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Snapshot previews of all the games

Navigating some key injuries already

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 over the course of the day to answer 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.

Seems like an unusual amount of wide receiver injuries just one week into the season. Will try to answer questions over the course of the day. Good luck in all your leagues.

Packers at Falcons: The Packers aren't being very helpful with injuries, listing Aaron Jones and Christian Watson both questionable. I would not use either player, but until Jones is actually inactive, I'm not all in on AJ Dillon. But if it becomes clear he's starting, I think 70-80 total yards and a touchdown is reasonable. I do not believe the Falcons passing game is going to be as modest as it was in Week 1, so I hope people aren't releasing or giving away Drake London yet.

Raiders at Bills: No Jakobi Meyers, which to me means a few extra targets for Davante Adams and maybe Josh Jacobs, not that Hunter Renfrow is going to have a throwback game. Bills offense should have a bounce-back performance here. Lots of trashing of Josh Allen after last week. Eh, he played poorly. Jets defense is going to make a lot of quarterbacks look bad. Allen has his flaws but he'll be fine. Like James Cook this week.

Ravens at Bengals: With J.K. Dobbins out for the year, I'm not expecting the Ravens to have a great running back option, at least from among the committee types on their roster. Justice Hill, Gus Edwards, Melvin Gordon...maybe Hill gets a chance at a featured role, but it won't be in my lineups. In general this looks like a lower-scoring game, and while I think Joe Burrow and company will bounce back from last week, it might be not be here. Sorry. Mark Andrews probably returns, I'd use him if active.

Seahawks at Lions: I made this my Survivor Pool pick. Seattle's offense looked pretty woeful without its two tackles last week, who are out again. I'm using Kenneth Walker and wouldn't sit down DK Metcalf, but Tyler Lockett is a bit iffier and in general not a great situation. Lions offense should be very good; Montgomery, Gibbs and Amon-Ra, yes.

Colts at Texans: This matchup of rookie quarterbacks has been clouded by news late yesterday that apparently C.J. Stroud injured a shoulder in practice. Not sure how that happened, these guys can't be touched, so I'm guessing he strained something throwing it, and that's kind of important to a quarterback. Zack Moss should be featured for the Colts, Dameon Pierce looks good for the Texans, Anthony Richardson and Michael Pittman both viable.

Kansas City at Jaguars: Travis Kelce returns, rumor has it he's been friendly with Taylor Swift, I have a teenaged daughter, I hear these things. This game should be higher scoring, and I'm in on Isiah Pacheco. The fact that Clyde Edwards-Helaire missed some practice time due to illness (Covid? Who knows) and is questionable is a positive for Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon, as is CEH's tape from Week 1. Christian Kirk was huge in two games against Kansas City a year ago, I realize Calvin Ridley wasn't around, but I think Kirk has some sleeper appeal in bigger leagues.

Bears at Bucs: Those with nice things to say after Baker Mayfield led an upset at Minnesota last week now have ample evidence that a quarterback looking competent against the Vikings defense means very little. But the Bears defense might be even worse, so Tampa Bay has some viable options. Including Rachaad White, bad as he looked in the opener. For Chicago, uh, it's a committee backfield. And Justin Fields hinted after last week's game that he might run more this week. Not excited about the Bears offense in general.

Chargers at Titans: Austin Ekeler officially doubtful for this one. That usually means out, so get him out of lineups, and get Joshua Kelley in. He's not Ekeler, but he should be featured and the Chargers offense should be pretty good, at least throwing it if not running it, and their running back is a big part of that. Love Keenan Allen and like Mike Williams, too. For the Titans, DeAndre Hopkins seems unlikely to play, didn't practice all week. Boost to Treylon Burks, but I'm not sure Ryan Tannehill can play anymore.

Giants at Cardinals: I'm confident the Giants will score their first points of the season this week. Saquon Barkley, Darren Waller and Daniel Jones, thumbs up. For the Cardinals, there's James Conner and Hollywood Brown. Maybe Zach Ertz in PPR. I think that's everyone to be thinking about. Both defenses, perhaps.

49ers at Rams: Rough follow up for the Rams after knocking off Seattle in Week 1. Slightly better defense. Make sure Puka Nacua active after picking up an oblique injury in practice this week; if he is, I'd use him. Running back committee for the Rams against a tough defense. Passing game looks better, I'm not writing them off entirely with Matthew Stafford looking very good last week.

Jets at Cowboys: Game should be lower-scoring. Garrett Wilson I would use, and you have to consider Breece Hall after the way he looked in the opener. But otherwise I'd just as soon avoid New York's offense. For Dallas, CeeDee Lamb, Tony Pollard and perhaps Jake Ferguson in PPR. Brandin Cooks isn't expected to play (I don't take Jerry Jones' "gametime decision" seriously). I do not for a second think the Jets will go very long with Zach Wilson at quarterback, they'll be adding someone sooner or later. No Greg Zuerlein for the Jets (you don't want to be starting New York's kicker right now anyway).

Commanders at Broncos: Another defensive struggle, I think. Jerry Jeudy returns, should help. Denver really should have won last week's game. In general, not crazy about either offense, but there are some usable starters -- running backs, primarily. Could be a helpful game for determining if either team will have a go-to wideout.

Dolphins at Patriots: Can Bill Belichick and New England's defense slow down Tua Tagovailoa and this offense? I'd be using Tyreek and Waddle as usual but certainly Belichick has some credibility in this area. Raheem Mostert and Rhamondre Stevenson both viable. Game (in primetime) should be a fun one to watch, it feels like a lot of Dolphins games will be fun this year if they can keep Tagovailoa in the lineup.

Saints at Panthers: If anyone knows why there are two Monday night games this week rather than in Week 1, as has been the case in other recent years, let me know. Best chance of getting anyone to actually watch Saints-Panthers, perchance? I kid. Or do I. Anyway, reasonable matchup for the Saints offense, iffy for the Panthers. Miles Sanders looks OK.

Browns at Steelers: Another game that seems likely to feature more defense than offense. No Diontae Johnson and it's a spotlight game, so I expect an insane catch or two from George Pickens. San Francisco had its way with the Steelers defense last week and Pittsburgh doesn't have Cam Heyward, so Nick Chubb should be fine. The AFC North seems to feature four teams who could finish anywhere from 1st to last, so this will be a good game for determining what we're gonna get from the division (as will Bengals-Ravens). Not necessarily beautiful football, but whatever.

Enjoy the games.

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