Fantasy Football Week 11: Key Injury Updates and Fantasy Advice

Fantasy Football SpinCorrespondent INovember 20, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  An injured A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals lays in the end zone after making a touchdown catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers during play at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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As you all know, things can change before Sunday kickoffs, so be sure to check back often for injury updates.

We will be updating injury status throughout the weekend and then every 10 minutes starting at 11:30 on Sunday morning up until the 1 p.m. kickoffs. We will then check back in with updates starting at 3 p.m. for the late games.

Many backfields have been decimated by injuries over the past few weeks.

Oakland's Darren McFadden (foot) has yet to resume practicing, although he is out of his protective boot. Michael Bush is a high-end RB2 despite the difficult matchup in Minnesota. 

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) missed Thursday’s practice and appears likely to miss the divisional matchup with Philly on Sunday night. Cleveland's Peyton Hillis (hamstring) and Montario Hardesty will be out again in Week 11—Chris Ogbonnaya is not fantasy relevant and is a low-end flex play despite the favorable matchup with St Louis. 

Felix Jones (ankle) could return to the Cowboys this week in a third-down role against Washington—impressive rookie DeMarco Murray will keep the lead role in Dallas.

Multiple high-profile WRs will likely be in street clothes in Week 11.

The top two rookie WRs in this year’s draft class are both unlikely to play, as Cincinnati's AJ Green is battling a hyperextended knee (game-time decision at Baltimore) and the Falcons' Julio Jones aggravated his hamstring injury that cost him two games earlier in the season (JJ is likely to sit out this week, making Harry Douglas an option).

The Eagles' season is in free fall, and they will be without Jeremy Maclin for the Sunday night matchup against the NY Giants. Maclin is battling a shoulder and knee injury, and the birds will use a combination of Jason Avant, Steve Smith and Riley Cooper as replacements.

Dallas WR Miles Austin's hamstring injury will keep him out at least one more week (worst case, he should be back for the start of the fantasy playoffs in Week 14). Laurent Robinson hauled in two TDs since his starting debut last week and is a solid WR3 at Washington in Week 11.  

Andre Johnson's surgically repaired hammy is expected to be healed enough for him to return after the bye week (unfortunately, Matt Leinart will be under center for the Texans).

The injury bug bit multiple signal callers in Week 10.

The Eagles will be without Michael Vick (ribs) with their season on the brink of extinction Sunday night against the division rival New York Giants. The G-men rank 17th against the pass (237 YPG) and lead the league in sacks (30). Vince Young will be without Jeremy Maclin and will be hard pressed to put up top-15 numbers this week.

With Matt Cassel (hand) all but ruled out for the rest of the season, KC will turn to Tyler Palko on Monday night against the Pats' struggling pass defense (allowing a league-high 309 YPG). Despite the dream matchup, Palko remains waiver-wire fodder.

Click HERE to see all fantasy-relevant injury updates for Week 11.

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