Jackson.
* Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) remains out. Brandon Jacobs is a tough matchup for the Eagles.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
CHIEFS at PATRIOTS
* Matt Cassel (hand) is out. Tyler Palko gets the nod. Yikes.
* BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe) is expected to be a full go. It's a good spot for him as the Pats are a good bet to jump out to a lead.
* Wes Welker's knee injury is not a real concern.

SURVIVOR PICK OF THE WEEK
If I was still in Suvivor, I would have busted last week with the Eagles. Now if you're still in, I'm really impressed.

The most likely winner this week is the Patriots, who get Tyler Palko on a Monday night game. That one could get ugly. I'd also feel safe with the Packers, at home against the Bucs. The Niners won't get many better spots than this all year: A Cardinals team off an emotional win in Philly now goes into a letdown spot. I just don't believe in John Skelton.

Some spots to avoid include the Giants, as the Eagles are even more desperate this week. I'd also be wary of the road spots the Raiders and Bills are in. Although the Vikings and Dolphins have two wins each, their talent level isn't that far off from their opponents.  

MY TOUGHEST DECISION OF THE WEEK
In a 12-team half-PPR league, my flex spot came down to Denarius Moore or Jonathan Stewart. Yeah, it was an easy week for me in terms of decisions.

Moore is the obvious choice as a supremely talented player that now has an every-down role and a dream matchup to go with it. The 123 yards and two touchdowns he put on the Chargers last week were not a fluke. He's the clear No. 1 receiver thanks to Darrius Heyward-Bey's demotion and Carson Palmer isn't afraid to chuck it deep and hope for the best. The Vikings will be without top corners Antoine Winfield (clavicle) and Chris Cook (personal).

Stewart, meanwhile, is a fine flex option if you don't have a luxury like Moore. He's playing way ahead of DeAngelo Williams, especially on passing downs. The problem is that he's had 10 or fewer touches in three of his last five games. The big-game upside is capped.



Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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