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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 11
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 11/17/12 12:26
Dallas: DeMarco Murray is Doubtful and won't play this week. Felix Jones will start in his place and makes a great sleeper play this week against a suspect Cleveland run defense. Murray is getting closer to returning but with a game next Thursday (Thanksgiving), it's more likely Murray returns in week 13. For the first time this season none of Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, or Jason Witten is listed on the injury report at all.

New York Giants: The Giants are on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

Philadelphia: Nick Foles gets a chance to take the starting QB job away from Michael Vick. Vick is expected to miss at least 2 games with what has been called a "significant" concussion and good performances by Foles may make it difficult for the Eagles to reinsert Vick once he is cleared. Jeremy Maclin's back injury is minor and he will start without issue this week. Officially he is Probable. #rd WR Jason Avant is OUT with a hamstring injury. Riley Cooper steps into his role. The QB switch is likely to be good for LeSean McCoy's value as he should get more rushing attempts and more looks as a checkdown option in the passing game as the Eagles are likely to be more conservative in the play calling.

Washington: Pierre Garcon practiced all week in limited fashion and while listed as Questionable and considered a game time decision, he is tentatively expected to play. Garcon is not fully recovered from the torn ligament in his foot and I'd rather see him and how well he does in a game before trusting him in a starting fantasy lineup. The bye week allowed Santana Moss to get over his concussion and he is Probable and will play this week.

Chicago: Jay Cutler has been ruled OUT because of a concussion. It's expected to only cost Cutler this one game. Jason Campbell will start in his place but with a poor matchup against San Francisco, Campbell isn't a good fantasy bet. At least he, like Cutler, remained locked in on WR Brandon Marshall last week and that could prevent Marshall from having bad stats. WR Alshon Jeffery is expected to finally return and play Monday night. Jeffery has been out the last few weeks recovering from a hand injury. Considering the poor matchup, I'd keep Jeffery benched this week.

Detroit: Despite being listed as Questionable, Calvin Johnson will start without issue. Megatron has been stepping up big in recent games and is a must start. Titus Young has improved to where he's now listed as Probable instead of Questionable like he has been the past couple of weeks. Young is a serviceable upside WR3. Kicker Jason Hanson is Probable and will be fine despite having a minor foot injury.

Green Bay: Jordy Nelson is Probable and will start. The bye week allowed his foot and hamstring injuries to heal up to where they are not a concern. His return pushes Randall Cobb back into the #3 WR role, but each of Nelson, Cobb, and James Jones can be considered as good fantasy plays because of the prolific nature of the Packers passing attack. Greg Jennings remains out as he recovers from his lower abdominal surgery. Week 13 or 14 seems realistic for a potential by Jennings. James Starks has taken over as the starting RB over Alex Green. Green will still continue to serve as the 3rd down and change of pace RB though.

Minnesota: Minnesota is on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

Atlanta: Julio Jones is Questionable and while expected to play after not practicing all week, he will be a game time decision because of an ankle injury. Even if active, I would expect Jones to be limited some and not as strong a play as he normally would be. Michael Turner is also Questionable with a minor groin injury and while expected to play after being limited in practice all week, Turner may be spelled a bit more often by both Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling. Tony Gonzalez has a minor shoulder injury but will start without issue.

Carolina: Despite Jonathan Stewart being declared the "featured" RB 3 weeks ago, in the last two games it's been pretty much the same split us usual between him and DeAngelo Williams. Tampa Bay is a strong rush defense so no Panthers RB's can recommended as anything more than just weak flex options. However, the Bucs fantasy pass defense is ranked 30th. Cam Newton has thrown for over 300 only twice this season, and once was against the Bucs. Newton hasn't been that good this season, but with a plus matchup this week, he could be in for a good fantasy week.

New Orleans: Darren Sproles is Questionable and considered a game time decision. Sproles is less than 3 weeks removed from having hand surgery and while he has practiced in full there is some concern about swelling in his hand possibly making him inactive. Even if active, it's likely Sproles would have a reduced offensive role with the emergence of Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram in recent weeks while he was out. The Saints have said they'll ride the "hot hand" at RB going forward but with 4 quality RB's, it's a risk trusting any of them in a fantasy starting lineup. My best guess is that Ingram and Ivory will be the best options at RB, but that is just a guess.

Tampa Bay: After huge games in weeks 8 and 9, Doug Martin came back down to Earth with just a good game in week 10. He isn't likely to have those huge games again this season and I still have my concerns about him hitting the rookie wall soon, but for now, he remains locked in as a solid fantasy RB1. Let's hope this week's rematch against Carolina provides better fantasy points from Bucs players than it did back in week 1. I think it will.

Arizona: Kevin Kolb remains out with his ribs injury. There's no timetable for when he'll return. John Skelton will start in his place at QB. TE Todd Heap is Questionable again on the injury report with his lingering knee injury. Heap has been out since week 3 and while he has been practicing for weeks now in limited fashion, he is likely to remain inactive on game days until he can put in some full practices. The Cardinals will get back RB Beanie Wels in week 12, and he is expected to step right back in as the starter as he is fully recovered from his turf toe injury after being off the last 8 weeks. La'Rod Stephens-Howling will start at RB this week though and makes a nice fill-in fantasy play given a good matchup against Atlanta.

St. Louis: After having a near even split with Daryl Richardson in prior weeks, Steven Jackson was used clearly as the featured RB last week and it won't be a surprise if that continues going forward. Jackson makes a strong RB2 this week against the Jets 29th ranked fantasy run defense. WR Danny Amendola isn't on the injury report and after a strong showing in his first game back last week, Amendola has to be considered as at least a strong WR3 no matter the matchup going forward. WR Austin Pettis is Questionable with a toe injury and is likely to be inactive. WR Chris Givens was inactive last week in a disciplinary action but he's expected to return this week.

San Francisco: The concussion Alex Smith suffered last week was minor and he is expected to start Monday night. But between the injury and the poor matchup against a strong Chicago pass defense, Smith shouldn't be in anyone's starting fantasy lineup this week. It will e interesting to see if the 49ers give backup QB Colin Kaepernick any extra playing time this week. Even though Smith is expected to start, Kaepernick may be used a bit more often as he provides a strong rushing presence and could be used to keep the Bears off balance. After a great start to the season, TE Vernon Davis has gone ice cold in recent weeks and cannot be considered a must start until he starts producing again.

Seattle: Seattle is on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.
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