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Doc doesn’t know what gives him a bigger headache between being a sub-.500 team in the Razzball Writers’ League or all of the quarterback concussions suffered last week. This time it’s the concussions that felled Michael Vick, Jay Cutler and Alex Smith. 

More concerning was the injury that felled Ben Roethlisberger on Monday night against the Kansas City. Roethlisberger got slammed shoulder-first into the turf in the first half and didn’t return. Byron Leftwich finished the game as Pittsburgh picked up an overtime win.

Big Ben has been diagnosed with an SC injury. The SC is short for sternoclavicular which is where the sternum (breast bone) meets the clavicle and is a rather serious injury. This was the same thing that felled Arizona QB Kevin Kolb in week 4 against Buffalo. Kolb hasn’t played a down since. If Big Ben has the same injury, I’d be surprised to see him back on the field in the regular season. The only reason Pittsburgh won’t put him on IR is they would still want him available for a playoff run should the Steelers make the postseason.

Without him, the Steelers WRs see their value take a hit. It’s already bad enough Antonio Brown is still recovering from the ankle injury he sustained against the Giants in Week 9. Brown’s ankle is still reportedly the size of an Olympic softball so his prospects for Week 11 look a little dim.

Then again, with the Steelers taking on Baltimore two of the next three weeks their health prospects also look dim.

As for the other QBs, Smith reportedly threw a touchdown pass against the Rams while experiencing blurred vision. He’s been cleared to play Monday against the Bears but your vision would have to be blurry to start him this week.

Cutler got his bell rung and yielded to Jason Campbell for the rest of the game against Houston. He continues to be treated for his concussion and is not expected to play Monday night.

Vick’s brains got more than a little scrambled last week and we saw Nick Foles take over the rest of the way. With the Eagles adjusting their offense to Foles, this looks like it could be a rest of the season injury for Vick. Philly has dropped five in a row. With HC Andy Reid’s rump getting toasty on the hot seat, Vick might not be coming back this season. It’s still too early to make that call but this doesn’t look promising.

Green Bay is expecting to get Jordy Nelson  back for this week’s game against Detroit. Nelson went down early against Arizona with a leg injury but has healed up over the bye week. The Packers will also be starting James Starks (turf toe) at running back over Alex Green coming out of the bye.

Washington will have a healthy Pierre Garcon for the first time since week two. Garcon’s foot injury kept him from running and cutting at full speed which are two important things for a wide out to do.

Ryan Mathews is listed as a game-time decision as he has been battling a neck injury. Matthews hasn’t practiced the last two days so check this afternoon’s injury report for a more concrete idea about his status.

Beanie Wells is expected to be back in week 12 after being sidelined with turf toe earlier this season. Not like it matters that much as the Cardinals are dead last with 3.4 yards per attempt behind a leaky offensive line.

Darren Sproles is back to a full practice after missing time with a broken hand. Sproles will make the backfield in New Orleans into a four-headed monster but all of those heads could produce against a shoddy Oakland defense this week.

Julio Jones (ankle) is a game-time decision for the Falcons after missing two days of practice this week. I’d be surprised to see him not play after he was able to talk his way back into the game last week and still perofrmm at a high level.

Jim Harbaugh, the head coach of the 49ers, underwent a procedure yesterday to help with working on an irregular heartbeat. News reports indicate it’s a minor procedure but it’s still concerning when he’s only 48 and undergoing this kind of treatment.

 And finally, some speed rounds.

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw will undergo tests this week on his neck that has been ailing him; the G-Men are on a bye…Packers LB Clay Matthews has already been ruled out for this week’s game with the Lions…Cleveland RB Trent Richardson has said in the media that he feels better but is not yet 100%; use him as you usually would against Dallas this weekend…Dallas RB DeMarco Murray won’t play this week but might be back next week so this is the last week to get full value out of Felix Jones…Indianapolis will have Donald Brown in the lineup this week but don’t expect much out of him against a stout New England run defense. The Colts will already be without TE Coby FleenerBen Tate of the Texans has been DNP so look for Justin Forsett to be the backup behind Arian Foster when the Texans take on the Jags…Darren McFadden is at least a week away from coming back to action.

As always, leave your questions or comments below and good luck in week 11.

–Doc

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  1. AdamH says:
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    DHB no practice today. Likely out?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @AdamH, Yes. I wouldn’t be 100% sold on DHB for Sunday. Be ready with an alternate plan. Rod Streater could be another Raider to play if you want to take advantage of the OAK-NO matchup.

  2. Adam says:
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    +1 PPR, +3 bonus at 100 yds…

    If Daniels is active, who’s your pick this week: Daniels vs JAX, or Olsen vs TB?

    And in the same league, who’s your pick at FLEX: L Moore @ OAK, Alf Morris vs PHI, or Stephens-Howling @ ATL? I’ve been playing Morris a lot, but his 75 rushing yd/0 catch/0 td games lately have been underwhelming.

