Vick uncertain for Week 11: When it seemed things couldn’t get worse for the Eagles, coach Andy Reid announced Monday that QB Michael Vick broke two ribs in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. The injury clouds Vick’s status for Philly’s Week 11 game against the New York Giants. If that wasn’t bad enough, Reid also informed reporters of WR Jeremy Maclin’s sprained shoulder. The silver lining is that the Eagles should have WR DeSean Jackson back after a one-game benching. They will likely need him. The Giants have been fairly accommodating to opposing receivers, but there isn’t the same type of fantasy value if Vince Young, Jason Avant or Riley Cooper are lining up in starting spots.
Gore downplays knee injury: 49ers RB Frank Gore sat out much of Sunday’s win over the Giants after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter, but the veteran running back told reporters that he could have played through the injury and was held out as a precaution. That’s a relief to both Niners fans and fantasy owners alike, especially with the Arizona Cardinals next on the schedule. The Redbirds have allowed nearly 19 fantasy points per game to running backs, including 166 rushing yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s surprising win over the Eagles. If Gore truly is healthy, he’s a must-start against Arizona. Otherwise, Kendall Hunter is a quality one-week waiver wire option.
Cassel could miss Week 11: Chiefs QB Matt Cassel left Arrowhead Stadium with his throwing hand in a cast after Sunday’s loss to Denver and unsure of his availability for next week’s game against the Patriots. While Cassel has been nearly as much of a liability as an asset (nine interceptions versus 10 touchdowns), sitting out against New England’s porous pass defense could be a missed opportunity for fantasy owners. The former USC signal-caller won’t have much value beyond Week 11, with the Steelers, Bears and Jets all lurking on the Chiefs’ schedule. If Cassel’s a no-go, you might want to consider avoiding any of Kansas City’s receivers. Sure, New England struggles stopping the pass, but we’re not sure QB Tyler Palko is the man to get the job done.
– Marcas Grant