Good morning, Fools. If you're here, you must be in the playoffs, and that means it's a great day.
I am still alive in one league (you know what happened in the other), and I'm off to a decent start with Todd Gurley on my side and Doug Martin and Brandon Marshall already in the clubhouse for the bad guys. It's 15-21 in a PPR league, so I'm hoping for a good day from my boys, capped off by Brees and Watson tomorrow night.
Let's take our weekly stroll around the NFL to see what we need to know...
If you were worried about Tom Brady and his illness, don't be. He'll suck it up and probably play better than ever. He's a proud, competitive man, and nothing motivates him more than proving he can do something that others think he can't.
He won't have Julian Edelman back yet, but he should be fine with Gronk, Amendola, James White and the others.
T.J. Yeldon will not play today, leaving the backfield to Denard Robinson. I like his chances a lot against the soft Falcons defense.
Andre Ellington almost certainly won't return today, giving David Johnson another opportunity to soar for the Cards.
It looks like Spencer Ware (ribs) may suit up, but I wouldn't expect him to poach much of Charcandrick West's workload. West remains a solid start against the Ravens.
It will be interesting to see how the rushing touches are divvied up for Seattle. Bryce Brown and Christine Michael are expected to share the early-down work, with Fred Jackson remaining in his third-down, change-of-pace role. All are risky plays, so hopefully you have better opions.
There's some concern over Calvin Johnson (ankle), who didn't practice on Saturday. The Lions play on Monday night, so you'll presumably need to commit early on him. Megatron has a history of missing games where he's a game-time decision, and he's also disappeared at times (see last week). It's hard to envision him, even at 75% effectiveness, not torching the Saints. So you want him in your lineup if he plays. Just keep an eye out and have a Plan B (Marques Colston should be available).
FYI, I'm heading off to late service at church around 10:45 CT so I won't be able to answer questions via Twitter as usual. Sorry about that. Send them as early as possible and I'll do my best to get back to you.
Good luck, Fools!