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2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact

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American Thanksgiving is on the horizon, which will bring about turkey, extended waistlines and of course, Thursday night football. The tryptophan-induced celebration is also a milestone in the fantasy season, marking the home stretch to the playoffs.

Don’t be the turkey of your fantasy league; make the most out of injuries in the NFL, seizing the opportunities presented to you in the 2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact.

I’ll save the rest of the horrible puns for when Thanksgiving is actually here.

2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact

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Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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Marlon Mack has been one of the most consistent fantasy running backs in football this year. Mack has contributed 938 yards of offense from the line of scrimmage, while adding four touchdowns.

During the Colts’ victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Mack sustained a broken hand and was knocked out of the contest. Since then, Indy’s primary ball carrier underwent surgery on the injured hand and will be out of the lineup for an extended period of time. There is currently no timetable for his return and should be considered week to week at best.

The Colts didn’t shy away from running the football in Mack’s absence, however.

Running back Jonathan Williams took the reigns, toting the pigskin on 13 attempts, while racking up 116 yards on the ground.  The product from Arkansas also caught his only target in the game, ripping off a 31-yard gain in the process.

With Mack out for the foreseeable future, fantasy owners should target Williams as one of their top waiver wire adds in Week 12. Nyheim Hynes is the prototypical pass-catching third-down back for the Colts, and should continue his role going forward. This shouldn’t stop Williams from receiving the majority of touches between the tackles, behind a talented Indy O-Line.

Williams will face the Texans defense in Week 12, who gave up 263 rushing yards against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots found themselves in unfamiliar territory early in their Week 11 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles−they were losing to start the second half.

Adjustments were made at the break and the Pats were able to pull out a victory. Headlining the adjustments was a gadget play that caught the Philly defense off-guard.  A well-designed play led to wide receiver Julian Edelman throwing a touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett. New England took the lead and didn’t look back.

Unfortunately for Patriots, Dorsett took a powerful shot from Rasul Douglas while making the catch.  Dorsett held on to the ball, but sustained a concussion on the play, and didn’t see the field following for the rest of the game.

Dorsett had three receptions on five targets prior to suffering the injury.

With Dorsett out, rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry benefits the most from a fantasy standpoint. Harry is now the third option in three-wide sets.

The rookie out of Arizona State reeled in three catches for just 18 yards, but it was the first rounder’s first game as a pro. Harry was injured in preseason and finally saw action on Sunday.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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It’s been a tough year for the Chiefs in terms of injuries. They’ve had players miss time on both sides of the ball this season, including reigning MVP quarterback, Pat Mahomes. Still, they remain at the top of the AFC West, in large part because of the options Mahomes has at his disposal.

A large part of the Chiefs’ success can be attributed to Tyreek Hill, the most explosive player in the league. Known for his speed, Hill has been a human highlight reel for the past two seasons. His break-neck acceleration allows him to gain separation from any defender in the league, and can take any touch to the house in the blink of an eye.

Hill’s 2019-20 campaign, however, has been plagued with injury. Early in the season, Hill missed time with a chest injury. On Monday night, while the Chiefs took on the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City, Hill’s debut south of the border only lasted six plays before succumbing to a hamstring injury.

Without Hill, Mecole Hardman and DeMarcus Robinson step into the fold behind Sammy Watkins.

Hardman has displayed his athletic ability against the Titans in Week 10, taking his only catch, a short pass, 63 yards to pay dirt. His issue is usage in the stacked Chiefs offense. Hardman’s issues is that he has only played 49% of total offensive snaps on the season.

Robinson on the other hand, has played 77% of offensive snaps, but hasn’t produced exciting fantasy numbers. Outside of a 172-yard explosion in Week 2, Robinson’s highest output was a 56-yard game.

The safe play is Robinson, while taking Hardman is a classic boom or bust play.

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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Estadio Azteca wasn’t welcoming for the Chiefs. Sure, they emerged victorious in their tilt with the Chargers, but injuries were prevalent.

After Tyreek Hill went down with an injury, Damien Williams incurred an apparent rib injury after taking a shot while making a second effort.

Williams has been dealing with injuries all season, and those who selected the undrafted running back from Oklahoma, have been unequivocally disappointed. LeSean McCoy has eaten up a lot of Williams’ potential carries and has outperformed Williams for much of the season. Shady was held out of the Week 10 matchup against the Titans, and came back hungry, scoring a first quarter touchdown for the Chiefs.

Darrel Williams also contributed with a rushing score in the contest.

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Going forward, should Damien Williams miss more time, McCoy becomes the top Chiefs option for fantasy owners. Darrel Williams provides low-end value for owners, namely in goal-line situations.


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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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