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Week 17 Upgrades, Downgrades, and Waiver Wire Wonders
by Jeff Pasquino, Jene Bramel, Jeff Haseley, Maurile Tremblay, Aaron Rudnicki, Colin Dowling, Will Grant, and Matt Waldman, exclusive to
- QB Billy Volek, SD *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- QB Brian Brohm, BUF *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- QB Curtis Painter, IND *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- QB Matt Moore, CAR *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- QB Matt Ryan, ATL
- QB Tony Romo, DAL
- QB Peyton Manning, IND
- QB Philip Rivers, SD
- QB Carson Palmer, CIN
- QB Drew Stanton, DET
- QB Aaron Rodgers, GB
- QB Kurt Warner, ARI
- QB Matt Hasselbeck, SEA
- QB Drew Brees, NO
- QB Matt Schaub, HOU
- QB Alex Smith, SF
- QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
- QB David Garrard, JAX
- QB Eli Manning, NYG
- QB Daunte Culpepper, DET
- RB Brian Westbrook, PHI
- RB Jerome Harrison, CLE
- RB Darren Sproles, SD
- RB Jonathan Stewart, CAR
- RB Donald Brown, IND
- RB Correll Buckhalter, DEN
- RB Arian Foster, HOU *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- RB Sammy Morris, NE *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- RB Chad Simpson, IND *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- RB Cadillac Williams, TB
- RB Brandon Jackson, GB *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- RB Ken Darby, STL *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- RB Shonn Greene, NYJ
- RB Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG
- RB Frank Gore, SF
- RB DeAngelo Williams, CAR
- RB Joseph Addai, IND
- RB LaDainian Tomlinson, SD
- RB Pierre Thomas, NO
- RB Steven Jackson, STL
- RB Cedric Benson, CIN
- RB LeSean McCoy, PHI
- RB Derrick Ward, TB
- RB Laurence Maroney, NE
- RB Marshawn Lynch, BUF
- RB Reggie Bush, NO
- RB Mike Bell, NO
- RB Michael Turner, ATL
- RB Quinton Ganther, WAS
- RB Ricky Williams, MIA
- RB Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX
- RB Ryan Grant, GB
- RB Chris Ogbonnaya, STL
- RB Knowshon Moreno, DEN
- RB Rashard Mendenhall, PIT
- RB Chris Wells, ARI
- RB Thomas Jones, NYJ
- RB Maurice Morris, DET
- RB Marion Barber, DAL
- RB Felix Jones, DAL
- WR Mike Wallace, PIT *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- WR Jeremy Maclin, PHI
- WR Mike Thomas, JAX *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- WR Muhsin Muhammad, CAR *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- WR Hank Baskett, IND *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- WR Dwayne Bowe, KC
- WR Steve Breaston, ARI
- WR Roddy White, ATL
- WR Ted Ginn, MIA *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- WR Steve Smith, CAR
- WR Reggie Wayne, IND
- WR Vincent Jackson, SD
- WR Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
- WR Anquan Boldin, ARI
- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, SEA
- WR Marques Colston, NO
- WR Nate Burleson, SEA
- WR Donald Driver, GB
- WR Derrick Mason, BAL
- WR Devin Thomas, WAS
- WR Andre Johnson, HOU
- WR Devery Henderson, NO
- WR Jabar Gaffney, DEN
- WR Hines Ward, PIT
- WR Mike Sims-Walker, JAX
- WR Malcolm Kelly, WAS
- WR Austin Collie, IND
- WR Santana Moss, WAS
- WR Josh Morgan, SF
- WR Michael Crabtree, SF
- WR Calvin Johnson, DET
- TE Todd Heap, BAL
- TE Zach Miller, OAK
- TE Tom Santi, IND *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- TE Jason Witten, DAL
- TE Dallas Clark, IND
- TE Antonio Gates, SD
- TE Jeremy Shockey, NO
- TE Fred Davis, WAS
- TE Delanie Walker, SF
- TE Vernon Davis, SF
- TE Will Heller, DET
- TE David Thomas, NO
- PK Adam Vinatieri, IND
- TD New York Jets, NYJ
QB Brian Brohm, BUF
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- With injuries to their first two QBs this week, the Bills turned to Brian Brohm who was signed off the Packers practice squad last month. It would be difficult to get a read on any young QB playing behind this offensive line and Brohm struggled as expected in his first NFL start. He did reasonably well in the short passing game, but his accuracy suffered on longer passes, including an interception in the end zone. It seems clear that the Bills don't view Trent Edwards or Ryan Fitzpatrick as their QB of the future, so Brohm might get another chance to audition for a bigger role in next week's finale against the Colts.
QB Matt Moore, CAR
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- In seven career starts (four in 2009 and three in 2007), Matt Moore has five wins. He has seven touchdowns in his last three games, including two consecutive three-touchdown games against NFC foes Minnesota and the New York Giants. At first glance, Moore isn't anything special, but his ability to recognize pressure and make plays with his feet sustains drives. He converted third and five in the first quarter because he recognized the blitz and ran for the first down. One reason why Moore is 5-2 as a starter is because he manages the game well, keeps drives alive, and doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He threw a great touch pass to Muhsin Muhammad in the second quarter for a 22-yard score after seeing Muhammad was in position to get separation from his defender. Moore was 10 of 12 for 111 yards and two scores before the two-minute warning of the first half. He only had 15 completions all game with just two pass attempts in the game's final 28 minutes. To say Moore and the Panthers put the passing game on autopilot in the second half is an understatement. The way Moore is playing, and the drive the Panthers have despite being eliminated from the playoffs, suggests he should have another competitive game next week against the reeling Saints. However, temper expectations without Steve Smith, who is out for the year after breaking his arm.
QB Curtis Painter, IND
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Expect the Colts to go with Curtis Painter at QB next week against the Bills. Painter will have his work cut out for him after a very disappointing outcome in replacing a healthy Peyton Manning against the Jets. The rookie QB did not release the ball quick enough on an attempt that resulted in Calvin Pace making the sack and fumble, which the Jets recovered for the go-ahead score. Despite the inevitable start next week, we don't think Painter has much value making his first start on the road in cold, noisy Buffalo. However, the Bills defense cannot be compared on even ground with the Jets, so there's an off chance this match up between Painter and Bills new QB Brian Brohm could turn into a duel we saw from the Lions and Browns QBs earlier this year.
