In what was a wild Week 11, Lions QB Matthew Stafford led all players in fantasy points on NFL.com. On the strength of five touchdown passes, the rookie posted an amazing 42 points during what was an exciting 38-37 win over the Browns.
Unfortunately, it looks like he won’t get a chance for a repeat performance in Week 12.
NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi said that Stafford, who injured the AC joint in his left shoulder, is unlikely to play on Thanksgiving against the Packers. Owners in deeper leagues or those that start two quarterbacks should still look to add Stafford, though, as he’s not expected to miss significant time.
In his absence, Lions QB Daunte Culpepper will draw the start against Green Bay. However, he’s not a viable fantasy option. Owners do need to monitor the status of Lions WR Calvin Johnson, who is dealing with both hand and knee ailments.
In other quarterback news, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (head) is expected to play against the Ravens. Barring setbacks, he should be a safe start for fantasy owners.
Hopefully, the news will be equally as positive on Cardinals QB Kurt Warner.
The veteran quarterback took a blow to the head against the Rams and missed much of the contest. His availability for Week 12 will depend on how he does in what is a mandatory “baseline test” of his cognitive functions.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt seemed optimisitc about Warner’s return, but fantasy leaguers need to monitor his status.
Should Warner be forced to miss the game in Tennessee, QB Matt Leinart would take over the reins of the offense. The Southern California product would be worth adding in deeper leagues, but his presence under center would hurt the value of star WRs Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.