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|11/17/2023||Tyler Lockett, Sea, WR|
|Lockett (hamstring) missed a third straight practice Friday and is listed as questionable for the Seahawks' Week 11 game against the Rams.
Analysis: Lockett, Seattle's leader in receptions and touchdown catches, has played despite questionable tags on few occasions this season, but it seems as if he'll be a true game-time decision this week. Owners should plan accordingly.
|11/17/2023||Mark Andrews, Bal, TE|
|Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after his team's 34-20 win over the Bengals on Thursday that Andrews likely suffered a season-ending ankle injury.
Analysis: A major blow for the AFC North-leading Ravens, as Andrews tops the team with six touchdown catches and ranks second among Baltimore players in receptions (45) and receiving yards (544). Isaiah Likely, who had 36 catches and three touchdowns as a rookie last season, will be a very popular waiver-wire pick with Andrews out.
|11/17/2023||Joe Burrow, Cin, QB|
|The Bengals announced Burrow will miss the rest of the season and will likely require surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.
Analysis: This is obviously a massive blow for the Bengals, who were still in the AFC playoff mix despite dropping to 5-5 with Thursday's loss to the Ravens, a game where Burrow left right after throwing a short touchdown pass in the second quarter. Jake Browning, who completed 8 of 14 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in his first significant NFL game action Thursday, will take over at quarterback unless the Bengals look to bring in a veteran option.
|11/16/2023||Antonio Gibson, Was, RB|
|The Commanders have listed Gibson (toe) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Analysis: Gibson, who has 30 receptions and two touchdown catches as Washington's third-down back, did not practice at all this week and is all but certain to be inactive.
|11/16/2023||Noah Brown, Hou, WR|
|Brown (knee) is listed as questionable for the Texans' Week 11 game against Arizona but missed a third straight practice Friday.
Analysis: Brown, who has come on with 13 catches for 325 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks, appears to be more doubtful than questionable. Fantasy players likely should pursue other options.
|11/15/2023||Deshaun Watson, Cle, QB|
|The Browns announced Watson will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a broken bone in his right shoulder.
Analysis: After missing three games - and most of a fourth - earlier this season with a shoulder issue, Watson had returned to start each of Cleveland's last two contests. He complained of renewed pain following last week's win over Baltimore, however, and underwent an MRI that revealed the fracture. The Browns will reportedly start rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson against the Steelers this week, which would be an added blow to Amari Cooper owners.
|11/13/2023||Trey Hendrickson, Cin, DE|
|Hendrickson (knee) is not on the Bengals' final injury report for Thursday's game at Baltimore.
Analysis: Hendrickson suffered a hyperextended knee in Cincinnati's loss to Houston on Sunday, but will give it a go in an important AFC North clash despite the short week. The standout pass rusher leads the Bengals with 8 1/2 sacks this season.
|11/12/2023||Kayvon Thibodeaux, NYG, LB|
|Thibodeaux has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and is not on the Giants' final injury report for Sunday's game at Washington.
Analysis: Thibodeaux, who was forced out of the Giants' Week 10 blowout loss at Dallas in the first half, has been one of the team's few bright spots with a team-leading 8.5 sacks in 10 games. His availability should make things a bit more stressful for Washington quarterback Sam Howell.
|11/12/2023||Gerald Everett, LAC, TE|
|Everett (chest) will miss Sunday's game at Green Bay after getting injured in the Chargers' loss to Detroit last week.
Analysis: Everett hasn't been a great fantasy option anyway with just 167 yards and two touchdowns on 21 catches through eight games. Donald Parham figures to take over as the Chargers' No. 1 tight end and would be a touchdown-dependent alternative.
|11/12/2023||Taylor Heinicke, Atl, QB|
|Heinicke exited the Falcons' Week 10 loss at Arizona early in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury.
Analysis: Heinicke was hardly impressive before leaving his second start of the season, completing just 8 of 15 passes for a mere 55 yards with one touchdown. The Falcons do have a Week 11 bye, during which coach Arthur Smith will decide whether to stick with the veteran if he's healthy or turn back to Desmond Ridder.
|11/12/2023||Jordan Hicks, Min, LB|
|Hicks was taken to a hospital after Minnesota's 27-19 win in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints and had a procedure to alleviate pressure from a contusion in his shin.
