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Week 17: The End of the 2009 Season

Happy New Year and
welcome to the final week of the regular season games and the end of the 2009 fantasy
football season. It is hard to believe that five months ago the 2009 season was
just on its way and it has now come to an end. Like every fantasy season, it
remained exciting, unpredictable and challenging which is why we come back year
after year. If this is your first fantasy season, take time to reflect on how
much you’ve learned since the beginning of the year and I hope that you spent
some time in the tank to add to your fantasy experience. To the rest of you, I
hope that your 2009 season was your best year yet. If you fell short of your
goals, then 2010 will be another year to turn things around. For all of you who
have taken the time to read my articles, I thank you and raise up my mug and
cheer.

There will be more
articles to follow as next week I will showcase the annual Fantasy Football Pro
Bowl. I will also break down the 2009 season as well as Studs and Duds.

Note: All games are on
Sunday.

Playoff Teams Resting
Players:

Here are some of the
scenarios facing owners in Week 17.

Colts at Bills

– Expect more rest for the Colts
starters as they let the perfect season go and now are just getting ready for
the playoffs.

Bengals at Jets

– This is going to be a tough
situation but depending on how the earlier games go, the Bengals will look to
rest their players if they no longer need a win. With it being an 8:30 p.m.
game, you have to decide early on your Bengals. The Jets might benefit as they
need a win to get in.

Saints at Panthers

New Orleans has the No. 1 seed following the
Vikings loss on Monday night, which could see players getting rest for some or
most of the game.

Giants at Vikings

– The Vikings game against the
Giants now means something. They need to prevent going into the playoffs with a
three-game slide as well as fight

Philadelphia
and

Arizona
for the No. 2 seed. The Giants, meanwhile, need to save face after an
embarrassing loss at home and look to go 9-7 to end the season.

Patriots at Texans

– Bill Belichick isn’t saying much
about the amount of time his players will be out there but it could be possible
to see them come out at the start of the second half.

Packers at Cardinals –

Depending on the outcome of the
Giants game, the Cardinals could pull their players if they have no chance at
moving up to the No. 2 seed.

WEATHER

Weather will be a factor
in certain games as cold and precipitation will affect some players’
performances. Always check the weather after you check the injury reports.
(info from nflweather.com)

Colts at Bills,
1 p.m., 22˚, snow showers likely

Jaguars at Browns, 1 p.m., 23˚, snow showers likely

Bears at Lions, 1 p.m., DOME

Falcons at Buccaneers, 1 p.m., 62˚, mostly sunny

Saints at Panthers, 1 p.m., 39˚, partly sunny

Patriots at Texans, 1 p.m., 62˚, chance of rain showers

49ers at Rams, 1 p.m., DOME

Steelers at Dolphins, 1 p.m., 70˚, mostly sunny

Giants at Vikings, 1 p.m., DOME

Eagles at Cowboys, 4:15 p.m.,
55˚, partly sunny

Packers at Cardinals, 4:15 p.m., DOME

Redskins at Chargers, 4:15 p.m., 72˚, mostly sunny

Titans at Seahawks, 4:15 p.m., 49˚, chance of rain

Ravens at Raiders, 4:15 p.m., 57˚, partly sunny

Chiefs at Broncos, 4:15 p.m., 45˚, mostly cloudy

Bengals at Jets, 8:30 p.m., 28˚, chance of flurries

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

The chart color chart
below will show which the strength of schedule for the final week of the
season.

 

 

 

 

 

Pass SOS

 

 

Rush SOS

 

CHI

32

 

IND

32

SEA

31

 

DEN

31

TEN

30

 

ATL

30

JAX

29

 

BAL

29

TB

28

 

JAX

28

CLE

27

 

SF

27

STL

26

 

DET

26

CAR

25

 

NO

25

SF

24

 

CHI

24

PIT

23

 

WAS

23

GB

22

 

CAR

22

PHI

21

 

BUF

21

NYG

20

 

SD

20

DEN

19

 

KC

19

BUF

18

 

GB

18

NE

17

 

TB

17

MIA

16

 

CLE

16

BAL

15

 

MIN

15

NYJ

14

 

