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.
Bengals at Football Team: I see a lot of questions about Joe Mixon. Why haven't the Bengals placed him on injured reserve, that kind of thing. First, teams don't always know how long foot injuries will take to heal. We've seen it with the Seahawks and Chris Carson; they might think he'll be OK in a week or two, but it ends up being 4-5. And second, teams don't always need a roster spot. They don't have all 53 players active for games anyway, they have expanded practice squads, plus some teams are playing out the string; not important to roster another player that they won't necessarily need for a game anyway. Where was I? Giovani Bernard should play most but Samaje Perine also will. Washington has McLaurin, Gibson and McKissic looking viable as key cogs in their offense.
Falcons at Saints: So much to talk about with New Orleans quarterbacks. First, Drew Brees. He's a smallish (compared to other NFL players) 40-year-old dude with a damaged lung. It is no surprise they're shutting him down for at least 3 weeks, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's longer than that. How irresponsible would it be for the Saints to send him out onto the field until he's fully healed? Too risky. I don't know if he'll be back in 5 weeks. To be clear, I'm not saying "drop Brees." But with him being placed on IR, the earliest he's playing is in Week 14, and I'm not certain he'll play then. Might not be worth a roster spot if you have a good quarterback. If you have Jameis Winston, I think you keep him for one week. Maybe Taysom Hill struggles and loses this week. Maybe Winston trots out onto the field after halftime. I think Hill is starting (and if you can use him as a TE, go for it) but we shall see if he's starting in Week 12. It's a favorable matchup and he'll run a ton -- could be very good this week. But I would be careful starting him over really good fantasy quarterbacks you know are playing four quarters. I'm using the main wideouts from both teams, both better defending the run.
Steelers at Jaguars: Ah, an easy one. Use James Robinson and maybe DJ Chark. And use all your key Steelers against a really bad defense.
Patriots at Texans: Mildly aggravating that New England is hanging around the playoff hunt with not much of an offense and a beatable defense. But they'll probably win this one, because Houston can't stop the run and that's all the Patriots want to do anyway. Deshaun Watson and company doing enough on offense that New England has to pass it a little bit is the sole reason to consider Jakobi Meyers, the team's only viable receiver. But Damien Harris is the Patriot I'd most want to use in this game, even though New England probably won't let him score any touchdowns or catch any passes. Rex Burkhead usable this week.
Eagles at Browns: I was very excited about using the Browns defense against Carson Wentz and company in this game, and also considering the Browns in my Survivor Pool. But Myles Garrett is out, and the Browns defense really missed him down the stretch last year. Browns are still a great choice with Wentz a sack- and turnover-machine right now, but not quite as appealing. In any case, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt should run all over the Eagles. For Philly, Miles Sanders, Travis Fulgham (not great but a No. 1) and Dallas Goedert (I realize he's been a huge disappointment) are the guys I'm grudgingly starting here and there.
Lions at Panthers: Whole lot of star power missing or hurting in this game. No Christian McCaffrey, D'Andre Swift or Kenny Golladay. No Danny Amendola. Matthew Stafford and Teddy Bridgewater both questionable with thumb, knee injuries. Likable options are Marvin Jones, T.J. Hockenson, Mike Davis and the Carolina wideouts, while factoring in the risk of Bridgewater either not playing or not playing well. Neither defense good but I worry it will be lower-scoring with all the injuries. Adrian Peterson has some potential with Swift out.
Titans at Ravens: Titans have been slumping but the Ravens haven't exactly been impressive lately either. And hopefully they're focused on the revenge thing from last year's playoffs, and not thinking about the even more important matchup with the Steelers on Thanksgiving night. Tough matchup for key Titans, favorable matchup for key Ravens, though difficult to use the running backs, and only a couple of receivers viable.
Jets at Chargers: Went with the Chargers as my Survivor pick. The argument that the Jets have to win a game eventually isn't really true. They might, but it's Week 11 and many good teams have already been used. Chargers offense should be very good regardless. For the Jets some potential against a soft defense, with Lamical Perine, Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman in the discussion as viable players.
Dolphins at Broncos: Not much good to say about the Broncos these days. Drew Lock not good, making the pass catchers less appealing. Lock also might be playing hurt, and Noah Fant might be too. For Miami, Salvon Ahmed and DeVante Parker look like the best options. And their defense, of course.
Cowboys at Vikings: I think we went with the Vikings as our second Survivor Pool choice. They're playing well and feeling like they can get back into contention for a playoff spot. Dallas is in a much weaker division but they also just seem to be a much weaker team, including on the sidelines. Maybe Andy Dalton and those quality wide receivers can put up some points, that's the reason to maybe shy away from Minnesota (not in fantasy terms, those guys will be great). I'm not benching Ezekiel Elliott or starting Tony Pollard, meself.
Packers at Colts: Davante Adams should play, so I'm not afraid to start him even at less than 100 percent. Matchup tough and all, but as long as he's active I think he'll get is. With Allen Lazard, though, worth seeing him get a game in action before using him. For the Colts, the matchup is fine, but figuring out which running back and receiver might benefit is tough. I'll let the rankings do my thinking for me. I think I'm starting Nyheim Hines because I'm a sucker for players coming off big games. I suppose that also applies to Michael Pittman, so sure. Matchup fine.
Kansas City at Raiders: Should be an entertaining Sunday night game with two teams that haven't been in primetime enough this year. Sammy Watkins is apparently iffy. I think he'll play, but you can't count on it, and it's not like it really affects whether Kansas City puts up big numbers or not (just makes Demarcus Robinson potentially an option if Watkins is out). Kansas City defense has been better than expected so don't just pencil in Raiders on the idea of garbage-time game-script type stats. Josh Jacobs should be good and Darren Waller will be busy, but I'm not expecting wildly huge Raiders numbers. But a fun game.
Rams at Bucs: Also a good Monday night game. Both teams very sound defensively, but so many strong offensive players it's hard to drop them too far. I think you start guys like Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods and hope, same with the Bucs receivers. Running backs less compelling, with a three-back committee for the Rams against a great run defense and perhaps an even committee for the Bucs against a strong defense. I know the Packers are very good and all but it feels like the West and South are the power divisions in the NFC, and everytime they meet up you wonder if it's a championship game preview. If so, well, Tom Brady or Jared Goff isn't a difficult choice, I'm afraid.
Enjoy the games.