Leading up to Week 11, fantasy owners had some injury concerns, but many of these players were removed from the injury report. For example, Adam Thielen had limited practices, but is not on the final injury report. Joe Mixon was downgraded in Thursday’s practice, raising eyebrows, but he also was not on the final injury report.
Joe Flacco and A.J. Green are listed as doubtful, and neither are expected to play. Who the quarterback will be for Baltimore remains to be seen, but he shouldn’t be started in fantasy, whether it's Lamar Jackson or Robert Griffin III.
Numerous players have already been ruled out. Those include: Marvin Jones Jr., Jamison Crowder, Jordy Nelson, Chris Thompson, Ronald Jones, Darren Sproles, Martavis Bryant, Tavon Austin and Cooper Kupp (who is out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL).
With six teams on bye, the waiver wire may not be as flush compared to other weeks, so make sure any of these guys listed below are active before plugging them into your lineup.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, New York Jets, San Francisco
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Nov. 18 unless otherwise listed.
Chris Godwin (ankle), WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Even though Godwin missed two practices this week, he did return on Friday. All signs point to him playing in Week 11. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 6, although he did have seven receptions for 103 yards in Week 10. It was his first game with 100 yards all season. With Ryan Fitzpatrick slowly turning into a pumpkin, it’s going to be hard to trust either Godwin or Adam Humphries in Week 11.
Sammy Watkins (foot), WR, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
After missing Week 10, it seemed that Watkins would be good to go for Week 11. He practiced on Wednesday and Thursday (limited), which was another good sign. However, he did not practice on Friday or Saturday, which puts his status in doubt for Week 11. With a bye looming in Week 12, it is possible that the Chiefs decide to keep him out for this week. Fantasy owners should not count on having Watkins in their lineups for Week 11.
John Ross (groin), WR, Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Even though Ross is on the injury report, he was able to practice all week. Fantasy owners hoping for another touchdown in A.J. Green’s absence should have Ross available in Week 11. However, he’s nothing more than a dart throw. He hasn’t had more than three receptions in a game yet this season, regardless of which other players have missed time. Ross is a WR4 even with Green out.
Keke Coutee (hamstring), WR, Houston Texans at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
Earlier this week, Coutee said the he was likely going to play in Week 11. He was able to put in limited practices this week, and he is on track to play. However, hamstring injuries are tough and this is what held Coutee out at the beginning of the season. He re-injured the hamstring in Week 7 and hasn’t played since. Fantasy owners should consider sitting Coutee even if he is active as he may not play a full complement of snaps, especially with Demaryius Thomas now in the picture.
Tajae Sharpe (ankle), WR, Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Sharpe was reduced to a limited practice on Friday, but he’s likely not being started in fantasy leagues. Taywan Taylor also is questionable, although Taylor is not likely to play. Sharpe may be active, but their presence doesn’t take away from Corey Davis. Davis is a solid WR2, but the other Titans receivers shouldn’t be started.
Dustin Hopkins (groin), K, Washington Redskins vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Even though Hopkins missed practice on Thursday, he is still on track to play this week. He had a full practice on Friday and should be good to go. Fantasy owners should just keep an eye out to see if the Redskins sign another kicker and make sure that Hopkins is active. If any doubt, feel free to drop him for another kicker.
Phil Dawson (hip), K, Arizona Cardinals vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
Dawson has been on the injury report before this season, but he has played in each game. However, he is being called a game-time decision for Week 11. This should be enough for fantasy owners to drop — or at least not start — Dawson. Even with six teams on bye, plenty of better kickers should be available.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.