Good morning, Fools. Congratulations if you're still reading this! It's championship Sunday (in most leagues), and many of you are off to a splendid start after last night's Falcons-Lions tilt.
As for myself, I'm in two fantasy Super Bowls. In the first, I came into the weekend feeling pretty invincible. That is, until my opponent unleashed Ryan, Julio and Megatron on me. Holy PPR, Batman! I'm down 85 points on Sunday morning! Fortunately, I have Brady, AJ Green and Amendola set to go, and the bad guy doesn't have a lot of firepower left; so I'm not running up the white flag just yet.
In my Sporting News Experts League, I'm playing against a very strong No. 1 seed. But he got off to a terrible start with Gonzo and Matt Bryant. My Jason Hanson took care of them. Perhaps the fantasy gods will look favorably upon me there.
Anyway, enough about me. You care about you, right? Here's what you need to know to help set your championship lineup:
RG3 is fully expected to play. Start him if you've got him.
Ahmad Bradshaw joined the Giants on their short trip to Baltimore. They play in the later game, so you'll need to have a backup plan if you're planning to start Bradshaw. I don't like David Wilson if Bradshaw suits up; and after last week, I'd avoid him if possible even if the rookie is the starter.
Shady McCoy is expected to be "monitored" in his return from a concussion. Since this isn't a knee or ankle injury, the monitoring they'll do is to make certain he's not taking any more shots to the head or feeling woozy. If I was still alive in my league where I took Shady first, I'd be starting him. Bryce Brown can be electric, but he's terribly fumble-prone. Andy Reid wants to win his last home game. Who would you give the ball to at the goal line? I'm convinced that as long as Shady is mentally alert, he'll get the ball.
Jordy Nelson has already been ruled out. That's good news for Randall Cobb and James Jones owners. Wish I thought it would boost Greg Jennings' chances; but after two weeks of mediocre returns, I'm not counting on it.
Sidney Rice will be a game-time call on Monday night. Taking on a tough 49ers secondary, you'd be better off with a safer option anyway.
Rob Gronkowski didn't make the trip to Jacksonville (though it sounds like Tebow will be soon; but I digress).
Remember, Dan Carpenter was just placed on IR. Nate Kaeding will kick for the Dolphins today.
That's it for now. Good luck today to all Fools! I'll be tweeting the inactives and other late-breaking news today.
And also, Merry Christmas to all!
About the author
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.