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.
Eagles at Giants: These teams just played a few weeks ago, with the Giants choking away a win. Eagles are healthier now, with Miles Sanders and Jalen Reagor available, but no one should doubt the potential of New York's defense causing problems for Carson Wentz (I like both defenses in this one, again). New York won't have Devonta Freeman, making Wayne Gallman viable if not really desirable.
Jaguars at Packers: The Packers (I suspect) will be the popular Survivor Pool pick. They're one, not both, of my entries; I was reminded last week of the risk of putting all your eggs in one basket when the Steelers narrowly avoided being bounced by Dallas. I think you can use James Robinson and DJ Chark but that's as far as I'd want to go with a Jacksonville team that should get annihilated. Packers may/should have Allen Lazard back, but it's not certain. Robert Tonyan also iffy and I'm staying away just in case. Rodgers, Jones and Adams should all be very good.
Football Team at Lions: Saw a curious pick this week from a guy I generally respect, saying to shy away from Antonio Gibson because Washington favors J.D. McKissic in passing situations when they're behind. This is true, and I like McKissic too, but I see no reason to think the Lions will race out to a big lead in this one; they seldom do. I like both Washington running backs, D'Andre Swift, Terry McLaurin and T.J. Hockenson. No reason to be concerned about the bigger-name players from each team. Matthew Stafford has been sketchy enough that I'm only so-so on Marvin Jones, even with Kenny Golladay sidelined again.
Texans at Browns: David Johnson is out, so Duke Johnson should be close to a full-time back against the team that never really featured him. There's your revenge game narrative, and it's a good one. Winds could be problematic here; I'm not sitting Deshaun Watson, since he'll run some, but it's a reason to be a little cool on both passing games. The Browns should run at will, and I'll sign off on both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt -- big rushing numbers should be in store.
Bucs at Panthers: No Christian McCaffrey, and personally I'm not counting on him for next week, either. Mike Davis won't run much but should catch plenty of passes. Bucs should use a committee, and although we like Fournette better, Jones will still be a factor; discussed in Weekly. Various wideouts look good, quarterbacks too.
Chargers at Dolphins: Two difficult backfields to invest in. The plus is that neither defense is great, the minus is that there could reasonably be at least 2 and possibly 3 involved players for each team. Rankings show our favorites without much enthusiasm for any. I think you can consider Ballage and Breida as long as you accept they might not play more than 40 percent of the time. Both passing games look OK, with neither pass defense better than average.
Broncos at Raiders: Denver defense has its moments but is not really a shutdown group. Jacobs, Waller and maybe Agholor OK against them. For Denver, they face a suspect defense, but keep in mind the production piled up by Drew Lock and company the last two weeks has come after falling way behind -- if that doesn't happen, they could disappoint. Jerry Jeudy should play, coming off a breakout game.
Bills at Cardinals: I'm all in on the text on the Arizona backfield: Chase Edmonds is the better play than Kenyan Drake, even if Drake returns. There's some guesswork here, but I can tell you I have both players in several leagues and am starting Edmonds and leaving Drake on the bench. Possible he'll sit out anyway, making everything easier. It's also possible this will be a wild shootout and both players will be fine. Hopkins, Kirk, Diggs maybe even John Brown and both quarterbacks, obviously. Giddyup.
49ers at Saints: I made the Saints my other Survivor pick. I don't love it, but it's a hurting group San Francisco is sending out and New Orleans has seemingly improved by the week, culminating in last week's dismantling of the Bucs. A letdown is possible, but the 49ers just don't seem likely to do more than maybe throw an early scare into things (and Nick Mullens could struggle against this pass rush). San Francisco should get some numbers from Brandon Aiyuk and perhaps Richie James, and I'm willing to double down on Jordan Reed (though not as optimistically as a week ago). Steering clear of the running back committee, I think I've rolled the dice on JaMycal Hasty more than enough. McKinnon and Aiyuk and the Saints; those are the guys to have confidence in.
Seahawks at Rams: For the Rams, the passing game and Darrell Henderson look good. For the Seahawks, the two main wideouts and Russell Wilson. After that you're hoping to coax production out of a Seattle backfield where Pete Carroll either isn't sure who will play or isn't being honest. Carson, Hyde -- no one knows. If Hyde is active, which it seems like he might be after practicing Friday, DeeJay Dallas is no longer a good choice. If he's out, I like Dallas. Simple, I guess.
Bengals at Steelers:The Bengals won't have Joe Mixon, so Giovani Bernard is again an option. After last week, when Pittsburgh's defense underachieved in Dallas, there's some potential for the Bengals offense, but I kind of think Pittsburgh will take things more seriously after last week's scare. Ben Roethlisberger was on the COVID reserve list all week, but he's been activated and is good to go. Some good wide receivers for both sides, but somebody will also get left out. Rather than agonizing over which ones to use, check the rankings and let it be our fault if you're uncertain.
Ravens at Patriots: I'm still kind of annoyed about the Jets blowing the Monday night game. That was probably their best chance to avoid 0-16. Not sure why I care, beyond Survivor Poll reasoning. Anyhoo, New England's defense will probably come up with some things to frustrate Lamar Jackson and company. Mark Ingram might return, rendering the Ravens backfield unusable. New England's backfield is basically unusable with everyone healthy -- James White, that's about it. Jakobi Meyers, coming off a huge game, looks good; that's the only New England receiver to consider. Hoping Baltimore puts the Patriots out of our misery, but we'll see.
Vikings at Bears:Ugh. Vikings have three really good players, but they're facing a tough Bears defense. Bears probably won't have David Montgomery; easy to sit him down even if he winds up playing this week. Seems like a pretty lousy Monday night game. If Montgomery IS out, Cordarrelle Patterson becomes mildly appealing, given that he has wide receiver eligibility but could put up starting running back production. Depending on scoring system, definitely intriguing. But with this being the Monday game, if Montgomery shows up as "questionable" you're left potentially relying on a guy who might not have a huge role if Montgomery plays. Tricky, but I like the idea of at least having Patterson on a roster, just in case.
Enjoy the games.