Week 11 DFS NFL Injury Report and Updates
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Key NFL DFS Injuries for Week 11 Lineups
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons, Concussion
Already dealing with a nagging knee injury ahead of a Week 10 tilt against Dallas, Devonta Freeman suffered a hard hit from Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens and was forced to leave the game with an apparent concussion. He’ll face an uphill battle to get cleared ahead of a Week 11 date with Seattle. That said, he has one extra day to clear the protocol with this week’s game on Monday night. If Freeman’s out, Tevin Coleman would see a bit more work, but Terron Ward simply slots into the Falcons’ role as an early-down grinder and decent bet for goal-line work.
Aaron Jones, Ty Montgomery, RBs, Green Bay, Knee and Ribs
Aaron Jones went down early with a bad-looking knee injury and was carted off the field. Then, Ty Montgomery replaced him and provided a highlight with a 37-yard touchdown run against the Bears. Yet Montgomery appeared to aggravate his pre-existing rib injury and was forced to leave the game as well, opening the door for Jamaal Williams to serve as the primary rusher for Green Bay. Williams totaled 67 yards on 21 touches after both backs were declared out, and he’d get first crack at carries in a matchup against Baltimore’s inconsistent defense next week.
Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins, Knee/Ankle
Rob Kelley suffered another lower body injury in Week 10 and was declared questionable before eventually being ruled out of a loss to Minnesota. With Kelley out, rookie Samaje Perine carried the load once again and turned 10 touches into 60 yards, breaking off one 25-yard gain in a solid performance. Washington travels to New Orleans to face the red-hot Saints in Week 11, so pass-catching specialist Chris Thompson would probably be the preferred DFS play due to potentially negative gameflow, but Perine would also be worth a look as a cheap play if Kelley is out.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas, Suspension
Unless his lawyers work out another miraculous stay to his suspension, Ezekiel Elliott will miss another five games and leave the Cowboys offense reeling in his absence. While Alfred Morris drew the start in Week 10, he was ineffective early on his way to 53 scoreless yards. Rod Smith played more down the stretch and totaled 29 yards on eight touches (four receptions), so he’ll likely be the superior play in PPR formats going forward, especially if the Cowboys are forced to play from behind beginning with next week’s home game against the 8-1 Eagles.
Drew Stanton, QB, Arizona, Knee
The Cardinals lost their second-string QB last Thursday night, as Drew Stanton suffered a knee injury and will reportedly miss “a week or two.” This forces Arizona to turn to the turnover-prone Blaine Gabbert, who has thrown 37 picks, fumbled 25 times, and taken 110 sacks over 43 career appearances. That clearly puts Houston’s struggling defense on the radar as a cheap DFS option next week when the Texans host the Cardinals.
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Will Fuller, WR, Houston, Ribs
This isn’t big news because the Texans’ offense has been woefully unproductive with Tom Savage under center. Yet Will Fuller seems in danger of missing a Week 11 contest against the Cardinals in which the Texans could turn to a new signal caller, such as T.J. Yates or Josh Johnson. Bruce Ellington (who caught Savage’s sole TD pass in Week 10) and Braxton Miller would see more action if Fuller is inactive next week. Still, they’re just desperation punt plays, while DeAndre Hopkins could see more volume but also double teams in addition to shadow coverage from elite CB Patrick Peterson.
Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle, Achilles
Another huge name suffered a season-ending injury in 2017. Seattle certainly isn’t happy that Richard Sherman’s achilles tear came on a short week last Thursday night. The Legion of Boom is reeling with Kam Chancellor (knee) banged up and Earl Thomas (hamstring) inactive the past two weeks. This gives the Falcons surging offense a chance to produce big totals next Monday night; look to Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.