QB Tony Romo, DAL
- Romo has been playing good football for the past two weeks. His ability to slide around the pocket to find the open man with accurate throws has served him well. More than a few times Romo eluded pressure to make a big play, including stepping up to find Patrick Crayton over the middle for a first down in the opening quarter, job sliding around the pocket in the red zone to find Roy Williams in the back corner of the end zone for the score, and later spinning away from Orakpo to hit Austin for a 17-yard gain. Although he did have an interception, it was the result of a tipped pass Roy Williams should have caught. Both Miles Austin and Jason Witten are playing good football, and that's enough for Romo to be a solid QB1.
QB Matt Ryan, ATL
- Ryan has been struggling with a turf toe injury lately and had not been nearly as effective late in the season as he was earlier. However, he showed no signs of struggling in this game throwing a bomb to Roddy White on the Falcons first play from scrimmage for a 42-yard score. Ryan added two more touchdown passes in the second half to give him 20 on the season. The Bills pass rush put some pressure on him, finishing with three sacks, but Ryan generally did a good job of getting rid of the ball quickly and taking what the defense gave him. Ryan may not have taken the big step that many expected from him this season, but he still looks like one of the best young QBs in the league and should have a decent finale against the Buccaneers.
QB Billy Volek, SD
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Billy Volek took over late in the Week 16 blowout for San Diego as Philip Rivers took the rest of the night off, and this is something that may happen again in Week 17. The Chargers have nothing to play for as with the AFC West sewn up, so Volek may even get the start in the regular season finale. Monitor any news of this possibility this week if you have a Week 17 fantasy championship game and are in need of a quarterback, as Volek has had big games in past Decembers.
QB Drew Brees, NO
- Brees had a disappointing (for him) fantasy performance against Tampa Bay, throwing for 258 yards and one touchdown in a week 16 loss. The Saints' offense has been a bit out of sync lately, scoring just 17 points in each of its last two games (both losses). Moreover, if the Vikings lose their week 16 game on Monday night, the Saints will have already locked up the No. 1 seed heading into week 17, and may decide to give their starters some rest. If you rode Drew Brees all the way to a week 17 championship game, it may be time to look for another option in your fantasy finale.
QB Matt Hasselbeck, SEA
- Hasselbeck has struggled for the past two weeks, throwing four interceptions in each of the last two games. Hasselbeck is in the final year of his contract in Seattle, and his future there is in doubt. His arm has looked weak in recent games, and he has made some very poor decisions with the ball. Over the past five games, Hasselbeck has averaged just 5.7 yards per pass attempt, and if he gets off to a poor start in week 17, there's a very real chance that he could be benched in favor of Seneca Wallace. Do not start Matt Hasselbeck in your fantasy league this week.
QB Peyton Manning, IND
- The Colts led 15-10 in the third quarter and that was apparently enough for the Colts and HC Jim Caldwell to pull Manning to prevent him from getting injured against a tough Jets defense. The Colts, have locked up the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Don't expect to see Peyton Manning until the second round of the playoffs. His regular season is virtually over with nothing left to play for now that they lost their first game.
QB Carson Palmer, CIN
- The Bengals passing offense has been a disappointment down the stretch, but Palmer gets more of a downgrade because Cincinnati has wrapped up the division and has nothing to play for in Week 17. Expect Palmer to see some time, but not the entire game.
QB Philip Rivers, SD
- Philip Rivers had a great Week 16, throwing for 264 yards and two scores, connecting with nine different receivers in basically just three quarters of work. Rivers and the rest of the offensive starters took the final 11 minutes off as the backups entered the contest with the scoreboard heavily in San Diego's favor. Rivers may also rest again in Week 17 with a first round bye in the playoffs, so if you have a fantasy game of any meaning in Week 17 and are counting on Rivers then you may need to find another option.
QB Aaron Rodgers, GB
- Rodgers came out of the game late in the third quarter when the Packers were up 38-3 over the Seahawks. Rodgers may see more rest in week 17, since the Packers are left with little to play for. (They have clinched a wildcard spot, but cannot win their division.) That makes Rodgers a very risky play in your fantasy championship. If Rodgers carried your team into the championship, you should perhaps look for another option -- one with a better guarantee of playing the whole game -- in week 17.
QB Drew Stanton, DET
- Stanton looked above average in the first half, but his performance quickly degraded in the second half and he was eventually pulled for Daunte Culpepper in the fourth quarter. Stanton locked on to Calvin Johnson for most of the game and often tried to force the ball into him when he was covered. He deserved all three of his interceptions as he under threw Dennis Northcutt and Maurice Morris on two of them, and threw the ball behind Calvin Johnson for his third and final. He finished the game with just 130 yards passing.
QB Kurt Warner, ARI
- Warner played well enough against the Rams on Sunday (24 of 38 for 313 yards, two touchdowns, two fumbles), but is not known for his durability, and could be rested this week against the Packers. The Cardinals have already clinched their division, and if the Vikings win on Monday night in week 16, the Cardinals will not be in the running for a first-round bye. Their week 17 opponent is also their likely first-round opponent in the playoffs, so the Cardinals may decide not to show the Packers much in the way of their first-team offense. That makes Warner a very risky fantasy start.
QB Daunte Culpepper, DET
- Culpepper came in late in the fourth quarter to replace Stanton after his third interception. He ran the shotgun hurry up offense well enough, and marched the Lions down the field for a field goal on his first drive. Culpepper mostly made good decisions, scrambling for a first down once and rolling out to avoid pressure on another. However, on the final drive, he rolled out under pressure and looked like he could run for a big gain. He hesitated, and the defense came up to make the sack. He rushed the throw and put it into the turf for an incomplete. He was marginally better than Stanton, but could see time next week against Chicago as the Lions are still playing to win.
