Week 11 of the NFL season is about to kick off in a few hours. This means that it is time to start putting together your fantasy football lineups. It also means that you need to do some research and find out the injury status of your players.
There are always more than a handful of fantasy owners who lose because they fail to check the injury report. Nobody can afford to start a player who scores zero fantasy points. Prior to kickoff, I always make sure I check the inactives list.
I use the inactive list to make my last-minute decisions to ensure I maximize my fantasy football potential.
Felix Jones is expected to see his first action since suffering his ankle injury.
However, Jones still belongs on your bench. He is expected to play and get some touches, but DeMarco Murray has earned the right to get the bulk of the carries.
Murray's last few games have been extremely impressive, as he makes a case to be the long-term starter.
At this point, I feel the Cowboys don't trust Jones due to his extensive injury history. He will get some touches today, but I don't expect that number to exceed six carries.
Fantasy owners have survived the last few weeks without Jones and should plan to avoid starting him in the future.
A.J. Green is officially listed as doubtful, and I don't expect him to play.
It appears as though the knee injury isn't serious, but it will be enough to keep him out this week.
Green has had a fantastic rookie season and will be someone you can count on the rest of the season.
Even if Green is able to play, I would keep him on my bench. Cincinnati is facing a tough Baltimore Ravens defense, who will be looking to confuse rookie quarterback Andy Dalton.
Green's success depends on Dalton's ability to get him the football.
It would have been nice to see Green attack this Ravens defense, but I just don't feel like he is going to be active.
If you own Green, it is time to start looking for a replacement for this week.
Frank Gore is a little banged up, but he should still get plenty of carries today.
He has been nursing a knee injury but has still managed to produce.
Gore is the focal point of the San Francisco 49ers offense. If active, he is going to get a lot of touches.
This week's matchup is great for Gore, as he is facing an Arizona Cardinals defense that struggles to stop the run.
At this point, Gore needs to be in your starting lineup each and every week. Gore's injury makes him a slight risk, but the reward is well worth the risk.
Keep an eye on Gore's status, but I fully expect him to play.
Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones has been in and out of the lineup due to a hamstring injury.
This injury has made Jones a real risky fantasy play, as he isn't a guarantee to finish a game.
Hamstring injuries are very tough to predict because they can flare up at any time.
When healthy, Jones has proven to be a playmaker capable of producing big numbers.
He is surrounded by talented players who help make him a factor. Jones has Matt Ryan throwing him passes and Roddy White commanding double-teams.
However, I would keep Jones on my bench. I don't trust his injury and doubt he will play the full game.
At this point, I am not willing to risk a zero-point performance.