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.
Colts at Bills: Jonathan Taylor is a great player and Michael Pittman has moved into that kind of area. Those players are on the road against a really good Bills defense, which is worrisome -- the Bills haven't given up much production of any kind all season. But I'm starting Pittman and I'd definitely start Taylor, and just hope they get theirs. In general I expect the Bills to put up good numbers and win, and hope the Colts get theirs beforehand. Not crazy about the Bills running backs, but the receivers look fine.
Football Team at Panthers:Working on this preview this week, I was impressed by the Carolina defense. It's good. So I'm a little concerned about the Washington offense in this game. That said, I did actually pick up John Bates and am using him in a couple of TE-premium leagues, 'cause he's their starting tight end. For Carolina, I expect Cam Newton to play most of the game and be usable, although Matt Rhule yesterday indicated that P.J. Walker could still play some. Eh, we'll see. Carolina's offense should be respectable in this matchup.
Ravens at Bears: You'd think this would be a defensive struggle, but Chicago's defense hasn't played well of late and the Ravens haven't played well against the pass. So Marquise Brown, Darnell Mooney (with Allen Robinson out) and the starting tight ends for both teams look solid. Devonta Freeman is viable but doesn't look great with Latavius Murray back to maybe take some work. David Montgomery, sure. But not expecting a shootout here.
Lions at Browns: Give me all the Nick Chubb and the Browns defense. It feels like after the Lions nearly win a game, like last week, they'll come out a little flat and get crushed. We'll see, but D'Andre Swift and to a lesser extent T.J. Hockenson are the only Lions I'd consider (maybe Tim Boyle leans on those shorter, safer throws as he tries to get the offense going). I'll pass on the Browns passing game, guess maybe Jarvis Landry in a pinch.
49ers at Jaguars: Kicking myself for scaling back a Wednesday night blind bid for Jeff Wilson. I didn't think there was any chance of Elijah Mitchell playing with a broken finger, but also didn't think Wilson was on anyone else's radar given the naively positive reporting on some sites about Mitchell. So I didn't get him; if I did I'd absolutely be starting him this week. Also Kittle and Deebo. For the Jaguars, thumbs up on James Robinson and Dan Arnold and that's pretty much it.
Packers at Vikings: No Allen Lazard, but still hard to get excited about another Green Bay pass catcher after Davante Adams. Green Bay's defense playing very well, but Minnesota at least concentrates its offense into a very few players. Starting Tyler Conklin somewhere. Big game, for Minnesota anyway.
Dolphins at Jets: Couple of bad defenses going at it, which gives the offensive players some value. Michael Carter, Myles Gaskin, Jaylen Waddle, Corey Davis. Even the quarterbacks, though it's an awfully deep league that would make Joe Flacco a consideration. I don't even understand why he's a consideration for the Jets. Give Mike White a half, then pull the plug. But whatever. I'm all in on Mike Gesicki bouncing back from last week's depressing donut. Mmm, donuts.
Saints at Eagles: No Alvin Kamara or half of the Saints offensive line. Got a question about the various Saints wide receivers. Problem is they're all similar, there's not a clear No. 1, one of these guys will probably do well and maybe score, but hard to say whether it will be Callaway, Harris or Smith. Watching last week's game, Smith kind of looked like the No. 1, but it could change week to week. Eagles are also complicated, they'll likely try to run but it's a committee against a really good run defense. I wouldn't want to use any of them, including Miles Sanders if he's even activated.
Texans at Titans: With Houston's defense on the other side, both D'Onta Foreman and Adrian Peterson merit consideration. Don't expect a throwback Adrian Peterson game, but Tennessee should rush for about 130 in this game and those are the running backs. I'd still use Ryan Tannehill and A.J. Brown, as well, but probably more running than passing. Houston's offense, lol. Brandin Cooks and no one else.
Bengals at Raiders: I expect this one to be higher scoring and like the key starters on both sides, from quarterbacks and receivers to running backs on down. Bengals especially. For the Raiders wideouts, it's really just Hunter Renfrow who can be counted on, though some sleeper appeal to Bryan Edwards (though I'd like to see it before investing too heavily).
Cowboys at Kansas City: Game of the Week. No Amari Cooper, unfortunately, a negative for Dallas and to a lesser extent Dak Prescott. Yes it means more targets for CeeDeee Lamb and Michael Gallup (the main beneficiary) but in general I think everyone else would benefit from having Cooper needed to be accounted for in the offense. Not sure what KC is going to do with Clyde Edwards-Helaire; sounds like he'll return. But not definite. If he plays, he's viable, but I think a committee with Darrel Williams is most likely.
Cardinals at Seahawks: Kyler Murray probably returns. I don't expect much running, though, lowering his appeal. Christian Kirk and James Conner look good. For Seattle, I think they're already kind of playing out the string and expect them to be only so-s0 against a good Cardinals defense, but Tyler Lockett's big year in the series a year ago makes him worth considering. For me. And DK Metcalf, and perhaps Russell Wilson. Alex Collins, well, starting running back. But don't love him.
Steelers at Chargers: Some key players going to miss this one for COVID, mostly defensive guys. Should be a plus for the offenses. In general Justin Herbert has been much better against weaker defenses, just something to keep in mind. For Pittsburgh, not clear if Ben Roethlisberger is going to be available, but with Chase Claypool returning, my mid-week pick up of Ray-Ray McCloud looks worthless. Should be lots of Najee Harris against the league's bottom-ranked run defense either way. Important AFC game.
Giants at Buccaneers: Rob Gronkowski probably returns. Antonio Brown does not. Bucs offense should be fine. Feels like these teams have played already this year, but that was last year, or maybe the Giants game against Kansas City. With that in mind, I expect the Giants to be competitive here, and I'd use Saquon Barkley. But difficult to know which wide receivers will be available, and the fact that it's Monday makes it even trickier to use them. Kadarius Toney is the Giants I'd use, and the Bucs' main guys, of course.
Will do my best to answer questions involving close players. Hopefully works out. Enjoy the games.