QB David Garrard, JAX
- Garrard struggled in a big way against New England, but expect him to bounce back in a favorable match up next week against Cleveland. The Jaguars must win in Week 17 to have any chance for the playoffs and the Browns are still giving up big plays on defense. Garrard should bounce back after this poor effort to end the season strong, making him a borderline fantasy QB1 and strong QB2 for the regular season finale.
QB Eli Manning, NYG
- Manning had a ton of yards in garbage time, which essentially was most of the second half, but he made too poor decisions in this game. He was intercepted by Richard Marshall near the end of the second quarter on a play that was intended for Steve Smith. Smith was blanketed on the play, but Eli threw it anyway. It was an easy play for Marshall, which ended any hopes for the Giants to get back into the game down 17-0 at the time. The Panthers, up 31-0, put the defense on autopilot, which led to a ton of garbage yards. He should see plenty of opportunities against the Vikings defense, although the results might be similar.
QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
- Roethlisberger had a modest game against a tough Baltimore defense (17-33-259-1-1) but now gets to face the Miami Dolphins in Week 17, a great match up to close out the regular season. This is a must-win game and Pittsburgh has all of their offensive weapons healthy to square off against a suspect secondary that is giving up huge plays to opposing quarterbacks. Keep Roethlisberger in your fantasy lineups in Week 17.
QB Matt Schaub, HOU
- Schaub continues to throw for huge gains on a high percentage of throws. The biggest "problem" he has right now is that the Texans have been so good offensively in the early going that he is asked to do very little passing in the second half. He is getting plenty of time in the pocket and his receivers are catching most everything thrown their way. Schaub is likely to finish the year at the top of the passing yardage ranks with close to 30 touchdowns. And with a playoff spot on the line, he is a must start in every format for the 17th week of the season.
QB Alex Smith, SF
- Alex Smith didn't look great, but he handed the ball off to Frank Gore enough to get the win. He spread the ball around enough to keep the Lions off balance and kept the offense moving in the second half. His best play was on 4th and 1 near the end of the third quarter. He faked to Gore, and continued to drop back. Gore released into the flat and was wide open. Smith laid it out for him and Gore turned it into a 48-yard gain. The TD pass was a short flip to Vernon Davis that Smith probably could have run into the end zone, but when the defense came up, he pulled up short and tossed it to Davis. He was almost over the line of scrimmage, but after review, it was ruled a completed pass.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG
- Bradshaw had a great game last week against Washington, and he continues to be the better back for the Giants. Bradshaw was slowed by an ankle injury for a 5-6 game stretch this season, but when healthy, he is a quick-footed, speedy and yet powerful RB who is capable of making plays on the ground as well as a receiver. The Giants were hard-pressed to sustain many drives against a good Carolina defense, but when given the opportunity, he looked like he did in the beginning of the year when he was producing double-digit fantasy point games. He has a tough match up next week against Minnesota, but he's someone to watch for next season as well as dynasty leagues.
RB Donald Brown, IND
- Brown is expected to see the majority of the Colts carries in week 17 at Buffalo as Joseph Addai will likely take a seat to rest for the playoffs. The Bills have been horrendous against the run this year, which should yield impressive rushing performances for Donald Brown and the Colts running game. Brown was outstanding in pass protection for Manning against the Jets and he also found the end zone. We expect an even better week from the rookie to cap the regular season.
RB Correll Buckhalter, DEN
- Correll Buckhalter ran harder and looked better than his counterpart in Week 16. Buckhalter had just five carries against the Eagles in Week 16 but broke off a big 33-yard run that put him well ahead of Knowshon Moreno's 18 total yards on nearly twice as many carries. With a good match up next on the schedule (home against the Chiefs), Buckhalter could be a solid spot starter for a fantasy team in need of running back production in Week 17.
RB Ken Darby, STL
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Darby got the start in place of Steven Jackson (herniated disk) and rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries against the Cardinals. Darby lacks Jackson's ability as a playmaker, but he could get another start in week 17 if the Rams are content to let Jackson's back heal heading into the off-season. Even if Darby gets the start, however, he will likely split time again with rookie RB Chris Ogbonnaya, as he did Sunday against the Cardinals. Therefore, Darby is no better than a weak flex option for desperate fantasy owners -- but that's more than he was a week ago, hence the upgrade.
RB Arian Foster, HOU
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Foster received extended action on Sunday and didn't disappoint. He ran hard between the tackles and scored on an off-tackle run to the right side where he ran 17 yards untouched in to the end zone for the Texans third touchdown. He finished the day with 97 yards and one of the Texans better rushing displays of the season. Foster may get another long look Sunday as the Texans try to get in to the playoffs. He is worth consideration in larger leagues and definitely worth stashing away for next season in keeper leagues.
RB Frank Gore, SF
- The only stat that you need to understand for Gore is 110 total yards in the third quarter. Gore was pretty well contained in the first half, but broke loose for big gains in the third quarter and really took over the game. Gore was most effective running the ball straight up the gut. To be fair to the Lions though, he was stuffed as much as he made solid gains. But in the third quarter, he really started to break out. His best play was a fourth and one short pass where the Niners faked the run up the middle, and he released into the flat. The defense keyed on Crabtree streaking down the middle of the field and Gore was wide open. He had a 48-yard catch and run for the biggest play of the game. He eventually scored a TD and put the 49ers up 20 to 3. He ground out the rest of the game, finishing 150 yards from scrimmage and becoming the first 49er in history to have four consecutive 1000-yard rushing seasons.
RB Shonn Greene, NYJ
- Thomas Jones leads the Jets attack, but Shonn Greene is getting some reps as well. Against the Colts, Greene added 95 of the Jets 202 total rushing yards. From a yard per carry standpoint, Greene's 5.9 YPC bested Thomas Jones, who averaged a still impressive, 4.6 yards per carry. Greene left the game in the fourth quarter due to what looked like a wrist injury, but as of right now, it is not expected to keep him out of next week's game.
RB Jerome Harrison, CLE
- The Browns stuck with Harrison almost exclusively against the Chiefs and he responded against another bottom tier rushing defense. Harrison is running hard and with confidence and has been effective inside, outside and in the red zone. He's a strong start against Jacksonville next week.
