It's playoff time, and I hope (and expect) that every Fool is still competing today.
Let's get to it:
It sounds like Chris Ivory (hamstring) will sit out today's game, making Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram marginally more attractive. I've owned Ingram all year, and have yet to start him. Won't be today, either. As for the other two, they both have a good shot to score (as does Ingram), but none are likely to put up big yardage.
Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy are out again. Gotta love Bryce Brown, even though he has a rough matchup.
Look for another heavy workload for DeMarco Murray, as the Cowboys try to relieve pressure on Romo from the relentless Bengals pass rush.
Cecil Shorts and Rashad Jennings won't play for the Jags today. Will be interesting to see if Justin Blackmon steps up in Shorts' absence, or if the Jags just implode. With Montel Owens at RB, I'm thinking implosion.
It looks like Hakeem Nicks (knee) will be good to go today. Start him if you've got him.
Danny Amendola will be sidelined, making Chris Givens and Brandon Gibson viable options. But I wouldn't start either ahead of a more established performer. I love Steven Jackson in this contest, though.
Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez are all listed as questionable for the Monday nighter, but none is expected to miss the game. Of the three, Lloyd is the least interesting, but with Julian Edelman and Gronk both out, even he could come up big in this one.
Dustin Keller won't play for the Jets today. Jeff Cumberland takes his place.
Ed Dickson also will sit out, leaving the TE spot mostly in Dennis Pitta's hands. That doesn't make him a great starting option, though, in spite of the tasty matchup.
It's that time of year when weather can be a major factor in the games. The Packers and Lions will be playing on a truly frozen tundra, as they are expected to get several inches of snow tonight. That wouldn't keep me from starting Rodgers, but I would be more concerned about Matt Stafford, who isn't used to playing in that kind of weather.
Okay, that's it for now. Heading to Twitter (www.twitter.com/ladd_biro) to get out the inactives and other late-breaking news.
Good luck, Fools!
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Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.