» The likelihood of Peyton Manning throwing 55 touchdowns next season is pretty small. Any chance we could be talking about Drew Brees as the top fantasy QB drafted in 2014? Either way, you’re still staying away from any Saints WRs.
» Plenty of people will look at LeSean McCoy or Jamaal Charles as the top pick, which is understandable. But someone will likely get Matt Forte with the third or fourth pick in their draft and could come up on the potential 2014 fantasy MVP.
» It’s not always easy to tell which of Colin Kaepernick‘s pass-catchers will see the bulk of the targets, but one thing is for certain. With Michael Crabtree back, Kaepernick looks more like the QB that many took a chance on as their fantasy starter.
» Zac Stacy isn’t totally matchup-proof. He proved that today when he was shut down by the Seahawks in Seattle. Don’t feel bad, Zac. It’s happened to the best of ‘em. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get caught up in a running back competition next season.
» When we talk about top 10 running backs for 2014, will you remember Ryan Mathews? After the season he posted in 2013, you probably should. He finished with six 100-yard games and scored in double digits in seven of his final eight contests.
» There’s no doubt that Eddie Lacy is the lead back in the Packers offense, but James Starks reminded us several times that he’s a quality handcuff option.
» The way LeGarrette Blount has played for the last month of the season, the Patriots running back rotation could get really interesting next season.
» Not to be outdone by Manning, Drew Brees is going wild today. He’s thrown four TD passes and run for a fifth score. It’s vintage Drew Brees. Well, except for the running part.
» In the first half, Aaron Rodgers looked like a guy who missed seven games with a broken collarbone.
» That’ll do, Peyton Manning. That’ll do.
» Le’Veon Bell cemented his status as a low-end RB1 next season with a strong finish to the regular season.
» Some days Andy Dalton looks like he can be a top 10 fantasy quarterback. Today was not one of those days. In fact, it’s that inconsistency that will keep him out of the top 10 in most leagues next year.
» Cam Newton didn’t have a great day throwing the football, but his ability to run still helped him net 19-plus fantasy points on the day. He deserves to be one of the first three QBs off the board next season.
» By the end of the season, Roddy White finally rounded into form. It was probably too late for any of the fantasy owners that spent an early-round pick on him, but it’s encouraging for his 2014 prospects.
» It’s been a pretty good fantasy season for Chris Johnson. His days of being a No. 1 fantasy back are probably over, but if you rolled with him as a RB2 or flex in the second half of the season, you had to like that production he gave you. We’ll see what happens next season when/if he changes addresses.
» If Megatron isn’t available, there is no good reason for Matthew Stafford to be in your lineup. Ever.
» It appears that the Vikings running game is in good hands, even without Peterson. Matt Asiata finished with 115 yards on the ground, meaning he posted two very good starts from a fantasy perspective. It won’t matter next season with A.D. is healthy.
» Jerrel Jernigan is among your fantasy scoring leaders today. Welcome to Week 17.
» T.Y. Hilton has done just about everything for the Colts today. Except score a touchdown. That was reserved for Griff Whalen.
» It will likely have almost no bearing on what happens next season, but Edwin Baker has been a very productive back for the Cleveland Browns over the past few weeks.
» There have been signs of life from Trent Richardson today. He’s seeing plenty of touches today and has done well with them, including a rushing TD.
» It’s a quick start for Steven Jackson today. Of course, no one would have suspected it against a tough Panthers defense with plenty to play for. Of course it goes that way.
» Add a couple more big names to the list of Week 17 inactives – Calvin Johnson and Steve Smith are out of action. You can also put Texans running back Dennis Johnson on the list as well.
» We’ve already had our first big Week 17 injury update – Adrian Peterson won’t play today for the Vikings. Add that to the fact that Jamaal Charles is likely to sit out some (or all) of today’s game against the Chargers and two of fantasy football’s top running backs are going to be unavailable. Oh, the perils of a Week 17 championship.
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