Welcome to my final blog entry for the 2013 fantasy football season. You can't see me through the computer, but I'm shedding a wistful tear about our long fantasy journey. Can't we have a 52-week season, Roger Goodell?
As always, if you need help getting ready for Sunday's games after reading today's blog entry, here's what you can do before kickoff:
- Send your questions to me via Facebook or Twitter. You can also tweet lineup questions to my colleagues Joel Beall, Ryan Fowler and Mike Harmon.
- Listen to hosts Harmon, Peter Burns and Nate Lundy on the FOX Fantasy Freaks on FOX Sports Radio Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon ET. You can tweet questions to those guys as well.
- Join a pregame chat with Beall and me on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. He'll lead off with the first hour, and I'll close things out.
- Review my Week 17 rankings, along with all the great information at our fantasy football news page.
On to the news:
- As usual, the Patriots have listed an obscene number of players as questionable for Sunday's game. The biggest one, TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm), has been practicing this week, and though head coach Bill Belichick described Gronk on Wednesday as "not ready yet," Wednesday was a long time ago. Have your usual Gronk backup plan ready, and if you don't hear a green light on him before Sunday's early kickoff, keep him on the bench. I don't think he'll play.
- Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle) is listed as questionable. If Cobb can't go, the other Pack wideouts become more interesting. Don't sleep on the returning Jordy Nelson.
- Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (knee/foot) was back at practice on Friday. Keep your fingers crossed.
- The Browns have ruled out RB Trent Richardson (ribs) and QB Brandon Weeden (shoulder) for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Thad Lewis will start at quarterback, and can be expected to hand the ball to Montario Hardesty at least 20 times.
- The Giants might be without two of their top three cornerbacks on Sunday. If you're worried about your usual starting QB this week, Michael Vick could be a really nice plug-and-play.
- Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) is listed as probable. If he plays on one leg, I'll put him down for 100 yards against the Giants.
- The word from Chicago is that RB Matt Forte (ankle) will play through the pain on Sunday. I'd probably start Forte in a fantasy title game, but I wouldn't be happy about it.
- Steelers WR Mike Wallace (hip, hamstring) will not play against the Browns. With Heath Miller also out, WR Antonio Brown's value gets a bump.
- Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart suffered a setback this week with his injured ankle, and even though he's listed as questionable, you shouldn't expect to see him tomorrow. Come on, DeAngelo Williams! Your fantasy owners need you.
- Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew had surgery on his injured foot yesterday, and is officially done for the season. If you were waiting awhile on MJD, at least you have closure now, like with a bad relationship that finally breaks off.
- In other Jags' news, WR Cecil Shorts (concussion) was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. You might know that already, but I wanted to make sure.
- Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) returned to practice on Friday, but is listed as doubtful.
- 49ers TE Vernon Davis (concussion) probably won't play Sunday. That's the icing on the cake of a disappointing fantasy season.
- This article from Thursday suggests that the Falcons plan to go all-out in an effort to win their season finale instead of resting players with an eye on the playoffs. I don't think I believe them, and I'm basing that only on a gut feeling. I'd be worried about starting Matt Ryan, Roddy White, etc., but I wouldn't be playing fantasy football in Week 17, anyway.
- The Ravens, on the other hand, expect to rest people. WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder) is a likely candidate, but Ray Rice, Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith could be impacted as well. Figure that RB Bernard Pierce will get a lot of work.
- On the other side of the ball in that game, the Bengals reportedly plan a big workload for RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. I'm not sure why they wouldn't take it easy on him.
- Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware (shoulder) will be limited in Sunday night's NFC East title battle. That's too bad.
- The Raiders are going to start Terrelle Pryor at quarterback? Really? Go get the Chargers' defense if you can.
Thanks for reading all season, folks. Good luck in Week 17!