Why did you do that to so many nice fantasy owners, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan? Why, why, why?
As always, if you need help getting ready for Sunday's games after reading today's blog entry, here's what you can do before kickoff:
- Send your questions to me via Facebook or Twitter. You can also tweet lineup questions to my colleagues Joel Beall, Ryan Fowler and Mike Harmon.
- Listen to hosts Harmon, Peter Burns and Nate Lundy on the FOX Fantasy Freaks on FOX Sports Radio Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon ET. You can tweet questions to those guys as well.
- Join a pregame chat with Beall and me on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. He'll lead off with the first hour, and I'll close things out.
- Review my Week 13 rankings, along with all the great information at our fantasy football news page.
On to the news:
- It sounds like RB DeMarco Murray will play Sunday night for the Cowboys after a six-game absence. Check the news again after today's practice, but Murray is a top-20 back for me unless the Cowboys say something specific about limiting his work.
- If Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) plays on Sunday, he'll be "eased back into the mix," according to the Contra Costa Times. As of this morning, I have Marcel Reece at RB22 and McFadden at RB25, but that could change pending any updates on McFadden. Also, if McFadden doesn't play, the returning Mike Goodson could factor into the mix, but not enough to consider starting him.
- Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) was limited in Thursday's practice, but said he expects to play against the Seahawks. I'm not sure I believe Forte, so watch for more news today.
- Neither Cecil Shorts (hamstring) nor Justin Blackmon (groin) practiced on Thursday for the Jaguars. Let's see what the news brings today on these popular wideouts.
- Vikings WR Percy Harvin (ankle) didn't practice on Thursday, and reportedly can only run straight ahead without difficulty. Don't expect him to return this week.
- Look for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) to miss one more game. I'd say that you should downgrade WR Mike Wallace as a result, but Mike Tomlin may have already done that for us. Since Wallace is listed as a co-starter on the team's depth chart, I'm not going to panic too much (at least about the depth chart thing), and will leave Wallace as a WR3.
- Rams WR Danny Amendola (foot) missed Thursday's practice and was in a walking boot, but he's expected to play Sunday. Remember that Amendola played last week after being listed as doubtful, but caught only one pass.
- The Cardinals are hoping that WR Andre Roberts (ankle) will play despite not practicing on Wednesday and Thursday. It's hard to get excited about any Cardinals' receiver with a third-string QB playing, but Roberts caught nine passes for 92 yards in Week 12.
- Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hip) is expected to play Sunday night. So much for all those Cole Beasley T-shirts I made to sell on the black market.
- Keep an eye on 49ers PK David Akers, who's been limited in practice this week because of a pelvis injury. The Niners have been investigating alternatives, and his fantasy owners should do the same.
- Jonathan Stewart's status for Sunday is very iffy due to a pair of injured ankles. If Stewart can't play, I'd be fine starting DeAngelo Williams as a low-end RB2. Williams has disappointed us before, but so have a lot of other guys in that area of the RB rankings.
- You know that Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy aren't going to play again this week, right? The Cowboys' DST looks like a solid play against rookie Nick Foles.
- RB Ben Tate projects to return this week for the Texans, but with Justin Forsett playing pretty well, the role of Arian Foster's primary sidekick is unclear. Maybe we'll find out more if the Texans blow out the Titans.
- Colts TE Coby Fleener is expected to return after a four-game absence, but I've still got him ranked behind teammate Dwayne Allen.
- Packers WR Greg Jennings says he doesn't want to be limited or eased into action this week. I've got Jennings at WR38, so I don't think he'll get his wish.
- Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu (foot) was limited in Thursday's practice. Sanu has emerged lately, with four touchdowns in his last three games. I wonder if he's as despondent as I am about Rutgers' collapse against Louisville last night.
Good luck this week!