Good morning, Fools. I've been getting lots of tweets and posts on the blog and Facebook from desperate players looking to fill out thin roster spots. I've been begging you to plan ahead...what's up with that?
Meanwhile, most of your competitors are in the same boat, so don't sweat it too much. Sometimes you just have to start a Helu, or a Marvin Jones, or a Sidney Rice when the options are limited. You never know...it just might work out great.
Here's what you need to know to lock in the best possible starting lineups for Week 8:
Already declared out for this week: Roddy White, Percy Harvin and Rashard Mendenhall.
Andre Ellington is a solid fill-in with Mendy out.
Don't count on CJ Spiller, Brandon Jacobs, James Jones, Miles Austin or Jimmy Graham being available.
We do expect to see Steven Jackson out there. Reggie Bush, Dwayne Bowe and Danny Amendola are also planning to suit up.
Peyton Manning has not one, but two sprained ankles! Wow...this could be interesting. Of course you play him, but how much would that change things if he aggravated one of them so much he'd have to sit out a game or more? (He wishes out loud since he doesn't own any Broncos except Julius Thomas....)
With the NFL's trade deadline rapidly approaching, there's lots of speculation about several key players being moved. Such deals are rare, but it wouldn't be a big shock to see someone like Darren McFadden, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt or Josh Gordon being dealt in the next few days. Stay tuned.
Okay, that's it for this morning. Inactives coming soon via Twitter (@ladd_biro). Good luck today, Fools!