Good morning, Fools. Only three more weeks remain in most fantasy regular seasons, so it's definitely crunch time. Here's what you need to know to set your winning line-up in Week 11…
Matt McGloin will start at QB for Oakland, with Terrelle Pryor out with a knee injury. So, uh…I wouldn't take any chances with a Raider WR today. With Darren McFadden still tending to his latest hamstring injury, Oakland's offense will likely run through Rashad Jennings, which is good news for him. Then again, you gotta figure that's who the Texans will be focusing their attention on, too. It could get ugly.
And that's even more good news for Case Keenum, Ben Tate and the Houston wideouts. You would think McGloin will cough up the ball 2-3 times, giving Houston a short field and some easy scoring opportunities. It's a good day to roll with your Texans.
Mike Wallace has been dealing with a bum hammy this week, but he's expected to play. I still like his chances against the Chargers' soft secondary.
Stevie Johnson is out today. So is rookie Robert Woods. Make other plans. And given the strength of the Jets' secondary, I would recommend avoiding the other Bills receivers. One of them may have a good day (Goodwin would be my guess), but it's very hard to predict. (Also, see weather alert below.)
Steven Jackson (toe) has been limited in practice this week; but, more importantly, he's been limited on the field all season. Chalk it up to the over-30-year-old-RB syndrome. S-Jax has taken a beating throughout his career, and it has clearly taken its toll. You think the Rams didn't know this when they let him walk last offseason?
We should see the Seahawks debut of Percy Harvin today. But how many snaps he'll see and how involved Seattle will get him are open questions. I would characterize him as a "flier" this week, meaning there's plenty of risk and reward associated with him. At least he has a favorable matchup and extra incentive against his former team.
Vernon Davis has made it through his concussion protocols and is expected to suit up today. Start him if you've got him. He's the only guy Kaep seems to love.
And finally, remember this week's bonehead alert? It was to make sure you check the weather, now that we've gotten to "that time of the year." Well, today could be a doozy.
According to NFL.com, rain is in the forecast for every game today! That doesn't mean it will rain in every game; just that it's a reasonable possibility.
Meanwhile, severe weather -- including the potential of tornadoes -- is developing in the Midwest. Rain and winds could wreak havoc on the Ravens-Bears and Browns-Bengals games. High winds are also expected for the Jets-Bills game. And there's a 70% chance of rain for the Steelers-Lions game.
Again, that doesn't mean sit your QBs, WRs or Ks in those games, but if you are trying to choose between two players, it could tip the scales. Bad weather is especially concerning for kickers, and the sloppier the game, the more you'd expect to see from the running games.
OK, that's it for now. Inactives coming next via Twitter. Good luck, Fools!