Fantasy Injury Updates: Kenny Golladay, Calvin Ridley, Zach Ertz, More Impacting Week 11 Start ’em, Sit ’em Decisions (www.sportingnews.com)

There are plenty of questions about wide receiver injuries across fantasy football, and a few notable WRs — Kenny Golladay, Calvin Ridley, and Sammy Watkins — are all trying to return after multiple-week absences. Meanwhile, tight end Zach Ertz is trying to return from IR while Noah Fant missed practice because of a couple nagging injuries. These players all could end up being “questionable” in Week 11, and their statuses will certainly impact fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions and our Week 11 WR and TE rankings.

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WEEK 11 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Is Kenny Golladay playing this week? 

Golladay (hip) was on the field for Wednesday’s Lions practice, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN. Considering that Golladay wasn’t on the field all of last week as he dealt with a hip injury, his return to the field is a good sign for his availability against the Panthers.

We’ll see if Golladay can continue to practice in the coming days. Provided that he doesn’t have any setbacks as he works his way back from injury, he should play against he Panthers. He will be a rock-solid WR2 for the team, and though his presence will take away some targets from Marvin Jones and T.J. Hockenson, it should allow them to be open more frequently, as the Panthers will focus on slowing down Golladay. No matter what, all three of the Lions’ top weapons can be started if Golladay is healthy.

WEEK 11 FANTASY: Sleepers | BustsStart ’em, sit ’em

Is Calvin Ridley playing this week?

After missing the Falcons’ Week 9 game against the Broncos with a foot injury, Ridley is hoping to return to the field after the bye. The good news is that he was on the practice field Wednesday and logged a limited session for the Falcons ahead of their game against the Saints.

Ridley’s status for Sunday’s game is still uncertain, but this is obviously a step in the right direction for him. So long as he can avoid being downgraded at any practice this week, he should have a chance to suit up against the Saints. His Thursday performance will be a key indicator of his progress, and if he does suit up, Ridley could easily be a top-10 fantasy receiver.

If Ridley can’t progress enough or suffers a setback, Russell Gage, Olamida Zaccheaus, and Christian Blake would get more snaps for the Falcons. Of the group, Zaccheaus, a great deep-play threat, would be the player with the easiest path to fantasy relevance.

WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Is Zach Ertz playing this week?

Ertz (ankle) hasn’t played since the Eagles’ Week 6 game against the Ravens, but he could be making a return to the field soon. The Eagles designated him to return from IR and opened up a 21-day practice window for him. It seems likely that he will return to the team at some point during that stretch, but it’s unclear when that might be.

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro, Ertz returned to Eagles practice on Wednesday and was working off to a side field. It’s good that he’s back on the field, but the fact that’s working off to the side may indicate that he’s not quite ready to return to the field yet for the Eagles.

Since Ertz is on IR, he won’t need to be listed on the Eagles’ injury report until the team officially activates him. If he is to play in Week 11 against the Browns, that would need to happen before 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. So, that’s the time to watch for Ertz’s fantasy owners.

If Ertz needs more time to heal before returning, Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers will hold the fort at TE. While Rodgers outgained Goedert last game, there will be more opportunities for Goedert to run routes and catch passes, so he would be the fringe-TE1 option to trust.

WEEK 11 DFS TOURNAMENT LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings

Is Sammy Watkins playing this week?

UPDATE: Watkins is “set to play” this week, according to NFL Network’s James Palmer.

Coming off a Week 10 bye, Watkins (hamstring) was a full participant in practice for the Chiefs on Wednesday. He has been out since Week 5, but this news indicates that he should be ready to go for a matchup against the Raiders in Week 11.

Watkins will be a great flex play this week and has high upside as part of a top-tier offense playing a defense with a leaky secondary. Feel free to trust him as a starter in all formats and scoop him up off the waiver wire if he happens to still be available in your league.

WEEK 11 DFS CASH LINEUPS: DraftKingsFanDuel

Is Noah Fant playing this week?

UPDATE: Fant returned to practice on Thursday, and coach Vic Fangio is “confident” Fant will play this week.

Fant (ribs) was unable to practice for the Broncos on Wednesday. This season, the talented tight end has dealt with multiple injuries, including a high ankle sprain that Denver7’s Troy Renck thinks has impacted his ability to get open on the field in recent weeks.

Because of these two lingering maladies, the Broncos could opt to sit Fant this week. If he’s absent from Thursday’s practice, fantasy owners can assume that is the plan and that the Broncos will be looking to get their 2019 first-round pick some rest.

If Fant can’t play, that would significantly hurt our Week 11 TE rankings, as the Broncos don’t have an obvious replacement for him. Since rookie Albert Okwuegbunam (torn ACL) is out for the season, Nick Vannett would be the replacement for Fant. Vannett has just six catches for 44 yards this year, so he wouldn’t be much of a streaming option. Fant’s targets could end up going to Tim Patrick, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler instead, so they will get a boost if Fant is out.



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