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Sterling Shepard (illness) is unlikely to play on Sunday against the Chiefs, according to Adam Schefter. The Giants reportedly wants to first test Shepard in pre-game warmups before making any determination. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This could potentially be a major blow to fantasy owners, as Shepard made a strong play this weekend against a Chiefs team that allows the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. If Shepard indeed misses the game, Eli Manning should be downgraded some, and Evan Engram should take a minor bump in value. Roger Lewis and Tavarres King would become desperation dart-throws.

Category: Injury Updates

Denver Broncos beat writer Mike Klis is reporting tight end A.J. Derby (shoulder) is ruled out for Week 11. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Derby will miss Sunday's contest against the Bengals with a shoulder injury. In his absence, Virgil Green is expected to be the primary receiving TE in Denver's struggling passing attack.

Category: Injury Updates

Curtis Samuel left Week 10's game early with an ankle injury and now has been ruled out for the rest of the season as the ankle injury will require surgery. Samuel was starting to come on with Kelvin Benjamin now in Buffalo but this leaves a hole at WR2 opposite Devin Funchess. Samuel finishes his rookie season with 15/115/0. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Samuel will be a high-upside late-round pick in re-draft leagues who may get overhyped in the offseason and preseason. Devin Funchess is the No. 1 in Carolina now and is WR2. Russell Shepard and Breston Bersin will see additional snaps opposite Funchess.

Category: Injury Updates

Houston Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson is reporting wide receiver Will Fuller (ribs) is ruled out for Week 11. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Fuller is ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Cardinals with broken ribs suffered last week. As a result, expect Bruce Ellington and Braxton Miller to assume expanded roles. With Patrick Peterson blanketing DeAndre Hopkins, both of the before mentioned wideouts, plus, C.J. Fiedorowicz should be heavily featured in the Houston offense for Week 11.

Category: Injury Updates

Pro Football Talk is reporting Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (knee) will play Week 11. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Bryant will play through a knee injury suffered in last week's loss to Atlanta in Sunday's night's do or die matchup against the Eagles. If Philadelphia wins, they'll likely lock up the NFC East with their tremendous lead over the remaining teams. However, due to the direness of the situation, I fully expect the Cowboys, Bryant included, to show up and at least put up a fight. Bryant is in the back-end WR1 tier in a plus Week 11 matchup.

Category: Injury Updates

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (concussion) has been medically cleared to play Week 11. (Source: Eric Williams on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dealing with the lingering symptoms of a concussion earlier in the week, Rivers was cleared by an independent neurologist to play in Sunday's matchup against the Bills. While the Bills' defense played well at times this season, they've been exploited in recent weeks. Rivers is a shaky mid-tiered QB2 for Week 11.

Category: Injury Updates

Brandon LaFell (questionable, knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Broncos. He did not practice Wednesday but was a full participant Thursday and Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Yes, LaFell had a terrific game last week and yes, he has averaged about six receptions per game, and that gives him some fantasy value in deeper formats. But, he's facing the Broncos this week, who feature solid cornerbacks so he's not an optimal play this week if you have a choice in the matter. If you must have exposure to a Bengals receiver, TE Tyler Kroft has the best matchup.

Danny Woodhead (IR, hamstring) is expected to be activated Saturday ahead of Sunday's game against Green Bay. (Source: Jeff Zrebiec/Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Woodhead's usage is unclear at this point but coach John Harbaugh has indicated Alex Collins will be the lead back while being mum on plans for Woodhead. Any player who has missed eight games will likely see less than maximum exposure but he'll be involved in the passing game and is a great stash moving toward fantasy playoffs.

Category: Injury Updates

On the "Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry", Adam Schefter reported that the Chargers are considering reducing Melvin Gordon's workload. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: If this were to happen, Gordon would take a huge hit in fantasy value, as despite his shaky performance this season, he has put up good fantasy numbers due to a heavy workload. Gordon remains an every-week starting option, but the situation should be closely monitored. If Gordon does lose touches, they will likely go to Austin Ekeler, who is worth a stash in most formats. While he is unlikely to take the starting job from Gordon this season, Ekeler would be a RB1/2 if Gordon were to go down.

Albert Wilson will not suit up against the Giants as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. (Source: BJ Kissel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson will miss another game in what would have been a great matchup. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce should feast against a struggling New York Giants defense that has looked lost for weeks. Demarcus Robinson should see some additional playing time in Wilson's absence.

Category: Injury Updates

The Steelers D/ST allowed 17 points to the Titans on Thursday, the seventh straight game in which the Steelers have held their opponents to fewer than 20 points. The D/ST totaled five sacks, four interceptions, and a blocked kick.

Fantasy Impact: The D/ST played extremely well despite being down Joe Haden. Defenders were constantly in Marcus Mariota's face and, other than the occasional misstep, the defense played lights out all game. They'll draw a favorable matchup in Week 12 against the Packers.

Category: Game Recaps

Kam Chancellor exited Week 10 with a stinger and teammate Earl Thomas hinted that Chancellor would not be on the field for Week 11. When asked about missing Richard Sherman this week, Thomas said, "we’re going to miss Sherm and Kam." (Source: Tim Booth on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Seahawks defense has been plagued by the injuries this season and the likely loss of Chancellor isn't going to help against the Falcons. The team put Cliff Avril on IR after suffering a stinger a month ago so IDP owners will want to monitor Chancellor's status as it's possible this could extend beyond just one week. Season-long owners of the Seahawks defense may want to consider trading the unit if your league still allows trades.

Category: Injury Updates

Ben Roethlisberger completed 30 of 45 passes for 299 yards and 4 touchdowns in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans on Thursday Night Football. He added one carry for 10 yards and was sacked three times for -15 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Roethlisberger was on fire as the Steelers pulled away in the second half and kept their foot on the gas. This game was a great matchup for the Steelers' passing attack, and a tough matchup for the rushing attack, so it's not terribly surprising that Big Ben had a good day. However, Roethlisberger will be tough to trust in fantasy going forward, and has finished inside the Top-10 QBs in weekly scoring just once this season, in Week 2. The Steelers host the Packers next week, which should make Big Ben usable in fantasy if necessary, but Roethlisberger gets the Ravens in Week 14, which is a bad matchup. If you survive to the semifinals, Big Ben hosts the Patriots in Week 15, and travels to the Texans in Week 16, both of which are good matchups.

Category: Game Recaps

Le'Veon Bell rushed 12 times for 46 yards in the Steelers' 40-17 win over the Titans Thursday night. He also had nine receptions for 57 yards on 11 targets.

Fantasy Impact: Bell had a mediocre night by his standards against Tennessee, amassing 103 yards on 21 touches. He was heavily involved in the passing game and put up a nice PPR performance despite not finding the end zone. Bell remains an elite RB1 going forward.

Category: Game Recaps

Jesse James caught five of his eight targets for 21 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' Week 11 win.

Fantasy Impact: Jesse James had not scored a touchdown since Week 1 of this season, partly due to Vance McDonald seemingly passing him on the depth chart. Vance was a surprise inactive for Thursday's game, and he has a solid game. Jesse James should be a deep-end TE2, as McDonald should be back by Week 12.

Category: Game Recaps

Blaine Gabbert will start for the Cardinals at quarterback in Week 11 against the Texans. (Source: Josh Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a bit up in the air this week, as Drew Stanton had been practicing on a limited basis despite a knee injury, but Gabbert will now officially get his shot. Gabbert hasn't started a game since Week 5 of the 2016 season, and his shortcomings are well-known. But the Texans have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, making Gabbert at least a decent option in two-quarterback leagues.

Category: Transactions

Chris Hogan (shoulder) has been ruled out for the Patriots' Week 11 game against the Raiders. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was no surprise, as Hogan hadn't practiced all week. Hogan owners should be concerned about his long-term health at this point, given that his injury occurred three weeks ago and there have been no signs of improvement. For this weekend, Danny Amendola's stock rises a bit.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn has been ruled out of Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Chargers, in which rookie Nathan Peterman will make his first NFL start. (Source: Vic Carucci)

Fantasy Impact: This wouldn't have been much of an issue for the magical legs of Tyrod Taylor, but it's a problem for almost anyone else, especially a rookie, and especially against the Chargers' elite edge rushers, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, who have a combined 18 sacks this year. This is another reason to not even consider Peterman in redraft leagues this week.

Category: Injury Updates

Terrelle Pryor (ankle) has been ruled out for the Redskins' Week 11 game against the Saints. (Source: Washington Redskins on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pryor hasn't made a fantasy or real-life impact at any point this season, so his absence shouldn't have much of an effect on the Redskins' passing game. Expect Jamison Crowder, Vernon Davis, and Chris Thompson to see the majority of targets on Sunday.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Jordan Reed (hamstring) has been ruled out for the Redskins' Week 11 game against the Saints. (Source: Washington Redskins on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reed was deemed a game-time decision earlier in the week, but fantasy owners now have some clarity. Vernon Davis makes a fine start against New Orleans in Reed's place.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions