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Fantasy Injury Updates: Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford among QBs impacting Week 11 start ’em, sit ’em decisions

A few key quarterbacks are dealing with injuries ahead of Week 11, and fantasy football owners will be interested to know if and when they will return to the field. Right now, it looks like Teddy Bridgewater (knee) and Matthew Stafford (thumb) are trending in the right direction, while Drew Brees (ribs/lung) is going to miss time for the Saints. These injuries will have an impact on our Week 11 QB rankings, the pass-catching weapons in these offenses, and key start ’em, sit ’em decisions for owners battling for playoff spots in the final weeks of the fantasy regular season.

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Is Teddy Bridgewater playing this week? 

Bridgewater (knee) exited the Panthers’ blowout loss to the Buccaneers late after suffering a knee injury. The injury was determined to be an MCL sprain and was considered “minor”, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, and Panthers coach Matt Rhule has expressed optimism that Bridgewater will play in Week 11 against the Lions.

Bridgewater was able to practice in a limited basis for the Panthers on Wednesday, and if he continues to do that throughout the week, he should at least have a chance to start for the Panthers. However, if he suffers any sort of setback, P.J. Walker would take over as the starting quarterback for Carolina. Walker was the frontrunner for the XFL MVP before COVID shuttered the upstart league, but he has minimal NFL-level experience.

If Bridgewater plays, he can be used as a streamer and his top receiving weapons — DJ Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel — all will be strong starts in most fantasy lineups. If Walker has to start, all of the weaponry would be downgraded and Walker would only be an option for two-QB/Superflex leagues or as a bottom-dollar DFS flier.

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Is Drew Brees playing this week?

Brees exited the Saints win over the 49ers because of rib and lung injury that will now force him out of action longer term. According to NFL Newtork’s Ian Rapoport, Brees got a second opinion on his injuries (several cracked ribs and a punctured lung) and it confirmed that he will miss at least two weeks while he recovers from those injuries.

With Brees out, Jameis Winston will likely get a chance to start at QB for the Saints. Winston was the NFL’s leader in passing yards last year and threw more than 30 TDs, so he will be a solid streamer in a Week 11 matchup with the Falcons D/ST. That said, Winston is prone to turnovers (he had 30 picks last year) and he could cede some snaps to Taysom Hill, who will look to rack up some yards on the ground and, potentially, pass more than he has in the past.

Hill is certainly a player to consider scooping up in ESPN leagues. The versatile playmaker is listed as a TE, and his rushing floor will give him a chance to be a terrific streamer against the Falcons.

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Is Matthew Stafford playing this week?

Stafford (thumb) missed Wednesday’s practice for the Lions. He is dealing with a partial tear in his throwing hand thumb, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, but the plan is for the Lions to limit his practice reps and have him play against the Panthers in Week 11.

Moving forward, Stafford’s status will need to be carefully monitored just in case he has any sort of setback or unexpected complication as a result of the injury. If he were to miss time, Chase Daniel would be the Lions’ starter, and the wily veteran would help to retain some of the value for Detroit’s pass-catchers but he’d be no more than a consideration for two-QB and superflex leagues.

That said, even if Stafford starts, it may be tough to trust him as a QB1 or streamer because the injury he’s dealing with is in his throwing hand. If ever there was a week to avoid Stafford, this would probably be the one, so if you don’t have another comparable QB to use in place of him, check out our Week 11 QB rankings to get some streamer ideas.

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