Week 11 is about to get underway as the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Baltimore Ravens in a Thursday night matchup with huge AFC North implications.
Some fantasy football playoffs start in just a few weeks, so now is the time to confirm your team is ready to go. Let’s look at the injury status of Khalil Herbert, Alexander Mattison, and Dalton Schultz and how they will play this week.
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Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears
There was some thought that he would play in Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers, but that was a quick turnaround. Herbert did practice during the week, but with the game against the Panthers on a Thursday night, that wasn’t enough time for him to be ready to go.
Now, with an extra nine days of practice and time to rest, there is a reasonable expectation that Herbert will be able to go on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
If Herbert isn’t ready to go this week, they are still within the 21-day window for him to be activated. He started the week limited but was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday. That would suggest he will give it a go against the Lions. However, fantasy-wise, to expect him to be a huge part of the Bears’ offensive game plan this week may be asking too much.
The Lions’ defense is one of the best rushing defenses in the league, ranking third (79.1 rushing yards allowed). Add the fact that D’Onta Foreman has been very good recently and Roschon Johnson still has a role on the team, don’t expect Herbert to be a heavy part of the offense this week.
Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings
In the past few weeks, no team has had to deal with injuries quite like the Vikings. Justin Jefferson is close to returning but has missed the last five weeks. Kirk Cousins and Cam Akers both tore their Achilles recently and now Mattison left last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints with a concussion.
Per head coach Kevin O’Connell, Mattison is doing “real well,” and it is possible he could play Sunday night. “We’ll make sure that if Alex can go, it’s because he’s completely and medically cleared and feels great about going out there against Denver,” per O’Connell. He was upgraded to limited from a non-participant on Thursday.
Ty Chandler had a solid game for the Vikings against the Saints, as he had 45 yards and one touchdown. The Vikings also signed Myles Gaskin to be Chandler’s backup, which shows that Minnesota is at least preparing to be without Mattison.
Right now, it’s still too early to know where Mattison is, and with concussions, you can expect the Vikings to be very cautious with this injury.
Dalton Schultz, TE, Houston Texans
For fantasy football managers, Schultz has been terrific recently. In his last two games, he had 130 yards and 71 yards, respectively, with a score.
Schultz was on the field for 66 of the 75 snaps last Sunday, showing how valuable he was to the team. The Texans’ offense has been terrific, but Schultz is dealing with an injury that could have him out for this week.
He was a limited participant on Wednesday with a hamstring injury. The fact Schultz participated in some of Wednesday’s practice is a good sign, but we’re still too early in the process. Look at the next 24-48 hours to see where he is.
Texans backup tight end Brevin Jordan is also questionable, so there are several questions at that position for Houston heading into the matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
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