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.
Michael Vick, Nick Foles, QBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers (Monday night)
Like LeSean McCoy, Michael Vick is dealing with a concussion and has already been ruled out for Monday's game against the Panthers. It looks like once he passes his concussion tests, Vick will return to the lineup. In the meantime, the backfield will consist of rookie Nick Foles at quarterback and Bryce Brown in for McCoy at running back. Foles and the entire Eagles offense were a disappointment in Washington last week, scoring just six points against a pretty bad defense. Philadelphia now plays host to an equally bad Carolina team, a Carolina team, however, that is ranked 12th against fantasy QBs. The Panthers are 12th against QBs while being 23rd against fantasy RBs. Maybe it was because it was Foles' first start and it was on the road and Robert Griffin III was on fire, but it's hard to trust Foles when he bombed in last week's juicy matchup. He might prove us wrong for a week, but then the job could go right back to Vick.
Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills
Donnie Avery suffered a concussion last week but practiced in full this week and should be good to go. The Colts are the fourth-best scoring team amongst fantasy receivers in PPR and Avery has had two double-digit PPR weeks in the last three games. It is hard to trust a Colts receiver not named Reggie Wayne, though. Avery and rookie T.Y. Hilton seem to cut into each other's production. The Bills are ranked 22nd against fantasy receivers, but only one receiver on each team each of the last five games has reached double digits and only three TDs have been allowed to the position in those five games.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
A shoulder landed Brandon Marshall on the injury report. But the scare looks to have progressed from bad to good. The injury kept him out of practice on Wednesday, limited him on Thursday and he was back in full on Friday. The Bears draw a Minnesota team that is 16th against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring but just allowed Calvin Johnson to go 12-207 and a score in Week 10. The Vikings have surrendered 52 catches for 629 yards and seven scores in the last four games. Jay Cutler appears ready to return (concussion) and he will keep looking to Marshall often.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter