We’re heading into the home stretch of the fantasy season, and that means the injuries are more important than ever. The status of players like Arian Foster, Jay Cutler, Dez Bryant and Percy Harvin will be big questions coming into Week 10.
Welcome to the Week 10 Sunday Morning Med Check with Will Carroll and Tyler Brooke, where we keep you updated on the latest injury buzz heading into the early afternoon games. With Will back off Fantasy Live hosting duties, expect even more information here as you get ready for your games.
Will will be your injury consultant, making calls and finding out what he can about players and whether or not they will play. Meanwhile, Tyler will be checking on Twitter and other sources to give you the latest news reported by local beat writers and NFL insiders.
We’ll be checking the inactive list, but for a complete list (that comes out 90 minutes before kickoff), check NFL.com.
We’ll also be answering any fantasy football questions you may have. Be sure to tweet at Tyler (@TylerDBrooke) and/or Will (@injuryexpert) using #BRFantasy, and we will answer your questions on the live blog. Let’s get to it…
That’s going to do it for us here at the Sunday Morning Med Check. Thank you to everyone for reading and asking questions. Be sure to set your lineups and get ready for another full day of football. We will be back next Sunday to keep you up with all of the biggest injury news, so make sure to come back.
@injuryexpert Torrey Smith or Terrance Williams in the flex?
— Todd Beck (@ToddBeck302) November 10, 2013
Go with Torrey Smith over Terrance Williams. While Smith hasn’t played well recently and the Bengals have usually had a tough defense, Leon Hall’s absence will give Smith a better chance to make plays. For Williams, he’s going against an improved defense in the Saints. -TB
@injuryexpert Boldin or Wallace at WR?
— BaveWon (@BaveWon) November 10, 2013
Neither of these matchups are ideal. Anquan Boldin is going against a tough Panthers defense while Mike Wallace is going to be on Revis Island.
Go with Boldin in this one. The 49ers may have to throw more than they would like, and that will give Boldin more opportunities to make plays. -TB
— Daniel Glass (@Dgyn14) November 10, 2013
Darren Sproles is the clear choice in this one. Trent Richardson hasn’t stepped up yet and I don’t expect him to this week with the ankle injury. Sproles always has the potential to blow out, and he’s the safer bet than an inconsistent T-Rich. -TB
Quick: Garrett Graham or Tyler Eifert?
— Dan Wade (@Dwade) November 10, 2013
With Jermaine Gresham out, Tyler Eifert gets a real chance to shine this week. He’s been solid in his limited role, but now is a chance for him to have a breakout game against the Ravens. -TB
@injuryexpert need to start 2: Bush, Spiller, Gio Bernard, and Andre Ellington
— Vinny Lama (@vlams) November 10, 2013
Wow, seems like this guy is in pretty good shape with his running backs.
The first guy I’ll tell you to start is Andre Ellington. The Texans have been a solid defensive team, but they’ve struggled a bit without Brian Cushing. Plus, Ellington is going to be getting somewhere around 20 touches today, giving him plenty of opportunities to break out a big play or two.
The second guy I’ll go with is Reggie Bush. He’s a versatile player out of the backfield and looks more like the old Bush from USC than he has in previous seasons. The Chicago Bears haven’t been the same defensively without Brian Urlacher, so start Bush and Ellington this week. -TB
This isn’t helpful for this week, but Percy Harvin isn’t likely to start in Week 11. The Seahawks have their bye in Week 12, so they’ll stick to their plan of having Harvin back for four games and have him ready for the playoffs.
It would have him in the fantasy playoffs, which would be a risk to start as they ease him in, but there’s definite upside. While we’ll see Harvin practicing before Week 11, the bye will be the key. He is still not making hard cuts and stops, though it wouldn’t surprise me to see those late this week. He could convince the coaching staff to give him a shot in Week 11, but don’t count on it.
— Ryan (@rmreid84) November 10, 2013
Go with Marvin Jones. Ray Rice has been a massive disappointment, and the Baltimore Ravens are averaging just 2.8 yards per carry, last in the NFL. For Jones, he’s still a terrific red zone threat and has the potential to put up a ton of points. -TB
If you are looking for a running back, there’s a chance that Andre Ellington might still be available. He’s owned in just 44.9 percent of ESPN’s leagues, even after running for 154 yard and a touchdown last week.
Personally, I think Ellington has the potential to be this year’s breakout player that comes out of nowhere. If he’s available, you need to grab him as soon as possible. -TB
Dez Bryant is in the night game this weekend and with news that he had an epidural on Wednesday, there is some worry about how effective he will be. This game with the Saints and Cowboys has a chance to be a real shootout and points all around for fantasy options. I like Bryant to play and play normally.
Bryant has dealt with back issues all the way back to college, so this isn’t something new. It’s certainly problematic that it’s flared up, but I think the Cowboys have a good handle on this from a maintenance standpoint.
I’ll take Bryant as a good WR1 start, but I also like Terrence Williams, who has emerged as Tony Romo’s go to guy when he scrambles, and Jason Witten as solid starts as well.
