I guess the terrible Bills' defense didn't help the Dolphins so much, huh? As a Daniel Thomas owner, that was no way to start a crucial fantasy week. Ugh.
As always, if you need help getting ready for Sunday's games after reading today's blog entry, here's what you can do before kickoff:
- Send your questions to me via Facebook or Twitter. You can also tweet lineup questions to my colleagues Joel Beall, Ryan Fowler and Mike Harmon.
- Listen to hosts Harmon, Peter Burns and Nate Lundy on the FOX Fantasy Freaks on FOX Sports Radio Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon ET. You can tweet questions to those guys as well.
- Join a pregame chat with Beall and me on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. He'll lead off with the first hour, and I'll close things out.
- Review my Week 11 rankings, along with all the great information at our fantasy football news page.
On to the news:
- Falcons WR Julio Jones hasn't practiced this week due to an ankle injury, and his status for Week 11 will be a gametime decision.
- Chargers RB Ryan Mathews hasn't practiced yet this week because of a neck injury suffered against the Bucs, and we should know more about his status today. I think I speak for all Mathews owners when I say "%$#@!"
- Darren Sproles (hand) practiced fully on Thursday, and appears on track to return to action after a two-game absence. As for the rest of the Saints' backfield, interim head coach Joe Vitt says near the end of this pro-Chris Ivory article that the backfield workload should be expected to "change on a weekly basis." The opinion here is still that you're playing with fire if you start a Saints' back other than maybe Sproles.
- QB injury updates: Ben Roethlisberger will be out for awhile, so Byron Leftwich starts for the Steelers. Nick Foles is expected to start in place of the concussed Michael Vick for the Eagles. Jay Cutler hasn't practiced since suffering his concussion, so Jason Campbell will probably start against the 49ers. Finally, Alex Smith, who had a concussion of his own against the Rams, is on track to start for the 49ers Monday night.
- Remember your byes: The Vikings, Giants, Seahawks and Titans are off this week. After that, no more byes! Woo-hoo!
- It sounds like Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (foot) will miss two more games. Murray says there's a chance he'll play this week, but his GM apparently disagrees. Felix Jones projects as a top-20 fantasy back this week.
- In Raiders' news, Darren McFadden (ankle) will probably miss another game, making Marcel Reece an interesting fantasy option once again. Also, keep an eye on WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, who injured a hamstring during Wednesday's practice and took Thursday off. DHB has a great matchup, so cross your fingers if you own him.
- Keep an eye on the status of Browns CB Joe Haden, who missed Thursday's practice because of an oblique injury. The Browns' pass defense is much different without Haden, so the fantasy prospects of Tony Romo and the Cowboy wideouts would improve if he's out.
- There's a chance that Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (toe) could return on Sunday, but you shouldn't count on it, or plan to start him if he plays.
- Texans RB Ben Tate (hamstring) sat out Thursday's practice after making an appearance Wednesday, and his status for Sunday is iffy. With the Texans likely to blow out the Jaguars, there's reason to believe that Arian Foster's backup - whether that's Tate or Justin Forsett - could produce some garbage-time fantasy value.
- So, Isaac Redman reportedly said that Rashard Mendenhall will probably start on Sunday night. As of right now, I've got Jonathan Dwyer at RB26, Mendenhall at RB27 and Redman at RB42. I still think Dwyer is the best runner of the trio, and can't see them burying him.
- In case you missed it, Packers WR Jordy Nelson is expected to return this week after missing most of the last two games with an ankle injury. Start Nelson if you have him.
- In this article about the Colts' rookies, it's clear that they really like RB Vick Ballard and WR T.Y. Hilton.
- Since the Patriots never want to tell us anything about injuries, keep an eye on the status of WR Wes Welker, who's nursing an ankle injury, and TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle), who is practicing this week and looks like he'll return after a two-game absence.
- You know that Maurice Jones-Drew is still out, right? Just making sure.
Good luck this weekend!