Rams injury report: Allen out, Robinson and Higbee questionable vs. Chiefs

The Rams will once again be without Brian Allen, while Allen Robinson and 4 others are listed as questionable

In addition to being without Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp, the Los Angeles Rams will be missing at least one other starter this week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Sean McVay told reporters on Friday that Brian Allen has been ruled out with a thumb injury that kept him out of practice all week. Travin Howard has also been ruled out with a hip injury.

A few other players are uncertain to play, as well. Allen Robinson, Brian Allen, Tyler Higbee, Matt Skura and Ty Nsekhe are all questionable; each of them started for the Rams in Week 11 against the Saints.

McVay said Nsekhe could be a game-time decision, and A.J. Arcuri is someone who could replace him at left tackle if he’s unavailable.

For the Chiefs, Chris Lammons, Juan Thornhill and Joe Thuney are all questionable, while Kadarius Toney has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

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NFL player props: 5 best bets for Week 11

NFL expert John Holler looks at the NFL Week 11 slate and tabs the 5 best NFL player props to cash in on.

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This week we make moves across the prop bet board. We take one player to score a touchdown, one quarterback, running back and wide receiver to hit the Over and a tight end to hit the Under on his stat projection.

Below, we break down Tipico Sportsbook‘s NFL odds and lines, and tab the best NFL Week 11 player prop bets to cash in on among SportsbookWire’s NFL expert picks and predictions.

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NFL week 11 prop bet picks and predictions

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at Saturday at 12:50 p.m. ET.

Houston Texans RB Dameon Pierce SCORES A TOUCHDOWN (-105)

– Host Commanders, Sunday 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

Pierce has 15 or more carries in 8 of his last 9 games and, while scoring is at a premium for the Texans, if they get in scoring position, it’s likely Pierce will get the ball.

Pierce is the centerpiece of the Texans offense, and the Commanders run defense has been routinely shredded. All it takes is one drive to get in deep and Pierce can punch his own ticket. The public must agree because Pierce’s odds have been steamed up from +120.

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Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Ryan OVER 232.5 passing yards (-125)

– Host Eagles, Sunday 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

The Colts are the unfortunate team to draw the Eagles first after their perfect season went by the boards. There’s typically a price to pay for the unfortunate team that faces an elite team that is angry and looking to right the ship.

Anyone who knows Ryan’s history knows that he does his best job as a fantasy quarterback when his team gets beat. The Eagles could get a double-digit lead early and try to milk it in the second half.

Ryan has made a living padding his passing stats at garbage time. It won’t be pretty, but it will be effective enough to win. This number has been steamed up from 227.5 so act fast.

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Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon OVER 66.5 rushing yards (-115)

– At Steelers, Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)

The Bengals are known more this season for throwing than running, but they are still trying to recover from a slow start that began with the Week 1 loss to the Steelers. They’re also trying to find an identity with WR Ja’Marr Chase (hip) out again.

The Bengals offense should be able to push around the injury-depleted Steelers defense. If Cincy gets a lead early, Mixon should get 20 carries. If he gets anywhere close to that total, he should blow past this number.

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen OVER 46.5 receiving yards (-115)

– Host Cowboys, Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)

The Cowboys play an aggressive defense, but one thing that can be expected is that Justin Jefferson is going to see double coverage on most his routes.

That will put the pressure on Thielen and T.J. Hockenson to make up the difference because both will in single coverage all day.

Kirk Cousins has been finding Hockenson often, but his history with Thielen will be critical in this game. Four receptions should accomplish this.

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee UNDER 42.5 receiving yards (-115)

– At Saints, Sunday 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

Matthew Stafford is expected back, but the Rams offense hasn’t been using Higbee to the same degree it has early in the season.

Due to injuries on the offensive line, Rams tight ends have been forced to serve as blockers more than receivers.

With Stafford coming off a concussion, Job One will be to keep him safe. Higbee will likely require 5 catches to hit this number, and that may be a tall order.

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Fantasy football start ’em, sit ’em: Week 11

Here’s a look at some start/sit decisions in Week 11 of fantasy football.

After we saw two rookie wide receivers explode in primetime on Thursday night, it’s time to take a look at some tough start/sit decisions fantasy football manager will have to face in Week 11.

Teams on a bye in Week 11 include the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks.

Doing start/sit articles can be a little challenging. The players featured on the list below should not be taken as “must starts” or “must sits.” Instead, these are more suggestions on what we believe managers should do with fringe players heading into the weekend. The choice is ultimately up to the manager.

Just because a player is listed as a “start” doesn’t mean he should be put in the lineup over the secure, bona fide studs. Vice versa for the “sits.” If there’s no better option on the waiver wire or the bench, a manager shouldn’t automatically sit the player. That’s why these can be tricky waters to navigate.

