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


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

This week's rundown of the early game injuries pretty much focuses on one team, the Atlanta Falcons. That's because tight end Tony Gonzalez @TonyGonzalez88 and wide receiver Harry Douglas @HDouglas83 are listed as questionable. Past that, we'll keep an eye on Michael Floyd @MichaelMFloyd and Martellus Bennett @MartysaurusRex, but there's not a whole lot else to track this morning, which I guess is a good thing. If we see any updates on Vernon Davis, Shane Vereen, Percy Harvin @Percy_Harvin or anyone else before the early kickoffs, we'll pass it along. Keep updating this post until 1 p.m. Eastern for all of your Sunday morning injury updates.
-- According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Percy Harvin will play about 15 snaps today versus the Vikings. I have no doubt that some of those snaps will include plays drawn up specifically for him, but that low number undoubtedly makes Harvin a very risky WR3. Consider your other options.
-- Eagles QB Michael Vick is inactive. The Eagles keep listing him as questionable due to his hamstring injury, but he won't play again for the Eagles, barring injury, with how well Nick Foles is performing.
-- Good news for Matt Ryan: The Falcons have both TE Tony Gonzalez and WR Harry Douglas active. Both were questionable, and Gonzalez was a true game-time decision. However, he is still a TE1 and worth starting versus the Bucs. Douglas is a WR3, but one with a really nice matchup as Darrelle Revis will be tied up with Roddy White.
-- Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that as long as 49ers TE Vernon Davis doesn't suffer a setback before today's game versus the Saints, he will play. With that being known, I think Davis is a fairly safe start. He needs to be deployed if he's active.
-- Lions WR Calvin Johnson is ready to roll against the Steelers. WR Nate Burleson is inactive, as expected. However, he might return from his broken arm in Week 12.
-- Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is active despite being listed as questionable with a shoulder sprain. He is a middling WR3 today versus the Jaguars.
-- Jaguars WRs Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown are active. Brown is a desperation start, but Shorts should see a bunch of targets, even though he will see a lot of CB Patrick Peterson. He is a solid WR3.
-- Jets TE Kellen Winslow has served his four-game suspension. He and fellow Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland are not worth starting against the Bills.
-- Ravens WR Marlon Brown is inactive due to the knee injury that landed him on the injury report late in the week. It's going to be tough for the Bears or the Ravens to throw today with wind gusts up to 60 MPH.
-- As expected, Jets WR Santonio Holmes is active for the first time since Week 4 today. He'll be on a snap count, so he's not worth putting in your lineup versus the Bills.
-- Redskins WR Josh Morgan is inactive. He is a healthy scratch. He has 11 catches in nine games this season.
-- As expected, Browns RB Willis McGahee is active. I want nothing to do with him. He has no juice left in those legs.
-- Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham is active after missing last week's game due to a strained hamstring. He is only a TE2 versus the Browns today in stormy Cincinnati.
-- Bears TE Martellus Bennett is active despite missing some practice time due to a bad ankle. He was listed as questionable. He is not a good play in windy Chicago versus the Ravens.
-- In another late-game note, Vikings QB Christian Ponder is expected to start today versus the Seahawks. Expect him to hand it off to Adrian Peterson 25+ times against a defense that hasn't been all that great versus the run lately. The Vikings' passing game is hands off for fantasy purposes.
-- Texans RB Ben Tate will continue to play through his cracked ribs. He is a solid RB2 versus the Raiders today.
-- Jets WR Stephen Hill is active, but he's not worth your time in a bad-weather game in Buffalo.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 11 include Terrelle Pryor, Darren McFadden, Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers, Mike James, and Michael Crabtree. These players and the impact of their absences will be discussed below.

Fantasy Analysis:

-- Pryor and McFadden are missing today's game in Houston with knee and hamstring injuries, respectively. Undrafted free-agent quarterback Matt McGloin will make his first career start against the league's leader in total and passing defense. Have fun with that, kid. The only Raider I would consider starting is running back Rashad Jennings. Everyone else is off limits.
-- The Bills are down to T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin as starting wide receivers against the Jets. That's because Johnson is out with a groin injury, and Woods will miss another week due to an ankle injury. If I had to take a Hail Mary shot here, I wouldn't mind seeing what the speedy Goodwin can do.
-- Josh McCown will get another start for the Bears as Cutler rests his ankle and groin ailments. McCown looked good against the Packers a couple of weeks ago and is well worth a start in two-quarterback leagues versus the Ravens' below-average pass defense. He is not a negative for the fantasy values of Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery.
-- Rodgers is gone for at least one more week, and Seneca Wallace has been placed on injured reserve. So, third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien will start today for the Packers versus an improving Giants defense. I trust Jordy Nelson and, to a lesser extent, Jarrett Boykin, but you need to temper your expectations for everyone in Green Bay's passing game.
-- James fractured his ankle on Monday night and is done for the year. Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey will try to replace him in the Buccaneers' committee backfield. Although Leonard saw more work than Rainey in Week 10 -- Leonard got 22 touches to Rainey's nine -- I'd rather start Rainey as a flex if I had to pick one versus the Falcons. He is much more of a big-play threat while Leonard is a plodding runner whose strengths lie in receiving and pass protection on third downs. Atlanta has allowed the fifth-most rushing yards to running backs this season.
-- Crabtree is practicing, but he's not quite ready to return from his Achilles injury. However, that time is approaching. He might be back by Week 13 or Week 14, so he is worth a stash by playoff-bound squads in deeper leagues.


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