NFL fantasy football: Maurice Jones-Drew ‘two weeks away’

MJD estimates return: After watching from the sidelines for the third straight week as his Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Indianapolis Colts, Maurice Jones-Drew told NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan that he is “about two weeks away” from returning to the field. The first step is getting out of the walking boot that currently holds his injured foot. The timeline puts him on track to return for Jacksonville’s Week 12 game against the Tennessee Titans. Hopefully you were able to stash him on your roster after his injury, in which case, your steadfastness is being rewarded. If he’s available (and there’s no good reason why he should be), pick him up now!

Weeden’s future in doubt: Whenever a new boss comes in, you can expect changes. Joe Banner taking over as the CEO of the Cleveland Browns is no different. In an interview with The Plain-Dealer, Banner says the team will decide over the final seven games whether Brandon Weeden will be the franchise’s quarterback of the future. With the Browns at 2-7 and well out of the playoff race, this could be an opportunity to showcase the quarterback and could give Weeden a fantasy value boost in the fantasy playoffs. After a tough stretch against the Cowboys and Steelers, Cleveland faces off with Oakland, Kansas City and Washington in Weeks 13-15. If you’re in a situation with a pair of matchup-based QBs on your roster, Weeden is worth a look. Now if he could only find some consistent receiving threats…

Vikings offense stalling: After a quick start to the season, the Minnesota Vikings offense has been figured out by opposing defenses and is having trouble adjusting. In Minnesota’s last four games, defenses have concentrated on forcing Christian Ponder to beat them while limiting Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph. It hasn’t always worked out — Adrian Peterson is averaging 134.3 yards and has four touchdowns in that span — but Harvin and Rudolph have had a pronounced drop-off in their production. With Harvin likely out this week, the task gets slightly easier for the Detroit Lions. They have been good against the run all season (although Peterson ran for 102 yards against them in Week 4) and can now focus much of their attention slowing the rushing attack.

— Marcas Grant
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