You also can check out our start and sit bench list for Week 11:

5 Rams to watch in Week 10 vs. Cardinals

The Rams will host the Cardinals in Week 10 and we have 5 players to watch on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Rams will be hosting the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium in Week 10 in an NFC West showdown. Both teams are desperately seeking a win with the Rams having a 3-5 record and the Cardinals being at the bottom of the division with a 3-6 record.

Los Angeles and Arizona squared off in Week 3, with the Rams coming away with a 20-12 win on the road. The Rams are now on a three-game winning streak against the Cardinals and they’ve won 11 of the last 12 meetings (including last year’s 34-11 victory in the wild-card round).

Despite Los Angeles having Arizona’s number in recent years, we know that this hasn’t been a typical year under Sean McVay. With the Rams needing a win in the worst way, here are five players to watch in Sunday’s matchup with the Cardinals.

Matthew Stafford takes blame for Tyler Higbee’s crucial fourth-quarter drop vs. 49ers

Tyler Higbee had a crucial late-game drop vs. the 49ers, but Matthew Stafford believes he could have made a better pass.

The Los Angeles Rams had a pivotal third-down play in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers where Tyler Higbee dropped a wide-open pass from Matthew Stafford. Despite many faulting Higbee for the drop, Stafford shouldered the blame for the dropped pass after the game.

Higbee took responsibility for the drop, saying that he has to make the play. It was a rough outing for the veteran tight end as he hauled in only two of his six targets for 15 yards in the lopsided defeat at home.

The play occurred in the fourth quarter with the Rams being down 24-14. Stafford rolled to the left and delivered a pass to Higbee on third-down-and-three and it hit the tight end in the hands, but he failed to bring the ball to his body to complete the catch.

Following Higbee’s drop, the Rams would punt the ball and the 49ers would drive down the field to score a touchdown that would put the game well out of reach. Even though Higbee struggled on Sunday, Stafford and the Rams have plenty of confidence in him moving forward.

Studs and duds from Rams’ 17-point loss to 49ers

Leonard Floyd and Cooper Kupp produced positive performances in the Rams’ 31-14 loss to the 49ers in Week 8.

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The Los Angeles Rams just can’t seem to beat the San Francisco 49ers during the regular season. The Rams would fall to their division rivals in Week 8 as the 49ers would outscore them 24-0 after Los Angeles jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

With the loss on Sunday, the Rams are now 3-4 and have sole possession of the No. 3 spot in the NFC West. The Seattle Seahawks won and San Francisco defeated Los Angeles in Week 8, putting them ahead of the reigning Super Bowl champions in the division race thus far.

Following the 31-14 defeat at home, here are the studs and duds from Sunday’s divisional showdown.

Tyler Higbee suffers neck injury in 1st quarter vs. 49ers, questionable to return

Tyler Higbee exited the game for the Rams in the 1st quarter vs. the 49ers and he is questionable to return.

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As if the Los Angeles Rams didn’t have enough injuries, they sustained another injury to an offensive player in Sunday’s matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. In the first quarter against the 49ers, Tyler Higbee suffered a neck injury and is questionable to return.

The veteran tight end looked to have sustained the neck injury after taking a hit from a defender in the first quarter. With Higbee questionable to return, Brycen Hopkins is likely going to see more playing time for the Rams with Kendall Blanton not active in Sunday’s game versus the 49ers.

Update: Higbee returned in the second quarter.

5 Rams to watch in Week 3 vs. Cardinals

Here are 5 players to keep an eye on Sunday when the Rams take on the Cardinals

The Los Angeles Rams will hit the road for the first time this season in Week 3 in an NFC West showdown against the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams are coming off of a 31-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons to give them their first win of the season in Week 2.

On the other side of the field, the Cardinals also secured their first win of the season in Week 2 in a comeback victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. After a slow start in the first half, Kyler Murray worked some magic in the second half to overcome a 20-0 deficit.

Ahead of the team’s first divisional matchup, here are five players to watch on the Rams when they face the Cardinals this Sunday.

Fantasy Football: Top streaming options for Week 3

Here are the top streaming options for Week 3 of fantasy football.

We are entering Week 3 of the fantasy football season, and streaming the waiver wire is becoming an increasingly vital aspect for managers.

Given the injuries to quarterbacks Trey Lance, Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert, fantasy managers may find themselves in quite a pickle for Week 3. Meanwhile, the tight end position continues to be a barren landscape, especially for those who drafted players like Cole Kmet and T.J. Hockenson, to name a few.

Whether you voluntarily live the stream life or are essentially forced into it, here are the top streaming options in fantasy football for Week 3.

Fantasy Football: 10 utilization stats to know from Week 2

Here are the utilization stats you should know from Week 2 of the NFL season.

We now have a two-game sample size of fantasy football data to work with from the 2022 NFL season.

It’s still a relatively small sample size, but trends are starting.

Before you make any roster cuts or waiver claims for Week 3, here are 10 utilization notes to know following Week 2.