Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunday morning updates -- Week 8

Good morning, Fools. It's a cloudy, overcast day in Dallas, but it's always beautiful on Sundays in Fantasyland.

Hope you're enjoying the Chiefs-Lions contest in London bright and early. Anybody else tired of these 9:30 a.m. ET games? Play overseas if you must, but Sunday morning games are BS. Imagine having to wake up at 6:30 am on the west coast to watch. 5:30 if you need to check the inactives... Ridiculous.

So enough of that rant. Here's what we need to know as we set our winning lineups:

The following have already been declared out today: Marcus Mariota, Carlos Hyde, Leonard Hankerson, Phillip Dorsett and Cecil Shorts. And I wouldn't plan on seeing Joseph Randle either.

Big Ben will be back under center for the Steelers, which is music to the ears of every Antonio Brown owner.

Josh McCown is also expected to play today. Sorry to those of you banking on Johnny Backup.

Reggie Bush will get the start for the 49ers in a rough matchup with the Rams, with Hyde on the sidelines. I'll pass on Bush, thank you.

Stevan Ridley has been activated and is the new backup to Chris Ivory in New York. If you're counting on the injury-prone Ivory, Ridley is an important handcuff.

It appears that John Brown (hamstring) will play today, though we'll be watching the inactives report. He's a WR3-4 option if he suits up. Michael Floyd jumps in value if Brown sits.

Eric Decker is optimistic, but still uncertain, for the late afternoon game. That would be a shame, as the Jets have a tasty matchup and -- seemingly out of the blue -- their Ryan Fitzpatrick-led passing attack is pretty darn impressive.

All signs point to the return of Dez Bryant today but, per my Friday Starters/Benchwarmers column, I'd resist the urge to put him in my starting lineup given the matchup, his QB and his less-than-100-percent status.

Davante Adams is also scheduled to return (finally), but he, too, has a very tough matchup with the Broncos.

Don't count on seeing Vincent Jackson in uniform today. Should be a huge game for Mike Evans, assuming Atlanta doesn't triple-cover him (which wouldn't be the worst idea).

Antonio Gates will test his knee during warmups and will be a game-time decision. He has a nice matchup against the Ravens if he gives it a go.

That's it for now. Inactives and other late-breaking news will be tweeted later.

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