Fantasy owners need to make sure their players are healthy for Week 11 (and all weeks). Fortunately, a lot of players have already been ruled out while some other key ones have been removed from the injury report. One position to pay attention to is actually the kicker position this week.
Nick Folk is listed as questionable for the third week in a row, as the Patriots enjoy making their list of players on the injury report as long as possible. Typically the advice to fantasy owners is to avoid a kicker on the injury report because there are likely plenty of other options. In this case, however, if you've been starting Folk, continue to do so. The injury designation won't impact his availability in Week 11. For the Jets, Sam Ficken is listed as questionable. He hasn't played since Week 6 (where he only attempted one field goal — and missed). Don't start Ficken; find any other kicker that is on the waiver wire. Washington's Dustin Hopkins is still listed as questionable (he was prior to Week 10 as well). He played in Week 10 and was fine, so he is expected to play in Week 11 as well. Start him as you normally would.
For the rest of the players, as always, be sure to check the injury report prior to game time in order to ensure all of your team is active.
Danny Amendola, WR, Detroit Lions
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (went on IR)
Josh Hill, TE, New Orleans Saints
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
Adam Humphries, WR, Tennessee Titans
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (went on IR)
James O'Shaughnessy, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Laviska Shenault, Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
D'Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions
Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Chicago, New York Giants, San Francisco
Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Nov. 22 unless otherwise noted.
Matthew Stafford (thumb), QB, Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Stafford did miss practice on Wednesday but was able to practice on Friday. This puts him on track to play in Week 11, but it's going to be tough. The Panthers have a decent pass defense, and Stafford is without Kenny Golladay (again), D'Andre Swift, and Danny Amendola. Stafford has struggled a bit this season and is just a QB2 this week.
Teddy Bridgewater (knee), QB, Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Bridgewater was able to put in limited practices this week, and he seems optimistic that he will be able to play in Week 11 despite suffering a knee injury last Sunday. He did leave the game with the injury, but it was not deemed as serious or something that will keep him out for multiple weeks. Bridgewater will be a game-time decision but fantasy owners will know early on Sunday if he's active. The lack of mobility knocks him down to QB2 status for Week 11.
Damien Harris (chest/ankle), RB, New England Patriots at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Harris has been on the injury report for weeks and has played through the injuries. Prior to Week 10, it seemed that his status was truly in doubt before the Monday night game against Baltimore. He played and put up 121 yards on 22 carries. Harris is trying to remain the Patriots lead back with Sony Michel being activated from injured reserve on Saturday. Start Harris as an RB2 this week.
Drew Lock (ribs), QB, Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins, 4:05 p.m.
Lock is dealing with a ribs injury, but he expects to play after practicing this week. In Week 10, he threw one touchdown pass with four interceptions. His performances this season haven't been great; he had one game with three touchdowns. He only has seven TD passes on the season and 10 interceptions. Lock's rushing ability isn't strong enough at this point to carry him as anything above a desperation-only QB2 against a tough Miami defense.
Allen Lazard (abdomen), WR, Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts, 4:25 p.m.
Fantasy owners that have been holding onto Lazard may want to wait another week before putting him in their lineups. He was able to put in limited practices this week, but he will likely be limited in the game as well should he get on the field. If he plays, he'll most likely be on a snap count, and the Colts aren't a great matchup for someone coming back from injury.
Noah Fant (ribs), TE, Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins, 4:05 p.m.
Fant was dealing with an ankle injury before Week 10 and played through it, catching three balls for 18 yards. He did have seven targets in the game, but for the second week in a row, only came down with three of them. It doesn't appear the ribs injury will keep him out, but because of the matchup and Drew Lock's own injury possibly hampering his effectiveness, Fant is a low TE1.
N'Keal Harry (shoulder), WR, New England Patriots at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Harry shouldn't be on fantasy rosters, but if there was any doubt, use this addition to the injury report as your reason to keep him on the bench (or the waiver wire). Harry hasn't put together the season that fantasy owners had originally thought that he might.
Jack Doyle (concussion), TE, Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Doyle was cleared from the concussion protocol ahead of Week 11, but no Colts tight end should be started. Doyle, Mo Alie-Cox and Trey Burton have all been getting involved and that eats into each other's fantasy value. Try to find other options, is possible.
Kenny Stills (back), WR, Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Stills shouldn't be on fantasy rosters as he's had one reception for six yards in the past two games since the bye. Avoid starting Stills in Week 11. He hasn't had a game with more than three receptions. He has one touchdown and he hasn't had more than 40 yards in a game this year.
— 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.
(Top photo by Brandon Todd, courtesy of panthers.com)