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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 16
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 12/22/12 17:48
Dallas: Dez Bryant made it thru last week without aggravating his fractured finger. He'll wear his splint again this week and be fine. A matchup against New Orleans could mean Miles Austin gets meaningful stats this week and TE Jason Witten may even find the end zone. Tony Romo is a top 5 QB play this week at home.

New York Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to play despite being Questionable with knee and foot issues. He'll be the primary RB over David Wilson, but likely he won't be able to handle his regular workload. While WR Hakeem Nicks is Probable, he clearly has been hindered some by his season long knee issue. It's a big week for Eli Manning, He either shows he can bounce back from a horrific week 15, or he can stink it up a second week in a row with the division on the line. I think he bounces back.

Philadelphia: LeSean McCoy is finally over his concussion and will take over as the starting RB over Bryce Brown. Brown could have probably sent McCoy to injured reserve, but after two great games in weeks 12 and 13, Brown put up two real stinkers in weeks 14 and 15. Brown will get some playing time, but likely not enough to be a fantasy consideration. Brent Celek returns after missing week 15 with a concussion. It's a good thing too as backup TE Clay Harbor went on injured reserve with a back injury. Evan Moore was signed to take Harbor's place.

Washington: Reports are Robert Griffin III has received final clearance from team doctors and he will start Sunday without issue. While it's probable RG3 won't be able to run like he normally does, he still gets a sweet matchup this week and is a solid choice as a QB1.

Chicago: Michael Bush was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week because of a ribs injury that had been limiting him in games the last two weeks. Kahlil Bell was signed to take his place and while there's some speculation he could slot in right away as the goal line RB, I think Matt Forte will be every opportunity to have first crack at goal line carries. Brandon Marshall has a minor hamstring issue but he is Probable and will start without worry.

Detroit: Brandon Pettigrew is Doubtful again this week with his ankle injury and won't play. Tony Scheffler will dominate TE playing time again. Despite having been limited in practices all week, both WR Calvin Johnson and RB Mikel Leshoure are Probable and both are fine to consider as you normally would. After a poor showing last week on the road against Arizona, expect the Lions offense to click on all cylinders this week at home against Atlanta.

Green Bay: Jordy Nelson is OUT once again with his hamstring injury. James Starks is also OUT with his knee issue. Alex Green is very Questionable and while considered a game time decision, Green is not expected to play because of a concussion. That leaves DuJuan Harris as the likely primary RB in a three headed RBBC with Ryan Grant and John Kuhn also getting playing time too. Harris is the best bet for fantasy relevance.

Minnesota: Adrian Peterson is Probable despite having been rested on both Wednesday and Thursday. AP deserves a break in practices after having rushed for 1,313 yards and 9 TD's in the last 8 games (none for fewer than 108 yards and twice over 200). AP is a one man offensive wrecking crew for the Vikings and even against the Texans #1 ranked fantasy run defense is still an elite RB fantasy play.

Atlanta: Roddy White is fully expected to start and be fine despite being listed as Questionable. He played thru the knee injury last week without practicing and this week he got some practices in. In what should be a shootout style game, expect to see close to an even split between Jacquizz Rodgers and Michael Turner.

Carolina: Jonathan Stewart is Questionable and while considered a game time decision, speculation is that he will play. That would bring DeAngelo Williams down from being a solid RB2 to being a flex consideration at best while Stewart would be a high risk low end RB2. Only Cam Newton (a top 3 fantasy QB this week), Steve Smith (a solid WR2), and TE Greg Olsen (a solid TE1) can be realistically relied upon this week.

New Orleans: Jimmy Graham hasn't scored a TD in the last 4 games and is way overdue to find the end zone. RB Chris Ivory is Questionable and may be able to play for the first time in a few weeks after missing games with a hamstring injury, but I doubt he'd make a fantasy impact even if active. Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles have been asserting themselves in his absence.

Tampa Bay: Last week's complete face plant against a weak Saints defense against both the run and pass was unexpected. Josh Freeman has 2 games with 2 TD passes in the last 4 and in the other 2 games he has none. The matchup this week is more favorable for RB Doug Martin than it is for Freeman and the WR's.

Arizona: After not losing the game last week, Ryan Lindley will start at QB again. But no QB has been able to get Larry Fitzgerald (or any other Cardinals WR) involved enough to make Fitz more than a desperation WR3. TE Rob Housler is Questionable with a knee issue but he is expected to play. He's a poor fantasy consideration.

St. Louis: It's a dream matchup for QB Sam Bradford and WR Danny Amendola against the Bucs dead last ranked fantasy pass defense. Amendola isn't on the injury report at all finally and should reprise his role as the top target. Don't be surprised if Bradford is a top 10 fantasy QB this week. It may be tougher for Steven Jackson though as the Bucs are a top 5 fantasy run defense. Luckily, he's been getting more targets in the passing game of late and can still be thought of as a low end RB2.

San Francisco: Mario Manningham is Questionable and will be a game time decision Sunday night. Michael Crabtree has started to emerge in recent games but will face a real test this week against a strong Seahawks pass defense.

Seattle: Sidney Rice is Questionable and while he is expected to play the Seahawks say he is a real game time decision. While the matchup isn't good for Marshawn Lynch, it needs to be remembered he did run for over 100 yards earlier this season against the 49ers. He is still a strong fantasy RB1. We'll see if Russell Wilson can continue a string of solid games of late against the 49ers 4th ranked fantasy pass defense though. My guess is he won't.

On any given Sunday any fantasy team can beat another, only to still lose Monday night.
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