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Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 12: Injuries and potential replacements

The Week 11 injury report is pretty depressing. Here are the injuries fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on.

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Week 11 was not good for the NFL in the health department. There were about a dozen injuries overall, with the Cleveland Browns losing two linebackers on Sunday. The New Orleans Saints also lost a couple guys who aren't in the non-IDP picture, but they also lost receiver Brandin Cooks to a broken thumb.

Teams usually look to bench guys down the stretch as the playoff picture clears up, but it's a mess in both the AFC and NFC. Only the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals have a lead of more than one game (by the way, how 'bout the Cardinals?). In other words, fantasy owners probably don't have to worry about semi-injured players being rested before Week 17.

As mentioned, there are a lot of injuries out there, but at least Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon is coming back from suspension. Here are the other injuries fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on. The older injuries are below the new ones:

Running back

Who: Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts
What: Out for season with a broken ankle
Impact: Dan Herron is a decent pickup, assuming Trent Richardson is owned.

Who: Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
What: Returned to action on Sunday, but was limping after the game
Impact: Branden Oliver should still be owned just about everywhere.

Who: Antone Smith, Atlanta Falcons
What: Expected to miss a lot of time
Impact: Devonta Freeman could get more run as a third-down back.

Who: Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
What: Re-aggravated groin injury in Week 11
Impact: He made it back for four snaps, but then left again. He could be out 2-3 weeks, and can be cut at this point. C.J. Anderson needs to be owned everywhere.

Wide receivers

Who: Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
What: Suffered an ugly concussion and could miss time
Impact: His owners might want to plan on him not being in the lineup for Week 12; Andre Caldwell would be the deep-league add.

Who: Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
What: Suffered a broken thumb on Sunday and could miss one month
Impact: Kenny Stills makes sense as a nice add; Cooks can be cut if you need the spot

Who: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
What: Suffered an elbow injury on Sunday
Impact: It's not considered serious.

Who: Greg Jennings and Jarius Wright, Minnesota Vikings
What: Jennings had a rib injury while Wright had a hamstring strain
Impact: Charles Johnson came out of nowhere, but he can't be counted on in most leagues.

Who: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
What: Needed an MRI on his knee, but was able to play through it
Impact: He should be fine for Week 12.

Tight end

Who: Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
What: Suffered an ankle sprain and did not return
Impact: It doesn't sound serious, but if you are in a two-TE league and want to add Jacob Tamme, then go for it.

Who: Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
What: Suffered a bad ankle sprain and looks like he'll miss time
Impact: Coby Fleener should be picked up in most leagues.

Who: Jordan Reed, Washington
What: Suffered another hamstring injury
Impact: The hamstring issues are just too annoying, so feel free to cut him.

Older injuries


Who: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
What: Torn ACL in left knee
Impact: Drew Stanton looked pretty good and Michael Floyd had himself a couple TDs. Floyd's owners should probably try to sell high.

Who: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
What: Could miss the rest of the season
Impact: Mark Sanchez looked like the New York Jets version of himself in a blowout loss in Week 11.

Who: Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings
What: Out indefinitely with a broken foot
Impact: Teddy Bridgewater has been pretty much useless in fantasy leagues.

Running back

Who: Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
What: Suffered a foot injury on Sunday and has been dealing with a shoulder problem
Impact: He could miss the rest of the regular season.

Who: Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
What: Looks to still be dealing with an ankle issue
Impact: Theo Riddick was good before Sunday, but the Arizona Cardinals D came to play.

Who: Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
: Missed Weeks 9, 10 and 11
: Jeremy Hill is on fire, but he might cool off this week.

Who: Arian Foster, Houston Texans
What: Dealing with a groin issue and could miss time beyond Week 11
Impact: Alfred Blue should be owned in all leagues.

Who: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
: Sprained ankle kept him from playing on Sunday
: It looks like Charles Sims is the back to own.

Who: C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
What: Broke his collarbone and is expected to be out for the season
Impact: Fred Jackson is expected to be 100 percent for Week 12.

Who: Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
What: Suffered a shoulder injury in Week 7 and has been out since
Impact: Mark Ingram finally slowed down.

Who: Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
What: Out for season with knee injury
Impact: Shane Vereen is playing well right now.

Who: Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
What: Suffered a knee sprain and has been out since Week 5
Impact: Andre Williams' time in the starting lineup is almost up.

Wide receivers

Who: Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams
What: Shoulder injury will keep him out for the rest of the season
Impact: Kenny Britt breakout game! Give him a look.

Who: Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders
What: Out indefinitely with fractured foot
Impact: The Raiders are probably going 0-16. Move over, Lions.

Who: Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars
What: Concussion
Impact: Cecil Shorts busted out and perhaps he can get it going now. Allen Robinson also gets an increase in value.

Tight end

Who: Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
What: A concussion kept him out against the Bucs in Week 9
Impact: He's not a must-own player anymore, but could play in Week 12.

Who: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
What: Could be out for the season with an elbow issue
Impact: Jermaine Gresham had a great game on Sunday, but he's still not worth owning.