RB Brandon Jackson, GB
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Jackson scored his first three touchdowns of the season in the Packers' blowout of the Seahawks. He had only eight touches in week 16, but could see more action in week 17 if the Packers decide to give Ryan Grant some rest. Jackson would be nothing more than a weak flex option in week 17 regardless, but with his three scores against the Seahawks and the potential for more playing time against the Cardinals, Jackson has put himself on the fantasy map as a potential spot start for desperate owners.
RB Sammy Morris, NE
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Morris took over in the backfield for the Patriots in Week 16, coming in after Laurence Maroney fumbled the ball away at the goal line early in the contest. Morris responded well, rushing 12 times for 95 yards and a score against Jacksonville, including a career-best, 55-yard run. Morris is likely to see the most touches of any running back in Week 17 against Houston and could be a solid waiver wire pickup.
RB Chad Simpson, IND
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- The Colts will probably go with the ground game in heavy doses against the Bills porous run defense next week. Look for Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark to see limited action, if any at all, now that there is nothing left to play for in week 17. Donald Brown should see the majority of carries, but look for Chad Simpson to see upwards of 12-15 touches.
RB Darren Sproles, SD
- Darren Sproles scored three times for the Chargers against the Titans, showing good quickness and speed with just a handful of touches on Christmas night. Sproles scored on a short three-yard "arrow" route (slant out, then in) out of the backfield down near the goal line in the second quarter and then followed it up with two rushing scores in the third and fourth quarter. Sproles' final score came on the first play of the final period, which marked the last time most of the starters saw the field for San Diego. Look for Sproles to be the starting tailback in Week 17, as San Diego will rest LaDainian Tomlinson for the playoffs.
RB Jonathan Stewart, CAR
- The Panthers deactivated RB DeAngelo Williams due to his injured ankle, but for consecutive games they didn't skip a beat in the rushing department. Stewart had some difficulties early against the Giants run blitzes, but Carolina's offensive line and some key misdirection rushing plays really opened to door for Stewart to gain yardage in bunches, including his 29-yard untouched TD run in the second quarter that started the Carolina onslaught. The big back has all the tools to wear down an opposing defense and this is exactly what he is doing. He should have another nice day against the Saints.
RB Brian Westbrook, PHI
- Brian Westbrook returned to action for the first time since Week 10 and he looked very much like the Westbrook of old -- quick and elusive when he had the ball in his hands. Westbrook split touches with both Leonard Weaver and LeSean McCoy, but he did have the most touches of all three running backs despite Philadelphia's easing of him back into action. Week 17 looms huge for the Eagles as they travel to Dallas to decide the NFC East champion, so expect Westbrook to be a bigger part of the offense in the regular season finale.
RB Cadillac Williams, TB
- Williams was impressive in the win over the Saints, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, and catching three balls for 19 yards. This is only a weak upgrade, however, as it is far from certain that Williams will match those 27 touches (a season high) in week 17. Derrick Ward was limited by a knee injury in week 16, and it's uncertain how the carries will be divided if Ward is full go in week 17. Nonetheless, Williams' strong performance against the Saints means that he is worth considering as a flex option against the Falcons.
RB Joseph Addai, IND
- The Colts have licked the postage stamp and mailed in their chances for an undefeated season. As a result, there is nothing left to play for in week 17 at Buffalo. The sweet rushing match up for Addai will likely now go to Donald Brown, because Addai will probably be rested for the playoffs.
RB Mike Bell, NO
- Bell has been relatively ineffective over the last month. He has averaged just 2.8 yards per carry over the last four games, including his 7 carries for 20 yards in week 16 against the Buccaneers. Even if Pierre Thomas (ribs) sits out in week 17, Bell's lack of recent production (and the fact that he'd still share the backfield with Lynell Hamilton and/or Reggie Bush) makes him an unattractive fantasy option in week 17.
RB Cedric Benson, CIN
- With the Bengals winning the division in Week 16 and plenty of depth at RB, expect Benson to see limited time next week with nothing to play for other than to give the starters time to stay in a rhythm.
RB Reggie Bush, NO
- Bush had eight touches (two runs, six receptions) against the Buccaneers, and that's probably about what he can be expected to get again in week 17 against the Panthers. If Pierre Thomas (ribs) is rested, Bush may get the start -- but he will share the backfield with Mike Bell and Lynell Hampton. If the Saints already have the No. 1 seed locked up (with a Vikings loss on MNF in week 16), Bush may see even fewer touches. He is not a recommended fantasy starter in week 17.
RB Quinton Ganther, WAS
- While Ganther ran hard, and had some nice gains up the middle, including a 16-yard screen pass, he only had eight touches for the night because he lacked the speed and agility to make plays on the perimeter of the Cowboys defense. Redskins tried to get Ganther off tackle and around the ends on run plays, but they weren't successful, which had as much to do with Ganther as it did the makeshift line in front of him. He'll have more success up the middle against the Chargers, but it's difficult to count on him to have more opportunities trying to overcome a deficit against San Diego's explosive offense.
RB Steven Jackson, STL
- Steven Jackson had been playing through a back injury (herniated disk) for several weeks, but it finally sidelined him last week against the Cardinals. The Rams have nothing to play for in week 17 save a better draft spot; and while a number of Jackson's teammates will be auditioning for the 2010 season, Jackson himself has nothing left to prove. He may therefore decide that letting his back heal is more important than playing in week 17 and risking further injury heading into the off-season. If Jackson does play the entire game against the 49ers, he is a strong fantasy starter. But even if he tries to go, the risk that his back will tighten up and cause him to leave the game early is very real. Your risk-aversion in week 17 will depend on how your fantasy team matches up with your opponent's, but if you are in a position to play it safe, you will want to find a more secure option than Jackson.
RB Marshawn Lynch, BUF
- The Bills had trouble sustaining drives, but Lynch looked almost like an afterthought in this game. He finished with just three rush attempts for three yards, and added only a single reception for 13 yards. Fullback Corey McIntire was actually a bigger part of the offense, finishing with 30 yards on five touches. Lynch likely needs a new start under a new coaching staff, but he may present some value on draft day next year given how things have gone for him this season.
