I'm still here, Mayans. Nobody was stopping today's blog entry. It's Fantasy Championship Week, for crying out loud!
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 16 rankings, along with all the great information at our fantasy football news page.
On to the news:
- Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) has been limited in practice this week. The Boston Globe says it's "unclear" if Gronkowski will play against the Jaguars, while the Pats' website called Gronk's presence "hopeful" but was otherwise non-committal on his status. The guess here is that Gronk won't suit up this weekend, so you should keep your backup plan intact. If he does play, I'll keep him ranked at TE10, figuring that he'll be limited. Even a part-time Gronk is better than most tight ends, right?
- Philly.com reports that RB LeSean McCoy "could be on a play count" in his return to action this week. McCoy and Bryce Brown will share carries, making each player a risky option.
- The Giants expect RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) to return to practice today, but his status for Sunday is still iffy. If Bradshaw can't go, David Wilson will once again be ranked as a low-end fantasy RB2. The New York Daily News notes that Wilson "struggled as a blocker" against the Falcons, and that would impact his playing time. It wouldn't mean he'll be terrible, and it wouldn't erase his ability to break an 80-yard TD run, but it would limit his opportunities somewhat.
- Robert Griffin III (knee) is expected to play Sunday after missing Week 15. I'm a little worried about how much he'll run, though.
- No Thursday or Monday games this week, but the Saturday night game is Falcons-Lions. Set your lineups accordingly.
- Ravens WR Torrey Smith (concussion) returned to practice on Thursday, but hasn't been cleared for contact. His status for Sunday is TBD.
- Packers RB Alex Green (concussion) might not be able to play Sunday, so Ryan Grant becomes an interesting plug-and-play option against the Titans' 25th-ranked rushing defense. Not a great play, but one to reluctantly consider for RB2 if you're choosing between guys like Beanie Wells and Montell Owens (like I am). Jordy Nelson (hamstring) is still out.
- Speaking of Owens, he'll probably start again for the Jags, as Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) still isn't practicing.
- The NFL will hear Richard Sherman's appeal today. Even if Sherman's drug-related suspension is upheld, it sounds unlikely that a decision will come down before Sunday's game. If you own the Seahawks' DST, you should be OK, but consider a backup plan. I'd stick with them in many cases even if Sherman is out.
- Idea: Once your fantasy title game lineup is set, stack your bench with free-agent quarterbacks if bench points break ties in your league. Leave no stone unturned, right?
- Titans WR Kendall Wright (broken ribs) won't play Sunday.
- Chargers RB Ronnie Brown practiced in full on Thursday, and he'll probably get most of the work on Sunday, with Jackie Battle in play as a goal-line option. You don't want to risk playing any of these guys. Part of Ryan Mathews' fantasy ineptitude was due to his terrible (and injured) offensive line.
- The Raiders plan to use QB Terrelle Pryor more on third down and in the red zone this week. It's been nice knowing you, Fantasy Carson Palmer.
- Saints RBs Pierre Thomas (knee) and Chris Ivory (hamstring) were both limited in Thursday's practice. Mark Ingram gets more interesting if neither Thomas nor Ivory can play.
- Dolphins WRs Davone Bess and Brian Hartline are both in danger of missing Sunday's game with back injuries. Don't get cute about picking up any of the Dolphins' other wideouts.
- RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) and WR Brandon LaFell (toe) didn't practice on Thursday for the Panthers. Stewart is unlikely to play, but LaFell might after being active in Week 15.
Good luck this weekend!