Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mid-week updates from around the NFL

Heading into Week 17, I hope you're not vying for a cham-pionship (which should always be played in Week 16 -- no exceptions!). As you know, I'm an advocate of the Free for All Bowl (see Monday's post), so hopefully that's why you're still reading.

FYI, I'll be writing my Perfect Draft: Final Cut and 2009 Biro's Heroes & Zeros Awards columns in the next week or so, so don't tune out completely just yet.

As you know, lots of top players on the best teams (Colts, Chargers, Packers, Cardinals, Saints, Bengals) will see little or no action this weekend, though the Pats are hinting they'll play for the duration. Some of Week 17's top performers, therefore, are likely to be backups to some of your top studs. Guys like Donald Brown, Darren Sproles, Larry Johnson, Mike Bell, Brandon Jackson, Austin Collie, Julian Edelman, Malcolm Floyd, Andre Caldwell and James Jones, to name a few, could come up big. It's not a bad time to go waiver-wire shopping.

Meanwhile, the Panthers could be without their top QB, RB and WR this week. Delhomme is already on IR (and one could argue that he's no longer their top QB anyway), DeAngelo is still being held out of practice with his bum knee, and Steve Smith is out with a broken arm. Should be more fun for Jonathan Stewart's owners, as well as Muhsin Muhammad against a vulnerable Saints secondary.

Looks like another game-time decision for Steven Jackson and Michael Turner.

The New York Daily News speculates that Gartrell Johnson will see a lot of action in the Giants' backfield this Sunday now that Brandon Jacobs has been officially ruled out and Ahmad Bradshaw is still not 100%. That said, the G-men are facing the tough Vikings run defense, and nobody knows which Giants team is likely to show up for this one.

Johnny Knox is iffy for Sunday's game, so look for another nice outing from Devin Aromashodu against the Lions' toothless secondary.

This week's kicker for the Falcons will be former Raven Steven Hauschka, for what that's worth.

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