Two Minute Warning - Week 17
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There are just a few minutes left before the games begin for real and this is your last chance to set fantasy lineups. Who will be productive performers and who will be the disappointments? The answer starts with who will play and who will watch from the sidelines.

Weather will once again be mostly a non-factor with only the Oakland-San Diego and the Kansas City-Denver games expecting precipitation.

But the biggest danger to fantasy owners, and the reason many leagues only play the first 16 weeks, is from playoff teams sitting their stars to protect them from injury.

Here is the latest injury information as we approach game-time.

Quarterbacks -

Brandon Weeden, Cleveland - The rookie and his backup Colt McCoy have been ruled out for the final game, leaving the job to little-used Thad Lewis. Starting Lewis or any of his receivers is a huge gamble with little upside.

Carson Palmer, Oakland - Palmer has cracked ribs and a bruised lung leaving Matt Leinart and possibly Terrelle Pryor to carry the workload. Leinart is the king of the dump off pass and Pryor will likely depend on his legs over his arm. Reduce expectations for Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey and expect Darren McFadden and fullback Marcel Reece to catch a lot of balls out of the backfield.

LATEST UPDATE - Pryor will start.

Michael Vick, Philadelphia - Nick Foles is injured so the Eagles go back to Vick for the finale of the season and possibly the last game in Philadelphia for Vick and coach Andy Reid. Vick should be rested, but the question is whether the line will give him the time to make plays.

LATEST UPDATE - Vick is active.

Robert Griffin III, Washington - Griffin III (knee) keeps getting healthier which means he may run more than last week when he only rushed two times for four yards. Without the running, RGIII is only a middle-of-the-pack fantasy option. With it, he's top-five statistically.

LATEST UPDATE - Griffin III is active.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore - Flacco is active, but is only expected to play one or two series. Tyrod Taylor will play the majority of the game.

Running Backs -

Ray Rice, Baltimore - Reports are surfacing that Rice won't play in the final game of the regular season so that he'll be healthier for the playoff run. Bernard Pierce can run and is the best option at this point, but this is what happens to fantasy leagues that play in Week 17. Check back when inactives are announced to verify the rumors.

LATEST UPDATE - Rice is active, but will play sparingly.

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota - Superman can't be stopped by an abdomen/groin problem. He needs 102 yards to reach 2,000 and 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson's NFL single-season record of 2,105 rushing yards. The problem is the Vikings need to win the game to make the playoffs, so they can't simply feed their star.

LATEST UPDATE - Peterson is active.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati - He was ill during the week, but came back to practice on Friday and we expect him to start. The Bengals, however, have nothing to play for, so he's not likely to play for long. It's probably best to avoid him if you have another option.

LATEST UPDATE - Green-Ellis is active.

Trent Richardson, Cleveland - Richardson has been ruled out for the game, leaving the rushing to Montario Hardesty and Brandon Jackson. Given that the quarterback will be Lewis, not Weeden or even McCoy, we suggest you avoid the entire Browns' offense.

LATEST UPDATE - Richardson is inactive.

Arian Foster, Houston - Foster's irregular heartbeat wasn't a problem in practice this week and we expect a full workload for the Texans' star running back.

LATEST UPDATE - Foster is active.

Chris Johnson, Tennessee - Johnson missed the first two practices this week, but came back on Friday for a limited session. He is expected to play, though you should check back after inactives are announced, to make sure he's out there.

LATEST UPDATE - Johnson is active.

Knowshon Moreno, Denver - Moreno is dealing with a rib injury, but is expected to play and not be restricted in any way. If Denver gets a big lead he could sit for Ronnie Hillman, but the Broncos are trying to lock down a first-round bye so we expect good things from Moreno.

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City - Charles was ill during the week, but was back on the field for Friday's practice and is expected to play.

Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants - We expect Bradshaw to miss practices due to injury and still play on the weekend, so the fact he practiced twice this week tells us he's certain to play on Sunday. Start him.

LATEST UPDATE - Bradshaw is active.

Matt Forte, Chicago - It's a must-win game for Chicago and Forte has promised he'll be out there. We like him to fulfill his obligation and play well. With no Michael Bush behind him, he should get a full workload.

LATEST UPDATE - Forte is active.

Wide Receivers -

Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh - Wallace will not play, in fact, on Saturday was placed on injured reserve. Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders should see a lot of targets.

LATEST UPDATE - Wallace is inactive.

Anquan Boldin, Baltimore - Boldin is dealing with an injured shoulder and questionable. Given that the Ravens already are in the playoffs, we expect the team to take a conservative approach to all their key starters. Look elsewhere for a receiver.

LATEST UPDATE - Boldin is inactive.

Kendall Wright, Tennessee - Wright missed last week due to injured ribs, but is likely to play on Sunday. The real problem is the sub par quarterback play. Wright will have to share minimal yardage (Jake Locker has thrown for under 150 yards in his last two games) with Kenny Britt and Nate Washington.

LATEST UPDATE - Wright is active.

Jordy Nelson, Green Bay - Nelson has missed too many games this season for fantasy owners to be happy, but will return for the season finale and could be pretty good if Randall Cobb's injury forces him to the sidelines.

Randall Cobb, Green Bay - Cobb missed both the Wednesday and Thursday practices and was limited in Friday's workout due to an ankle injury. The Packers have always been conservative with their receivers because they have so much talent at the position they can afford the luxury of sitting one or two. We expect Cobb to miss the game or be severely limited in his opportunities, so we're suggesting you find another option.

Roddy White, Atlanta - White will probably start, to keep his eight-year string of not missing a game alive, but don't expect to see him much after the first quarter, or even the first drive.

LATEST UPDATE - White is active.

Tight Ends -

Rob Gronkowski, New England - The NFL Network is reporting that Gronkowski will play in the season finale - but on a very limited basis. Probably not enough to start in your fantasy lineup.

Dustin Keller, New York Jets - Keller is inactive.

Kickers -

Josh Brown, Cincinnati - Brown will finish the season for the Bengals as starter Mike Nugent has been placed on injured reserve.




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