Maybe you’re in a points league, maybe you’re in a DFS hunt, maybe your seasonal group uses Week 17. In any event, let’s take a long look around, see what’s what for the final day of the regular season.
The Rams aren’t going anywhere, so it makes sense to rest Todd Gurley (foot). He’s listed as doubtful. Tre Mason picked up the start at San Francisco. Keep in mind the Niners defense has played considerably better at home this season.
Bilal Powell (ankle) hasn’t practiced all week, and although the Jets merely list him as questionable, it doesn’t seem like he’s ready for the do-or-die game at Buffalo. Chris Ivory (knee) is listed as probable. (Sunday Update: Powell will not play.)
Jonathan Stewart (foot) and Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) won’t play against Tampa Bay. Cameron Artis-Payne and Mike Tolbert could see extra work, though we all know Cam Newton is Carolina’s goal-line offense most of the time.
Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) won’t play Week 17, but he might be back with the Seahawks on Monday, opening the possibility of playoff action.
LeSean McCoy knee) won’t play Sunday, leaving Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee to share the Buffalo backfield work against the Jets.
The Redskins have tons of rest-early risk in their meaningless finale against Dallas. Up top, we know Matt Jones (hip) won’t play. I’d try to steer away from their name-brand guys, knowing they could be looking ahead to the playoffs. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is confirmed to start, but head coach Jay Gruden won't commit to a specific length of time.
Andre Ellington (toe) is listed as probable, ready to back up David Johnson.
Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) is expected to play at Chicago, though the Lions list him as questionable.
Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) has been ruled out for the finale against Tampa Bay. Devin Funchess and Philly Brown are Carolina’s next wideouts in line.
Calvin Johnson still has a tender ankle but is expected to play against the Bears. He missed two days of practice.
Zach Miller (toe) looks like a game-time decision; the Bears list him as questionable. They’ll need him on the field, with Alshon Jeffery out and Eddie Royal doubtful. (Sunday Uddate: Miller is out. Hello, Rob Housler.)
Julian Edelman (foot) didn’t travel to Miami with the Pats; he’s out for the finale. Danny Amendola (knee) has a chance to play as a game-time decision, not that I’d risk a thing on him.
Michael Floyd (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 17. The Cardinals have incentive if you consider Carolina an upset risk to Tampa Bay, but if the Panthers take care of business, the Arizona game against Seattle loses meaning for the hosts.
Rishard Matthews (ribs) went on injured reserve Saturday, ending his year. Jarvis Landry (knee) is listed as probable and should see plenty of action against New England.
Martavis Bryant is dealing with an illness but was able to practice Friday. Sounds like he'll play Sunday at Cleveland.
Marques Colston (chest) is out for another week, which pushes Brandon Coleman into a deep-sleeper spot.
Marcus Mariota (knee) and Kendall Wright (knee) won’t play in Tennessee’s finale against Indianapolis. Maybe this could lead you to Dorial Green-Beckham in a deeper pool.
Brian Hoyer has cleared the concussion protocol and will start against Jacksonville. It’s a wonderful spot on paper, but you also have to consider all the hits — and physical problems — Hoyer has encountered in the second half of the season.
Johnny Manziel (concussion) won't dress for Week 17. Austin Davis starts against Pittsburgh.
If you’re keeping an eye on milestones, consider Frank Gore needs 109 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the year. Perhaps the Colts will make an extra effort to get Gore to that number.
A more interesting milestone chase is going on in Atlanta. Julio Jones has an outside chance to topple a couple of major receiving records — he’s 16 catches away from Marvin Harrison’s 143 grabs in 2002, and 242 yards from Calvin Johnson’s 1,964 receiving yards in 2012. Jones is obviously a long shot from both numbers, but with his talent and Atlanta’s willingness to force him the ball, it’s not impossible. The lousy Saints defense certainly aids the cause.