Several big-name running backs land on Week 11 injury report

RotoExperts.com delivers all the important player news with in-depth fantasy analysis for Week 11.

Quarterbacks

» Brett Favre (groin, hip) was limited in practices this week but is listed as probable and will start against the Seahawks. He should come through with a solid outing against Seattle's determined, but ultimately overmatched defense.

» Joe Flacco (knee) was able to practice in full this week. He has been slipping lately and should be reserved until he shows signs of turning things around again.

» Eli Manning (foot) was able to practice in full this week. However, Manning should only be used if you play in a larger league and lack a dependable quarterback

» Kyle Orton (ankle) appears to be a game-time decision for Week 11. Fantasy players should plan to reserve him. If QB Chris Simms starts, the Chargers defensive unit should be one of the top starts of the week.

Running backs

» Cedric Benson (hip) is listed as doubtful for Week 11. RB Bernard Scott is expected to start in his place. He has some upside and could be a very big fantasy surprise. Look for Scott to flash his electric skills and build an impressive stat line against Oakland. RB Larry Johnson is not expected to see much, if any work, while RB Brian Leonard is used as a situational fill-in.

» Ladell Betts (ankle) was a full participant in practices and will continue to start in the absence of RB Clinton Portis (concussion). Expect him to be a focal point of the Washington game plan against Dallas. He will be an adequate No. 2 fantasy running back in Week 11.

» Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle, foot) was limited in practices late in the week. With the fear that he could go down with a season-ending injury at any time, plus talk that RB Danny Ware could be in line for more work, it's best to keep Bradshaw reserved.

» Correll Buckhalter (knee) returned to practice on Friday and is listed as probable to face the Chargers. He might have temporarily lost some ground to RB Knowshon Moreno in the battle for playing time, so keep the veteran on the bench.

» Reggie Bush (knee) is listed as questionable to face the Buccaneers. RB Pierre Thomas will likely see more significant touches with Bush out and is a prime start for Week 11. RB Mike Bell could get some goal-line carries, making him a viable flex play in larger leagues.

» Julius Jones (chest) has been declared out for Week 11. RB Justin Forsett gets the start against Minnesota. He could be held to low rushing totals, and some added receiving numbers will bring him to a mediocre final stat line.

» Jamal Lewis (ankle) was limited in practices during the week. He should still be able to start against Detroit, however, but the seemingly friendly matchup offers no assurances that he can post quality fantasy numbers.

» Sammy Morris (knee) is questionable and might be a game-time decision in Week 11. Expect RB Laurence Maroney to continue to operate as the lead runner for New England.

» Michael Turner (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 11. RB Jerious Norwood (hip) was limited in practices, so RB Jason Snelling is in line to start and get most of the work. Snelling won't post outstanding numbers against the Giants, but he is a viable starting option since he'll het chances to finish off scoring drives with goal-line carries.

» Brian Westbrook (head) has already been declared out. Rookie RB LeSean McCoy takes over as the starter and should at least post respectable all-around numbers against Chicago.

» Cadillac Williams (knee) returned to full practices by Thursday and is probable to face the Saints. He is not a recommended starter, however, as the Buccaneers could be forced to abandon the running game quickly against New Orleans.

Wide receivers

» Steve Breaston (knee) was limited in practices this week. He has been able to play through the problem with no apparent issues, however, so consider using him in larger leagues. He should perform at least adequately against the Rams.

» Antonio Bryant (knee) is listed as probable and will start in Week 11. However, he should not be used in by fantasy owners his return to action.

» Michael Crabtree (knee) was a full participant in practices and will start against the Packers. He has only been able to deliver decent, not outstanding numbers, so far. Crabtree should only be used as a No. 3 wideout in larger leagues.

» Laveranues Coles (head) practiced in full by Friday and is a solid PPR play against the Raiders.

» Justin Gage (back) is not expected to play in Week 11. WR Kenny Britt will likely start in his place once again, but he's not a quality fantasy option yet.

» Pierre Garçon (ankle) was able to practice fully by Thursday and is expected to play in Baltimore. Garçon has not been dependable and is a risky start against a Ravens defense that could limit his downfield contributions.

» Jeremy Maclin (knee) was a full participant in practices. He is progressing nicely in his rookie year and is a quality starter in larger leagues.

» Brandon Marshall (neck) was back at practices by Thursday, but Orton's uncertain status limits his statistical ceiling for Week 11. It's hard to justify benching Marshall, however, unless you have another option of comparable value. He will still be a factor, but his big-play chances will be limited.

» Roddy White (knee) is listed as questionable to face the Giants, but the problem has not kept him out of action. He remains a must-start in fantasy leagues.

Tight ends

» Jermichael Finley (knee) was a full participant in practices this week. See how he performs against the 49ers before getting him back in your lineup.

» Antonio Gates (foot) was able to practice in full late in the week and should perform very well in a key game against Denver.

» Todd Heap (chest) could be a game-time decision against the Colts. He has not helped his fantasy owners enough when healthy, so it's an easy call to reserve him.

» Ben Watson (back) was a full participant in practices all week. He is a good mid-level fantasy tight end who should be a frequent target against the Jets.

» Kellen Winslow (knee) was able to practice in full by Thursday and will start against the Saints. Winslow is looking like a top tight end again with rookie QB Josh Freeman pumping some life into a formerly moribund passing game.

Scott Engel is Managing Director and Senior NFL Editor at www.rotoexperts.com. Watch more of his Week 11 Fantasy tips on FANTASY PLAYBOOK, available on demand now at www.ubatv.com.

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