Good morning, Fools. It's frigid in the Big D -- as it is in much of the country. Perfect day to be a loaf in front of the Red Zone Channel! The Biros will be putting up Christmas decorations while cheering on the Dolphins -- and my fantasy teams -- toward the postseason. (My teams are a lock. Miami, not so much...)
Here's what we need to know as we set our starting lineups for one of the last weeks of the regular season...
Given the positive contributions made thus far by Rashad Jennings, the Raiders seem to be in no hurry to rush Darren McFadden back from his latest hamstring injury. Run DMC has already been ruled out for today. Jennings should have another solid outing against the Titans.
Emmanuel Sanders appears to have shaken off his foot injury and should be good to go against the Browns. With Joe Haden glued to Antonio Brown
all day, Sanders should get more than his usual complement of targets
on Sunday. And though I'm painfully aware of how Haden shut down A.J. Green last weekend, I still wouldn't sit a PPR machine like Brown.
Looks like Wes Welker's owners can rest easier, as the concussed receiver is in line to play as usual tonight. But the NFL Network is reporting that Julius Thomas
(knee) is "not looking good." Jacob Tamme and Joel
Dreessen will likely split Thomas' duties. Given the late start, the
safe approach is to go with another TE earlier; unless you have Vernon
Davis or Gronk, in which case either of them is a better bet this week
Miles Austin (hamstring) is
on track to return in the delicious matchup with the Giants, but I still
wouldn't risk him in my starting lineup. Even before his latest injury,
Austin had become a bit player in the Cowboys' passing game. Give me Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Terrance Williams. You can have the incredible, shrinking Smiling Miles.
Another week, another non-activated Michael Crabtree (Achilles'). Maybe Week 13. Maybe.
Greg Jennings will play, but Jeremy Kerley won't. Not that either belongs in any starting lineup.
It should be interesting to see how Megatron fares on Revis Island today. My guess? Revis Island sinks into the ocean.
Jordan Reed won't play in the Monday nighter due to lingering concussion symptoms. Fred Davis will move back into the Redskins' starting lineup. No thanks.
Kyle Rudolph will also be inactive today.
That's it for now. Will be tweeting inactives next. Good luck, Fools!