Before he could even record his first reception Sunday in a matchup against the Buffalo Bills, the starting wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, A.J. Green, was tackled awkwardly and had to be carted off with a leg injury. In short order, the injury was diagnosed as a hamstring issue and Green was ruled out for the remainder of the game. This was a very bad sign for the Bengals and Green’s fantasy owners.
Following the game, word began to spread that the Bengals fear Green’s season is over with a potentially torn hamstring. This is obviously a major blow for fantasy teams, losing a player who was likely your first-round pick and is the WR4, despite missing the majority of the Week 11 tilt. Green will have an MRI today to diagnose the severity of the injury, but the Bengals are clearly expecting the worst, and you should be too. With Green out, the Bengals turned to rookie WR Tyler Boyd, who played well, catching six of his eight targets for 54 yards and his first career touchdown. Boyd is a must-add as fantasy leagues near the playoffs and he could be worthy of a starting role, especially for teams now missing Green.
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It wasn’t long ago that the Arizona Cardinals were said to have the best and deepest wide receiver corps in football. Of course, that group is led by veteran Larry Fitzgerald, who is always reliable. Fitz caught six of seven looks in Week Eleven for 63 yards in the Cards’ loss to Minnesota. Beyond Fitzgerald though, the depth has faded and each WR has disappointed this season, which has in some part caused Arizona’s losing record. Michael Floyd finally had a nice game last week, but only caught two passes Sunday and was benched late in the game. John Brown, who many expected a breakout season from this year, failed to even catch a single pass, despite seeing four targets. Even J.J. Nelson, who looked like a reliable option just two weeks ago, caught one of five targets and couldn’t even gain any yardage. This is becoming an offense for fantasy players to avoid other than Fitzgerald and RB David Johnson, who totaled 160 yards and two scores on the day. This team is in for some major changes this offseason.
Green was the only player injured in Week Eleven. In fact, there were multiple serious injuries that could keep stars out of action for weeks or even the remainder of the year and will leave fantasy players scrambling for replacements. Bills RB LeSean McCoy suffered a dislocated thumb late in the first half and was unable to return. While the Bills initially said they were not concerned and they expected Shady to suit up next week, it was later reported that McCoy would require surgery. Buffalo officials claim they still expect McCoy to suit up in Week Twelve against Jacksonville, but that seems awfully optimistic. Seattle rookie RB C.J. Prosise entered Week Eleven as one of the hottest names in all of fantasy football, overtaking former starter Christine Michael. Prosise broke an early run for a 72-yard score, but didn’t do much after that. He too was forced to leave the game early in what was later revealed to be a scapula injury. HC Pete Carroll says Prosise will be out a while and some are speculating that could be up to eight weeks, meaning he is of no use to fantasy owners for the rest of this season. The backfield again belongs to Thomas Rawls, who totaled 88 yards in his return to the field. Bears TE Zach Miller suffered a broken bone in his foot that will cost him the remainder of his season. This is an injury the 32-year-old Miller has dealt with before, which is a bad sign for his future. Finally, the injuries didn’t end with Green for Cincy. RB Giovani Bernard suffered a torn ACL, which will end his season. Jeremy Hill will see plenty of action in the final six games of the season.
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While the Cardinals focused on shutting down WR Stefon Diggs (six receptions for 37 yards), slow man Adam Thielen stole the show, catching all five targets for 65 yards and a touchdown… RB Jordan Howard again led the Bears in rushing with 77 yards, but his passing game role was a concern. Howard saw eight targets, but could only record one reception, while being credited with four drops. Rough day… Even though he couldn’t lead the Titans to a road win over the Colts, QB Marcus Mariota stayed hot, throwing for 290 yards and two scores, and also adding 29 rushing yards. Mariota remains a high-end fantasy football starter going forward… RB Doug Martin continued his comeback effort for the Bucs, totaling 105 yards on 27 touches. Martin is clearly fully healthy and can be relied on as a FF starter… The Bills lost McCoy, but they also were without WR Robert Woods for much of the game. Woods exited early with a knee injury and was spotted on crutches following the game… FF players were concerned about the winds in Cleveland and many got away from Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger as a result. That proved to be a good process as Big Ben managed just 167 passing yards and no touchdowns in the Steelers’ easy win… It felt like a quiet game for rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott, who failed to find the end zone against the Ravens’ tight defense. He did total over 120 yards… The Lions’ running game was a