NFL fantasy football: Michael Vick ruled out

Foles to start Week 11: It probably won’t come as a surprise to many, but at least now it’s official — Michael Vick has been ruled out of Philadelphia’s Week 11 game against the Washington Redskins and rookie Nick Foles will make his first NFL start. The bigger question becomes when (or if) Vick will play again in 2012. The Eagles described Vick’s concussion as “significant” and he spent most of the week resting at home. With the Eagles all but finished in the playoff race and coach Andy Reid fighting for his job, Foles may be given every opportunity to see what he can do. Sunday’s matchup against the Redskins is favorable on paper, but fantasy owners should take a “wait and see” attitude on the rookie. After all, the quarterback may have changed … the offensive line hasn’t.

Garcon eyeing Week 11 return: The Washington Redskins are optimistic that wide receiver Pierre Garcon will be active for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. A planter plate tear in his foot has kept Garcon out of action since Week 5, but as the only Redskin with a 100-yard receiving game this season — which he accomplished in the first half of the season opener — his return to the field will be very welcomed. However, the timing isn’t great for fantasy owners. In road games this season, Philadelphia is allowing the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game to receivers. Garcon deserves a spot on fantasy rosters, but it might be too soon to put him in your starting lineup.

Murray still out: The saga of DeMarco Murray’s sprained foot continues. The Dallas Cowboys aren’t expecting to have their starting running back available for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. This would be the fifth straight game that Murray misses, keeping Felix Jones in the starting slot for the ‘Boys. Dallas’ Week 11 matchup is particularly favorable — the Browns are giving up more than 20 fantasy points per game to running backs on the road. With a number of top-tier fantasy backs on byes this week, Jones looks like a quality option. As for Murray, if you can afford to be patient, it might be worth waiting on his return. His schedule is fairly favorable (Bengals, Steelers, Saints) in the fantasy playoffs.

– Marcas Grant
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