    +.5 PPR, +5 bonus at 100 yds…

    Pick 1: M Floyd @ DEN (& Champ), L Moore @ OAK, T Young vs GB, or C Shorts @ HOU?

    +.5 PPR, no bonuses

    Pick 1: Pettigrew vs GB or Paulsen vs WAS?

    Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Adam, To answer your questions…

      I like Olsen a little better since he’s more likely to have a decent game. The HOU-JAX game screams blowout and Daniels may not get many touches.

      I would trust Morris more than the other two. LSH has had to bash his way to anything resembling a good stat line and we know ATL will be out to lay the smackdown after its first loss of the season. Moore could be a good play since Colston isn’t getting that many targets but Colston has found the end zone 3 of the last 4 games.

      Morris<Moore<LSH in that order.

      Pick 1 question: Young; we saw how GB-DET turned into a shootout last year and could happen again. Moore again a close second. Shorts is more of a desparation play against HOU and Floyd has a real tough matchup that I would avoid.

      Pick 1-Version 2 I would go with Pettigrew. He's the more established TE and some of these balls will go his way.

  3. harkrider says:
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    Should I trade Chris Johnson for Miles Austin?

    Current RB’s – Matthews, Johnson, S. Jackson, and DeMarco Murray
    Current WR’s – Greg Jennings, Julio jones, laFell, Antonio Brown, Ryan Broyles

    We play 2 RB’s and 3 WR’s.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @harkrider, No, I’d aim for something higher. Mathews is still made of glass and Murray is still a bit of a wildcard due to his injury.

      There’s no doubt your team needs an upgrade at WR but what else could you potentially swap to get one?

  4. Wilsonian says:
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    DHB looks to be out. Who would you play over him (0.5 PPR, 3 point bonus at 85 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing; 6 point bonus at 135 yards receiving and 150 yards rushing):

    Forte
    LeShoure
    Titus
    Starks
    Garçon

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Wilsonian, Surprisingly, Titus Young by a whisker over Forte. Young has the better matchup and should be able to pile up some decent numbers. Forte will get his carries but may not be able to do much against that SF defense. The 49ers DST will be out for some measure of revenge after SJax tore into them for more than 100 yards last week.

      Le Shoure will be left in the dust in the air show of GB-DET. Same can be said for Starks. Garcon is not reliable enough to warrant being played.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier, thanks. Now that leaves me with another issue since Sky said play Forte. But I do have an option. Would you play Forte and Titus and sit Felix? I like his matchup, but I’ve heard that the Dallas O-Line is banged up really bad and Felix can be quite hit or miss. Thanks for your opinion!

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @Wilsonian, I like that idea the best. And Dallas should be rotating running backs often to keep them fresh in case Murray misses more time.

  5. Ritardo M says:
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    Who would you start at TE?

    Finley, celek or Allen (colts)?

    Thanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Ritardo M, Celek…younger QBs look for the TE often and he has a great matchup.

  6. Corey says:
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    Colin kaepernick or Emmanuel sanders for my flex this week. 1pt PPR.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Corey, Kapernick. He’ll get the ball a little more often than Sanders will. Pittsburgh will be run heavy without Big Ben and all the PIT WRs will see their stock drop as a result.

  7. Johnny says:
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    whazzup yo!!! I have a huge problem at QB. I have Eli (on a bye) who has killed me the last 3 games. Trade deadline has come and gone, I picked up Bradford for the week.. but for the ROS I am trying to figure out who to carry into the playoffs. Wilson and Locker are still available (both on bye)
    I want to make a move on one of them now but I am just not sure which one if either I can rely on as an emergency backup QB. Anybody have any thoughts? Wilson, Bradford or Locker to back up (or replace) Eli Manning? Thanks!!!!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Johnny, Go with Bradford. Amendola is back and S-Jax is finally rounding into form.

      Locker is still a question mark after missing so much time with a shoulder injury and Wilson’s offense hasn’t been overly impressive.

      And we know STL will be throwing quite a bit.

      • Johnny says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier, Thanks AN.. Hopefully Eli gets his shit together for the stretch!!

  8. Henry says:
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    Would you start Andre Johnson VS Jacksonville or Denarius Moore VS New Orleans? Thanks

    • Murph says:
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      @Henry,

      D Moore saints are getting torched by #1 WRs and even more inticing if DHB is inactive. Jags are terrible against the run and there will be no reason for schaub to throw more than 20-30 passes limiting Andres upside.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Henry, Denarius based on the matchup. Johnson is the better talent but the Saints’ secondary is eerily reminiscent of Swiss cheese.

  9. Velocity_X says:
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    I’ve had the Steelers DST for the past few weeks but I picked up the Bengals on the wire as another option for a spot play. Are the Bengals vs. Chiefs a sure thing, or do you think they showed some spark last week against Pittsburgh?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Velocity_X, I like the way the Bengals will look this week. Their front seven is pretty good but they are weak in the secondary.

      KC will try to run Charles (if the coaches have a good short-term memory) to keep Dalton off the field.

      And it’s tough to not play a defense against a team that just had it’s first lead in regulation of the season last week.

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