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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 17
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 12/29/12 09:20
Dallas: Win, and the Cowboys win the division. Lose, and they're out of the playoffs. With how hot the Cowboys passing attack has been, and given a matchup against the 31st ranked pass defense, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten are all likely to have big games. Miles Austin is a solid consideration and DeMarco Murray could get some good numbers this week too.

New York Giants: Hakeem Nicks is Questionable and considered a game time decision with his season long knee and foot issues. The Giants still hold onto a slim hope of making the playoffs but even if Nicks is active, I'd expect him to be limited and no better than he has been any other game in recent weeks. Ahmad Bradshaw is Probable and while not 100% with his knee and foot injuries, he will start at RB. The matchup is good against the Eagles so all Giants can be considered as risky plays with good upside this week.

Philadelphia: Michael Vick will start as Nick Foles broke his hand week 16. Vick gets a last chance to prove he is a competent QB. I like his chances this week against a Giants team that has really struggled of late both on offense and defense.

Washington: The Redskins can win the NFC East with a win, and can still make the playoffs even if they lose. They'll know by the time they play Sunday night but rest assured they'd rather win the division and knock Dallas out then just skate by and get into the playoffs. It ought to be a high scoring game and with everyone fairly healthy, all Redskins primary players can be considered for fantasy lineups.

Chicago: Matt Forte is Probable despite an ankle injury and will start without issue. The Bears need a win and some help to make the playoffs so expect a top effort from them in a matchup against a very suspect Detroit defense.

Detroit: Brandon Pettigrew is Doubtful on the injury report and is not expected to play again because of his ankle injury. Calvin Johnson was rested a lot in practice this week but he is Probable and will start without issue this week. Likely Detroit was just trying to make him as healthy as can be so he can reach the 2,000 receiving yards mark and become the first WR in NFL history to achieve the honor.

Green Bay: Randall Cobb is considered unlikely to play despite only being listed as Questionable with ankle and knee injuries. With Jordy Nelson Probable and expected back this week after missing the last few games with a hamstring injury, it's believed the Packers will play it smart with Cobb and sit him week 17. Alex Green returns this week after missing last week with a concussion. But considering how well both Ryan Grant and DuJuan Harris did in his absence week 16, at best Green forces more of a committee situation where no Packers RB can really be trusted to get more than 10 carries.

Minnesota: The Vikings rested Adrian Peterson plenty this week as they prepare to try to get him not just over 2,000 rushing yards for the season, but maybe even challenge Eric Dickerson's rushing record of 2,105 yards set back in 1984. I think AP gets to 2,000, but I don't think he'll get to 2,100. Still, it's an amazing feat for a player who tore his ACL almost exactly 1 year ago.

Atlanta: While Roddy White will likely be active to keep his consecutive games played streak alive, he also is likely to play very little as he is Questionable with a knee injury and could use the rest. The Falcons are locked in as the top seed in the NFC so they have nothing to play for other than keeping themselves sharp for the playoffs. High risk/high reward type players in a game against a Tampa Bay team that has played like they just want the season over.

Carolina: Jonathan Stewart is not expected to play despite only being listed as Questionable with his ankle injuries. DeAngelo Williams should start again in his place. Given a great matchup against the Saints, it's a good week to consider all your Panthers as potential fantasy starts this week.

New Orleans: Pierre Thomas is OUT with a knee injury. Chris Ivory is expected to be active and split a lot of time with Mark Ingram at RB. A home game against Carolina promises to have a lot of potential for great statistical production from many Saints and they can be considered as strong fantasy plays.

Tampa Bay: The Bucs have been playing like a team that has packed it in and is ready for the off-season. The matchup against a Falcons team that has nothing to play for is like the resistible force meets the moveable object. It could either be a high scoring game, or a low scoring game. Other than Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson, I'd be cautious trusting any other Bucs offensive player.

Arizona: Brian Hoyer starts at QB week 17 over rookie Ryan Lindley. Hoyer is not a fantasy consideration though. RB Beanie Wells hopes to redeem himself after getting into the doghouse with a fumble last week. There aren't any Cardinals players, not even Larry Fitzgerald, that I would want to start on the road this week against a fired up 49ers team.

St. Louis: I'd be hard pressed to recommend any Rams this week in a road matchup against the Seahawks. Seattle is very strong at home and only Steven Jackson makes my list of potential fantasy plays, and even then only as a weak RB2.

San Francisco: Vernon Davis is Questionable and will be a game time decision because of a minor concussion suffered week 16. WR Mario Manningham was placed on injured reserve after he tore the ACL and PCL in his knee. His status for the start of the 2013 season is in question. Randy Moss starts in his place and could be a nice sleeper play against a suspect Cardinals secondary.

Seattle: The Seahawks need a miracle (Arizona beating San Francisco) to move out of the 5th seed, so there's a chance they may not play their starters the entire game. Marshawn Lynch should be a very strong play but otherwise I am hesitant to rely too much on the rest of the Seahawks offensive players.

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