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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 11
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 11/17/12 12:27
Buffalo: It's not known if the concussion Fred Jackson suffered week 10 will cost him more than the one game he missed on Thursday night. We'll track Jackson next week.

Miami: Despite a great matchup Thursday night, neither Reggie Bush nor Daniel Thomas got anything going on the ground. The split between them is starting to lean more in favor of Thomas in recent games. It's unknown if that's by design or not. Neither can be trusted right now.

New England: Despite being listed as Questionable and having practiced in limited fashion all week, it's been reported that Aaron Hernandez will sit out week 11 to rest up his lingering ankle injury. While officially he'll be a game time decision, he is not expected to play. As for the other Questionable's on the injury report: TE Rob Gronkowski and WR's Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, each are fully expected to start and be fine for this week.

New York Jets: WR Jeremy Kerley is expected to start despite being listed as Questionable with both a heel and hamstring issue. He's not a strong fantasy play this week though against the Rams. Shonn Greene should dominate RB snaps this week and be a serviceable fantasy option though. The Rams are suspect against the run and while both Joe McKnight (ankle) and Bilal Powell (concussion) are expected to be active, neither is expected to play much because of their injuries. Mark Sanchez remains the starting QB despite lots of media speculation about it being time to give Tim Tebow a shot. If Sanchez doesn't start performing better soon though, we could see Tebow get a chance to start in another week or two.

Baltimore: RB Ray Rice and WR Torrey Smith are both Probable with minor injuries and both will start without issue week 11. Joe Flacco has been a horrible fantasy QB on the road this season. In 4 road games he's thrown for only 719 yards, 3 TD's, and 4 interceptions. Against Pittsburgh's #1 ranked fantasy pass defense, in Pittsburgh, Flacco isn't likely to have a repeat of last week's success.

Cincinnati: Andrew Hawkins is Questionable and considered a game time decision because of a knee injury he suffered in practice this week. If Hawkins is made inactive, that should allow Armon Binns to be active week 11. Binns was a healthy inactive last week after losing his starting WR job to rookie Mohamed Sanu. Fellow rookie WR Marvin Jones is Doubtful with a lingering knee injury and won't play.

Cleveland: Trent Richardson says he isn't fully recovered from his rib injury yet, but he is Probable and will start week 11 without issue. While Josh Gordon appears to have taken a permanent spot in the starting lineup at WR, with the other Cleveland WR's healthy finally how the playing time gets split up is unknown. Combined with a poor matchup against a strong Dallas pass defense and Gordon is hard to trust as a fantasy starter this week.

Pittsburgh: Ben Roethlisberger is OUT the next few weeks with shoulder and rib injuries. Byron Leftwich will start this week and be backed up by Charlie Batch. Rashard Mendenhall is Probable and will start. He'll likely be the primary RB in a three way split with Isaac Redman serving as 3rd down RB and Jonathan Dwyer as his top backup. The last time Mendenhall was able to play, he dominated carries though and is the only Steelers RB worth starting this week in a good matchup against a surprisingly poor Baltimore run defense. WR Antonio Brown is OUT with his ankle injury. Emmanuel Sanders will start again in his place.

Houston: TE Owen Daniels is expected to play despite being listed as Questionable with the back/hip issue that caused him to miss week 10. Officially though, Daniels will be a game time decision. Ben Tate apparently suffered a setback in his recovery from a lingering hamstring injury and he is OUT week 11. Justin Forsett will continue to be the top backup to Arian Foster. If Foster could have over 100 rushing yards last week against a very highly ranked Chicago run defense, imagine what he's going to do this week against Jacksonville's second worst rated fantasy run defense.

Indianapolis: Donald Brown is Probable and while likely to split time with Vick Ballard, Brown is likely to be the more primary of the two RB's. Both make weak plays though against a good Patriots fantasy run defense. TE Coby Fleener remains OUT with a shoulder injury. Dwayne will continue to dominate TE snaps. While Andrew Luck has only thrown 3 TD passes in the last 5 games, he has scored 4 rushing TD's in that span. With a great matchup against the Patriots poor pass defense, Luck should get back on track passing and throw a couple of TD's this week. Reggie Wayne is a top 5 fantasy WR this week.

Jacksonville: Maurice Jones-Drew remains OUT as he tries to recover from a foot sprain. Rashad Jennings will continue to start in his place. With a bad matchup against a Houston run defense that hasn't allowed a single rushing TD yet this season, Jennings is a weak fantasy consideration. Cecil Shorts has been a surprise this season but other than an explosion by Aaron Rodgers in one game, the Texans pass defense has been outstanding this season and Shorts may have a hard time having any big plays.

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

Denver: Despite a fumbling issue recently, Willis McGahee remains locked in as the featured RB. If it continues though we could see more of Ronnie Hillman. Eric Decker had a bad game statistically last week, but those should be few and far between.

Kansas City: Even though Brady Quinn has been cleared to return from his concussion, Matt Cassel will start for the Chiefs over him. Cassel has been awful though and is not a recommended fantasy starter. WR Jonathan Baldwin is OUT with a suspected concussion. This will allow Steve Breaston to be active after being made a healthy inactive last week. Dwayne Bowe is Probable and will start without issue despite a minor thigh injury. The healthy return of Peyton Hillis last week cut into some of Jamaal Charles playing time and it's likely to do so again this week as well. Too bad as Hillis is slow and his presence takes away valuable fantasy potential from Charles. Charles is still a solid RB2 though because of his explosive potential.

Oakland: Both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are OUT with their ankle injuries. Marcel Reece will start and be the primary RB again this week. Reece makes a good fantasy play against a suspect Saints run defense. No telling if McFadden or Goodson will be able to play week 12. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a hamstring strain in practice this week and is Questionable and considered a game time decision. Even if active, DHB is likely to be limited. That could make Rod Streater a strong fantasy sleeper for the WR desperate as Streater would get increased looks against the Saints dead last ranked fantasy pass defense. Carson Palmer has been on a tear the last 2 games and should be a top 5 fantasy QB this week given the matchup. TE Brandon Myers is Probable and will start despite having suffered a minor concussion last week. He's passed all his tests.

San Diego: Ryan Mathews is Questionable and considered a game time decision because of a neck injury. While likely to be active, it's also likely Mathews will split time with both Jackie Battle and Ronnie Brown, making him a poor fantasy RB2. It's been two games now and Danario Alexander hasn't popped up on the injury report yet despite a lengthy history of knee issues. If Alexander can stay healthy (a big IF, mind you), he could be a real fantasy gem. He's never lacked talent, only an ability to avoid complications in his knee stemming from many prior surgeries. He's easily usurped disappointing Robert Meachem as the starter opposite Malcom Floyd.
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