Julio Jones is the elephant in the room this week. He’s questionable and a game-time decision. If he plays he’ll be the top skill player in the game most likely to shootout this week.
He must be in your lineup if he plays. You must have another option in case he doesn’t play. Please apologize to your family, but you have to be at the computer from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. to monitor Jones’ status on Sunday. Tell them now. Again, if you’re reading Chinstrap Ninjas, fantasy sports are an important part of your life. Your family knows. They’ll understand if you’re a few minutes late for lunch.
If he doesn’t play his statistics get distributed to Harry Douglas and Roddy White in that order, making both of them awesome plays. I doubt you have Douglas and Jones, but that’s the perfect switch if you do.
Let’s stay on the Falcons-Saints game for a second. You don’t see any Saints receivers in the top 25 this week, but Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Nick Toon all have to be in play this week. Brees is projected to throw the most yards this week. When I was distributing statistics, Colston and Stills kind of just ended up with the same-ish yards. Atlanta gives up a combined 154.3 yards per game to No. 1 and No. 2 wide receivers.
Andre Johnson has cleared the concussion protocol. Yes, there’s a good chance he could get his bell rung again, especially with a quarterback like Case Keenum throwing him the ball. The one thing we do know is that Keenum will throw him the ball with DeAndre Hopkins out.
Some assumptions were made this morning when I updated the projections. Jones starting was a big one. Another one is assuming T.Y. Hilton will be out, meaning Reggie Wayne, Donte Moncrief and, yes, even Hakeem Nicks have some value this week. I figure Wayne, Moncrief and the Colts tight ends benefit more than Nicks, but Nicks got in the end zone last week, so I can’t be certain.
There are lots of injury news to worry about: Julian Edelman, Michael Crabtree, Calvin Johnson, Jordan Matthews, Larry Fitzgerald. The list goes on. None of them are Julio Jones, BUT every point counts on championship Sunday. Monitor their statuses up until kickoff and have a backup plan. Even for a player like A.J. Green, who isn’t on the injury report but missed Thursday’s practice with a toe injury.