Week 11 news and notes

  • Bengals RB Cedric Benson (hip) was unable to practice on Friday and is questionable to face the Raiders. If Benson is inactive, fantasy owners should consider RB Bernard Scott a solid No. 2 back or flex starter based on the favorable matchup. RB Larry Johnson would be active but third on the depth chart behind Scott and RB Brian Leonard.
  • Saints RB Reggie Bush (knee) was unable to practice on Friday and looks very questionable to face the Buccaneers. If he’s unable to play, RB Pierre Thomas becomes a low-end No. 1 fantasy back against a porous Tampa Bay run defense. RB Mike Bell would also see more work and becomes a viable flex starter in larger leagues.
  • The Philadelphia Enquirer reports that Eagles RB Brian Westbrook is likely to miss the next three weeks after suffering his second concussion of the season in Week 10. With the veteran out of action, rookie RB LeSean McCoy has the look of a nice No. 2 fantasy runner for the stretch run. I’d still hold onto Westbrook if you have the roster room, but his status for the rest of the season is shaky at best.
  • Falcons RB Michael Turner (ankle) is listed as doubtful to face the Giants this weekend, according to the New York Daily News With RB Jerious Norwood (hip) a question mark, RB Jason Snelling looks like he’ll see most of the backfield touches for coach Mike Smith. Fantasy owners should consider Snelling a viable flex starter in this important NFC battle.
  • Redskins RB Clinton Portis (concussion), who has been ruled out for Week 11, has visited specialists to be further evaluated. RB Ladell Betts will continue to start and see most of the carries in his absence, so consider him a potential flex starter against the Cowboys. Fantasy owners should still hold onto Portis, at least for now.
  • Broncos QB Kyle Orton (ankle) missed Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable to face the Chargers. While he hasn’t been ruled out completely, Orton seems like a longshot to go after missing practices this week. If QB Chris Simms gets the call, fantasy owners shold downgrade WRs Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal.
  • NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee) will missed this weekend’s game against the Ravens but has a “chance” to return in Week 12. With WRs Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon playing well, it’s hard to see Gonzalez making much of a fantasy impact down the stretch and into the postseason.
  • Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 11, but reports indicate he is unlikely to play agianst the Cowboys. If the Big man in the middle is indeed out, fantasy owners should bump up RB Marion Barber on rank lists. He’s a much more attractive No. 2 back in that scenario.
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