Forte hoping to play Week 17: With the Chicago Bears facing a must-win game this week, the team is hoping running back Matt Forte will be available to suit up despite a tweaked ankle. Jay Cutler remains optimistic, telling reporters that Forte was “walking around OK”. As far as we know, Cutler doesn’t have any medical training so we’d prefer to wait until the medical staff (or at least coach Lovie Smith) gives the running back a clean bill of health before deciding anything for certain. What we do know is that the Detroit Lions (Chicago’s Week 17 opponent) are allowing more than 18 points per game to fantasy running backs at home. With Michael Bush done for the season, it should mean more touches for Forte. If he can’t go, however, Armando Allen and Kahlil Bell are waiting in the wings.
Colts don’t plan to rest players: The Indianapolis Colts are locked in as the AFC’s number five seed in the playoffs heading into Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. But that doesn’t mean Indy is going to take the week off. Coach Chuck Pagano says he has no intention of resting players this week. That’s good news if you intend to roll with Andrew Luck in your fantasy championship this week. If only he had a better matchup. When the Colts and Texans met in Week 15, Luck was held to just 186 passing yards and a mediocre 16.44 fantasy points. Here’s to hoping Luck’s season-long success at home can win the day.
Nicks misses practice: New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks sat out Wednesday’s practice, as has been his custom in recent weeks. If things continue as they have over the past few weeks, Nicks should be ready to play Sunday against the Eagles. But factoring in past comments by Eli Manning that he and the receiver have had trouble connecting because of a lack of practice time together, it’s a little disconcerting that Nicks hasn’t been able to get some work in. Nonetheless, fantasy owners could do worse at the WR2 position — even if Nicks posted a donut last week.
— Marcas Grant
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