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The Next Man Up Injury Report: Week 11

This weekly article serves to update you on the latest fantasy relevant injury news from around the NFL. I will break down injuries from last week, and give updates on players expected to return to action soon. No one wants to see a player go down, but it is the unfortunate nature of the game. Check out the “The Next Man Up Injury Report” to find which players stand the most to gain from these injuries and make sure you’re in the know while surfing your league’s waiver wire!

*This list excludes players on their bye week, on the COVID list, and players currently on IR that are not eligible to return this week.*

After a much needed week off, I’m back with the week 11 injury report. Of course, I cannot continue without giving a massive shout out to my colleague Matthew Walters (@fantasyferret) for filling in last week and bringing the week 10 injury report to the people! Week 11 is certainly shaping up to be an interesting one as playoffs loom, the trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and the league’s busiest bye week is upon us.

With all of this in mind, remember, the waiver moves you make now are imperative to your success in the playoffs. If you play in a league that employs D/ST, look into stashing an extra that has a favorable playoff schedule such as the Bills or the Rams. If you’ve got a stud RB, it may be time to scoop up their handcuff if they’re still floating around on waivers.

Ultimately, the beauty of fantasy is that you can construct your roster however, you please, but you may still find yourself with injury questions, and that’s why I’m here. As always, if you have a question that isn’t answered in this article, or a question about one of these players, you can always reach out to me on twitter (@kallen_4)!


Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers

Right Knee, Questionable
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Teddy B carries a questionable designation into week 11 due to a right knee sprain. Carolina is currently planning for his availability to be a game time decision. If he cannot suit up, he will be replaced by former XFL star, PJ Walker. Walker is a sneaky DFS play this week, but I do not trust him just yet in other formats.

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos

Ribs, Questionable
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Lock’s status has been up in the air all week and continues to be in question heading into Sunday. Jeff Driskel will likely start for Denver if Lock is unable to play, with Brett Rypien serving as the backup. While none of these are sexy picks for fantasy, against a middling Miami defense, they could serve as a decent flyer during the league’s heaviest bye week.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Thumb, Questionable
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Stafford is likely to play this week after not suffering any setbacks with his thumb injury in practice this week. His backup, Chase Daniel, would take the wheel if the Lions’ franchise QB was unable to go.

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: While Minshew was limited throughout the week, and is currently listed as questionable, he is not expected to play on Sunday. Rookie and fellow 6th round pick Jake Luton is expected to start again for the Jags after compiling nearly 500 yards from scrimmage and 3 total TDs over the last two weeks. The primary beneficiary here is RB James Robinson, who has seen his 2 highest carry totals in the last two Luton starts.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Ribs/Lung, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: The Saints have yet to shift Brees to injured reserve, but it has been rumored to be a possibility. Head coach Sean Payton said that if he is moved to IR, the transaction will occur prior to Sunday’s game. Taysom Hill will get the first crack at the starting QB job in “The Big Easy” with Jameis Winston serving as his back up.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets

AC Joint Sprain, Doubtful
Practice Status: Wednesday-DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Darnold will most likely miss another game for the Jets, leaving veteran Joe Flacco to start under center. Head coach Adam Gase said that he expects Darnold to be back for next week’s home matchup with Miami. The Jets remain winless, but Flacco turned in the best performance by any Jets QB last week against New England.

Running Backs:

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Shoulder, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Head coach Matt Rhule stated that he is unsure when CMC may be able to return. This is obviously not good news for fantasy managers of the consensus 1.01 pick. In his absence, Mike Davis will continue to see lead back duties for Carolina with Curtis Samuel also likely to see some added work.

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

Foot, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Mixon’s disappointing season continues with yet another missed week due to a lingering foot injury. Giovani Bernard looks to lead the Bengals’ rushing attack again with a decent matchup against Washington.

D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

Concussion, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Swift popped up on the injury report on Thursday with a concussion, presumably suffered in practice. He will not play in week 11 leaving Detroit without two of its strongest offensive weapons in Swift and receiver Kenny Golladay. Adrian Peterson will likely see the bulk of the rushing work with kerryon Johnson working in for a change of pace.

Damien Harris, New England Patriots

Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday-Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Harris is listed as questionable, but expected to play. While he has been strong as the feature back in New England, the Patriots are expected to activate Sony Michel, who has not played since week 3, from injured reserve. While Michel has been hit or miss in fantasy this season, he adds yet another wrinkle to the New England backfield.

Wide Receivers:

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

Hip, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Despite turning in a limited practice on Wednesday, Golladay was unable to perform the rest of the week. Marvin Jones should again serve as the teams leading receiver and TE TJ Hockenson should see an increased workload with the Lions’ leading receiving back, D’Andre Swift, out this week as well.

Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers

Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: The Packers seem to be getting healthy at just the right time. Aaron Jones appears to be rounding back into form and now they look to get one of their better complimentary receivers back to help the passing game. Lazard is likely a matchup based flex option moving forward, and if he is unable to play, Marquez Valdes-Scantling will continue to serve as the #2 alongside Davante Adams.

Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars

Hamstring, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: The Jags rookie receiver will miss another week due to a hamstring injury. In his absence Chris Conley has served as the #2 receiver for Jacksonville, but Keelan Cole has produced more fantasy points due to his prowess in the return game.

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs

Practice Status: Wednesday- Full, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: With a full practice on Wednesday followed by two limited showings, I am confident that Watkins should be ready to go in week 11. I don’t believe that the limited practices are a setback, but are more likely just recovery and maintenance based. However, if Watkins is unable to go Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce will remain the only consistently reliable receiving options in Kansas City.

N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots

Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: While Harry has been nothing short of disappointing this year, the Patriots are hopeful that a healthy return will help build his confidence and production. If he is limited or unable to play, the Patriots’ recently blooming PPR machine, Jakobi Meyers, will continue to serve as the Pats leading receiver.

Tight Ends:

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

Ribs, Questionable
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Full
Next Man Up: Fant is expected to play, per head coach Vic Fangio. However, if he sees limitation or is ultimately not ready, the Broncos are unlikely to heavily feature the tight end. Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler have seen 22 and 20 targets respectively over the last two weeks and will likely continue to see a heavy dose.

Remember, injury status is a moving target and the majority of these situations are liable to change between now and game time this weekend. Keep an eye on your roster, and monitor the official injury reports closely as the week comes to an end. When in doubt, play the healthy player, and remember, the best ability is availability! That concludes the week 11 injury report, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me via Twitter: @kallen_4. Good luck this week!

Kyle Allen – Injury Writer/Editor
Ride or Dynasty
Twitter: @kallen_4

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