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Wednesday 18th Oct 2017


Happy New Year as we wind up the regular NFL season, once again noting that injuries are as weird when the football season winds down as they are when the baseball season hits its final month. That means there is a lot of questionable, and a lot of guys who get pushed to IR before the final game.

With that in mind, remember that playing time could be all over the map as teams that are out of it will not risk injury for the future, while the playoff teams will want a win but not at the expense of their starters.


Arizona matches up against Seattle in what might be the marquee contest, listing Andre Ellington (toe), Michael Floyd (knee), Larry Fitzgerald (ankle) and Carson Palmer (finger) as probable while the Seahawks list Luke Willson (concussion) as questionable.

Atlanta lists Matt Ryan (hip) as probable, and Devonta Freeman (knee), Devin Hester (toe) and Roddy White (ankle) as questionable against the Saints, who have Drew Brees (foot) and Marques Colston (chest) as questionable.

The banged up Bengals are just trying to get through with Tyler Eifert (concussion) probable while Marvin Jones (hamstring) and A.J. McCarron (wrist) are questionable facing the Ravens, who report no new injuries.

It is probably superfluous that the Bills' LeSean McCoy (knee) is questionable, but so is Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) against the Jets, who have Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb, back), Chris Ivory (knee) and Bilal Powell (ankle) as questionable while Eric Decker (knee) and Brandon Marshall (ankle) are probable.

The Panthers' Ted Ginn, Jr (knee), Jonathan Stewart (foot) and Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) as questionable hosting Tampa, who report no major injuries.

The Bears' Matt Forte (back), Zach Miller (toe) and Eddie Royal (illness) are questionable facing the Lions, who have Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) and Calvin Johnson (ankle) as questionable.

The Browns' Johnny Manziel (concussion) is officially out with WRs Travis Benjamin (ankle) and Marlon Moore (concussion) questionable hosting the Steelers, who list Martavis Bryant (illness), Ben Roethlisberger (illness, as if he would sit) and Heath Miller (unknown) as questionable.

Dallas lists Cole Beasley (knee) and Jason Witten (chest) as questionable against the Skins, who have DeSean Jackson (knee), Pierre Thomas (knee) and Matt Jones (hip) as questionable.

The Broncos go in to San Diego with no major hurts while the Chargers are at relative full strength.

Green Bay finishes off with Eddie Lacy (rib) questionable against rival Minnesota, whose Adrian Peterson (ankle) is questionable.

Houston says Alfred Blue (calf) and J.J. Watt (groin) are probable while Brian Hoyer (concussion) and Cecil Shorts (hamstring) are questionable hosting the Jags, who list Allen Hurns (thigh), Allen Robinson (shoulder) and T.J. Yeldon (knee) as questionable.

Amazingly, the Colts' Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder, ribs, back) is questionable as are Donte Moncrief (toe) and T.Y. Hilton (calf) going against the Titans, who report Marcus Mariota (knee) as questionable.

The Chiefs' Travis Kelce (groin) and Spencer Ware (rib) are questionable hosting the Raiders, whose Amari Cooper (foot) is questionable.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) is probable while Jarvis Landry (knee), Rishard Matthews (ribs) and Kenny Stills (thigh) are questionable at home against the Patriots, who are clearly looking to rest their core to be at full strength for the playoffs. That said, Scott Chandler (knee), Danny Amendola (knee) and Brandon LaFell (foot) are listed as questionable.

The Giants' Dwayne Harris (back) is questionable at home against the somewhat coachless Eagles, who report no major injuries.

Finally, the Niners' Torrey Smith (back) is questionable for the team's final home game with the Rams, who report no new injuries.


Keenan AllenJamaal CharlesJordy Nelson, Le'Veon Bell, Victor Cruz, Andrew Luck, Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith, Peyton Manning, Martellus Bennett, Brian Hartline, Carlos Hyde, Dez Bryant, Thomas Rawls, Marshawn Lynch and Josh McCown

FantasyScore Plays

Finishing up the regular season for FantasyScore, I pretty much looked at playoff teams and lopsided games.

That means I am going with Matt Ryan ($5600) finishing off the season against rival New Orleans with very little in the way of pass defense.

Elsewhere, I stacked with Antonio Brown ($8800) and Markus Wheaton ($4600), and added in the Steelers defense ($2000) in the cold facing whomever at QB for the Browns.

Remember you can play against us at the FantasyScore Mastersball 50-team 50/50 Challenge


Jim O'Toole: One of the mainstay starters during my early years collecting baseball cards, O'Toole pitched in a rotation with the likes of hard-throwing fellow lefty Jim Maloney and helped direct the team to the 1961 post-season. Over ten years, O'Toole went 98-84, 3.57.

Frank Malzone: Of the same ilk was long-time Boston third sacker Malzone, who turned in 12 years and 1441 games, good for a .274-133-728 line.

Ellsworth Kelly: American sculptor and painter and minimalist.

Ian Lemmy Kilmister: God of metal guitarists, and former Hawkwind member and roadie for Jimi Hendrix and The Nice, Lemmy could indeed cut notes, and was pretty funny to boot. RIP Lemmy. 

Charles Woodson: Retiring from the Raiders, the future HOF'er tried to throw a pass his last play in Oakland for the Raiders. Woodson has a game to go, but for sure is Canton bound.

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