RB Laurence Maroney, NE
- Laurence Maroney was yanked out of the lineup after a fumble at the goal line against Jacksonville in Week 16. Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk replaced Maroney, so Maroney may once again be in Bill Belichick's dog house. Do not count on him against Houston in Week 17.
RB LeSean McCoy, PHI
- McCoy only saw six carries against Denver in Week 16 as Brian Westbrook returned to action for the Eagles. McCoy was used sparingly, sharing the backfield with both Westbrook and Leonard Weaver. Philadelphia is very likely to continue to split time for all three running backs to keep everyone healthy and also to keep Dallas guessing in Week 17. McCoy can no longer be considered a solid fantasy starter.
RB Pierre Thomas, NO
- Thomas got off to a fast start (60 rushing yards and a touchdown) before bruising his ribs in the second quarter against the Buccaneers. He did not play in the second half, and with the Saints already having locked up a first-round bye, Thomas may be rested in week 17 at Carolina. The Saints have plenty of other running backs (Reggie Bush, Mike Bell, Lynell Hamilton), so there will not be much pressure to force Thomas back for the final regular season game -- a more important consideration is making sure that he's healthy for the playoffs.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson, SD
- LaDainian Tomlinson scored twice from short yardage in Week 16 against Tennessee then proceeded to take most of the second half off. The Chargers pulled most starters with the big lead after halftime, a move that may foreshadow how they approach a meaningless Week 17 game against the Redskins. Tomlinson may not suit up at all for the regular season finale.
RB Michael Turner, ATL
- Turner was inactive and did not play for the third time in four games. He got off to a decent start, but the combination of suspect run blocking and play calling stubborn play calling initially hurt his production. By the time he got on a roll, he hurt his ankle and tried to rush back too soon. The Falcons have a couple of solid backups in Jerious Norwood and Jason Snelling so it would make sense for the Falcons to spell Turner a little more next season in the hopes of keeping him healthy.
RB Derrick Ward, TB
- Ward appeared on the injury report late last week with a knee, and gave way to Cadillac Williams as the lead back in week 16's victory over the Saints. Williams' success (24/129/1) makes it hard to predict which RB will get the majority of the carries in week 17. Whether or not Ward is still limited by his knee in week 17, he is too risky to start in your fantasy finale with Williams threatening to carry the load again for the Bucs.
RB DeAngelo Williams, CAR
- Williams was inactive against the Giants due to his twice-injured ankle. The way Jonathan Stewart is playing, Carolina may shut Williams down for the last game of the year against New Orleans next week.
RB Ricky Williams, MIA
- Despite a disappointing result for the Dolphins, Williams ran hard on Sunday. Unfortunately, he hurt his shoulder early in the third quarter and only returned for one play. He did tell reporters, according to Yahoo! Sports, "I'm sure I'll be fine." Considering Williams is pretty obsessive about treating his body well, this is a good initial indication. Stay posted to see whether his status deserves more of a downgrade as the week progresses.
RB Marion Barber, DAL
- Barber scored on a three-yard draw, but outside of a few good runs up the middle, he was average. Once again, Barber and the offensive line were stuffed on a fourth and short situation on a second-half drive that could have put the game away earlier.
RB Ryan Grant, GB
- Grant has been hot down the stretch, averaging 84 rushing yards and a touchdown (with another 11 yards receiving) during the past six games. He had his best game of the season in week 16, rushing 16 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns against the Seahawks. His 56-yard TD run in the second quarter, running away from safety Deon Grant, flashed his speed. The concern with Ryan Grant, however, is that the Packers have locked up a wildcard spot but have no chance at winning their division, which leaves them little to play for in week 17. As a result, Brandon Jackson and Ahman Green could spell Grant, significantly limiting his carries. Grant's fantasy owners will need to pay careful attention to any statements by head coach Mike McCarthy this week relating to his plans to play or rest his offensive starters in week 17.
RB Felix Jones, DAL
- Jones continues to look like the best back on the field when he is in the game, showcasing the speed to get around the corner and the compact running style to run through traffic and get yards after contact. While he's not the bruiser that Barber is, concerns about his ability to stay healthy seem to be based on injuries Jones sustained that didn't involve contact. Until the Cowboys see the light, the best way to use Jones is as a match up-dictated flex-option and hope he breaks a big run at least once next week.
RB Thomas Jones, NYJ
- The majority of Jones' yards came in the second half against the Colts reserve defensive starters. It took him three attempts to score from the one yard-line, but it still counts in the stats book. The Jets are a team that likes to run the ball, but next week against Cincinnati they will have their work cut out for them. The Bengals have allowed just two 100-yard rushers and only five rushing scores this season. However, one of those 100-yard rushers was Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles last week. Look for the Jets to control the ball and make timely plays with plenty of attempts for Jones and Shonn Greene since the defense should be able to shut down the disappointing Bengals passing offense. It's not the best match up for Jones, but the Jets will approach this game like it is their first playoff game, and their backs will be featured prominently.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX
- The Jaguars fell behind New England early in Week 16, minimizing Jacksonville's commitment to the ground game. That will not be the case next week against the Cleveland Browns as Jones-Drew gets a very favorable match up to end the season. Expect Jones-Drew to find the end zone at least once and top 100 yards on the ground in the regular season finale.
RB Rashard Mendenhall, PIT
- Rashard Mendenhall struggled against the Ravens in Week 16 but still had 17 carries for the game and dominated the touches out of the backfield for the Steelers. Despite his problems and a dropped catch that likely would have gone for a touchdown, Mendenhall is still the featured tailback for Pittsburgh heading into a must-win game against the Dolphins in Week 17.
RB Knowshon Moreno, DEN
- Knowshon Moreno struggled against the Eagles in Week 16 as he gained just 18 yards on nine carries and just 17 more on three receptions. Moreno is still seeing more work than Correll Buckhalter and with a favorable match up next week against Kansas City, Moreno could find the end zone again and post solid numbers. He is far from a lock to perform well but the match up looks favorable for the regular season finale.
