No more 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 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals
A hamstring injury last week in practice landed Darrius Heyward-Bey on the injury report as questionable against the visiting Saints. He ended up playing in the game, drawing five targets for four catches and 69 yards — leading the Raiders' receivers in all three categories. He practiced in full on Friday in preparation for today's game at Cincinnati, and draws a Bengals team that is fifth-best against fantasy WRs. Cincinnati has surrendered just two TDs to receivers in the last five weeks. It could be tough sledding for DHB and his hamstring.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills
Andrew Luck's Stanford teammate and fellow rookie, Coby Fleener, has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury but could return today against the Bills. Even if he returns today, fellow rookie, Dwayne Allen, has not done a bad job as the lead tight end. Allen has posted double-digit fantasy days in two of those three games, something Fleener has not done since Week 1. The question is not so much: Will Fleener have a fantasy impact? It is how much of an affect he will have on what Allen has been able to do the last two games. Allen, a top-12 tight end in PPR leagues the last three weeks, will likely see a drop off and neither can be counted on as fantasy starts.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals
Danny Amendola has been back two games since his clavicle injury and been great, as usual, in PPR leagues. He was targeted 12 times, grabbing 11 for 102 yards in Week 10 and followed with seven catches on 11 targets for 41 yards in Week 11. However, he injured his foot against the Jets last week and did not practice this week. He is doubtful for the Rams' late start against the Cardinals, and you should probably find another option. Brandon Gibson had PPR games of 16.1, 11 and 7.6 in the three games Amendola missed. He might be an option. However, with Amendola in the lineup against the Cardinals in Week 5, only Chris Givens scored in double digits. That was thanks to his only catch — a 51-yard TD. The Cardinals have allowed seven double-digit receivers in the five games since, but it's a tough ask to go with any Rams receiver not named Amendola.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter