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Fantasy News of the Week-12/20

Christmas is right around the corner. Are you prepared? Have you done all the right shopping? And what do you really want from jolly old St. Nick? How about a fantasy championship? With a little fantasy news and that four leaf clover you may just get what you wished for. Merry Christmas! Good luck!


Bucs unsure about quarterback situation.

The Buccaneers have a serious dilemma in front of them this week.

  Who do they play at quarterback?

  At 9-5 they remain as one of frontrunners to grab a wildcard spot in the NFC playoffs, but will uncertainty at the most critical position on the field slow them down this week against the 31st ranked Chargers pass defense?

  According to the

Tampa Tribune coach Jon Gruden is leaning towards starting his normal starter Jeff Garcia, but is preparing for his other options with separate game plans just in case.

  “We have good reason to do that,” Gruden said. “We have an obvious injury at the quarterback position, and it’s a little more serious than we all thought.”

  Garcia noted last week that had he played against the Falcons his season may have come to a halt.

  This week he seems to be singing a different tune.

  “I feel fine,” Garcia said after taking the majority of the first-team reps in the Bucs’ morning walkthrough. “I feel like I can do more now. I know I’m heading in the right direction.”

  On Wednesday the journeyman quarterback took enough reps to leave his head coach optimistic about him playing in the upcoming crucial week 16 game.

  “He looked better,” Gruden said. “But again, with this injury, it’s going to be a day-to-day situation. So we’ll do the best we can to get the next guy ready to go.”

  Gruden came back with this on Friday: “I believe he’ll be the starter.

  What his strength and stamina is, I can’t be a true judge of that today. I just know he’s tough. He’ll give everything he has. I do expect him to start the game. I know we’ll need him.”

  This game is not only important to the Buccaneers as a team, but to fantasy owners as well. With all the marbles on the line in most leagues fantasy owners could really use a good quarterback match-up, and this definitely has the potential to be one of those!

 Keep an eye on the injury report leading up to the game, because you just never know how Garcia will be feeling come game time.



Williams was inspired by Testaverde?

Although he was snubbed from the pro bowl roster Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has put together a season to remember.

  He’s surpassed every analyst, fantasy owner, and player’s expectations; well, all except Vinny Testaverde— according to the

Charlotte Observer, who not only inspired Williams, but also knew the 5’9” steam engine would be something special someday with a little hard work.

  “When I got there last year, it was the first game at Arizona, I handed the ball off to him, he’d run 10 or 12 yards and put his hand up to come out of the game,” Testaverde said Wednesday in a telephone interview from his Tampa, Fla., home.

  “After a few weeks, I said, ‘You have all the ability to be a great running back, but you need to get in shape and you need not to want to come out of the game.'”

  Williams himself made it clear that his former quarterback was the main reason why he has evolved so well, even with the presence of talented rookie Jonathan Stewart breathing down his neck.

  “I think he’s probably impacted my season the most this year (of) anybody because of the conversation we had before he left,” Williams said of Testaverde on Wednesday.

  “He really left me with some things that really touched me and stayed on my heart, as you can tell from this season.”

  If Williams continues at his current pace he’ll surpass the 1400 yard rushing mark, to go along with 15+ touchdowns.

  His 2008 outburst has been one of the prime reasons why the Panthers are 11-3 and positioned to possibly overtake the Giants as the number one seed in the NFC playoffs.

  The Panthers have two tough road games ahead, and two wins could boost their confidence astronomically, and give them home field advantage heading in to January.



Cutler is confident about Broncos’ playoff push.

With the Chargers miracle win against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Broncos loss to the Panthers in week 15 the race for the AFC West is still on, but according to the

Denver Post the Broncos signal caller is still feeling good about his teams’ chances in the next two games.

  “I feel good. Obviously we took a tough one on Sunday against a good team,” he said. “To travel all the way over there and play against an NFC team that you’re really not that familiar with, you’re not really sure what you are going to do offensively or defensively.”

  But then again he also admits that beating this week’s opponent, the Buffalo Bills, won’t be an easy task.

  “They started very hot, 4 and 0. They know how to win games. They’ve played a tough schedule so far, so we are going to have our hands full again.”

 Cutler leads the AFC with 3851 passing yards, and has recorded a passer rating of 102.7 or higher in five games this season.

  If cornerback Jabari Greer doesn’t play again this week for the Bills Cutler may have a field day with the injury depleted

Buffalo secondary.



  If the Broncos lose this week and the Chargers win they will play for the division next week against each other in

San Diego— which could be the ideal situation for all Cutler owners who will be playing in their respective championships next week.

  The Chargers are 31st against the pass this season.



Favre owes a lot to Seahawks head coach.


Brett Favre has had a dizzy year of ups and downs, and as his Jets get ready for their Sunday showdown with

Seattle— a game for which they have to win to stay atop in the deep AFC East with just two games to play— Favre himself is once again getting ready for another memorable match-up with his former coach.

