Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sunday morning updates -- Week 16

Well, this is it, Fools. Championship Sunday! How awesome is that? (And yet sad, too, as it's all over after today -- for the vast majority of us -- until next August.) A long and fantasy-less offseason awaits.

But that's a problem for another day. Today we become champions! Let's get to work!

First off, I hope you are heading into Sunday's action with Jordan Reed in your lineup. Wow...what a game from him! If you're playing against Reed (or Kirk Cousins, for that matter), we've got some serious work to do...

Drew Brees is expected to play in spite of his painful foot (plantar fasciitis), but there's definitely reason for concern. Brees is an unusually sturdy athlete, so you normally don't worry much about injuries with him. But he heads into this one hobbling; so if you have a safer option with upside, you might want to consider it.

Brees will also be without Marques Colston (chest), who has been Mr. Reliable for him near the goal-line lately; but Ben Watson will play.

Brian Hoyer will sit out with his concussion, putting DeAndre Hopkins' fate in Brandon Weeden's sketchy hands. You have to start Hopkins under most circumstances, but...yuck.

As if Baltimore wasn't already sucking enough, they'll be giving Ryan Mallett an audition at QB today. My enthusiasm for Kamar Aiken just took a big hit.

Steven Jackson is active for the Patriots today. How crazy is that? Knowing Belichick, well, anything can happen. But I wouldn't start anyone from that backfield except James White, and then only in PPR leagues.

Jonathan Stewart will be inactive for another week -- he's basically resting up for the playoffs -- but I wouldn't trust any of his backups in his place. Cam rushed for 100 yards last week, for crying out loud.

Andre Ellington (toe) is expected to suit up today, but that wouldn't concern me if I owned the ultra-hot David Johnson. The rookie is on a tear and his coaches won't let Ellington screw that up.

Bad news out of Chicago: Alshon Jeffery is expected to sit out due to his bum hammy. Make other plans if he's your guy. (Eddie Royal should play, but I wouldn't risk him in my title-game lineup.)

Dez Bryant has also been ruled out, which just makes your decision to bench him that much easier.

Vincent Jackson will be inactive as well.

Tyler Eifert will sit another game due to his concussion.

And a couple of weather notes, which could impact the passing and -- more important -- kicking games today: Buffalo has an 80% chance of rain and high winds. It will also be cold in KC with winds in the 20-30 mph range. Kickers for the Bills, Cowboys, Chiefs and Browns are going into these games with strikes against them.

Okay, that's it for now. Inactives and other late-breaking news coming next via Twitter.

Good luck to all title-bound Fools! I'm proud of you!

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