- Scott Engel, ESPN Fantasy Games
Here's a quick-hitting recap of key performances and news from the 11th week of the NFL season, complete with in-depth fantasy analysis.
Donovan is done: There were a few notable and disturbing injuries that hurt fantasy leaguers on Sunday, but none was more devastating than Donovan McNabb suffering a torn ACL in his right knee. The Eagles quarterback will miss the rest of the season and could be out eight months to one year, possibly putting his value in doubt for 2007 as well, a fact that certainly doesn't escape the notice of keeper league owners. McNabb's play had fallen off recently, but he was still considered one of the best QBs in fantasy football for his overall performance this season. Now his owners have to turn to their backup option if it's a dependable passer, or try to swing a trade for at least a respectable replacement. If the rest of your roster is strong, you don't necessarily need a superstar QB to win your league. Acquiring a solid starter such as Philip Rivers or Jake Delhomme can fill the void adequately. If you can't deal for another decent starter, you'll simply have to use your top reserve or pick up the best free agent available. Andy Reid has not named his starter for Week 12 yet, but it will likely be Jeff Garcia over A.J. Feeley. Garcia threw for 189 yards and a TD with no interceptions in relief of McNabb and with more practice time to work with the first-team offense, he could emerge as a quality game manager and adequate fantasy reserve. At best, he will be good enough to ensure that Donte' Stallworth (four receptions, 75 yards) will still post pretty good numbers, and will continue to deliver the ball often to Brian Westbrook (148 yards from scrimmage). The Philadelphia offense won't necessarily suffer with a veteran QB at the controls.
Favre falls: Owners of Brett Favre also were frozen with fear of losing him when he left Sunday's loss to New England with an elbow injury and could not finish the game. While Favre didn't perform well before he was hurt, early reports have indicated Favre was held out of the second half as a precaution and should be able to return to action in Week 12. That's good news for the Green Bay offense, because backup QB Aaron Rodgers was not a suitable replacement, as he looked overwhelmed in relief, especially with the Packers trailing by 21 points at halftime. Rodgers struggled with his accuracy and couldn't read the defense quickly enough, as he completed only four of 12 passes for 32 yards. Favre was only 5-for-15 for 73 yards before he was injured. Despite key injuries in the secondary, the Patriots took away the deep ball and Favre and Rodgers couldn't find open receivers consistently. As long as Favre can play next week, he should rebound at Seattle, especially with an extra day of rest for a Monday night game. While Favre struggled, Tom Brady still proved he could be highly productive when the matchup is right, as he threw four TD passes for the second time in four weeks. Brady, however, will obviously be hard-pressed to keep up such high momentum in a Week 12 meeting with the Bears.
Scott analyzes the Week 11 games from a fantasy perspective.