RB Maurice Morris, DET
- The key point to make about Morris is that he is now Detroit's every down back. He was used on both rushing and passing downs, catching check downs for short and medium plays, and running the ball for the majority of the time for the Lions. He was most effective when the pitched the ball to him and he was able to get outside. However, he was stuffed for most of the game, with his longest carry being his first for only nine yards. Calvin Johnson had several reverses in the first half and led the Lions for most of the game. Morris should be a bit more effective against the Bears next week as the primary ball carrier.
RB Chris Ogbonnaya, STL
- With Steven Jackson out due to a back injury, rookie Chris Ogbonnaya found himself in the rotation against the Cardinals, rushing for 45 yards on nine carries. The seventh-round pick out of Texas could see action again in week 17. However even if Jackson is out, Ogbonnaya would likely split carries with Ken Darby, making him useless as a fantasy option in most leagues.
RB Chris Wells, ARI
- Wells had 93 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 18 touches against the Rams, and continued his trend of out producing Tim Hightower. Wells is getting some goal line carries now as well, making him the clear fantasy favorite among the Arizona RBs. There are two reasons for concern heading into week 17, however: First, the Packers have a very strong run defense. And second, the Cardinals may decide to give their starters some rest, making the RB rotation difficult to forecast. Wells got seven more carries than Hightower in week 16, though, and even with the uncertainty regarding playing time in week 17, Wells is still a decent flex option.
WR Hank Baskett, IND
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Look for Hank Baskett to see more action next week at Buffalo with the Colts locking up the No. 1 seed. The Bills run defense is among the league's worst, which leads us to believe the Colts will exploit that for most of the game with minimal passing in what will likely be a cold weather match up.
WR Dwayne Bowe, KC
- Bowe and Cassel were on the same page for much of the Cincinnati game and Bowe had none of the dropped pass issues that plagued him in his first week back. Though he was only targeted once on a pass downfield, the short pass targets added up to make him the team's most targeted receiver again this week. All are evidence that he's shaken off the rust and can be considered a viable WR3 option in PPR leagues next week.
WR Steve Breaston, ARI
- Breaston caught four passes for 64 yards in Week 16, including a 45-yard reception (on a blown coverage) in the second quarter. While Breaston hasn't had much fantasy success over the past six games, he could get more playing time in week 17 if starters Fitzgerald and Boldin are given some rest. That makes Breaston a sneaky fantasy play this week for teams looking for help at WR.
WR Ted Ginn, MIA
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Ginn had a very good day against Houston that could have been much better. Aside from his 82 yards on five catches, Ginn also had a 65-yard touchdown called back on a tripping penalty against his fullback in the third quarter. Otherwise, Ginn would have finished the day with close to 150 yards and a touchdown. He is clearly starting to gel with quarterback Chad Henne and should be starting in deeper leagues.
WR Jeremy Maclin, PHI
- Jeremy Maclin returned from his foot injury to catch six passes for 92 yards against the Broncos in Week 16. Maclin showed good speed and quickness and looked to be at full strength, making him very likely to be a big part of the game plan next week against Dallas. Expect Philadelphia to utilize the speedy rookie wideout in a huge game next week.
WR Muhsin Muhammad, CAR
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Muhsin Muhammad only caught three passes, but those were 20 percent of Matt Moore's completions in the game. The reason for the upgrade is primarily due to the increase in targets that he'll likely see now that Steve Smith is out with a broken arm. Since Matt Moore took over at QB, Muhammad has averaged three catches in his last four games. If Carolina wasn't dominating the Giants, Muhammad would've had plenty of opportunities, Moore only passed the ball four times in the second half. Muhammad will surely see more targets next week against New Orleans.
WR Mike Thomas, JAX
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Mike Thomas caught six passes for 57 yards against New England in Week 16 as the young wide receiver stepped up for Jacksonville. Thomas almost was credited with a touchdown but was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at the two yard-line. With a good match up next on the schedule (Cleveland) Thomas could be a surprising contributor once again for the Jaguars in Week 17.
WR Mike Wallace, PIT
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- The Steelers are still alive for a possible playoff spot, and their third wide receiver is part of the reason why. Wallace is making big plays for Pittsburgh of late and the Steelers are heading to south Florida for a big game against Miami. The Dolphins keep giving up big plays through the air, so expect Ben Roethlisberger to target Wallace at least a few times in Week 17 as the Steelers try and pull out another victory in the regular season finale.
WR Roddy White, ATL
- As Ryan and the Falcons struggled lately White has also been a disappointment, with just one 100-yard game and two TDs in his last seven games coming into this week. However, he once again looked like one of the best receivers in the league this week, torching the Bills for eight catches on 14 targets for 139 yards and two touchdowns. White brought in a beautiful 42-yard TD bomb on the Falcons first play of the game and added another short TD catch late in the game. His yardage numbers this year were not as good as last year, but he managed to hit double-digit touchdowns for the first time in his career and he will likely be among the first WRs drafted next year.
WR Anquan Boldin, ARI
- Boldin and Warner looked sharp working together against the Rams, hooking up 8 times on 10 targets for 116 yards -- most of it in the first half. There is a very real chance that the Cardinals will play their starters sparingly in week 17, however. If the Vikings win on Monday night in week 16, the Cardinals (who have already clinched their division) will not be in the running for a first-round bye, and in fact would likely meet their week 17 opponent (the Packers) again in the first round of the playoffs. In that scenario, the Cardinals will likely keep their game plan rather toned down, and will give their starters some rest in the regular season finale. That makes Boldin a risky fantasy option in week 17.
WR Nate Burleson, SEA
- Burleson missed his second consecutive week with an ankle injury, and with the team already having been eliminated from the playoffs this season, may sit out again in week 17. With the Seahawks' passing game so out of sync recently, and with the risk of re-injury if Burleson tries to go, Burleson is not a worthwhile fantasy option even if it appears that he will play this week.
WR Marques Colston, NO
- Marques Colston caught eight passes for 77 yards against the Buccaneers in week 16, leading the team with nine targets. He was targeted mostly on underneath routes, however, failing to make any big plays down the field against the Bucs' Cover 2 defense. Colston may not play much against the Panthers if the Saints rest their starters in the regular season finale -- especially if the Vikings lose in week 16's Monday night game (in which case the Saints will have clinched the top seed in the NFC).
