Fantasy Football: Week 11 injury updates and early waiver wire targets to watch


The Bears have been asking for Justin Fields a lot in recent weeks and fantasy football players have been reaping the benefits of that lately with Fields providing absolutely massive production. However, it arguably caught up with them in Week 11 as Fields suffered a slew of injuries that put at least his short-term availability into question, which would have been a big blow to the QB position, which has been much more so this season. less than expected. .

Fields had another strong game Sunday, rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown while adding 153 yards and scoring 24.6 on six-point pass. However, he was limited as a runner for most of the second half, running only 12 yards on four carries, as he appeared to be dealing with a hamstring or some sort of leg injury.

That would be worrying enough given how much Fields relies on his legs. However, in one of the team’s final games, he was hit and suffered a shoulder injury and had to be taken to the dressing room for testing late in the game.

Let’s hope this isn’t a problem for Fields, but given the way the schedule works, it’s not out of the question that Fields could miss a few weeks even with a couple of minor issues – Bears farewell week is approaching Week 13. , so they could give him three weeks off, missing two games. That wouldn’t be a bad outcome for the Bears, but potentially disastrous for the fantasy players relying on Fields, who may have to play the final three weeks leading up to the playoffs without an elite quarterback.

And these days, there really aren’t many quarterbacks who deserve to be turned down. In today’s newsletter, I have an early look at the main telegram drop targets coming out in week 11, but there are no good replacements for Fields. The best option, available in over half of the CBS Fantasy leagues in week 12, could be…Jacoby Brisset? Maybe Kenny Pickett? Now is not the best time to need help in QB – in the 2QB leagues I would at least look to Bryce Perkins who has upside if Matthew Stafford can’t leave.

We’ll get to the main week 12 wire-off goals shortly, but first let’s look at other Sunday game injuries you need to know about.

Week 11. Injury tracker


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We don’t have any details about Fields’ injury other than that he didn’t wear a bandage after the game and said the pain was “pretty bad”. Here are other injuries we’ve been monitoring since Sunday’s games:

Joe Mixon (concussion). Mixon had a decent game Sunday, scoring 62 yards before walking away with a concussion, and Samara Perin made sure the Bengals didn’t miss him. He only rushed for 27 yards on nine carries, but he was superb in the passing game, throwing three touchdowns on four catches with 52 yards. If Mixon has to miss the Week 12 game against the Titans, Perin will be in the top 15 RB. Whatever the case, Mixon missed two games when he last suffered a concussion in 2017.

Matthew Stafford (concussion protocol) – Stafford was hit in the third quarter and was sent off for a concussion protocol review. After the game, coach Sean McVeigh told reporters he wasn’t sure if Stafford had a concussion, so it may have been just a precautionary measure after Stafford missed a game last week with a concussion – a similar situation happened to Christian Watson a few weeks ago. , who was removed from the game but did not receive a concussion. Either way, Stafford should be cleared in Week 12 and if he can’t, Bryce Perkins will likely start against the Chiefs and John Woolford will be out this week with a neck injury.

Mike Williams (ankle) – Williams suffered an aggravation of a pre-existing ankle injury during Sunday night’s catch, and although he tried to gut it, he was clearly not close to 100% and was ruled out soon after. Don’t be surprised if Williams has to miss some time here again with this injury, which has kept him out of the field since Week 7. Depending on the schedule, it may be thrown out, although you will have to wait. for more information in the coming days.

Kyle Pitts (knee) – Pitts was hit low to the knee and left prone before walking off the field and going to the locker room. And, sadly, on Monday, the NFL Network reported that Pitts likely suffered an MCL tear that would require surgery. Pitts is hoping to get a second opinion on the injury, but it looks like his season is over for now. Juwan Johnson is probably the best replacement for a tight end at the moment and he is probably a minor option in the top 12. I don’t think any of the Falcons are likely to make enough gains to make a difference to Fantasy, but perhaps it will push Drake London’s share target even higher and make it a more viable WR3 boom or bust.

Clyde Edwards-Heler (ankle) – Edwards-Heler suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday’s game, which likely means he’ll be out for at least a few weeks. This gives some clarity to the Chiefs defensemen as Isaiah Pacheco has to take over most of the quick work and Jeric McKinnon leads in passing situations. Both are in the game as RB3 candidates moving forward. Edwards Heler drops out.

Van’Dale Robinson (knee) – Robinson had a potential breakout game, hitting nine balls on 13 targets for 100 yards, his first 100-yard game. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury on his last catch, had to be moved to the touchline, and was ruled out shortly after leaving the game. ESPN reported after the game that the team feared Robinson had suffered a serious injury, leaving one of the thinnest receiving bodies in the league even more understaffed ahead of the short week. Darius Slayton is probably the only pass catcher on this offense to think about, scoring at least 12 PPRs in each of his last four games.

Kadarius Toni (Hamstring) – Tony started in 80% of the CBS Fantasy leagues in week 12, so his game without a catch before leaving was a real bummer. Given his history, including multiple hamstring injuries from this season’s pre-season, it looks like Tony is at high risk of missing out on some time. This is just bad luck for a talented player who could not stay on the field.

Goals at the start of week 12 to cut wires

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October 9, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III (9) rushes for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the second half at the Caesars Superdome.


Other wide receivers have gotten more attention and hype over the past few weeks, but Donovan Peoples-Jones looks like a must-have option going forward. On Sunday, he finally scored his first touchdown of the season, and that’s not all.

Here’s who else we’ll be looking for in the Week 12 headline:

Basic goals:

  1. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns (64%)
  2. Samage Perin, RB, Bengals (13%)
  3. Cam Akers, RB, Rams (43%)
  4. Trailon Burks, WR, Titans (28%)
  5. James Cook, RB, accounts (28%)

For the rest of my top priorities and why I focus on them, read here..