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Sunday Six Pack: Week Seventeen

We’re with you every Sunday to provide the Sunday Six Pack, an article featuring six of the biggest story lines heading into each and every week of the season. Keeping tabs on these events will keep you prepared and informed throughout the season – just don’t drive within six hours of reading this.

Can #1)  Vick’s Audition

With the Eagles placing rookie QB Nick Foles on injured reserve with a broken hand, they will likely turn back to turnover machine Michael Vick for their Week 17 showdown with the slumping Giants.  Depending on who the Eagles choose to bring in as their next Head Coach (Chip Kelly, anyone?), Vick will probably be auditioning for his next job.  What will be interesting to see is if Vick returns to the reckless style of his 2010 rebirth or attempts to play a more conservative game in the hope of demonstrating that he can, indeed, hold onto the football.  My money’s on the former.

Can #2) How Long Will The Falcons Fly?

With Atlanta having wrapped up the #1 overall seed in the NFC, it is unlikely Matt Ryan and company will play more than a half.  This could turn out to be Tony Gonzalez’ last half of regular season football.  Personally, I’m hoping that we get to see more of deep (very deep) dynasty prospect Dominique Davis at QB, who played very well in the preseason, including a game where he went 10-of-18 for 121 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals, rather than perennial underwhelmer Luke McCown.  Unfortunately, the Falcons don’t have a bevy of potential dynasty futures that look to get playing time in a regular season game.  The good news for me is that I get to link to Tim Toone’s player profile picture.

Can #3) Calvin 2,000

Calvin Johnson needs just 108 receiving yards to put up the first 2,000 yard receiving season in the history of the NFL.  With Lions not playing for much more than ruining the Bears playoff hopes (still a decent pursuit in their mind I’m sure), I wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson gets there in the first half.  The only real questions are if Matthew Stafford will have time to get Megatron the ball and if he gets intercepted trying to force them in.  A heavy dose of slants where Calvin can use his size and strength to wall off the defender is probably in the mix.

Can #4) Pryor and Subsequent Quarterback?

I know, I forced that one a little.  Ok, a lot.  Terrelle Pryor finally gets his shot to start at quarterback with Carson Palmer out with multiple broken ribs and Matt Leinart out with an extreme case of being horrible at football.  Pryor can certainly create with his legs, but his football IQ, vision and accuracy are all circumspect.  It will certainly be interesting to see how effective he can be, and whether he can hold onto the football with a week of first team reps.  Just based on his athleticism alone, I’m grabbing him in leagues where the waiver wires are still open as a speculative add.

Can #5) Vitt Happens

The final game of the Sean Payton suspension and the discombobulated Saints offense that came with it is finally here.  New Orleans has played better as of late and is desperate to get to 8-8 and preserve momentum heading into 2013, which will now definitely bring the return of their offensive mastermind and head coach.  This game against two teams that have been long-eliminated from the playoffs is actually one of the better games this week considering they are facing a resurgent Cam Newton, who likely didn’t turn his play around soon enough to save the job of Ron Rivera.

Can #6) Showdown in Indy 

The Texans at Colts game features a bevy of interesting storylines:  the return of Chuck Pagano to the sidelines, J.J. Watt’s pursuit of the all-time, single season sack record, the Texans desperate push for a first-round bye and their attempt to win in Indy for the first time.  Other items to watch for include Arian Foster’s return after leaving last week’s game with a heart issue, the continued development of Vick Ballard as an every down back, and, for deep dynasty purposes, whether DeVier Posey continues to see increased playing time for the Texans after he caught just one of six targets last week.

Enjoy the final week of the regular season!

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. JBlake

    December 30, 2012 at 8:27 am

    “Matt Leinart out with an extreme case of being horrible at football”…perhaps the funniest commentary I’ve read all year.

    Biggest news I’ve seen this morning is that Ray Rice is not expected to play at all today. Huge for me, as I’m up against the Rice owner and I picked up BPierce a few days ago hoping for just this scenario…

    • JBlake

      December 30, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Now they’re saying that there are conflicting reports but Ray Rice should play the first few series today

      • Ray

        December 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

        Week 17 should never be used for finals. Good luck to Rice sitting … but what a lame way to win a title. I’ve won a title with wk 17 in use only one I don’t count

        • BigD

          December 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

          i dont see week 17 as a bad or cheap way to win a championship. it is very difficult to get there in the first place and it just tests your metal as an owner and coach to make the moves to win it. obsticles are part of the game every week. 17 is just another to jump. i won last year in my league having aaron rodgers. about week 13 i had the forsight to pickup matt flynn for just such a senerio. it can be done, but it just shows how good you are?

          • Ray Voeller

            December 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

            In redraft I kinda see your point. In dynasty if you’re in a league w/ smaller rosters it’s lame IMO to use week 17.

          • Aaron Katyl

            December 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm

            And had McCarthy decided to start Rodgers, but he made it known that he would only play a quarter or a half at most, then what do you do??? Week 17 playoffs are silly in my opinion.

        • JBlake

          December 31, 2012 at 8:11 am

          For the record, I don’t like Week 17 championships, either. It feels almost like a bye week or Preseason Week 3. But at the same time, being like a bye week, it does test who has the best depth and/or who can make the best waiver wire replacement decisions. In this case, I was correct to replace Matt Ryan with Kaepernick, while my opponent was not active on the waiver wire and decided to replace Ray Rice with Jackie Battle.

          In this particular league, the Commish pays out most of the money for regular season champs, then the remainder for a 8-team playoff. There’s also a high team score and high player score payout, and all are eligible until the end of the season. In this way, the Commish feels like he’s motivating everyone to stay involved all the way to the end, and he’s not open to changing to Week 16.

  2. bigD

    December 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    what if i had brees. what if i had peterson at rb. what if i have calvin at wr? come on its part of the game. just because week 17 offers some challenges? week 7 has its own challenges when half your team maybe out on a bye? fantasy football is short and i’m not going to give up a week because its tough to field a lineup? hey, deal with it. its all part of the game, and like i said, if your good, you do.

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