After leaving Monday night's game with a rib cartilage injury, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said he will try to play on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. This update comes despite the wideout not practicing at all this week.
With Sanders likely to be a game-time decision for a 4:05 p.m. EST kickoff, his fantasy owners should have a back up plan in case the 49ers' top WR ultimately sits. And one potential option is another San Francisco wide receiver.
Deebo Samuel, who is owned in 49 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, stands to benefit the most without Sanders, but he could be worth a FLEX play himself going up against an Arizona defense that has given up the 10th most fantasy points to the WR position this season.
Despite this seemingly positive update for Sanders, this is a situation that bears monitoring. If Sanders does play, there's always the possibility that he doesn't make it through the Week 11 contest as rib cartilage injuries are notoriously painful, meaning one hit could knock the 31-year-old out of the game.
If there is re-injury or Sanders sits altogether, the most immediate beneficiary would be Samuel. He would slot in the 49ers' top receiving option as they're expected to be missing tight end George Kittle as well. Another beneficiary could be Tevin Coleman, with Matt Breida doubtful, if the San Francisco goes even more run heavy versus Arizona.
The bottom line is that it appears as if Sanders is going to at least try to play on Sunday. If he's out there, the 49ers' receiver ranks as WR12 in our Week 11 fantasy football PPR rankings. And if he's not, don't hesitate to fire up Samuel in his place.
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