Training Room: Fantasy Football Injury Updates – Week 11

Can you smell that? Its the sweet smell of the fantasy football playoffs, they are right around the corner. Trade deadlines are here or in some cases past. Owners need to crack down, cut the fat on the benches, and prep for the final push! Significant others are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Finally, and possibly most important, how can injuries play a part in your run for the ultimate glory, a fantasy football title. With that, let us get to the injuries.

Joe Flacco, QB, BAL – Joe “cool” Flacco is dealing with a hip injury and it comes as the Ravens draw one of the worst defenses in the NFL in Cincinnati. If he is cleared, Flacco should be played in most deep leagues and for sure in two QB leagues, the matchup is too good. If he sits, I would still consider the Ravens starting QB in most deep leagues. If you don’t want to roll the dice on RG3 or Lamar Jackson, look to play Josh Rosen, he gets Oakland.

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James Conner, RB, PIT – It’s James Conner’s show, it’s his backfield, and it’s his team. We all know what Bell decided, and that’s cool. He is dealing with a concussion, but should be cleared and will play. However, Conner owners should invest in Jaylen Samuels.

Chris Carson, RB, SEA – Carson logged a full practice and will be the “main” running back on Thursday night. Proceed with caution, Mike Davis, and Rashaad Penny will get some run during the game. Start Carson as long as there isn’t a setback.

Royce Freeman, RB, DEN – Before you yell at me, yes, Lindsey is still the best back in Denver. The Broncos have a ridiculous playoff schedule for fantasy football and Freeman could be in play by then for owners still giving him a shot. Freeman never did anything wrong, Lindsey is just better.

Julian Edelman, WR, NE – He is dealing with an ankle issue, but he is also on Bye. He should be good to go Week 12.

A.J. Green, WR, CIN – Green is dealing with a toe and could play this week. PLEASE DON’T! The Ravens are really good from the defensive side and I want Green to rest. Tyler Boyd and John Ross might be able to bridge the gap for now.

Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN – Practiced fully on Wednesday, looking like we get Diggs back Week 11.

Sammy Watkins, WR, KC – If Watkins misses this week, look for Chris Conley if in need of a fill-in at WR. However, Sammy is trending to return to play against the Rams.

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Keke Coutee, WR, HOU – Keke Coutee stated that he won’t return until he is 100%. If he plays, he’s worth a flex play in deep PPR leagues. Reports are stating that we should expect more from Demaryius Thomas on Sunday.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE – If anyone wants to donate a new back to Gronk, I’ll call the Patriots. Hopefully, the Bye week will get him right for the playoff push. If not, look for Jack Doyle, Ricky Seals-Jones or Jeff Heuerman.

Don’t bother with the following players anymore in redraft leagues:

Darren Sproles, RB, PHI – He just can’t get right, unfortunately, his time in the NFL might be near its end. Josh Adams is my running back of choice in this crowded backfield.

Ronald Jones, RB, TB – The Bucs backfield is a mess just like the Bucs. RoJo is dealing with a hamstring injury and might miss this week. Dynasty stash only. Hopefully, you can steer clear of this backfield.

Chris Thompson, RB, WAS – He doesn’t sound close to returning dealing with a rib injury. Kapri Bibbs might be around if needed, but Dynasty stash only.

Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR – My sweet little Cooper Kupp. A knee injury took him out, insert Josh Reynolds. We shall see you in 2019!

Marvin Jones, WR, DET – He avoided a major knee injury in Week 10, but could miss this Sunday. Kenny Golladay is the man in charge in Detroit now and is the only WR I’d want this season. Again, being this late in the year I have dropped him like its hot.

Randall Cobb, WR, GB – Remember the good old days with Jordy Nelson and Cobb balling out?!?! Sigh. Cobb is already ruled out, focus on Marquez Valdes-Scantling in all leagues. If you need to go deeper, look for St. Brown.

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Pierre Garcon, WR, SF – Even if he comes back from his knee issue, which it’s looking good, San Fransico is a mess and the only player worth playing from a pass catcher perspective is George Kittle.

Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS – It was reported that he needs more time to heal. Look for Maurice Harris in PPR leagues and deep leagues, he could bridge the gap.

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Your friendly neighborhood fantasy football injury writer

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