Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Mark Andrews, Cole Kmet, David Njoku for Week 11 – Sporting News

Heading into Sunday’s kickoff, fantasy football owners are monitoring the latest injury reports on standout tight ends Mark Andrews, Cole Kmet, and David Njoku. All three have impressed this season and are among the top-two receiving options on their respective teams. If any of these pass-catchers cannot play, owners will need to make some quick start ’em, sit ’em decisions at a position where there’s a talent disparity.
Below, we’ll give you the latest news on these TEs and break down how their injuries could potentially affect the Week 11 fantasy landscape. For updates on banged-up QBs Kyler Murray and Matthew Staffordclick here; for more on ailing RBs Ezekiel Elliott and Gus Edwardsgo here; for news on injured WRs Mike WilliamsKeenan AllenJuJu Smith-SchusterJerry Jeudy, and Marquise Brownclick here.
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WEEK 11 FANTASY PICKS: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em
UPDATE: Andrew (shoulder) fully participated in the Ravens’ practice on Friday, running and making catches. However, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh considers him a game-time decision, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley
Andrews had previously been absent from the team’s 30-minute media viewing period at practice on Thursday, as reported by Hensley, who also noted that the stud tight end practiced on Wednesday in a limited fashion. Andrews initially suffered the shoulder injury on Oct. 27.
It’s good to see the veteran tight end back at practice after not playing in Week 9 against the Saints. Baltimore had a bye last week, giving Andrews another week of rest. The last time we saw the star tight end on the field, he had three receptions (five targets) for 33 yards in the first half against the Buccaneers in Week 8. If Andrews can make it through a full week of practice, he’s an automatic start against the Panthers on Sunday. Carolina’s defense has allowed the 12th-fewest fantasy points per game to tight ends this season, but Andrews is the Ravens’ best receiving option by a wide margin, so he should still produce.
WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS:
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | D/STs | Kickers
UPDATE: Kmet (thigh) practiced in full on Friday and does not have an injury designation for Chicago’s Week 11 matchup with the Falcons on Sunday, according to Larry Mayer of the Bears’ website. 
Kmet had been previously upgraded to a limited participant in practice on Thursday, according to the team’s injury report, after he missed practice on Wednesday.
Kmet has been one of the best tight ends in fantasy football over the past three weeks, scoring five touchdowns in his past three games. If Kmet suffers any set-back from the soft-tissue injury between now and Sunday, fantasy managers should look to a streamer like Tyler Conklin (vs. NE) or Foster Moreau (@ Denver). However, it looks like all systems go for Kmet. 
WEEK 11 STANDARD RANKINGS:
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | D/STs | Kickers
UPDATE: Njoku (ankle) appears set to return for the Browns’ Week 11 tilt with the Bills at Ford Field on Sunday, according to Browns writer Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. ESPN’s Jake Trotter notes that Njoku remains listed as questionable, but all signs point to Njoku playing. 
Njoku was seen back on the practice field Thursday and Friday ahead of the Browns’ Week 11 contest against the Bills on Sunday, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot.
The veteran tight end did not practice on Wednesday, according to Browns beat writer Anthony Posial. Njoku hoped to play last week against the Dolphins, but was ultimately ruled out for the second-straight game. 
The 26-year-old pass catcher has been out since Week 7, where he suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Ravens. Before exiting that contest, Njoku had an outstanding performance with seven receptions (seven targets) for 71 yards. If Njoku does not play this week against the Bills, Harrison Bryant will be the starter. We don’t know how much passing the Bills and Browns will be doing on Sunday afternoon given the projected weather conditions, so Bryant is not a viable streamer.

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