The NFL is back for Week 11, and we’re coming off an ugly Thursday Night Football contest to open the week. The Browns got a much-needed win over the Steelers, but the game was marred by illegal hits and Myles Garrett getting ejected after a brawl closed out the game.
We’re back with a another unbalanced schedule for Sunday thanks to no early morning London game. There are eight games in the 1:00 p.m. slot and then three in the 4:05/4:25 p.m. slot. The day wraps up with a potential playoff preview on Sunday Night Football between the Rams and Bears.
We’re back for the penultimate week of byes this season. The Packers, Giants, Seahawks, and Titans will not be playing, which removes some important names from the fantasy slate. We’ll be without Aaron Jones, Chris Carson, and Derrick Henry. We’re hoping Saquon Barkley is able to get healthy this week. Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson will be sitting, which also means no Davante Adams, Tyler Lockett, or DK Metcalf.
There are plenty of notable names on the injury reports and lineups will be dependent on 11:30 a.m. and later inactives. Marquise Brown, Jordan Howard, Emmanuel Sanders, Ty Johnson, David Montgomery, and a host of others are worth tracking as inactives arrive throughout the day.
If you’re trying to figure out your fantasy football lineups, this information is critical to getting the right players in the right spots. If you’ve got key players in the Sunday Night Football or Monday Night Football slots, you’re looking for any grain of information that will help you make the decision early rather than waiting until it’s too late tonight or tomorrow night.
We’re all figuring out last minute roster decisions, and that means not only who is not playing this week, but who is playing but might not be the best start in your Week 10 fantasy football lineup. We’ll provide updates on injuries, key start/sit decisions, and more leading up to kickoffs.
N’Keal Harry expected to debut in Week 11
The Patriots rookie receiver was activated off IR before the bye and is expected to be active in Week 11, per Michael Giardi. He remains behind Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu and will likely take some time to work his way into the rotation. He’s an intriguing flier, but not someone to start in Week 11 fantasy football leagues.
Phillip Lindsay to get most of the Week 11 carries
Lindsay has been the Broncos starter, but Royce Freeman has eaten into his workload this season. In Week 11, that might change according to Ian Rapoport. This is a particularly tough matchup as well, so Freeman is likely worth benching this week until we get a better handle on any change in his role.
Marquise Brown not looking 100 percent
Hollywood is playing on a recovering sprained ankle, and ESPN’s Dianna Russini does not think he looks 100 percent in pre-game warmups. He had a fairly limited workload in the passing game last week, but did turn it into his most productive day since Week 2. He’s facing a weak Texans pass defense, so he’s worth a start, but be wary of a potentially limited workload.
Week 11 inactives report
WR Marquise Brown
RB Ty Johnson
RB Le’Veon Bell
WR Demaryius Thomas
QB Matthew Stafford
WR Adam Thielen
WR Will Fuller
RB Chris Thompson
TE Vernon Davis
Ty Johnson removed from injury report
The Lions running back was removed from the final injury report on Saturday and has cleared the concussion protocol. He will get the start with JD McKissic likely to be plenty busy in the passing game. This is not a great matchup for either running back, so you are likely better suited sitting both in fantasy football.
Adrian Peterson to start over Derrius Guice
Washington welcomes back Guice from injured reserve, but AP will get the start for now. It remains to be seen how the workload will be split up. Given Bill Callahan’s stubborn nature, I would not be surprised to see Peterson get the majority of work this week. I do think it changes as the season moves on, but Guice is not worth starting in fantasy leagues for Week 11.
Le’Veon Bell expected to play
The Jets running back has said he’ll be fine all week, but there was still some question as he was listed as questionable on the final injury report. Bell is banged up, but is expected to play, according to Ian Rapoport. He’s got a solid matchup against a woefully inconsistent Washington run defense that gives up the seventh most fantasy points to running backs. He’s a must-start this week.
David Montgomery is a game-time decision
The Bears running back rolled his ankle at practice on Wednesday which cost him Thursday’s session. He returned in limited fashion on Friday but is listed as questionable. Ian Rapoport is reporting he is a game-time decision. The Bears don’t play until Sunday Night Football, so inactives do not arrive until 6:50 p.m. We likely won’t know until well into the late slate of games, so this is a roll of the dice. If he does not play, Tarik Cohen will see an up-tick in work.
George Kittle, Matt Breida OUT, Emmanuel Sanders to play
The 49ers are expected to have Sanders for Week 11, but not Kittle and Breida, according to multiple reports. Sanders was questionable and was a DNP all week, so this is at least a modest surprise. Sanders is worth starting as the biggest pass-catcher on the roster. Deebo Samuel loses some value because of that, but is still an intriguing option with Kittle out.
Kittle and Breida were listed as doubtful, so this news is not surprising. Ross Dwelley, Garrett Celek, and Levine Toilolo will split time at tight end, but none are fantasy relevant. Raheem Mostert will move into Breida’s backup role behind Tevin Coleman and holds some fantasy. He’s far from a must-start, but he’s a good injury or bye week fill-in.
Jordan Howard is OUT
The Eagles running back was limited all week with a shoulder injury, but multiple national media outlets are reporting he will not play in Week 11. Miles Sanders will get the start, with Boston Scott and the recently signed Jay Ajayi also getting work. Sanders is a strong start against the Patriots this weekend.
Marquise Brown expected to play
The Ravens wide receiver has been dealing with an ankle injury for several weeks, but is expected to play for the third straight game since missing a few weeks with the injury, per Adam Schefter. He has a great matchup against the Texans, so he’s worth sending out there if you’ve got him. The one concern is how many routes he’ll get to run, a week after only running nine routes against the Bengals.