Most fantasy championships have already been decided. If you're still counting on Week 17 stats ... what was your league's commissioner thinking?
The final week of the regular season is always a crapshoot. Banged-up stars on losing teams sit out rather than risk further injury, and playoff-bound squads try their best to keep their top players out of the fray.In short, teams with nothing to play for, well, perform like there's nothing to play for.
Colts' backup quarterback rarely sees the light of day, but he can be counted on to spell Peyton Manning for a while in the regular-season finale. In three such games, he's 47 of 79 for 443 yards with five TDs and one pick -- in case you're wondering.
But don't worry too much if you have one game left to win. There are still plenty of options. Here are a few:
-- Steven Jackson. The Rams running back is hellbent on reaching 1,000 yards for the fourth straight season. He needs 119. Coming off his heaviest workload of the season (32 carries for 108 yards), he gets it done at Atlanta.
-- Derrick Ward. The Giants backup likely will get most of the carries for Brandon Jacobs. He's coming off a 215-yard game and needs just 52 to reach 1,000; Jacobs already has 1,089. Only three teams in NFL history have had two running backs rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. Make it four.
-- Vincent Jackson. He has 348 receiving yards and two scores in his last three games. The Chargers smell the playoffs, and they'll be big time in prime time.
-- Cedric Benson. Can the former Bears bust break loose again? With the Bengals at home vs. the Chiefs, of course he can.
Never too early: The consensus top pick of your 2009 draft? Take a hike, LaDainian Tomlinson. Adrian Peterson's now the man, followed closely by fellow running backs Michael Turner and DeAngelo Williams.
Call me crazy, but I'm not completely sold on the Panthers' Williams. He'll be hard-pressed to even come close to this surprising season. But I hope he does. His two four-score efforts late in the season were fun to watch.
Season-ending games will always create question marks
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