TEN

14

DAL

13

 

NE

13

DET

12

 

PIT

12

ATL

11

 

HOU

11

ARI

10

 

SEA

10

WAS

9

 

CIN

9

MIN

8

 

DAL

8

HOU

7

 

STL

7

OAK

6

 

OAK

6

SD

5

 

PHI

5

NO

4

 

NYG

4

IND

3

 

MIA

3

KC

2

 

NYJ

2

CIN

1

 

ARI

1

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 QB Last Three
Weeks

according to Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. Donovan McNabb 23

2. Eli Manning 22

3. Matt Schaub 21.3

4. Aaron Rodgers 21

5. Ben Roethlisberger 19.7

6. Philip Rivers 18.7

7. Drew Brees 18.3

8. Peyton Manning 18.3

9. Tony Romo 18

10.

Chad
Henne 17.7

Top 10 RB Last Three
Weeks

according to Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. Chris Johnson 31.7

2. Jerome Harrison 28.7

3. Adrian Peterson 28.7

4. Jamaal Charles 27.3

5. Frank Gore 25.7

6. Ray Rice 24

7. Maurice Jones-Drew 23

8. Jonathan Stewart 22.3

9. Ryan Grant 21.7

10. Chris Wells 19.7

Top 10 WR Last Three
Weeks

according to
Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. Andre Johnson 29.3

2. Brandon Marshall 28

3. DeSean Jackson 22.7

4. Miles Austin 21

5. Steve Smith 21

6. Vincent Jackson 19.3

7. Derrick Mason 18

8. Wes Welker 18

9. Devin Aromashodu 17.3

10. Steve Smith 16.3

Top 10 TE Last Three
Weeks

according to Shark League scoring by average points per game

1.

Dallas

Clark 21.3

2. Brent Celek 16.7

3. Jermichael Finley 15

4. Todd Heap 14.7

5. Antonio Gates 14.3

6. John Carlson 14

7. Fred Davis 13.7

8. Kevin Boss 12.3

9. Heath Miller 11.3

10. Jason Witten 11.3

Top 10 K Last Three
Weeks

according to Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. Rob Bironas 13.3

2. Jeff Reed 12.7

3. Sebastian Janikowski 12.3

4. Phil Dawson 12

5. Matt Prater 11.3

6. Kris Brown 10.7

7. David Akers 10.3

8. Billy Cundiff 10.3

9. Jay Feely 10.3

10. Connor Barth 9.7

Top 10 D/ST Last Three
Weeks

according to Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. 49ers 16.7

2. Jets 16.7

3. Eagles 16.3

4. Ravens 16

5. Browns 15

6. Panthers 14

7. Cardinals 13.7

8. Texans 13.3

9. Titans 13

10. Falcons 12.7

The
Golden Mug Award

Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.

Jonathan Stewart – 28 carries,
206 yards, 1 TD. Stewart trucked over the Giants on his way to back to back
games with 100+ yards and a touchdown. Stewart joined DeAngelo Williams with 1,000
yards for the season. Injuries and a time share situation have limited Stewart
from becoming a top-tier running back. You should expect the same for next
season.

Roddy White – 8 receptions,
139 yards, 2 TD. White showed up this week but I believe some owners had put
him to the bench after back-to-back subpar games. I wish he would have played
like this the week before because I missed out on a championship by a narrow
margin.

Adrian Peterson – 24 carries,
94 yards, 2 TDs; 3 receptions, 43 yards; 1 fumble. Even though he lost his sixth
fumble of the season, A.P. has produced well as the No. 1 pick in fantasy
drafts. He has 17 rushing touchdowns and is averaging just 3.2 fantasy points
less than Chris Johnson. The most surprising stat about Peterson is that
he has just one career receiving touchdown, and that was in his rookie year.

The Urinal
Cake Award

Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.

Fred Davis – 2
receptions, 29 yards.

Davis has been productive
down the stretch as he has averaged 53 yards with five touchdowns from Weeks
12-15, but

Davis
came up short on one of the most important weeks of the season.

