This week we give thanks to easy matchups, excellent sleepers and strong plays off the waiver wire. Dave Richard previews over nearly 180 players for Week 12 in this week's Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet.
Ellerbe (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Hau'oli Kikaha (ankle) is probable to return, but the Saints won't have any of Ellerbe, David Hawthorne (hamstring) and Ramon Humber (hamstring). Rookie Stephone Anthony is the only viable IDP option from the team's linebacking corps.
Hawthorne did not record a tackle in Thursday's game against the Falcons.
With the return of Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints' lineup, Hawthorne's playing time has dwindled, as he played only three snaps against the Falcons, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. So long as Ellerbe is healthy, Hawthorne is not worth owning in IDP leagues.
Ingram was limited in practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, the Saints' official site reports.
Ingram has so far avoided the injury report to this point in the season, but a brief absence during Sunday's loss in Washington now has a culprit. No matter, he was able brush off the shoulder concern and fit in individual drills Wednesday, setting a precedent for the week. Expect his status to receive clarification upon the release of Friday's injury report.
Snead did not have a catch in Sunday's loss at Washington.
Snead, who was dealing with a sore knee, missed most of the week's practices leading up to Sunday, and he played only 38 of the Saints' 57 offensive snaps (67 percent), his fewest since Week 1, according to the . As such, it is not unreasonable to infer that Snead was limited by his injury, which might explain his Week 10 dud. Although Brandin Cooks continues to re-emerge as Drew Brees' top target, Snead's role as the Saints' No. 2 receiver is secure. Snead will have a chance to heal up during the Saints' Week 11 bye, and a favorable matchup against Houston awaits in Week 12.
Brown (hamstring) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
After struggling through a hamstring injury for the past few weeks, Brown was able to handle a healthy share of the offensive snaps (53 of 61) in Sunday's win, during which he recorded his first catch since Week 7 in a 43-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Bengals. Wednesday's absence may just be a precautionary measure, but his progress as the week unfolds will reveal whether owners should begin to worry about his Week 12 availability.
Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was a one-man wrecking crew Sunday against the Rams, racking up 11 tackles (10 solo), three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and 0.5 sacks.
Campbell was everywhere in Week 4, but the Cardinals' defense itself was unable to force a turnover, after accumulating seven (all interceptions) over the course of the first three weeks of the season. Stuck in the 50-to-75 tackle territory in each of the past five campaigns, he currently has 25 to his credit, which is a career-best pace. On the other side of the coin, the half sack Sunday was his first in the category in 2015, so he has some work to do to uphold his standard (6-to-9 sacks in six consecutive seasons).
Fitzgerald (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
If Fitzgerald replicates last week's practice schedule, he'll follow Wednesday's cap in reps with a full showing Thursday, which will pave the way for active status in Week 12 at San Francisco. With a 90-yard effort this past Sunday against the Bengals, he's reached that threshold in six of 10 games this season and will look to do it again against a 49ers pass defense that ranks 27th in the NFL.
Floyd (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
The appearance at practice marks Floyd's first since sustaining a hamstring injury in Week 10. While an uninhibited showing before week's end would clear up any doubt about his odds of suiting up Sunday at San Francisco, the Cardinals are more apt to make him a game-time call. In particular, head coach Bruce Arians mentioned Monday that Floyd must "open up and go" in order to play in Week 12.
Johnson (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Johnson is tending to a knee injury at the moment, and his YPC in a given game has topped out at 3.63 over the last three contests (and four of the past five). Still, he's averaged 21 carries per outing during that stretch, meaning capped reps in practice could be strategic in order to get him in a better state of health. Nonetheless, interested parties should watch his activity level as the week continues to learn if he'll be hindered Sunday at San Francisco.
Peterson (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Clearly hobbled after Sunday's victory against the Bengals, Peterson's ankle injury is of keen interest, as the Cardinals may have to do without perhaps the NFL's top-performing cornerback for a period of time. On the other hand, there is a chance that he'll be able to practice by the end of the week, which would do wonders for his potential to suit up in Week 12 at San Francisco. If the training staff decides to rest Peterson, Justin Bethel will step into the base defense at cornerback opposite Jerraud Powers.