disaster, with Theo Riddick leading the way with only 13 yards. Fortunately, he also did some damage as a receiver, catching eight balls for 70 yards… Rookie QB Jared Goff made his starting debut for the Rams. LA led for most of the game before QB Ryan Tannehill led a Miami comeback in the final minute. Goff finished with 134 passing yards and no touchdowns… TE Rob Gronkowski didn’t make the trip to San Francisco after suffering an internal injury last week, but the Pats hope to have him back next week… More injuries. The Eagles lost their top two backs, Ryan Mathews (knee) and Darren Sproles (ribs). We’ll learn more about the severity of each, but rookie RB Wendell Smallwood stands to benefit. He totaled 79 yards after taking over for the injured duo… RB Rashad Jennings is playing his best football of the season. He totaled 129 yards and scored a touchdown in the Giants win. Rookie RB Paul Perkins is still being used sparingly… RB DeMarco Murray had a disappointing game, but still came away with 79 total yards and a score… QB Jameis Winston did just enough to get his team a win, throwing for 331 yards and one touchdown as his Bucs upset the Chiefs in KC… Pittsburgh RB Le’Veon Bell had another huge game, totaling 201 yards and a touchdown on an untimed down at the end of the first half. It was a gutsy call and Bell delivered… Speaking of delivering, QB Dak Prescott was at it again, this time throwing for 301 yards and a trio of TDs, with two of them going to star WR Dez Bryant, who posted a 6/80/2 line against the Ravens… Lions TE Eric Ebron continues to be a weekly producer for that team and fantasy players. He caught three passes for 70 yards and took his first career carry in for a one-yard score… Things looked good early for Rams RB Todd Gurley, who scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the year on a season-long 24-yard rush. He ended the game with 20 carries for 76 yards and failed to catch a pass. His usage and production continue to frustrate fantasy players… QB Tom Brady returned to his home on the West Coast and spread the ball around, throwing for 280 yards and four scores. He hit rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell (4/98/1) for a 56-yard score and WR Julian Edelman (8/77/1) played one of his best games of the year… In somewhat of a surprise, rookie WR Sterling Shepard led the Giants in targets and receiving, catching five of his 11 targets for 50 yards and a score. Meanwhile, Odell Beckham was held in check by the Bears, posting a 5/46 line… WR Rishard Matthews continued his hot streak to match his QB. He had nine receptions for 122 yards to lead the team… WR Mike Evans had another big volume day, seeing 13 targets, but caught just five of them for a respectable 105 yards… The star WRs in the Browns/Steelers matchup posted similar stat lines in windy conditions. Antonio Brown had eight receptions for 76 yards, while Terrelle Pryor caught five passes for 97 yards. Neither managed to find the paint… Ravens WR Steve Smith record his 1,000th career reception among his eight catches on the day. He totaled 99 yards and a TD… WR Allen Robinson continued his hot streak, catching a touchdown, but managing just 18 yards on three receptions… QB Russell Wilson did it all for the Seahawks. He threw for 272 yards and a score, ran for another 19 yards and even caught a touchdown pass from WR Doug Baldwin. For much of the game, he was matching the total production from all Eagles WRs… Colts WRs T.Y. Hilton (5/97/1) and Donte Moncrief (4/37/1) continued to post big numbers. Indy has struggled at times this year, but with both receivers and QB Andrew Luck fully healthy, this team could make a run. Luck threw for 262 yards and a pair of TDs as the Colts held off the Titans… TE Travis Kelce had another big game for KC, though it wasn’t enough. Kelce caught seven passes for 108 yards. With WR Jeremy Maclin again out of action, rookie WR Tyreek Hill only managed four receptions for 53 yards… Rookie QB Cody Kessler once again left the game early, but this time it was not the decision of the Cleveland coaching staff. Kessler suffered a concussion and was replaced by veteran QB Josh McCown… RB jay Ajayi has cooled off a little from his monster pace from a few weeks back, but he still put up 84 total yards in a game with very little offense… It was another Blount game. Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount rushed for 124 yards against the Niners. His backfield mates James White (six receptions for 63 yards, touchdown) and Dion Lewis (49 total yards in his season debut) were also prime contributors to the Pats’ win… RB Carlos Hyde looks to be fully healthy for the 49ers. He rushed 19 times for 86 yards and added another 24 yards as a receiver… WR DeVante Parker caught the game-winning score for the Dolphins, among his team-high eight receptions for 79 yards on the day… Colts RB Frank Gore just keeps going and going and going. On Sunday, he totaled 121 yards against division rival Tennessee… Both QBs put on a show on Sunday Night Football. Washington’s Kirk Cousins totaled 375 passing yards and three scores and Aaron Rodgers nearly matched him with 351/3 in a losing effort… Redskins rookie RB Robert Kelley had his best game of the year, rushing for 137 yards and three scores…
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