Matt Hasselbeck – 19/37, 198
yards, 1 TD, 4 INT. On the day Hasselbeck set the Seahawk franchise record for
career passing yards, he played so awful that you have to wonder if he will be
a starter next season. The most glaring mistake was the gift wrapped pass he
gave to A.J. Hawk with no

Seattle
receiver in site.

Colts Head Coach Jim
Caldwell – The move to rest starters in Week 16 hurt fans but not as much as it
did fantasy owners. The outcry of having your players pulled during the
playoffs killed plenty of teams championship hopes. The fans lost out on an
opportunity to see their team go 16-0. For teams competing for a Wild Card
against the Jets, this had to sting just as much.

MATCHUPS

The QB
matchups I like this week:

Jay Cutler against the
Lions. This is Cutler’s worst year, and his 26 interceptions have cost the
Bears this season. They are coming off a thrilling Monday night win over the
Vikings and should have no problem with the Lions who could secure the No. 1
pick in the draft again with a loss. In Cutler’s first game against the Lions,
he threw for just 141 yards with two touchdowns. Look for better stats this
game to end the year on a high note. The Lions are allowing 265.4 passing yards
per game (32nd) with 31 passing touchdowns allowed this season.

David Garrard against the
Browns. The Jaguars are all but out of the playoffs with only the hope of a
miracle chain of events that would help them get in. They would need to win and
hope four other teams lose. Still, that will be enough motivation for this team
to play hard. They face a Browns team that has won three in a row but are
allowing 249.9 passing yards per game (29th) with 20 passing
touchdowns given up this season.

The RB
matchups I like this week:

Donald Brown against the
Bills. As the Colts starters get time off in the final meaningless game of the
season for both teams, Brown will likely carry the load in this game and
showcase his talent. He scored last week and will be facing the worst run
defense in the league as the Bills are allowing 165.1 rushing yards per game
(32nd) with 18 rushing touchdowns allowed this season.

  allow

Jonathan Stewart against
the Saints. The Panthers have picked themselves up the last few weeks and have
played well.  Stewart will carry the bulk of the carries against a Saints
team that will be playing on cruise control. The Panthers have something to
play for as they will look to finish the season at 8-8 to avoid a losing record
and will also be playing at home. No Steve Smith in this game due to the broken
arm. The Saints defense is allowing 118.5 rushing yards per game (22nd)
with 18 rushing touchdowns given up this season.

The
QB matchups I don’t like this week:

Eli Manning against the
Vikings. At least one Manning should play the whole game, but this isn’t a good
situation for Manning this week. He has been playing well over the past three weeks
as the No. 2 fantasy quarterback, but

Minnesota
now needs a win to secure a first-round bye. With

Arizona
and

Philadelphia
playing later in the day, this team will need to play hard and the front line
will give Manning problems. Yes, the Vikings pass defense is nothing special.
They rank 20th with 223.2 passing yards allowed per game with 26 passing
touchdowns allowed this season. The Giants will have trouble running the ball
as Brandon Jacobs is out and Ahmad Bradshaw isn’t 100 percent to carry a full
load.

Chad

Henne against the Steelers. The
Steelers need some help but still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs
provided that they win and a few teams lose. That means a tough effort against
the Dolphins who have a slim chance of making the playoffs themselves. The
Steelers defense is allowing 216.2 passing yards per game (16th)
with 20 passing touchdowns given up this season.

The
RB matchups I don’t like this week:

Chris Wells/Tim Hightower
against the Packers. Assuming that this game will mean something to both teams,
I still think Wells will get the bulk of the carries. As it stands, these two
teams would matchup in the first round. The Packers have taken over the No. 1
run defense spot as they are giving up just 85.7 rushing yards per game with
just five rushing touchdowns allowed all season.

Marion Barber/Felix Jones
against the Eagles. This game will be the top game of the week as it is the
only game that can still decided the division winner. In the first meeting
against the Eagles, the Cowboys running backs struggled as Barber rushed for 50
yards on 12 carries and Jones rushed for 10 yards on four carries. This is
going to be another game decided in the air and there will be little running
room as the Eagles play the run well allowing 99.7 rushing yards per game (eighth)
with 10 rushing touchdowns allowed this season.

Good luck to everyone in
Week 17. Have a safe New Year!

Cheers!

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