Tom Brady is 2-5 in games at Denver and the Patriots' offense is running low on offensive weapons. Can they keep the streak going? Three teams that look playoff worthy? The Seahawks, Texans and ... Bucs.
Can Big Ben and the Steelers keep pace with the division-leading Bengals? They'll have to get past the Seahawks -- in Seattle. Will Brock Osweiler give the Broncos a fighting chance against the 10-0 Patriots?
Anthony had 11 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's win against the Giants.
It was the first time in his career that Anthony racked up double-digit tackles, though most of them were assisted. Despite the shootout nature of Sunday's high-scoring affair, Anthony continues to be a dependable IDP option at the heart of the Saints' defense.
Ellerbe (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Ramon Humber and Hau'oli Kikaha will likely flank Stephone Anthony, who is easily the team's strongest IDP option at linebacker. Kikaha does have four sacks and three forced fumbles, but he's averaging just over four tackles per game. Once healthy, Ellerbe could perhaps re-enter the IDP conversation, though it seems more likely he'll have a part-time role.
Hawthorne did not record a tackle in Thursday's game against the Falcons.
With the return of Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints' lineup, Hawthorne's playing time has dwindled, as he played only three snaps against the Falcons, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. So long as Ellerbe is healthy, Hawthorne is not worth owning in IDP leagues.
Humber (hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Humber used the bye week to get healthy, and while he may draw the start at weak-side linebacker, he's unlikely to have an every-down role. Stephone Anthony is the preferred IDP choice among New Orleans linebackers.
Snead did not have a catch in Sunday's loss at Washington.
Snead, who was dealing with a sore knee, missed most of the week's practices leading up to Sunday, and he played only 38 of the Saints' 57 offensive snaps (67 percent), his fewest since Week 1, according to the . As such, it is not unreasonable to infer that Snead was limited by his injury, which might explain his Week 10 dud. Although Brandin Cooks continues to re-emerge as Drew Brees' top target, Snead's role as the Saints' No. 2 receiver is secure. Snead will have a chance to heal up during the Saints' Week 11 bye, and a favorable matchup against Houston awaits in Week 12.
Amendola (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, the Boston Herald reports.
Though Amendola practiced in a limited fashion both Thursday and Friday, his Week 12 status may come down to a game-day call, which is a bit tricky for his fantasy owners, considering that the Patriots kick off at 8:30 ET on Sunday.
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).
Edelman underwent foot surgery Monday on the Jones fracture he suffered Sunday against the Giants, and he could return in 6-to-8 weeks, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.
Breer notes that the recovery timeframe is a rough one, so while it could theoretically allow Edelman to return during the postseason, it's certainly no guarantee. Danny Amendola is expected to get an increase in offensive snaps with Edelman sidelined, while Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski could all see more targets as well.
Jones (abdomen) was on the field for 63 of the Patriots' 71 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Bills, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Per the report, Jones had a chance to rack up a sack Monday, but QB Tyrod Taylor slipped out of the defensive end's grasp, with Jones thus limited to one tackle in the game. Through 10 games overall, Jones has notched 31 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
Martin (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, the Boston Herald reports.
As is fellow wideout Danny Amendola, though with Martin not having suited up since Week 6 and the Patriots not kicking off until 8:30 ET on Sunday, Martin looks like a risky roll in Week 12. Down the road though, when his health and role in the team's offense are re-established, Martin could carve out some deep league utility in the absence of Julian Edelman.