Good morning, Fools. It's go time! Those of us with titles on the line have a big day ahead of us. Let's see how many championships the Fools can claim today.
Here's what we need to know as we settle our winning lineups:
Great news for those of us counting on Matt Ryan: Julio Jones is active. Start them both in the expected shootout with the Saints.
Big surprises out of New England this morning: Both LeGarrette Blount and Julian Edelman are inactive. Looks like Shane Vereen and, presumably, Jonas Gray, will handle the RB duties. You have to like Brandon LaFell's chances to excel as well.
Jonathan Stewart gets another boost with DeAngelo Williams already declared inactive. But he'll have to compete with Cam Newton for the rushing scores, as the QB has recovered quickly from his accident and will be back under center. Meanwhile, I already liked Kelvin Benjamin's chances; but with word that Browns CB Joe Haden is inactive, the rookie wideout could have a monster outing.
It's still too early to be official, but DeMarco Murray is on track to start today, wearing a pad on his hand. My guess is that he has a solid performance in this pivotal game for the Cowboys; but there's always a chance that he aggravates the injury.
T.Y. Hilton is also expected to try to go today, but with less on the line for the Colts, he's a big risk.
In another interesting development, Emmanuel Sanders was sent home from practice yesterday with an illness. While he's expected to return in time for Monday night's game, there's now a risk associated with him. He's also facing a solid Bengals pass defense. I am going to play it safe by pulling Sanders out of my lineup in favor of Brandon LaFell, per my optimism stated above.
DeAndre Hopkins is active, but I still don't like his chances with Case Keenum at QB.
That's it for now. Heading to Twitter for the inactives and late-breaking news. Have a great day watching football, and good luck, title-bound Fools!