This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Dwayne Bowe is listed as probable on the injury report with a thigh. He is coming off of a 4-for-55 performance on nine targets vs. Pittsburgh. He had a 22-yard TD called back by a ho-hum holding call against the Steelers. Bowe has Matt Cassel at QB again. Cassel has targeted Bowe 19 times in the last two games, but 12-for-134 (12.7 PPG in PPR 6.7 in standard scoring) and no scores is all Bowe has to show for it. Cassel has just one TD to three interceptions in the last three games. Bowe will likely draw coverage from Leon Hall, Pro Football Focus' 38th-ranked cornerback currently. Hall has been targeted 16 times, allowing 13 catches for 126 yards and no scores the last three games. So Bowe should be par for the course average this week.
Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Oakland Raiders
Darren Sproles is listed as questionable with the hand injury he has. The good news: He could be active today and if active should handle a full workload if the swelling in his hand is not a problem. The bad news: He will likely be part of four active running backs against the Raiders, and counting on a back with a swollen hand in a crowded backfield his first time back from the injury is a pretty scary fantasy prospect. Call me conservative, but I will use this as an exploratory game with Sproles to see how he fares when the game is over. If anyone was silly enough to drop him in your league, then by all means go and grab him now. In eight percent of the Yahoo leagues that is the case.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints
Isn't this just always the way? Coming off of his best game of the season, Darrius Heyward-Bey is questionable for today's game with a hamstring injury. DHB caught five balls for 82 yards and a score against Baltimore last week and was primed for back-to-back weeks with the Saints on tap today. He strained his hamstring in practice Wednesday and did not practice on Thursday or Friday. No practice. Bad hamstring. Late start. No thanks. The Raiders have other options and are certainly used to playing without Heyward-Bey over his career. If you're a DHB owner, hope he doesn't play so he comes back 100 percent against the Bengals in Week 12.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter