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- Join a pregame chat with Beall and me on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
- Review my Week 1 rankings, along with all the great information at our fantasy football news page.
On to the news:
- Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the team should have all the information it needs to make a final call on Adrian Peterson's (knee) status by later today or tomorrow morning. That doesn't mean they'll necessarily make an announcement before Sunday, but they probably will. Stay tuned.
- Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) was again limited and not cleared for contact in Thursday's practice. A final decision hasn't been made, but it doesn't sound like Mathews will play, and with a Monday night game, you can't take a risk with him unless you know he's going to play by the time you set your lineup. Ronnie Brown appears to be Mathews' fill-in, and while I'm not that high on him, I've seen worse flex options. If Mathews is out, and with so-so options at wide receiver, Philip Rivers might throw to Antonio Gates 87 times on Monday.
- Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) was back at practice in a limited fashion on Thursday, and is still TBD for Sunday. Lynch's status may be a gametime decision, meaning you might not know until about 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, so set your lineups accordingly. Robert Turbin will have RB2 value in Week 1 if Lynch can't play.
- You've probably heard some news this week about the accelerated recovery of Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee). Today's Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Mendenhall practiced again Thursday, but the "coaches would prefer to hold him out a little longer." I wouldn't expect to see Mendenhall against the Broncos, meaning that Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer are the Steelers' tailback options (read Mike Tomlin's vague comments about them here). I'm cautiously preparing to start Redman in one league, because my alternatives aren't great.
- Browns RB Trent Richardson (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice. It sounds like Richardson will play, and one beat writer estimates that he'll get 15-18 carries if he does.
- In my continuing quest to decipher the Redskins' running back mess, I submit this article for your consideration. It contains much praise for rookie Alfred Morris, but still makes this Sunday look like a mystery.
- Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is unlikely to play against the Bucs. DeAngelo Williams probably becomes an RB2 for Week 1 in the event of Stewart's absence.
- Saints WR Marques Colston was limited in Thursday's practice due to a foot injury, but he's expected to play.
- Raiders WR Denarius Moore (hamstring) practiced Thursday for the first time since August 4, and his status will be a gametime decision. Again, since the Raiders play Monday, you shouldn't risk starting Moore. I get the feeling that Carson Palmer will look in Darrius Heyward-Bey's direction a LOT.
- Jets TE Dustin Keller has been limited with a hamstring injury this week, but thinks he'll be ready to go on Sunday.
- The Bills' website reports that WR Stevie Johnson is expected to play Sunday despite suffering a groin injury at practice this week, but you'll want to keep an eye on his status as gametime approaches. Johnson will be on Revis Island, where he caught 11 passes for 159 yards and a TD in two games last season.
- Trying to figure out the Dolphins' receivers? Beat writer Ben Volin projects a "heavy rotation" of Brian Hartline, Legedu Naanee, Davone Bess and Anthony Armstrong on Sunday. In a PPR league, I'd be OK starting Bess.
- I'll be interested to see what kind of timeshare the Cardinals use in their backfield. I'm still on Team Beanie Wells, but Ryan Williams has been a popular sleeper pick.
- With Bernard Scott (hand) not expected to play on Monday, BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be the man for the Bengals. I'm not a huge fan of the Law Firm, but I'm also not of the opinion that you should be terrified of starting him against the Ravens.
- It sounds like Colts WR Austin Collie will play on Sunday. If he's active, he's a low-end PPR starter, but don't get too attached to him.
- Patriots RB Shane Vereen (foot) didn't practice on Thursday. Let's see what you've got, Stevan Ridley. I might be underrating Ridley at RB25 this week.
- There's been no news to change the Jaguars' early-week suggestion that Maurice Jones-Drew will serve as a backup to Rashad Jennings this week. That doesn't mean MJD won't score a touchdown, but he's a risky start.
- So, the 49ers might give backup QB Colin Kaepernick some snaps on Sunday to run read-option plays? If you're starting Alex Smith in a two-QB league, keep an eye on this potentially Tebow-esque situation.
- Despite the presence of two promising rookies, Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson and Steve Smith are the top three wideouts on the Rams' depth chart. Yippee?
Good luck in Week 1!