Good morning, Fools. I'm reporting from San Antonio this morning, and it's a beautiful day.
Let's canvass the NFL for the latest news as we prepare for another glorious afternoon and evening of football.
There's all sorts of speculation about who will benefit from Darren Sproles' absence due to hand surgery (expected to be out 4-6 weeks). Chris Ivory is getting lots of love, but the more logical result is more touches for Pierre Thomas (first), then Mark Ingram. Thomas should be a solid start Monday night, with Ingram a decent flier. I wouldn't mess with Ivory until we see what this game holds.
Donald Brown had some swelling in his knee yesterday and is now questionable for today's game. We'll keep an eye on this, as Vick Ballard would be a decent start if Brown is out. If Brown plays, they're both bad bets. Miami's run defense is strong, and there certainly won't be enough fantasy production for two RBs.
Megatron will be a game-time call, and speculation is that he will be limited to third-down situations if he's active. I'm not buying that (if he's active, he'll play more than that, even if only as a decoy). In any event, he's a risk; but I'd still start him if I owned him. Titus Young should get more attention either way, and he's a decent play for those in need of help at WR.
Jordy Nelson is a game-time call as well. Start him if he's active; but either way, Cobb and James Jones are nice plays.
There's a good chance Ryan Tannehill will start, which is good news for Brian Hartline. I wouldn't start the rookie QB, who could exit at any time if he struggles with his injured knee; but Hartline is due for a rebound and Indy is a favorable opponent for the job.
Looks like Jimmy Graham has gotten the worst of his ankle injury behind him. Don't hesitate to cement him in your starting lineup.
OK, that's it for now. I'll be tweeting soon with the day's inactives (www.twitter.com/ladd_biro). Have a great day, and good fantasy 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.