It’s time for Week 11 to fire back up after the TNF (Tebow Night Football) appetizer between the Broncos and the Sanchizes. I will be filling in for Doc this weekend, as he is currently in the midst of a long road trip. I think he’s trying to find a White Castle. Just kidding…he could be looking for a Carl’s Jr, I’m not sure. In any case, Doc will return on Monday with a full belly and all the waiver goodness you could ever ask for.
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Let’s get this party started with some player updates and all the hot links you can eat. Get out the ‘kraut.
Willis McGahee: He is active but DON’T play him! He’s going to get you negative points! Aw damn, I should’ve posted that one on Thursday morning. Hopefully the old man didn’t hose too many of you out there.
Michael Vick/Jeremy Maclin: Both birds have been ruled out this week. Stay away from VY, and although Maclin’s absence opens up opportunity for the other Eagle receivers, I wouldn’t roll any of them out this week with Young under center.
DeMarco Murray: Felix Jones makes his much UNanticipated return this week, but have no fear, Bill’s brother DeMarco will still be the main man for the ‘boys.
Beanie Wells: Beanie is questionable but expected to play. If you have other options, go ahead and use them, as Wells will struggle mightily with the 49ers stingy defense.
A.J. Green: The Green Machine is now listed as doubtful for Sunday’s matchup against Baltimore. As a result, Jerome Simpson should get more looks this week. Although it’s a tough matchup, you could do far worse for a plug-in WR.
Dan Carpenter: A kicker is a kicker is a kicker….just don’t play this one and end up with a goose egg in your “K” spot this week. Carpenter is now officially “out,” so cut him loose. Shayne Graham will be taking over kicking duties for the Dolphins this week, in case you’re just dying to own the Dolphins kicker.
Running Backs McFadden/Bradshaw/Best: Out, out and still out. Roll out Bush and Jacobs with confidence. Maurice Morris and Kevin Smith should split the work in a good matchup for Detroit if you’re desperate.
Frank Gore: Gore is questionable for the 49ers game against Arizona this week, though he’s expected to play. Arizona’s run defense is nothing fancy, so if he is indeed active, play him as normal. Even a partial workload should still be productive enough for a start. Grab Kendall Hunter if you haven’t already, as he should be heavily involved this week and in the future as Gore rests up for the real playoffs (as opposed to our fake playoffs).
Stevie Johnson/Julio Jones: Both questionable, if you have healthier options, roll them out. If not, follow the Sunday a.m. inactive reports closely. David Nelson/Harry Douglas get extra love if they’re out.
Carson Palmer: No injury news here, but Palmer has a great matchup this week @Minnesota and would be an excellent replacement for those who are missing a QB due to bye or the unstoppable plague of injuries circulating around the NFL.
Sizzlin’ Hot Links:
It’s about that time of year when Mother Nature begins to hammer on our fantasy teams. Stay on top of things with the NFL tool at Weather Underground.
If you aren’t reading Doc’s weekly Target Watch article at Rotoworld, you’re missing out BIG TIME, chump!
For your listening pleasure, scope out the Razzball week 11 podcast.
Bunches and bunches of Start/Sit links from the Fantasy Football Librarian.
Check out Fantasy Pros, the sponsor of this week’s Lineup Challenge prize.
Good luck this week, and feel free to bust out all your lineup conundrums in the comments below!