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With leagues already in playoff mode, it is important to make sure that you pay attention to who is playing. By that I mean, make sure your current starters will actually be starting. Some teams will rest their players in order to gear them up for the playoffs and that can hurt you. So, for example, if you own Kurt Warner. The Cardinals have already clinched a playoff spot and during the last weeks of the season, Arizona may not want to risk injuring him so, they may bench him. In that case you would want to search your free agent pool for his backup (Matt Leinart). So look at your team and invest in their backups.
Colts RB Joseph Addai sat out Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury. However, coach Tony Dungy and the team have cleared him to play and he will start this Thursday against Jacksonville.
Oakland TE and leading receiver Zach Miller was helped off the field on Sunday after suffering an apparent neck injury. It is not considered serious and he is likely to play this Sunday.
The Vikings have officially named QB Tarvaris Jackson the starter for their Week 16 game against Atlanta. Even if Gus Frerotte comes back healthy, he may have trouble wrestling the job away from Jackson.
Andre Johnson (WR), Houston Texans: Johnson set the Texans franchise record for receiving yds in a game with 207 yds and a TD. He leads the NFL with 1,408 receiving yds.
Dallas Clark (TE), Indianapolis Colts: Clark’s 142 yds in Week 15 were more than he had in the previous four weeks combined. He also scored his 5th TD of the year.
Michael Turner (RB), Atlanta Falcons: Turner redeemed himself from his Week 2 performance against Tampa Bay (14 carries, 42 yds) with 152 yds and his league leading 15th TD against the Bucs on Sunday.
Anquan Boldin (WR), Arizona Cardinals: Boldin couldn’t get things going on Sunday with 34 yds and failing to find the endzone for the third week in a row.
Kevin Walter (WR), Houston Texans: After 146 yds and a TD last week, Walter only caught two passes for eight yds.
Brian Westbrook (RB), Philadelphia Eagles: Westbrook failed to shine on Monday Night Football with 67 total yds and no TD.
Sammy Morris (RB), New England Patriots: Sammy proved anyone can be a star against Oakland’s rush defense when he ran for 117 yds and a TD.
Dennis Northcutt (WR), Jacksonville Jaguars: Out of nowhere, Northcutt had 127 yds and his first TD of the season.
David Martin (TE), Miami Dolphins: Martin had a good game with 66 yds and a TD.
Now, I leave you with a look at our upcoming fantasy match-ups. Who has the edge?
SoB – KC vs. SoB – Pete
Shrink Dev Off vs. SoB – Dan