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Tis the end of the line for a lot of you out there. Most leagues have wrapped up their action in Week 16, leaving some to celebrate and others to plan for 2010. To those in leagues where Week 17 is the championship game, then you need to stick around and soak up all of the advice you can get.
Sucks for anybody with Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, or anyone else valuable on the Colts. Having already locked up the #1 seed in the AFC, head coach Jim Caldwell benched most of his starters for the majorityof the second half of Sunday’s game against the Jets. This came as a blow during most league’s fantasy championships. Just send your hate mail to Caldwell.
Rookie QB Matthew Stafford was placed on the IR last Thursday, ending an injury-plagued rookie season. Daunte Culpepper and Drew Stanton will most likely share duties in the season finale against Chicago.
Panthers QB Jake Delhomme was placed on injured reserve with a broken right finger. The Panthers said they would like Delhomme back next season, but with the emergence of Matt Moore as a dependable QB, Delhomme may find himself riding the bench.
Brady, despite injuries, tore apart the Jaguars for 267 yds and 4 TD.
The Patriots clinched the AFC East on Sunday, so I can’t see Brady playing that much against Houston. He may end up playing a couple of series and that’s it.
With DeAngelo Williams out, Stewart ran wild all over Giants for a career-best 206 yds and a score.
I can’t see a reason why the Panthers would rush DeAngelo Williams back for the season finale against against New Orleans, considering they are out of the playoff hunt. Start Stewart against the Saints, who have allowed 145+ rush yds in two straight games.
After just 6 catches for 74 yds in his previous two games, White regained his form with 8 catches for 139 yds and 2 TD against Buffalo.
Atlanta won’t be going to the playoffs, but the starters should be playing anyway. White should put up good numbers against the lowly Bucs defense and White scored a TD in their last meeting.
Celek continued his breakout season with a season-high 121 yds and a score.
The Eagles are in the playoffs, but could jockey for a better position against the Cowboys, who will also want better seeding. Celek and the rest of the team should play all four quarters.
Janikowski went 3/3 on field goals including making a career-long 61 yarder.
The Raiders host the Ravens at home. Baltimore is actually pretty bad on the road, going 2-5 this season. The Raiders may give more opportunities than you think to Janikowski.
The Jets stopped the Colts’ perfect season by allowing just 15 points while picking up 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, 1 blocked kick, and 2 TD (defensive and return)
The Jets are playing for a playoff spot, so they will be going all out against a Bengals team that has already clinched their division.
Jim Caldwell puled his starters in the 3rd quarter, leaving the best players with minimal stats. Manning came away with 192 yds and no scores.
Expect the same, and probably a little less this week as the Colts will rest their starters against Buffalo.
Williams has been on a roll this season, but he hit a roadblock against Houston and rushed for only 35 yds before leaving with a shoulder injury.
The injury is minor and Williams says he will be fine. The Dolphins are still in the hunt, so they should be firing on all cylinders against Pittsburgh (who are also fighting for the playoffs)
Marshall did have 8 receptions, but they only went for 39 yds against Philadelphia.
The Broncos haven’t clinched a playoff spot yet, they still have to earn it. Marshall and Denver should have no trouble against Kansas City’s sorry defense.
It’s the same story as Peyton Manning, Caldwell rested Clark in the 2nd half and he came up with 57 yds and no scores.
See Peyton Manning above.
No field goals, but I guess the five extra points were good. No, not in my book!
Gostkowski has made just four field goals in his lat five games. It is not a lack of accuracy, just no available opportunities. With the Patriots already in the playoffs, look for New England to rest their starters this week, which will create very little chances for Gostkowski to score.
The Vikings have been a stellar defense all season, but they couldn’t fend off the Bears on Monday night as they allowed 36 points while getting 2 sacks and 1 INT.
Thanks to two straight losses, the Vikings are still fighting for a first round bye. Minnesota returns home for the season finale to host the struggling Giants. The Vikings allow less than 100 rush yds per game, but they are vulnerable through the air. I have a feeling Minnesota will stop Eli Manning.
Jay Cutler’s favorite receiver this week hauled in 7 catches for a career-high 150 yds and a TD.
QB Jay Cutler favors somebody different each week, so it is unrealistic to expect anywhere near a repeat performance. Then again, against Detroit, anything is possible.
The backup running back scored 3 TD to go with 39 total yds.
This was in garbage time with the Packers up big. This could happen again since Green Bay has already secured a playoff spot and may want to rest key players.
The Cadillac looked good for once and he ran for 129 yds and a score. It was his first 100-yd game since Week 11 of 2006.
If you expect this to happen again, then you probably aren’t playing for a championship this weekend.
Heap only had two receptions for 37 yds, but both receptions went for touchdowns.
The Ravens are in the hunt for the playoffs, so they will be playing hard against Oakland. Heap has scored in two straight games (4 total), so he is clearly getting redzone looks.
Foster was the highlight of the Houston backfield this week, rushing for 97 yds and a score.
He outcarried everyone else, and Houston is still in the playoff hunt. Houston will be playing all of their starters against a New England team that should be resting starters since they have clinched the AFC East.