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.
Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants (Sunday night)
Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen) practiced on a limited basis this week and will be a game-time decision tonight. There are three red flags right there: return from injury, game-time decision and Sunday night game. Jennings has not played since Week 4, so expecting much from a receiver coming off a two-month layoff would be asking a lot. The Giants have allowed 12 receivers to have double-digit days in PPR scoring since Jennings went out in Week 4. So it's suffice to say the Packers should be fine without Jennings in that department. Green Bay's defensive injuries might mean a shootout is in order and Jennings could be needed, but those are still quite a few scenarios to try and count on a receiver after eight weeks on the sidelines.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers (Sunday night)
Ahmad Bradshaw finally saw the practice field on Friday in a limited capacity, but this has become the norm for the Giants' running back. He is still listed as probable with the foot injury. Since missing Week 3, Bradshaw has played in the following seven games and never dipped below 10 carries. He has carried 129 times for 581 yards (4.5 YPC) and scored three times. The touchdowns are not coming, but the carries are and that still makes him a decent play. He's scored in double digits five times in PPR scoring in the last seven games, and coming off a bye he gets a Packers defense that has allowed three touchdowns and 3.8 YPC to RBs over the last five weeks.
Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, QBs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
So Blaine Gabbert gets injured, Chad Henne steps in and throws for 354 yards and four scores on 16-of-33 passing in an overtime loss at Houston last week. The aftermath: Gabbert goes on IR, Henne gets the start and now welcomes a Tennessee team that is ranked 23rd against fantasy QBs. The Titans followed a three-TD, 229-yard performance against Jay Cutler (thanks in large part to the Bears' defense and a short offensive field) by forcing three interceptions, allowing no TDs and surrendering 217 yards to Ryan Tannehill in Miami. Henne is a for-sure play in two-QB leagues, but you'd be hard pressed to start him in standard leagues.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter