There are a multitude of high-profile injuries in Week 11, which will open up a lot of opportunity for other players to shine in fantasy football. With many fantasy owners fighting for their playoff hopes, it will be important to identify all of the key beneficiaries this week.
Some of the top players who will be on the shelf this week include Adam Thielen, AJ Green, Devonta Freeman, Brandin Cooks and Alshon Jeffrey. Below are three other Week 11 injury developments that can have a big impact on fantasy football playoff races.
1. George Kittle Remains Sidelined, Giving Ross Dwelley a Dream Matchup Against Cardinals
Despite claiming he feels fantastic, George Kittle will sit with a knee injury for a second straight game in Week 11. In his absence last week, backup tight end Ross Dwelley played 91 percent of the snaps, catching three balls (on seven targets) for 24 yards. While the line was underwhelming, the targets were not, and Dwelley now faces an Arizona Cardinals defense that has been absolutely gashed by the tight ends, giving up the most fantasy points by far to the position. Arizona even allowed O.J. Howard to emerge from his season-long slump last week (four catches, 47 yards and a TD) and gave up a 6-79-1 line to Kittle just two weeks ago. Fire up Dwelley as a high-upside tight end this week.
2. Miles Sanders Could Be a Feature Back With Jordan Howard Out
Miles Sanders is having a strong rookie season, but his fantasy football value hasn't been truly unleashed because he's stuck behind Jordan Howard on the depth chart. Howard is expected to miss today's game, though, leaving Sanders at the top of a thin RB depth chart. Howard has averaged 16.5 carries and 1.3 targets per game over the last four, and his absence frees up enough volume for Sanders to get a shot as a true bell cow against the New England Patriots.
3. Zach Pascal Has Another Big Opportunity as T.Y. Hilton Will Sit a Third Straight Game
Things did not go well for those who streamed Zach Pascal last week against the Miami Dolphins, but the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver was likely limited by having Brian Hoyer as his quarterback. Luckily, this week Pascal will get Jacoby Brissett back, as the two linked up for five receptions, 75 yards and a TD in Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Colts' Week 11 opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, are no longer as dominant a pass defense with Jalen Ramsey out of the picture, opening the door for Pascal to have a good game and return to fantasy relevance for as long as Hilton remains sidelined.
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