Seriously? Week 10 already? Man, the seasons fly...
First, a tip of the beret to the people of France. We feel your pain and your desire to eradicate the people who did this to you. One thing I know...those "martyrs" are getting a very unpleasant and unexpected "reward" in the afterlife now.
OK, back to the trivial matters of fantasy football. Here's what we need to know as we make our final lineup decisions today:
There are a couple of important game-time decisions in the Sunday nighter that may complicate some of our decisions. Marshawn Lynch is very iffy. A healthy Lynch is a must-start in virtually every matchup, but there appears to be a very real possibility that he'll sit this one out, due to his abdominal issues. Thomas Rawls is the next many up.
The decision on John Brown (hamstring) is a little easier because he's facing the Legion of Boom and will be competing for targets with Fitz and Michael Floyd. I would go ahead and make other plans for Brown. Though the latest reports say he's expected to play, his owners have already been burned once by an active Floyd who never took the field. So there's that...
I already had Peyton Manning as a benchwarmer this week, and that was before I knew he was dealing with both rib cage and foot injuries. I hope you have other options.
Peyton may also be without Emmanuel Sanders, who is a game-time call in the late afternoon tilt due to shoulder and ankle problems. That's yet another strike for Manning and a caution to those of us who rely on Sanders. Unless some more optimistic news comes down in the next hour or so, I'm benching Sanders.
It will be interesting to see how DeSean Jackson looks in his second game back from an extended absence. He was a non-factor last week, but you have to like his matchup against the Saints. I still prefer Garcon in this one, but I've been holding onto D-Jax for a long time and am looking forward to being comfortable with him in my starting lineup again. Maybe next week.
Much like Davante Adams, who will be in my lineup today against the sorry Lions, after he was Rodgers' leading WR last week.
Latavius Murray has cleared the concussion protocol and is expected to play today.
Same for Teddy Bridgewater.
Allen Hurns is active too, despite dealing with foot and thigh problems. All he does is catch TDs, so play him if you've got him. As you've read, I love Bortles' chances against the woeful Ravens secondary.
Megatron is dealing with a bum ankle, but he should play against the Packers. If you've got him, you have to start him. But if, like me, you're playing against him, you can feel a little better with this news.
As expected, Matt Forte won't suit up today. Given how well Jeremy
Langford performed last week, the Bears obviously feel comfortable
giving their star RB another week of recovery time. Eddie Royal will
join him on the inactives list.
Big Ben is out, as expected, leaving the Steelers' offense in Landry Jones' hands. You still have to start Antonio Brown, but Martavis Bryant is definitely benchable if you have safer options. On a positive note (for Landry, et.al.), it helps that Browns CB Joe Haden is inactive.
Alshon Jeffery is also expected to go today despite a tender groin
(don't we all have tender groins?). He has a tough matchup with the
Rams, but I sure wouldn't sit him.
Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are out for the Bucs.
In somewhat of a surprise, Eddie Lacy is inactive today. That's even better news for those of us counting on James Starks. Lacy is the leading candidate for my Bust of the Year Awards.
Johnny Backup will be under center for the Browns, as Josh McCown tends to his rib injury. I will probably be starting Travis Benjamin over Emmanuel Sanders today, so hopefully we'll see one of Manziel's long strikes to the speedster against the Steelers.
OK, that's it for now. More late-breaking news and inactives to come via Twitter (@ladd_biro). Good luck today, Fools!