  And according to the Seattle PI it’s Holmgren who Favre owes his illustrious, memorable career to.

  “I would not be here today — I truly believe that I would not be here sitting here talking to you guys today, still playing professional football — had it not been for that guy,” Favre said.

  Favre has seen plenty of his former coach in the past few years, including a playoff match-up last season for which the quarterback got the best of his former coach.

  This could be the final year of Holmgren’s 10-year stint in Seattle, one that I’m sure he’ll be happy to forget.

  The Seahawks rank 32nd against the pass this season, so if conditions permit Favre has the potential of having a big game in perhaps his last hurrah against his former teacher now turned father figure and friend.

  The other storyline in this game is the brother showdown between Thomas and Julius Jones.

  “Everybody’s coming out. It’s Christmas. So it’s going to be a really good time, and everybody gets to watch us play,” Julius Jones said Wednesday after practice.

  This week’s game will mark the third time the two brothers have faced each other in a game.

  Thomas Jones was just voted on to the AFC pro bowl squad and his having an unbelievable season, while Julius has quickly faded since his early season outburst.

  “I couldn’t be more proud of him,” Julius Jones said of his brother. “He’s having a career year, and he deserves it. He’s been through a lot in his career. This just proves you can’t hold him down.”

  Play all your Jet players.


Shark Attack:

News/Injury Rundown

According to the

St Paul Pioneer Press quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will start for the Vikings on Sunday when they play the Falcons.

  “I think it’s big for him,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said of

Jackson. “He had an opportunity that was presented to him, and he played well in the opportunity, and he showed progression, so as long as he continues to do that, then that bodes well for him for his future.”

  Frerotte will back-up

Jackson until the young quarterback struggles again.

  The Falcons are 23rd against the pass this season thus far.


According to the

Philadelphia Inquirer Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb denies that there is any tension between himself and coach Andy Reid.

  “My relationship hasn’t changed with Andy,” the quarterback said before practice Wednesday. “I guess that would be the assumption that people would make because of the situation and the coverage it has received,” he said of the reported friction.

  Since being benched against the Ravens four games ago McNabb has put together a solid string of performances that has lead to three straight wins, and a chance at a playoff berth.

  This week the Eagles will be on the road against the Redskins— a team that continues to reel.


According to the

Sacramento Bee the Oakland Raiders want to get running back Darren McFadden going early this week against the Texans in hopes that he’ll spark their offense.

  “A lot of people have probably been talking about it,” quarterback JaMarcus Russell said. “When the ball is in No. 20’s hands, it is fun to watch. I’m pretty sure (Cable) might work on getting him some touches early in the game and go from there. Because once he got the ball in his hands last week, you saw some turning points in the game.”

  McFadden has battled several injuries this season, but when he’s been given the ball he has produced.


According to the

Washington Post Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell believes their colossal collapse could be attributed to pure fatigue.

  “I think we’re worn down, it’s been a long season, it was a long training camp, and learning a new system week in and week out, it can be draining,”

Campbell said. “The whole Redskins organization, that’s something we’re going through, a lot of changes, and it takes time for things to come together. You look at the good teams, they build it up. It doesn’t just come overnight.”

  While that may be true

Campbell and the Redskins have struggled all season to score touchdowns, which some believe is because the quarterback is too cautious at times, thus explaining his 12-6 touchdown-interception ratio. “We’ve been playing with a lot of tension, a lot of tightness,”

Campbell said. “We’ve got to go out there and play free.”

  It’s too late for any playoff aspirations, however

Campbell has a chance to redeem himself and prove to everyone that he can be a productive free-throwing quarterback.

  After all he does have a 6 interception cushion.

According to the

San Francisco Chronicle 49ers running back Frank Gore will be a game-time decision per head coach Mike Singletary. “Same thing – it’ll be game time,” coach Singletary said. “Hopefully, he can go.”

  Gore did not practice Thursday, but continued to receive treatment on his sprained ankle.

  “It’s coming along,” Gore said. “It feels a whole lot better.”


According to the

Kansas City Star pro bowl bound TE Tony Gonzalez credits his burst of success this season to quarterback Tyler Thigpen, and had some very encouraging words for the young gunslinger.

  “When he came in this year, a lot of people were a little nervous, including myself,” Gonzalez said. “I think he came out there and proved he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the league. It might sound a little bit silly saying something like that, but I honestly believe he can develop into that. He allowed me to go make plays.”

According to the

Green Bay Press Gazette the Packers are not done playing just yet.

  “It’s beyond urgency right now,” Packers receiver Donald Driver said. “In everybody’s eyes right now, it’s about pride. We can’t lose the next two games. We can’t finish our season at 5-11. It just wouldn’t look right.”

  The Packers have been eliminated from the playoffs, but can play spoiler against the Bears this Monday night in what is expected to be a dogfight— without Michael Vick of course— until the end.


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