Whisenhunt to play starters in Week 17

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Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt wants to get the bad taste of a 47-7 drubbing at the hands of the New England Patriots out of his mouth.

So after sitting Anquan Boldin and J.J. Arrington and pulling Kurt Warner out of that game, Whisehunt will look to reverse his team’s recent fortunes and plans to use his starters against the Seahawks. In fact, he said at a press conference Monday (video) in the week that he will “treat this as a playoff game, within reason.”

That means Warner, Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald will play against the league’s worst pass defense — that’s great news for fantasy owners who play their championship games in Week 17.

Whether the Giants plan to follow suit is another matter.

Despite having wrapped up the No.1 seed in the NFC, coach Tom Coughlin wants to build some momentum before his team’s run at a second championship. But he’s said this week he’ll be cautious with his players, and will wait until conferring with the team’s medical staff before making any decisions.

“We are going to be able to look at, talk to the medical people and make decisions on that,” Coughlin said Tuesay. “But what I will tell our team is that we play every game to win. We have always believed at this time of the year it is important to be playing your best football. We would like to continue to do that but we will do the right thing and the smart thing about our team.”

While the status of fantasy-relevant players like Eli Manning, Derrick Ward, Domenik Hixon and Kevin Boss are in question against the Vikings, Brandon Jacobs could be an even bigger question mark. The bruising running back is dealing with sprains in both knees. Jacobs did say Tuesday he wants to play, but it’s not his decision.

Ward also needs just 52 yards to rush for 1,000 for the first time in his career, which would give the Giants a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. That hasn’t happened since 1985, when Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack did it for the Cleveland Browns. With Ahmad Bradshaw also in the backfield mix, fantasy leaguers should be cautious with using Jacobs.

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