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Monday Morning Takeaways – Week 17

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Tampa Bay 22, Atlanta 17

Buccaneers

Doug Martin capped off his awesome rookie season with another huge outing posting 148 yards on 28 rushing attempts. The Muscle Hamster is a lock as a top five RB next year.

Mike Williams quietly had another solid season accumulating 996 yards and nine touchdowns.   He should also be mentioned amongst the best red-zone wide receivers in the league adding another short-yardage touchdown in this game.

Falcons

Yes, the starters played, but no they were not playing at full capacity. I suspect this game was more of a “walk through” after pouring their energy into the past two weeks and clinching home field advantage. The Falcons postseason fantasy value will be contingent on their opponent.

New York 9, Buffalo 28

Jets

The best news for the Jets is the season is officially over, meaning the rebuilding process can begin. Say goodbye, Mr. Sparano.

Bills

Yet another of the NFL teams who are about to undergo some radical changes.

The misuse of CJ Spiller and reliance on Ryan Fitzpatrick are the two reasons Chan Gailey will likely be fired by the time you’re reading this article.

Baltimore 14, Cincinnati 23

Ravens

This game reminded me of preseason week one as the Ravens starters played two series and sat much of the game. Nothing to see here, move along.

Bengals

Cincinnati came out relatively slow until a touchdown pass to Marvin Jones just before halftime. Similar to preseason week two, the starters did not return in the second half. Boring.


Chicago 26, Detroit 24

Bears

For fantasy managers projecting into next season our focus has been on the development of Alshon Jeffery. Brimming with talent, playing alongside strong armed quarterback and with Brandon Marshall demanding added attention, Jeffery will be worthy of late round flier entering the 2013 season as a mid WR4.

Lions

Calvin Johnson’s quest for 2,000 receiving yards fell 36 yards short as Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings and the Bears secondary said, “not on my watch”. Still an amazing season for fantasy owners who ignored the Madden Curse and selected Johnson in the first round.

Beyond Calvin, this team is not good. No defense, no real running game and more off field issues than a rehab clinic.



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