Good morning, Fools. Is it just me, or is it getting a little chillier out there?
Here's what's up around the NFL as we make our last-minute starting lineup decisions...
Alex Smith hasn't yet been cleared to play tomorrow night, but he most likely will be. He's the only one of the concussed QBs from Week 10 (which also includes Jay Cutler and Michael Vick) with a chance to play this week.
Big Ben, as you know, is out. Probably for quite a while. Byron Leftwich takes his place, and faces a soft Ravens pass defense. Don't start him, but don't bench Mike Wallace or Heath Miller either. Antonio Brown (ankle) is not expected back until Week 13, in the best-case scenario.
Darren McFadden and DeMarco Murray are out again. Marcel Reece and Felix Jones are their proxies.
We won't know whether Ryan Mathews is suiting up until the early games have begun, so better make sure you've got another option to fall back on if you're hoping to play him. As mentioned here earlier, I don't like his chances at less-than-100% against the Broncos.
We'll know shortly if Julio Jones (ankle) is a go or not. I'm guessing he'll give it a go.
Plug Jordy Nelson back in your lineup if you own him, and hope he doesn't make another early exit.
We're expecting to see Pierre Garcon back on the field today for the first time in forever. I wouldn't start him unless he's clearly your best option; but he should be a good bet next week barring any set-backs.
That's it for this morning. Follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ladd_biro) for all the inactives and other late-breaking news throughout the day.
Good luck, Fools! Oh, and how 'bout them Baylor Bears?!!! Sic 'em, Bears!
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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.