Whether you're a fantasy beginner or don't have as much time to devote to your fantasy team during the week, I'm here for you with the newest edition of Fantasy 101 - all your fantasy needs in 15 minutes or less. That's how long you'll need to digest this column and make your appropriate moves. Quarterbacks took a pounding Sunday, but fantasy-wise, there should be some pretty good replacements available for you if you are in need. This is the final week of byes, so if you have any Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks or Tennessee Titans players you'll have to make alternate plans.
Big injuries to watch
Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers: He left Sunday's game with a concussion and Colin Kaepernick came in to post some decent fantasy numbers in relief. Smith is too risky to consider as a starting option right now, even if he plays next week against Chicago. So pursue a replacement. Kaepernick is a wildcard right now. While he has the potential to give you good fantasy numbers, the job is Smith's when he comes back.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: He has a "significant" concussion, and Nick Foles will inherit the starting job for as long as Vick is sidelined, which could be for a long time. I don't think picking up Foles is your play if you own Vick; there are plenty of other QBs out there with better potential if you need one. So whether you're a Vick, Smith, Roethlisberger or Cutler owner, Russell Wilson, Sam Bradford, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Christian Ponder are all potential replacements for them.
Free agents to pick up
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers: I included him here because he had a big week, but don't think this is going to continue. You're not going to start him against the Broncos next week. Malcom Floyd is still the top WR to own in San Diego and it also looks like Antonio Gates is playing more consistently as the team's second threat in the passing game.
Other notes of note
2) Deciding on Joe Flacco is pretty simple: if he's at home against a weak defense, you start him. When he isn't, you don't. Which means sit him this week at Pittsburgh.
5) Beanie Wells is still a week away from returning to action, but the Cardinals' running game is so bad, he's worth grabbing now and stashing on your bench. He'll get every opportunity to be the No. 1 RB there when he gets back off of injured reserve for Week 12.