Analysis: Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell said Monday that Hicks had compartment syndrome after taking a direct shot to his shin. Hicks had seven tackles before departing, giving him a team-leading 87 through 10 games along with one sack and one interception. Rookie Ivan Pace may be pressed into a more prominent role with Hicks sidelined.
|11/12/2023||Alexander Mattison, Min, RB|
|Mattison remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and is listed as questionable for the Vikings' game at Denver on Sunday, though he practiced in full Friday.
Analysis: Barring any setbacks, Mattison seems on track to clear protocol in time for Sunday's game. Minnesota's top running back hasn't been overly productive lately, as he's rushed for 44 yards or less in five straight games with just one touchdown over that stretch.
|11/12/2023||Michael Thomas, NO, WR|
|Thomas was forced out of Sunday's game against the Vikings in the first quarter with a knee injury.
Analysis: Thomas managed just one catch for nine yards before his early departure, one week after he didn't record a single reception in the Saints' Week 9 win over Chicago. New Orleans does have a bye in Week 11, so there's a chance Thomas doesn't miss further time should the injury not turn out to be significant.
|11/12/2023||Derek Carr, NO, QB|
|Carr was forced out of the game at Minnesota on Sunday because of a shoulder injury and a concussion that came from a jarring hit by two Vikings defenders.
Analysis: Carr completed a 15-yard pass to Chris Olave after sliding forward in the pocket midway through the third quarter as the rush closed in. He was hit by Danielle Hunter around the shoulder and brought down low by Jaquelin Roy as he fell to the turf. Jameis Winston came in and completed the drive for the Saints' first TD of the game. The Saints have a bye in Week 11 before visiting Atlanta on Nov. 26, and Winston would get the start against the Falcons if Carr can't play.
|11/10/2023||Sam Hubbard, Cin, DE|
|Hubbard (ankle) will miss a second straight game when the Bengals visit Baltimore on Thursday.
Analysis: Hubbard, tied for second among Bengals players with four sacks, was probably a long shot to return on the short week. On a positive note, Cincinnati will have top pass-rusher Trey Hendrickson available despite him hyperextending his knee Sunday against Houston.
|11/9/2023||Tee Higgins, Cin, WR|
|Higgins (hamstring) will miss a second straight game when the Bengals visit Baltimore on Thursday.
Analysis: This was expected with the Bengals on a short week. With Higgins out against Houston in Week 10, Tyler Boyd stepped up to record season highs in catches (eight), targets (12) and receiving yards (117).
|11/9/2023||Nico Collins, Hou, WR|
|Collins (calf) will return from a one-game absence when the Texans host Arizona on Sunday.
Analysis: Collins has been supplanted by Tank Dell, who's been targeted 25 times the last two weeks, as C.J. Stroud's favorite receiver, though he should still have some value as the No. 2 man. The third-year pro has 36 catches for 631 yards and four touchdowns in eight games this season.
|11/8/2023||Brian Burns, Car, LB|
|Burns has cleared concussion protocol and will not carry an injury designation for Carolina's Week 11 game against Dallas.
Analysis: Burns will return after missing the Panthers' loss at Chicago last week. The standout pass rusher has five sacks in eight games this season after recording a career-high 12.5 sacks in 2022.
|11/6/2023||Ja'Marr Chase, Cin, WR|
|Chase (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Analysis: Chase is a must-start. He has racked up 54 catches for 627 yards and four touchdowns over his last six games, and the Bengals won't have No. 2 receiver Tee Higgins for this one.
|11/6/2023||Dallas Goedert, Phi, TE|
|Goedert is expected to miss Monday's game against the Chiefs after fracturing his forearm in the Eagles' Week 9 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: The Eagles have not placed Goedert, third among Philadelphia players in catches (38) and receiving yards (410), on injured reserve but he's still expected to miss multiple games. His absence could result in an even greater target share for Philly's top receivers, A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith.
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