Good morning, Fools. I'm posting very early today because I've got an 8:15 tee time. Hope to be done in time to tweet the inactives, but it's gonna be close. So pay attention out there.
Here's what we know, or think we know, so far:
Luke McCown will put the premise of his witty Verizon spots to the test today filling in for the bruised and battered Drew Brees. Personally, I wouldn't start anyone in the Saints offense today, with the possible exception of Mark Ingram and Brandin Cooks, and then only if I didn't have a good alternative.
Beast Mode will be a game-time decision, though I'd be shocked if he doesn't suit up. Nevertheless, if Fred Jackson is still available in your league (he is in nearly 80% of ESPN leagues), grab him before Lynch's owner does. He'd be a great start if Marshawn sits, and is valuable insurance regardless.
Andre Ellington is also labeled a GTD, but "sources" are saying he won't play. The Johnson & Johnson backfield should be just fine without him against the 49ers.
Several other players have already been declared out, including Jay Cutler, Arian Foster, Tevin Coleman, Reggie Bush, Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Allen, Victor Cruz
and Julius Thomas.
DeMarco Murray is expected to play after getting in a full practice on Friday, but he could have another long, unproductive day against the Jets' run D.
Could this be the day Todd Gurley makes his debut as a Ram? Let's hope so, because I can't wait for him to get some reps and hits in, so the team (and I) can unleash him in Week 4 or 5.
Whether or not Lamar Miller (ankle) can go today, he should be on your bench against the Bills. And I'm not crazy about Jordan Cameron's prospects either, given his groin injury and the fact that he's still building rapport with Ryan Tannehill. I like Jarvis Landry (obviously) and the newly emerging Rishard Matthews in this contest.
Mike Evans should be worked into the action more today, after being a bit player last week. Presumably he has now met Jameis Winston and the rookie understands that Evans is a red-zone beast.
In somewhat surprising news, DeAndre Hopkins has progressed quickly through the league's concussion protocol and is fully expected to play today.
Ladarius Green, on the other hand, not so much...
Ironman Jason Witten, who has two sprained ankles and a sprained knee, considers them but flesh wounds and will surely joust against the Falcons. How many of Brandon Weeden's passes reach him is another story entirely.
Delanie Walker is expected to return to action, giving Marcus Mariota a reliable target against the Colts.
Prospects are looking a little better for both Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams playing Monday night, but you'd better have a backup plan (e.g., James Starks, James Jones) if you're counting on them.
That's it for now. Gotta run. Good luck today, Fools.