Week 11 of the 2012 NFL season kicked off Thursday night with the Buffalo Bills running over the Miami Dolphins. But the biggest injury report question marks all surround the games on Sunday and Monday, with many key players being listed as either questionable or doubtful or even out for this weekend’s games. Some of those names include Julio Jones, Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Ryan Matthews, leaving many fantasy football owners with quite a conundrum.
Here is a break down of a plethora of marquee names who may be sidelined or limited during their teams’ Week 11 contests of the 2012 NFL season.
* Julio Jones – The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver is a true game time decision, although he has not practiced all week long. That is generally never a good sign, but the Falcons have not said that Jones would have to practice in order to play. Still, he will be a risky proposition for fantasy football owners.
* Michael Turner – The Falcons also list Turner as questionable, although the odds of him suiting up are much greater. Still, that does not mean that you have to start him if you have any better options. Although with many top backs injured or on bye, Turner may find himself in many starting fantasy football lineups.
* Ryan Matthews – The San Diego Chargers running back is always a tricky one when it comes to fantasy football. He is often on the injury report, and has actually started games when listed as questionable or doubtful, yet missed games after being listed as probable. He is questionable in this game, but far from guaranteed to play. You may be rolling the dice playing him this week.
* Rashard Mendenhall – The Pittsburgh Steelers have said that Mendenhall will start on Sunday night, but how much work or carries he receives remains to be seen. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are still in the mix, although Pittsburgh may have to rely on the run game more than normal without Ben Roethlisberger. You could do worse.
* Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson – Both Oakland Raiders running backs will miss another game on Sunday, meaning Marcel Reese and Taiwan Jones will fill in, with the former being the much better fantasy play this week, especially against the New Orleans Saints. Still, I don’t love either option.
* Jordy Nelson – The Green Bay Packers said all along that Nelson should be fine after the team’s bye last week, and they have listed him as probable for this week’s game. Start him as you would normally, but keep Greg Jennings benched for at least another week or two.
* Owen Daniels – The Houston Texans have listed their tight end as questionable, although Daniels has said there is no reason why he should not be able to play this week with a hip injury. Still make sure to stay tuned when the actives and inactives are released on Sunday.
* Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez – As always, the New England Patriots take every precaution when listing players on the injury report. In fact, 16 are on the list this week, although Lloyd and Welker are both expected to play and should not be limited this week. Hernandez, however, will most likely be inactive once again.
* DeMarco Murray – The Dallas Cowboys expect to be without Murray for at least one more game, listing him as doubtful to play on Sunday. Felix Jones will continue to start in his place, and it is unknown whether or not Murray will be available for the team’s Thanksgiving Day game.
* Darren Sproles – The New Orleans Saints have listed Sproles as questionable after missing the past two games, but they also said he looked very good in practice throughout the week. He may be a bit of a risk in a few ways, but I would expect him to play.