WR Donald Driver, GB
- Driver's role in the Packers' offense has been somewhat de-emphasized over the past month: he hasn't caught more than three passes in a game since week 12 (and has scored only one TD during that stretch). Moreover, with the Packers guaranteed a wildcard spot but ineligible for anything better than that, the team may rest its starters in week 17, making Driver a risky fantasy play.
WR Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
- Fitzgerald was targeted 10 times against the Rams, but caught just five passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a crossing route (beating Rams S Craig Dahl) for a ten-yard TD in the second quarter, but otherwise he and QB Warner appeared to be slightly out of sync. Fitzgerald left the game with an elbow injury in the fourth quarter, but it doesn't appear to be serious. Rather, the reason for this downgrade is that the Cardinals will likely rest their starters for a good portion of the week 17 game against the Packers. The Cardinals and Packers are likely to meet again in the first round of the playoffs, so likely won't put their best offensive weapons on display in the regular season finale.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, SEA
- Houshmandzadeh is getting plenty of targets (averaging 8.7 targets per game this season), but between Hasselbeck's poor throws and Houshmandzadeh's own inability to get open, he is not doing much with those targets. Houshmandzadeh is a possession receiver who lacks deep speed, and without Chad Johnson lining up across from him to occupy the defense's attention, Houshmandzadeh has looked rather ordinary this season. With Hasselbeck playing so poorly recently as well, Houshmandzadeh is a rather unattractive fantasy option in week 17, even against the Titans.
WR Vincent Jackson, SD
- Vincent Jackson had a good game against Tennessee in Week 16 with five catches for 70 yards, but he did drop two potential 50-plus-yard touchdowns on Christmas night. Jackson and the Chargers host the Redskins in Week 17 in a game that has no meaning for either team since San Diego has won the AFC West and will get a first round bye. Jackson may not play much at all in the regular season finale.
WR Derrick Mason, BAL
- Derrick Mason had a decent Week 16 performance (7-77), which might look lucky on the stat sheet, but he did drop an easy touchdown pass against Pittsburgh. The bigger reason for a downgrade of Mason heading into Week 17 is that Nnamdi Asomugha could be covering him for Oakland in the regular season finale, meaning that he might struggle to get his usual team lead in catches and yardage for the Ravens.
WR Steve Smith, CAR
- Steve Smith was able to connect with Matt Moore for a 27-yard TD in the third quarter, taking a hard shot to his arm and then breaking a tackle for the TD. Smith discovered the initial hit broke his arm, which will undoubtedly add to his legend that he got the score despite a hit that would ultimately end his season.
WR Devin Thomas, WAS
- Thomas was a scratch this week due to an ankle injury.
WR Reggie Wayne, IND
- The Colts have nothing left to play for in week 17 with the No. 1 seed in the playoffs locked up. With no undefeated season left to play for, expect most of the Colts marquee players taking a seat for next week's game.
WR Austin Collie, IND
- Not everyone can sit in next week's game, so expect Collie to see some action. However, we would be surprised to see QB Curtis Painter make a difference in the game, especially making his first start on the road. Expect a lot of running plays against a very porous Bills rush defense in what will likely be a cold weather game. Collie might be the best bet for a productive game among Colts receivers, but don't expect much more than his typical flex-option production.
WR Michael Crabtree, SF
- Crabtree had the biggest play of the game. Late in the 1st quarter, Smith faked to Gore on a play action, rolled out and found Crabtree wide open down the middle of the field. He threw it as far as he could, and Crabtree bobbled the ball, but eventually came down with it for a 50-yard gain. He had a couple more receptions for minimal gains after that, but was more effective as a decoy after the big bomb. On the other big play to Gore, the defense bit on the play fake and keyed on Crabtree, allowing Gore to release into the flat. He's the best WR on the team, but is still taking a backseat to Gore.
WR Jabar Gaffney, DEN
- Do not believe in Jabar Gaffney's Week 16 numbers against the Eagles. His big week (seven catches, 69 yards, two scores) has fluke written all over it. Gaffney was thrust into a starting role due to Eddie Royal being injured, and because Brandon Stokley was ejected early in the first quarter. With both players likely back next week, Gaffney is likely to move back down the depth chart in Week 17 and return to his minimal production of prior weeks.
WR Devery Henderson, NO
- Henderson was targeted seven times against the Buccaneers, catching five passes for 35 yards. Henderson has not made any big plays over the last several weeks, but he figures to get plenty of playing time in week 17 if the Saints decide to rest Marques Colston and Robert Meachem.
WR Andre Johnson, HOU
- Johnson joined Marvin Harrison Sunday as the only receivers to have two consecutive 1500-yard seasons. Johnson didn't have nearly as much yardage as on recent weeks against the Dolphins on Sunday, but he did score his 9th touchdown of the season on a slant route in the first quarter on a gutsy 4th down play call from the Miami 10. Johnson is as close to uncoverable as anyone in the NFL, and is a must start in all formats.
WR Calvin Johnson, DET
- With Stanton in the game, Johnson saw a majority of the passes thrown his way -- even when he was double covered. This worked out well for Johnson fantasy wise, but didn't help the Lions in their quest for their first road win in 19 attempts. Johnson was hot right out of the gate, taking a reverse for 19 yards on the first play of the game. He had another 13-yard run later in the first half and started the third quarter as the game's leading rusher. Johnson's biggest problem was that San Francisco knew he was going to get the ball, so they double-teamed him for the entire game, and after he made his receptions, the tried to strip the ball from him. They were successful on two occasions, once after a big 20-yard gain in the second quarter and again on fourth and one with less than two minutes to play after making the first down. It put a huge black mark on an otherwise solid day for Johnson.
WR Malcolm Kelly, WAS
- Kelly flashed nice hands and body control, something we saw during his days at Oklahoma. This included an acrobatic sideline grab off a hitch and go. Unfortunately, he could not stay inbounds for the catch to count. Equally as unfortunate, Kelly also showed why he hasn't been able to see the field in Washington when the offense had to use him on drag and crossing routes off designed play action rolls because he lacked the speed to get strong separation. In fact, he looked slow on a third down crossing route where there was enough separation between Kelly and the defender for a receiver with average NFL speed to turn the corner and gain the remaining two yards for the first down, but Kelly got caught from behind. Don't expect much more from Kelly next week.
