Two Minute Warning - Week 11
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - There are just a few minutes left before the games begin for real and this is your last chance to set fantasy lineups.
Injuries are quickly mounting throughout the league making lineup construction difficult for many fantasy owners in Week 11.
Also remember we are still in the "bye week" portion of the NFL schedule. Make sure all Dallas and St. Louis players have been removed from your lineup.
Fantasy owners should be worried about bad weather too. Rain is in the forecast in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Seattle, Tampa Bay and New York. Meanwhile, it is expected to be very windy in Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Chicago to the detriment of the passing game.
Below is the latest information to help you make your last-minute decisions.
Peyton Manning, Denver - There was never any real concern as to whether Manning would be in uniform, but there is a bit a worry that he'll be able to avoid the league's top sack defense. We expect Peyton to resort to shorter passes which means extra work for Wes Welker and perhaps more of those explosive flanker screen passes to Demaryius Thomas.
Jason Campbell, Cleveland - Campbell's ribs should not be a problem in Week 11 as he put in a full week of practice, A weak running game suggests another solid game from the Browns' quarterback if the weather doesn't get in the way. LATEST UPDATE - Campbell is active.
Terrelle Pryor, Oakland - Pryor has already been ruled out leaving the Oakland offense to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin. if you aren't a Penn State fan you probably don't know much about the Raiders backup quarterback. he faces a Texans' team ranked No. 1 in fewest yards allowed and should be avoided. LATEST UPDATE - Pryor is inactive.
Scott Tolzien, Green Bay - Without first team reps last week, Tolzien still put together respectable numbers against Philadelphia in a relief role. He's had all week to prepare this time and should be able to produce low-end starter statistics against a Giants' defense ranked 26th in points allowed (27.0 ppg).
Running Backs -
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota - Despite missing a couple of practices, there is no fear that "All-Day" will miss the game. He's not our top pick this week facing the tough Seahawks defense in Seattle, but when he's in uniform he's always a must start.
Ben Tate, Houston - Tate continues to miss practices while healing four broken ribs, but he'll play on Sunday against Oakland. The Raiders are top-10 against the run and Tate has yet to put up big numbers as a replacement for Arian Foster so this is another mediocre matchup. LATEST UPDATE - Tate is active.
Darren McFadden, Oakland - The historically slow healer will miss another game and yield to Rashad Jennings who has done a solid job over the last two weekends with 283 yards from scrimmage and one score. LATEST UPDATE - McFadden is inactive.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego - Mathews has cracked double-digits in three of his last four games and his hamstring injury should not be a factor Sunday against Miami. The combination of Mathews and Danny Woodhead is working for both backs and they both have decent fantasy value.
Wide Receivers -
Calvin Johnson, Detroit - His return to Friday practice eased the stress on fantasy owners who can't survive without the league's best receiver. Nightmares of his late scratch in Week 5 have faded but he'll be tested against a Steelers' defense still ranked fourth in passing yards allowed even after getting toasted by Tom Brady and the Pats in Week 9. LATEST UPDATE - Johnson is active.
Stevie Johnson, Buffalo - Both starting receivers, Johnson and Robert Woods, will be on the sidelines this Sunday. Add in the poor weather forecast and fantasy owners should stay away from the Bills passing game. LATEST UPDATE - Johnson and Woods are inactive.
Santonio Holmes, New York Jets - He hasn't played since Week 4, but is expected to be ready Sunday against Buffalo. He'll likely be limited by both a snap count and the weather and we aren't a big fan. LATEST UPDATE - Holmes is active.
Eddie Royal, San Diego - Royal will likely play this week despite a questionable label. The bigger issue is the emergence of Keenan Allen as the best wideout target along with Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead out of the backfield. That's not leaving many targets for Royal.
Harry Douglas, Atlanta - Douglas' statistics have been heading downhill since his 149-yards explosion in Week 7. We suspect that will continue as Roddy White gets healthier. It's time to jump off this bandwagon. LATEST UPDATE - Douglas is active.
Percy Harvin, Seattle - Harvin's arrival on the practice field has fantasy owners excited, but he'll likely be limited in his play count this week and the team can run their way to victory against Minnesota. Still, it will be interesting to see what he can do in this offense. With the Seahawks the league leader in rushing yards, Harvin should be able to find a lot of open spaces in opposing secondaries.
Leonard Hankerson, Washington - His hamstring shouldn't limit him, just his limited targets. The emergence of tight end Jordan Reed has pushed Hankerson down the totem pole and his fantasy value is limited. LATEST UPDATE - Hankerson is active.
Tight Ends -
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans - Graham hasn't been playing every down, but the injury to backup Ben Watson could help Graham's fantasy owners. Even with limited snaps, Graham is a top-two fantasy option at the position.
Martellus Bennett, Chicago - Bennett shouldn't be limited by his ankle injury, but he hasn't been a fantasy-worthy option since Week 6.
Vernon Davis, San Francisco - Davis took his final concussion test on Friday and barring a setback should be ready to go Sunday at New Orleans. They will need him to outscore this power Saints offense. If he plays he's a must start.
Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland - He's dealing with a rib injury. Since when do kickers need ribs? With McGloin as the Raiders starting QB, the real question is how many opportunities he'll get? LATEST UPDATE - Janikowski is active.
Caleb Sturgis, Miami - He practiced Friday despite his groin injury and is expected to go Sunday. His 65 fantasy points in nine games indicated he's not a top fantasy option even when healthy.
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