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. If I don't get to your question, either I missed it (it happens) or the rankings are very clear.
Jets vs. Falcons in London: Best part of this game, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on Sunday, make sure you get your lineups set, is lots of questionable type players were ruled out prior to the weekend since they had to fly to London. So no Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage or Tyler Kroft. The players who are available get reasonable matchups, although the Jets defense hasn't been as bad as expected and the Jets offense doesn't seem to have enough punch to get really excited about its players. Apologies to those who I've dismissed Cordarrelle Patterson to prior to this. Not gonna score multiple touchdowns every week but he's on one heck of a hot streak and I'd probably use him for any close-type start/sit decisions. Some potential for Kyle Pitts given Atlanta's missing wideouts.
Eagles at Panthers: Carolina's previously outstanding defense looked pretty ordinary last week in Dallas (great offense). So I'm fine using Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith and maybe a running back, but the committee (and at tight end, too) is problematic. Christian McCaffrey is doubtful, which usually means not playing, and a smart choice by Carolina. They need to get him healthy. DJ Moore is an every-week start, no one needs to ask about him. Chuba Hubbard will start but looks like Carolina is replacing McCaffrey with a committee.
Packers at Bengals: Green Bay has some defensive injuries, including to their top cornerback, so it's OK to use the Bengals you'd normally use. Pretty sure Joe Mixon isn't playing, and Samaje Perine will be the main back. With the Bengals, maddeningly, Mixon could be out for the next month and they'll still be calling him day to day and questionable. Anyway, don't use him this week.
Patriots at Texans: New England's entire offensive line (almost) will be out, but I'm signing off on Damien Harris anyway. I think the Patriots will run a lot and he'll be the guy. I'd use Jakobi Meyers in the passing game. And that's about it, I think New England will run. For the rest of the season the one component of Houston's passing game I'd consider would be Brandin Cooks, but not this week. Patriots are my Survivor pick, for those few who care.
Titans at Jaguars: No Julio Jones, but A.J. Brown is expected to play. I don't have a huge opinion on the whole Urban Meyer thing. I don't think it's surprising when a college coach accustomed to success maybe chafes in a lengthy rebuild at the NFL and ends up departing for one reason or another. Seems unlikely he's coaching here in 2022, if he even lasts the season. As for this game, Tennessee's defense isn't very good so there could be some offense. With DJ Chark out for the year, Jacksonville's remaining players look viable.
Lions at Vikings: If Dalvin Cook winds up active I'll retract this, but with the expectation he's inactive, I'll start Alexander Mattison over pretty much anyone you want to say. Detroit is pretty weak defensively these days and gave up huge (huge) games to both Minnesota running backs a year ago. Gotta dip into that if you can. Detroit's offense is trickier, I wouldn't opt for any of the wide receivers, and it looks like you have to confirm that T.J. Hockenson is active, though it sounds like he should be. Same with the two running backs.
Broncos at Steelers: Sounds like Teddy Bridgewater will return, a big plus for Denver's offense. I haven't totally given up on Drew Lock maybe being a viable quarterback (he didn't have much shot against the Ravens last week), but Bridgewater is clearly a superior option. Courtland Sutton is the big question here after rolling his ankle in practice. If he's active, makes sense to go with a similarly ranked option instead. Tim Patrick and Noah Fant, though, look promising, someone has to catch passes.
Dolphins at Bucs: I think the Bucs are another good (easy) Survivor choice. It's all gone wrong for Miami, to the point where Stephen Ross looks like the smart one for wanting to trade for a quarterback with 20-something assault lawsuits following him. Mike Gesicki, Jaylen Waddle and maybe DeVante Parker (if active) look to have potential against a team that can't stop the pass. No thanks to the entire running back committee. For the Bucs, I'll sign off on most offensive starters, quarterback and wideouts and Fournette anyway. Bucs D against Jacoby Brissett looks OK in the sack and takeaway department.
Saints at Football Team: No Logan Thomas, so I'm all in on Ricky Seals-Jones as a TE fill-in. New Orleans has a good defense so can't get too high on the running backs or wideouts for Washington, but Saints just seem pretty flawed these days. Washington defense a huge disappointment, so Alvin Kamara should be fine (and this week he'll have some passes thrown his way), but nothing else in the New Orleans offense looks safe to use. Not enough targets for Marquez Callaway or Juwan Johnson to feel great about using them, just the matchup.
Browns at Chargers: These look like two of the better teams in the AFC these days, headed for the playoffs and making some noise, too. Baker Mayfield playing hurt, nice there's an excuse for how rough he's looked the past two weeks. Thumbs up on Chubb, Hunt. Cleveland defense really playing well so lower expectations for Herbert-Allen-Williams, though I'm not sure many can seriously consider benching them.
Bears at Raiders: I really like Damien Williams with David Montgomery out. Cool on the rest of the Bears offense, I need to see Justin Fields do it before starting him. For the Raiders, it's a better than average defense they're facing so I'm not expecting huge numbers. I am using Josh Jacobs, though, who seems to be healthy enough that he'll be decent. So yeah, both running backs, and obviously Darren Waller.
49ers at Cardinals: Trey Lance starts, so things could be kind of bumpy with the 49ers offense. I'm certainly using Deebo Samuel, but that's as far as it goes. No George Kittle, but I'm not daring Ross Dwelley, myself. And with Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon both available, it's hard to know how to use the running backs (so best avoided). Chase Edmonds questionable for Arizona, so risky. We're signing off on the offense in general, but hard to know where targets are going and how Edmonds' status might affect the backfield.
Giants at Cowboys: The Giants defense is not without ability but I'm going with the Cowboys offense until things are proved differently. Main pass catchers and Ezekiel and Dak all look fine. For New York, they're facing an improved Dallas defense, but I like an apparently healthy Saquon Barkley and am intrigued by Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney, even in likely defeat.
Bills at Kansas City: Good Sunday night matchup yet again. These are supposed to be the best games of the day and the schedule-makers are killing it so far. Should be higher-scoring, should be lots of good starters on both sides. I don't have much to add beyond that I personally am not recommending Josh Gordon until we see some sort of steady involvement. A plus, if he's fully in shape and stuff, for the offense, but not a guy I'd start yet. Anyway, I think it will be high-scoring.
Colts at Ravens: Ravens defense can still play, Colts defense has some good players. So I'm expecting a lower-scoring one here. I'll stay well away from Baltimore's running game, and not crazy about Jonathan Taylor either. Or Carson Wentz, but that's nothing new. Marquise Brown playing too well to underestimate, and Mark Andrews and Lamar Jackson are also fine, but in general I'm not expecting a wild shootout. Would like to see Michael Pittman score at some point, maybe finally here.
Enjoy the games.