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NFL Skinny: Week 17 cheat sheet

Brandon Funston
Yahoo Sports

We've reached the season's silliest week, where curveballs are the name of the game. Green Bay and Houston are locked into their playoff spots, and they have little motivation to play their starters more than they would in the first or second week of the preseason. Other teams, like Atlanta, may find out before kickoff that their fates have become set (in Atlanta's case, a Detroit win would lock them into a No. 6 seed), so they would then be in the same position as the Packers and Texans. And then there's the non-playoff teams, with nothing to play for. Any player nursing an injury in this crowd faces serious danger of deactivation (Vincent Jackson, Roy Helu, et al), as there's just no reason to try to play through pain and risk further injury at this point.

This week, more than any other, owners need to be paying full attention to the situations of every team. As I've said before, I won a league last year thanks to late-season additions Tim Tebow, Joe McKnight and Joe Webb. Obviously, the point here is to fill your starting roster with healthy, motivated players that expect to see four quarters of playing time, ideally against opponents that have Hawaiian golf vacations on their minds. While you are preparing your roster this week, I thought I'd leave you with some reading material from Andy Behrens, who presented all the potential pitfalls leading into Week 17 of the '10 season. It's probably not a bad idea to compare your players with players in a similar situation last year and just see how that worked out for them. It's not a good week to leave stones unturned.

Alright, here's this week's Skinny cheat sheet, subject to change many times before kickoff on Sunday. Best of luck tip-toeing around the landmines this week. Happy New Year's to all – We'll see you on the flip side.

QUARTERBACK VS. RUNNING BACK VS. WIDE RECEIVER VS.
Drew Brees CAR Ryan Mathews OAK Calvin Johnson GB
Cam Newton NO Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) IND Wes Welker BUF
Tom Brady BUF Ray Rice CIN Victor Cruz DAL
Matthew Stafford GB Marshawn Lynch ARI Steve Smith NO
Eli Manning DAL Rashard Mendenhall CLE Roddy White TB
Matt Ryan TB Michael Bush SDG StevIe Johnson NE
Michael Vick WASH Reggie Bush (leg) NYJ Miles Austin NYG
Philip Rivers OAK C.J. Spiller NE Larry Fitzgerald SEA
Tony Romo (hand) NYG LeSean McCoy (ankle?) WASH Percy Harvin CHI
Carson Palmer SDG Willis McGahee (hammy) KC Brandon Marshall NYJ
Ben Roethlisberger (ankle?) CLE Kahlil Bell MIN Julio Jones TB
Joe Webb (if he starts) CHI Frank Gore STL Marques Colston CAR
Ryan Fitzpatrick NE Michael Turner TB Dwayne Bowe DEN
Kyle Orton DEN Toby Gerhart CHI Hakeem Nicks DAL
Rex Grossman PHI Ahmad Bradshaw DAL A.J. Green BAL
Tim Tebow KC Felix Jones (hammy) NYG Jeremy Maclin (ribs) WASH
Mark Sanchez MIA Chris Johnson (ankle) HOU Mike Wallace CLE
Matt Flynn DET Arian Foster (rest?) TEN Malcom Floyd OAK
Aaron Rodgers (rest?) DET Darren Sproles (rest?) CAR Jabar Gaffney PHI
Josh Freeman ATL Shonn Greene MIA Dez Bryant NYG
Andy Dalton BAL DeAngelo Williams NO Michael Crabtree STL
Dan Orlovsky JAX Jonathan Stewart NO James Jones DET
Joe Flacco CIN Steven Jackson SF Antonio Brown CLE
John Skelton SEA Cedric Benson BAL DeSean Jackson WASH
Josh McCown MIN Beanie Wells SEA Reggie Wayne JAX
Matt Moore NYJ Christopher Ivory CAR Nate Washington HOU
Matt Hasselbeck HOU Brandon Saine DET Jordy Nelson (rest?) DET
Alex Smith STL Evan Royster PHI Brandon Lloyd SF
Tarvaris Jackson ARI Peyton Hillis PITT Santana Moss PHI
T.J. Yates TEN Donald Brown JAX Demaryius Thomas KC
TIGHT END VS. Stevan Ridley MIA Torrey Smith CIN
Rob Gronkowski BUF Pierre Thomas CAR Denarius Moore SDG
Jimmy Graham CAR Ben Tate TEN Darrius Heyward-Bey SDG
Antonio Gates OAK Mike Tolbert OAK Santonio Holmes MIA
Tony Gonzalez TB LeGarrette Blount ATL Laurent Robinson NYG
Jason Witten NYG Maurice Morris GB Damian Williams HOU
Aaron Hernandez BUF Jackie Battle DEN Doug Baldwin ARI
Jared Cook HOU Derrick Ward TEN Robert Meachem CAR
Brent Celek WASH Sammy Morris NYG Randall Cobb DET
Brandon Pettigrew GB Kendall Hunter STL Roy Williams MIN
Jermichael Finley (rest?) DET Brandon Jacobs DAL Pierre Garcon JAX
Vernon Davis STL Ryan Grant (rest?) DET Mike Williams ATL
Kellen Winslow ATL Roy Helu (toe; ankle) PHI Titus Young GB
Dustin Keller MIA Joseph Addai JAX Plaxico Burress MIA
Jermaine Gresham BAL Ronnie Brown WASH David Nelson NE
Greg Olsen NO Jacquizz Rodgers TB Jerome Simpson BAL
Ed Dickson CIN BenJarvus Green-Ellis BUF Vincent Brown OAK
Heath Miller CLE Daniel Thomas (knee) NYJ Andre Roberts SEA
Joel Dreessen TEN Marcel Reece SDG Nate Burleson GB
Jeremy Shockey NO Ricky Williams CIN Deion Branch BUF
Marcedes Lewis IND Dion Lewis WASH Steve Breaston DEN
Evan Moore PITT Mossis Madu ATL Greg Little PITT
Todd Heap SEA LaDainian Tomlinson MIA Dane Sanzenbacher MIN
Kevin Boss SDG Isaac Redman CLE Donald Driver DET
Scott Chandler (ankle) NE Danny Woodhead BUF Eric Decker KC
Anthony Fasano (concussion?) NYJ Jason Snelling TB Early Doucet SEA
DEFENSE/ST VS. Thomas Jones DEN Dexter McCluster DEN
San Francisco 49ers STL Keiland Williams GB Mario Manningham (knee?) DAL
Pittsburgh Steelers CLE LaRod Stephens-Howling SEA Vincent Jackson (groin?) OAK
Atlanta Falcons TB Lance Moore (hammy?) CAR
Philadelphia Eagles WASH Davone Bess NYJ
Arizona Cardinals SEA Brandon LaFell NO
Seattle Seahawks ARI Golden Tate ARI
Baltimore Ravens CIN Arrelious Benn ATL
Kansas City Chiefs DEN Kyle Williams (concussion?) STL
New York Jets MIA Earl Bennett MIN
Denver Broncos KC Donte Stallworth PHI
Chicago Bears MIN Jacoby Jones TEN
Minnesota Vikings CHI Devin Aromashodu CHI
Green Bay Packers DET Jonathan Baldwin DEN
Cincinnati Bengals BAL Kevin Walter TEN
New Orleans Saints CAR Austin Collie JAX
New England Patriots BUF Jacoby Ford (foot?) SDG
Houston Texans TEN Jarett Dillard IND
New York Giants DAL Brad Smith NE
Dallas Cowboys NYG Joshua Cribbs PITT
Indianapolis Colts JAX Danario Alexander SF
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