WR Josh Morgan, SF
- Morgan was the primary kick returner for the 49ers and caught several short passes for minimal gains. He was targeted seven times, but his longest reception was for only seven yards and he finished with just over 20 yards total. He had one reverse early in the fourth quarter that was good for a big 16-yard gain as the Lions were trying to key on Frank Gore after he lit them up in the third quarter. Aside from that, Morgan wasn't really effective.
WR Santana Moss, WAS
- Moss had a nice day against the Cowboys secondary, drawing a pass interference on a deep streak down the left sideline in the first half and later, gaining yards after the catch with a good first step. Moss tends to do well against Dallas corners, but he'll draw a more difficult one-on-one match up with Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie next week. We don't expect the same results.
WR Mike Sims-Walker, JAX
- The Jaguars struggled against New England in Week 16 to find their top receiver as Sims-Walker had two short catches on three targets against the Patriots. Jacksonville and Sims-Walker should bounce back next week in a very favorable match up against Cleveland in a must-win game.
WR Hines Ward, PIT
- The Ravens blanketed Ward last week, a team that knows all too well how dangerous the veteran wide receiver can be if he gets open. Ward should continue to see passes thrown his way in Week 17 as the Steelers face a good match up against Miami in the regular season finale.
TE Todd Heap, BAL
- Todd Heap found the end zone twice against Pittsburgh, the second week in a row that Baltimore's starting tight end has scored two touchdowns. Tight ends tend to play well against Oakland, so Heap may close out the regular season with another strong performance for Baltimore in a must-win game for the Ravens.
TE Zach Miller, OAK
- The Raiders limited Miller's routes early, sending him out on shallow crosses and flat routes as a safety valve to allow Charlie Frye to get comfortable. Later in the game, after the Raiders fell behind, Miller was unleashed on some downfield sideline and seam routes and began racking up yardage. Though the Ravens may force the Raiders to consider leaving Miller in to block, the Browns were bringing plenty of pressure and the game plan allowed Miller out as a receiver the majority of the time. He should be a safe low end TE1 next week.
TE Tom Santi, IND
- *** POTENTIAL WAIVER WIRE GEM ***
- Santi will see increased action next week with Dallas Clark likely out of the lineup so he can rest for the playoffs. Santi caught a 22-yard pass from Curtis Painter against the Jets and he should see more targets in what will have the look of a preseason game at Buffalo.
TE Jason Witten, DAL
- Witten is returning to elite form in recent weeks and his 69-yard gain on a crossing route, beating safety LaRon Landry down the sideline to the three yard-line was a good example. Witten found a lot of room over the middle in this game, gaining 117 yards on six catches. Expect similar production against the Chargers.
TE Dallas Clark, IND
- Look for the Colts to rest their marquee players next week at Buffalo, especially with a capable backup like Tom Santi.
TE Antonio Gates, SD
- Antonio Gates had a strong Week 16 performance with two catches over 30 yards against the Titans including a touchdown, but like the rest of the Chargers on offense he may see less playing time in Week 17 as San Diego has locked down the AFC West crown and a first round bye. Gates and other Chargers may not play more than a half against the Redskins in the regular season finale.
TE Jeremy Shockey, NO
- Shockey was inactive in week 16 with turf toe, and may not play again until the playoffs. His fantasy value in redraft leagues is close to nil.
TE Fred Davis, WAS
- Davis had a nice gain of 17 yards on a bootleg to the flat in the first quarter, but that was the best play of the day. Later, he tipped a third down pass in the flat that was thrown too wide of him, and the ball landed in the arms of Terence Newman for a run back into Redskin territory, which set up the first Cowboys touchdown. Davis should rebound next week against the Chargers.
TE Vernon Davis, SF
- Davis had a quiet game, but managed to make his 12th TD reception, leaving him one short of the NFL record 13 set by Antonio Gates a few seasons ago. The TD pass was really not necessary as Alex Smith had beaten the defense to the corner and could have lowered his head and run for the TD. When the defense adjusted to his roll out though, he pulled up, almost crossed the line of scrimmage, and flipped it to Davis in the back of the end zone for a TD. The play was reviewed but eventually upheld.
TE Will Heller, DET
- Heller filled in well as Detroit's primary TE, but he's still not a fantasy contributor. He had a solid, 16-yard reception down the middle of the field in the fourth quarter for his biggest play of the game. His two other receptions were for minimal gains and he finished with just 22 total yards receiving.
TE David Thomas, NO
- In the two weeks that Jeremy Shockey has been out of the lineup, Thomas has caught a total of 13 passes for 102 yards (8/77/0 in week 15 and 5/25/0 in week 16). With Shockey (turf toe) unlikely to play much, if at all, at Carolina this week, David Thomas should again play a significant role in the Saints' offense, and may be worth considering as a fantasy option if your regular starter at TE is expected to rest (e.g., Dallas Clark) and you're left combing the waiver wire for a last-minute replacement.
TE Delanie Walker, SF
- Walker was more of a secondary target than Josh Morgan was, catching sideline and corner routes for short and medium gains. He had a nice gain on a designed screen in the second quarter where Alex Smith threw back across his body and Walker was open with blockers. He turned it into a nice 12-yard gain and a first down. On the next series, Smith hit him on a crossing route and Walker turned up field for a 22-yard gain. Walker finished the game with more receptions and yards than Vernon Davis, but did not reach the end zone.
PK Adam Vinatieri, IND
- While his performance was shaky (a missed PAT) and the Colts are throttling down, Adam Vinatieri is an obvious upgrade as he is healthy again and back as the team's kicker.
TD New York Jets, NYJ
- Lots of reasons to like the Jets defense in Week 17. They are playing well lately. They are also playing for their playoff lives. Plus, the Bengals will likely lack a little focus as this game doesn't mean too much for them. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Carson Palmer and other starters on the bench in the second half.