» What can we say about Adrian Peterson that we haven’t all year? This has been a season for the ages.
» As expected, the Chargers running game hasn’t been particularly special. Four different guys have carried the ball today, with Jackie Battle (11 rush, 20 yards) leading the way.
» Rob Gronkowski is active for today’s game, but isn’t seeing many snaps. He has one catch for 19 yards, but it’s hard to expect we’ll see much more from him today — especially with the Patriots in control. In baseball parlance, Gronk is a reliever just trying to get a little work in.
» The Vikings might be in the middle of a perfect storm for fantasy owners. Trying to make the playoffs while their best player, Adrian Peterson, is chasing a record. So far, so good. AD has 68 rushing yards and a touchdown. There could be plenty more where that came from.
» We all knew the Jaguars weren’t a great offensive team. But who would have imagined they’d allow the Titans to score four defense/special teams touchdowns. That’s 38 fantasy points for a defense that had scored 38 points in its last five games…combined.
» Thad Lewis (10.46) had more fantasy points than Mark Sanchez (4.10). That is all.
» Mike Tolbert may have sealed his win as 2012’s Fantasy Vulture of the Year. He finished with three touchdowns and more than 22 fantasy points — on 47 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, DeAngelo Williams put in work, rushing for 210 yards and a pair of scores. That sound you hear is fantasy owners slapping themselves on the forehead, wondering where that’s been all season.
» T.Y. Hilton has established himself as a name to watch in next season’s fantasy drafts. In Week 17, he had four catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. As the season went along, he became one of Andrew Luck’s top targets, rivaling Reggie Wayne. This connection could be strong for years to come.
» The Bills are at it again. Through one half, C.J. Spiller has just five total touches. Granted, one of those went 66 yards for a TD on a screen pass, but it’s still a pretty miserable total for the team’s best offensive player.
» Ahmad Bradshaw is looking as good as he has all season. Already he has 80 total scrimmage yards (39 rushing). He hasn’t found the end zone yet, but the way the Giants are moving the ball, it might only be a matter of time.
» Another reason why playing fantasy in Week 17 is risky: Joe Flacco and Ray Rice appear to be done after less than one quarter of work. They won’t be the last ones today.
» Early on, Jay Cutler has completed four passes to four different receivers. None of them are named Brandon Marshall. When’s the last time that happened?
» With Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks in the lineup, it makes perfect sense that Rueben Randle has two touchdowns in the first quarter.
» Turns out that BenJarvus Green-Ellis suffered an injury during pre-game warmups and won’t play Sunday. Talk about ending your fantasy season with a whimper.
» The Jets have started the game with nine straight runs. Then Mark Sanchez threw an incompletion. That’ll teach ‘em. Ground-n-Pound should be the way to go for Gang Green today.
» Week 17 inactives are always tricky. Maybe the biggest surprise is Montell Owens, but if you’re playing for a fantasy title today, you probably weren’t starting a Jaguars running back. Beyond that, most of the big fantasy names are active this week, including: Hakeem Nicks, Matt Forte and Arian Foster. Now if we only had assurances that they would play all four quarters.
– Marcas Grant
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