Joe Flacco has 0 TD on 40 passes thrown 20+ yards downfield this season. That’s the most attempts without a TD in the NFL season.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 10, 2013
For those who keep making the mistake of starting Joe Flacco (like myself in my two-QB league), here’s an interesting stat. Flacco scored 20 points for the first time last week, but this week he’s playing the Bengals, who allow just 14.2 points per game to opposing QBs in standard scoring leagues. -TB
— The Mattress Giant (@relishwasray) November 10, 2013
I’m always a big fan of Joique Bell, just because he gets a healthy amount of touches in the red zone. The Chicago Bears don’t have the same defense that they used to. Meanwhile, Ben Tate is playing with four broken ribs against a defense that’s allowing just 88.3 rushing yards per game. -TB
— Marvin Urroz (@murroz) November 10, 2013
With Colin Kaepernick going against that tough Panthers defense, Jay Cutler is the safer play, even with the groin injury. The Detroit Lions are tough, but their defense still allowed Cutler to throw for 317 yards. two touchdowns and three interceptions for 16 fantasy points in their last meeting. -TB
#Bills inactives: 7 QB Tuel, 10 WR Woods, 26 CB Rogers, 42 RB Wingo, 44 DB Smith, 57 LB Powell, 73 OL McClain.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 10, 2013
People were re-tweeting and old inactive list for the Buffalo Bills, but EJ Manuel is officially IN for the Buffalo Bills. However, Robert Woods is OUT for the the Bills this week, so adjust accordingly. -TB
#Bengals inactives CB Lewis-Harris, LB Boley, LB Maualuga, OL Robinson, OL Hawkinson, DT Still, TE Gresham
— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) November 10, 2013
Jermaine Gresham is not playing for the Bengals, but Giovani Bernard will give it a go. This means that Tyler Eifert will get a shot to make some plays this week, making him an interesting start at the tight end position if you don’t have a guy like Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski. -TB
Falcons WR Roddy White is active.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2013
Roddy White is officially active, but don’t get too excited. When White has played, he’s caught just 14 passes for 129 yards. This week, he’ll be going against Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks, so don’t expect him to do a lot this week either. -TB
Nassib, Webster, Hosley, Kuhn, Jacobs, Reynolds, Robinson are inactive.
— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) November 10, 2013
It’s official. Brandon Jacobs is inactive. This means that guys like Peyton Hillis and now Andre Brown, who is making his season debut, will be getting the majority of the carries. -TB
Cutler is out here warming up. Looks like he’s got full mobility to me.
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) November 10, 2013
And as soon as I say it, we get a report on Jay Cutler. Things look positive, but I’m still worried enough to say that you should sit him for a near-equivalent option.
File this one under: take it for what it’s worth. So far, my sources at Soldier Field have not seen Jay Cutler during warmups. I’m not sure how to take that, but it’s worth noting. One likely scenario is that he’s in the training room having his groin worked on or is using something like an NTRecovery unit to get his legs ready. He can warm up his arm later and there’s much more concern about his legs than his arm or his rapport with his receivers. Still, it is worth noting on what has been a quiet morning.
We’ll have inactive lists coming here in the next ten minutes or so, though there aren’t many question marks right now. Of course, that’s why we call them surprise inactives …
Doctors have told Giants’ David Wilson he faces increased risk of neck injury if he plays again. But Wilson wants, expects to play next year
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2013
This is not unexpected news on David Wilson. The question now is will surgery be necessary and how much risk is Wilson willing to accept. We’ve seen players play through spinal stenosis, but the risk is increased, as he’s been told. If he does decide to play, that risk is going to push his value way down and the ability of the Giants to adjust will change it even further.
Andre Brown should have an opportunity to audition for the RB1 role over the next few weeks, but the Giants will surely look to strengthen the position this offseason and in the draft. Wilson is yet another data point in the ongoing slide of RBs in the draft. It may be time for fantasy players to do the same.
Brandon Jacobs out punching the goalpost. Wearing sweatpants. Seems he will not play today.
— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) November 10, 2013
For those who liked Brandon Jacobs as a sleeper, you might want to bench him. Tom Rock is reporting that he’s out on the field in sweatpants, not exactly what you would expect from a guy that’s supposed to play soon. -TB
While it’s a late game (and what should be a good game), the Niners expect to have Mario Manningham back on the field today. He’s coming back from multi-structure surgery on his knee. He’s on schedule and reports from practice have him looking pretty good, but don’t expect him to emerge as the WR1 for Colin Kaepernick immediately, if ever.
Manningham is a solid option for the Niners offense and certainly upgrades them, but expect him to be a complementary WR worked in over the next few weeks. The Niners are also hoping to get Michael Crabtree in the next few weeks as he returns from Achilles reconstruction. Getting them all back on the field, with Anquan Boldin, should have the Niners offense back in a good spot by the time the playoffs are in full swing.
@injuryexpert Is Trent Richardson healthy and capable enough to blow up on STL or do I start Mike James against MIA?
— Dan C (@slappywhite2001) November 10, 2013
I don’t trust Trent Richardson anymore, and an injured ankle makes him even less valuable. Mike James may have been a backup, but he’s shown that he can carry the load and put up some solid points, like last week against the Seattle Seahawks.
This week, James is playing the Miami Dolphins, who allow the third-most points to running backs. Give James the start over Richardson, because T-Rich just hasn’t proved anything yet. -TB
Arian Foster will have surgery 2 repair a herniated disk in Los Angeles. It’ll be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) November 10, 2013
That didn’t take long. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle confirms that Arian Foster’s surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins. He’s done surgery on players like Peyton Manning and Rob Gronkowski, among many others.
Boykin,mike brown, marlon brown, j bell
Need 2 in PPR
— JEFF TAVONE (@TAV1J) November 10, 2013
Joique Bell is the first guy you have to start. He gets a number of red zone touches and is capable of putting up some solid points in PPR leagues.
For the second player, I’m going to go with Jarrett Boykin. Yes, I know that Aaron Rodgers is out, but Seneca Wallace has had a full week with the first team, and they’re going against the Philadelphia Eagles, who rank last in pass defense. Boykin will get a healthy amount of catches, and that’s enough to put him over Marlon Brown and Mike Brown. -TB