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After several consecutive weeks of robust injury reports, we get a notably lighter load at some positions this week, although quarterbacks have seen their collection of walking wounded expand. Drew Brees' absence is naturally the largest of the week, but the good news for Fantasy owners is several of the other big names at the position are all trending up as gameday dawns. Additionally, there are some welcome returns set to unfold at both running back and receiver, so without further ado, let's dive into the latest as of early Sunday morning:
The Saints' Drew Brees (ribs/lung) was placed on injured reserve Friday, sidelining him for the next three weeks at minimum. Brees suffered 11 rib fractures and a punctured lung on a violent first-half hit in a Week 10 win over the 49ers, and Saturday reports indicate Taysom Hill will get the first opportunity to replace the future Hall of Famer in a Week 11 NFC South showdown versus the Falcons. Despite his versatility and the fact he's logged just 18 career regular-season pass attempts in three-plus pro campaigns, Hill is set to serve as a full-time starter against San Francisco, with fellow signal-caller Jameis Winston not part of any offensive packages. It remains to be seen if Hill's ascension will equate