When the injuries are breaks and tears, it's bad news for fantasy owners. Those create multi-week lineup predicaments, and they lead to fantasy losses. If you have to deal with injuries, you'd generally prefer tweaks and strains.
However, tweaking and straining makes the Monday "Injury Rundown" rather difficult to write. Coaches are too evasive, players are too confident. Luckily, there weren't many Week 11 injuries that are likely to affect fantasy rosters …
Brandon Jacobs, hamstring
This particular tweak is a big concern. Many of us were just getting used to having Jacobs back in our lineups, producing useful fantasy stats. Jacobs had 103 total yards and a touchdown before limping away in the third quarter against the Lions. He later downplayed the severity of the injury, according to the team's website. "It's no big deal," Jacobs told the Newark Star-Ledger.
Tom Coughlin was characteristically vague and noncommittal after the game. Reuben Droughns is the appropriate handcuff here, since Derrick Ward has been sidelined by injuries of his own. The Giants face the formidable Vikings run defense in Week 12.
Ryan Grant, ankle
"Ryan Grant is an ankle sprain," Mike McCarthy said in his postgame press conference.
That's an unpleasant way to be defined. "I'm sure when (Grant) wakes up tomorrow, there will be a better indication of how bad it is," McCarthy added. You'll want to have Plan B in place, as the Packers have a short week. They face the Lions on Thanksgiving. Grant has at least 20 touches in each of his previous four games, and we've seen him rebound from injuries before.
Laurence Maroney, foot
The epic struggle to score a touchdown for the most prolific offense in NFL history eventually proved too much for Maroney. He did reach the end zone, scoring on a six-yard run in the first quarter, but he left the game with an unspecified foot injury later in the half. Running backs simply don't get the fantasy points for New England, so Maroney owners should have already acquired a lineup replacement for their first- or second-round draft pick.
The Patriots treat injury information like it's a uranium enrichment program, so don't expect a reliable update until you see their list of Week 12 inactives. Believe nothing and no one.
Donovan McNabb, ankle
If it's late November, it must be time for Donovan McNabb to suffer a devastating injury. He went down on this play against the Dolphins on Sunday, and you had to suspect the worst possible outcome. Turns out, it was just a sprain. McNabb was horrendous before the injury, going 3-for-11 with two interceptions and zero touchdown passes. Two carries for 28 yards helped offset the negative points for the turnovers, fantasy-wise.
"If Donovan's healthy," Andy Reid told reporters, "he's the quarterback."
The Eagles get New England in Week 12. Even if McNabb can play, don't expect him to be particularly high up in the Yahoo! composite ranks, not against the Patriots.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, hip
He left late in Cincinnati's loss with an apparent hip pointer, but the Bengals' website reports, "all signs are he'll be OK."
Laveranues Coles, ankle
Coles injured his ankle on the Jets' second play from scrimmage, a 56-yard bomb which – if it had been a 57-yard bomb – would have resulted in a touchdown and at least one fantasy win for me. The catch ended up being Coles' only reception of the day. The Jets face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, because someone has to. With a short week ahead, it's entirely possible that the normally resilient Coles might miss his second game in three weeks.
Santonio Holmes, ankle
Before injuring his ankle late on Sunday, Holmes had another very useful fantasy day: five catches, 75 yards, one touchdown. If he can't go in Week 12, the largely un-owned Nate Washington figures to benefit.