Good morning, Fools. And here we are...the last weekend of the regular season for most of us. Time flies, eh?
Hopefully you are preparing for a long postseason run. One of my buddies is hoping his stars bust this week so they'll get it out of their system for the playoffs. He's rejoicing with the bad-to-mediocre performances already of Romo, Lacy and Antonio Brown.
After being burned more times than I can remember by an ill-timed swoon in the first round of the playoffs, I think he may be onto something...
Anyway, here's what you need to know to set your lineup for the rest of the Week 13 contests.
Addressing what fantasy owners everywhere could have told them weeks ago, the Colts have officially elevated Donald Brown to starter status over their "change of direction" back, Trent Richardson. Trent moves to the front of the line for Fantasy Bust of the Year honors.
Reports out of New England suggest that Stevan Ridley won't get much work in today's game and he might even be a healthy scratch. Presumably the team is sending a message on the consequences of fumbling the ball. Ridley shouldn't be in your starting lineup with Shane Vereen getting most of the love anyway. [Update: Ridley is inactive!]
Andre Ellington is expected to be active, but I still don't like his chances with Mendy back at full strength. [Update: Ellington is inactive!]
Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will play today, but DeAngelo is doubtful. The Bucs have a decent run defense, so I won't be rushing to pick up either backup.
Hakeem Nicks is expecting to play today. I wouldn't trust him.
Hope you enjoyed Percy Harvin's output a couple weeks ago, because he's not expected to suit up again on Monday night due to hip soreness. Hopefully he'll be ready to soar in the fantasy playoffs.
Aaron Dobson is already ruled out and Eddie Royal is doubtful. Their absence boosts the prospects of their respective teammates.
It will be interesting to see how much attention Michael Crabtree gets from Kaepernick today. The team is saying he won't be limited which, to me, just means bad news for Boldin's owners. I still think you're crazy (or really desperate) if you start Crabtree in his first game back.
After plenty of optimism on his status, Julius Thomas is now considered "iffy" to play today. That could be a problem for yours truly. I'll be scanning the waiver wire right after I post this for last-minute pickups. I already sat Jason Witten on Thanksgiving (which appeared to be a smart move, until now).
That's it for your Sunday morning update, Fools. Best of luck today -- whether you're rooting for or against your team. Inactives up next via Twitter (@ladd_biro).