Every Saturday morning, I'll take a quick look at all the week's games, offering my own brief take on what I think will happen, as well as touching on significant injury news since our Weekly came out. I'll check in every so often over the course of the day to answer lineup questions, too.
What follows is a brief look at all the games with how I'd react in my own lineups to injury developments or other news. The official rankings are the ones in the Weekly. Those take precedence. But sometimes players are very close, and in those cases I'm glad to offer opinions on how I'd approach those situations. Sometimes I like certain players more or less than Ian, and sometimes I have different risk tolerance with injuries etc.
Broncos at Patriots: Will this game finally be played? Patriots had another positive COVID test on Friday. But it's on, I just encourage people to check to confirm this game (every game, really) on Sunday morning. Reportedly Melvin Gordon isn't playing; he didn't travel with the team to New England. Phillip Lindsay should be the lead back and have some value, albeit not huge probably against a good defense that seldom allows rushing scores. But I'm using Lindsay if Gordon is out. Patriots running back committee is even more annoying than anyone expected, but I guess Harris as main runner, White on passing downs, Burkhead around to take chances from both. Noah Fant best avoided this week.
Texans at Titans: Tennessee sure looked good against Buffalo. Will the short week hurt them, or will this be another beating on an overmatched opponent. No Corey Davis, other Titans look good. People were picking up D'Onta Foreman in my dynasty leagues, that was confusing, but I guess he's the backup for Tennessee with Darrynton Evans on IR. Not a great matchup for the Houston offense in general, but I'm using David Johnson and hoping for the best.
Browns at Steelers: Here's where we find out which of these teams is more for real. I think it will be higher scoring than most games between these teams. End of the day it's hard to put much faith in Baker Mayfield, so I like the Steelers more. You can see where Chase Claypool is in the Weekly rankings so you know he's a recommended start. Guys that score 4 touchdowns in a game you need to take seriously. Odell Beckham good to go, Jarvis Landry banged-up, will probably play but a little risky.
Ravens at Eagles: If you look around at your struggling teams I bet a lot of them have Ravens (other than Mark Andrews) on them. Should be a week for them to have good numbers, but that would have seemed to be the case against the Bengals, too. For the Eagles, I'm in on Travis Fulgham. Starting him too, despite the tough matchup. Hard to see good numbers from Philly though.
Football Team at Giants: Somebody has to win this game. Both teams have some talent on defense, or at least have played well at times, but I think you can use Gibson, McLaurin, Freeman, Engram and Slayton. There should be some production, just don't expect a shootout. If anyone knows why the Giants signed Dion Lewis not to ever use him, let me know.
Falcons at Vikings: Ah, the Falcons. Tough the way things have turned out down there. Guys I was starting regularly the first 2-3 weeks look unusable now. I picked up Ryan Fitzpatrick to start over Matt Ryan, who'da thunk it. Ridley yes, Gurley sure, Hurst and Julio not as appealing, but most with Julio are probably using him. Vikings, hey, matchup is great. You don't need to ask any Alexander Mattison questions.
Lions at Jaguars: More offense than defense here. Great week to use James Robinson, good week to use Adrian Peterson and probably D'Andre Swift. Stafford and Golladay too. DJ Chark is questionable, got in a limited practice on Friday. If you want to use him, gotta make sure he's active. Either way I'm intrigued by Laviska Shenault.
Bengals at Colts: Is this the week the Colts offense does something? I've had Philip Rivers as a dynasty quarterback for like 12 years. It looks over for him. Matchup is nice, that's all you can say. Jonathan Taylor should -- should -- have his best game. For the Bengals, Mixon and Boyd are the only ones I'd consider.
Bears at Panthers: I feel like this will be a lower-scoring game, along the lines of Bears-Bucs. Good Chicago defense and surprisingly capable Panthers defense. Mike Davis and David Montgomery look solid, I'm cool on the passing games (although Allen Robinson and Robby Anderson have been too good to sit).
Jets at Dolphins: Went with Miami as my Survivor pick. Both entries, though I might change one of them. I've used a couple of good choices (Patriots, Ravens), though. Anyhoo, Jamison Crowder is the lone viable Jet. For the Dolphins, definitely Myles Gaskin, and I picked up Fitzpatrick to start. Parker-Gesicki-maybe Williams. I'm sure the Jets will win a game eventually. Well, sure is a strong word.
Packers at Bucs: Kind of a shame this isn't the primetime game. Rodgers! Brady! Adams! Evans! Godwin! Even...Tonyan? Should be some offense and the running backs (Jones and Jones) also look viable. I've added Mason Crosby in a few leagues this week, seems like a good investment, strong offense and Green Bay's bye is out of the way.
Rams at 49ers: Rams are a whole lot better these days. Dropped the 49ers defense this week, what am I clinging to. The players responsible for this defense's general awesomeness a year ago aren't around anymore. Mostert and Kittle and I guess Deebo are the usable players from San Francisco at this point. Rams, the wideouts and Henderson, while acknowledging risk with any Rams running back. We looked too cool on Higbee after his 3 TD game, not so much lately. That's offset by Hayden Hurst I suppose. Will be interesting to see if Jimmy Garoppolo looks good or bad here.
Kansas City at Buffalo: Hopefully everyone but my opponents is aware that LeVeon Bell can't play in this game. So thumbs up on CEH for at least this week. Demarcus Robinson gets a boost from Sammy Watkins being out, but I've been burned too many times by Robinson to fall for him. Bills offense should be a lot better here than against Tennessee, it could hardly be worse. Maybe expanded role for now healthy Zack Moss (but a committee best avoided with snaps so uncertain).
Cardinals at Cowboys: Kind of a shame Dak Prescott isn't around for this one, as it would have been a fun, back-and-forth high-scoring affair. It still might be, but I'm trying to keep expectations in check for Andy Dalton. I do think he'll be good, though, and am using regular offensive players for both sides. I have Drake and Edmonds everywhere. I'm using Drake. I'm fully aware Edmonds has had better numbers in many games, it is just difficult for me to feel smart about starting Arizona's No. 2. But at least it's a defense to do it against. I also like Christian Kirk for a change.
Enjoy the games.