It's Playoff Weekend #2, a period almost as much fun as Wild Card Weekend in that we get two games a day to absorb and while the results are not always as goofy as the Wild Card games, there is still a lot of craziness abounding. So, let's see what we can glean this time through.
Carson Palmer (finger) is probable for the Cardinals hosting the Packers, who list Davante Adams (foot), who has not suited up yet this week, as questionable with Richard Rodgers (hip) and Eddie Lacy (rib) probable.
Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) has not practiced and is listed as out for the Panthers, with explosive Ted Ginn, Jr. (knee) doubtful facing the Seahawks. Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) has practiced and is listed as probable along with Luke Willson (concussion) and Tyler Lockett (hip).
Denver will have to rely on Peyton Manning (foot) with Brock Osweiler (ribs, shoulder) questionable, while C.J. Anderson (back) and Owen Daniels (shoulder, knees) are probable with Brandon Marshall (ankle) questionable, though he has suited up all week. On the Steelers side, Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is questionable while Antonio Brown (concussion) and DeAngelo Williams (foot) are out, making things as tough for the Steelers front office as for DFS players.
Travis Kelce (groin) is probable for the Chiefs, but Jeremy Maclin (knee) is questionable while many of the Patriots receivers are still hobbled, with Julian Edelman (foot), Danny Amendola (knee) and Scott Chandler (knee) questionable as is Brandon LaFell (foot).
I have to say that late changes may indeed work their way into my rosters for the weekend, as I would like to go with Ben Roethlisberger ($8700) and Antonio Brown ($9000), but as noted above, Brown is seriously iffy while Big Ben is just kind of iffy.
The thing with those players is Pittsburgh, who are essentially without a Running Back, made 55 throws for 380 yards and three scores against the Broncos just a month ago. As it is, I am taking Roethlisberger (he is an animal) and Markus Wheaton ($5600), and Darrius Heyward-Bey ($3300) becomes a cheap gamble on the team if Brown is truly down and out.
I similarly like Travis Kelce ($7500) because Alex Smith (at $8400, he is my back-up plan) likes him and, though Pittsburgh ($2800) has a terrible pass defense, they do have 41 sacks and 15 interceptions over the season and that is a lot, so I am willing to go with them.
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David Bowie: Bowie, and his many wonderful rock and roll personas (Ziggy Stardust, Aladin Sane, The Thin White Duke) left us Monday, just a few days after his 69th birthday, and in sync with the release of his final album, "Blackstar." A big loss of a big artist.
Monte Irvin: Negro League basher who then was the first African-American to play for the Giants franchise, starting in 1949. Irvin banged a .293-99-443 line with an .856 OPS over eight Major League seasons after his Negro League stint. The HOF'er was 96, showing just how much patience he possessed.
Lawrence Phillips: Troubled former Rams Running Back who plowed his car through a troika of teens following the beating of his girlfriend. Under suspicion for the killing of his prison roommate, Phillips apparently hanged himself.
Alan Rickman: Whether playing snarky ("Die Hard"), erudite ("Sense and Sensibility"), or brilliant dead-pan ("Galaxy Quest"), Rickman was a product of the classic British theater and a gift to film goers everywhere.
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