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Two Minute Warning - Week 17

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There are just a few minutes left before the games begin and this is your last chance to set fantasy lineups. In what is the championship week of your fantasy playoff season, its important to make sure you have a full lineup on the field.

In early January we usually expect weather to effect the outcome of a lot of games, but the NFL has gotten lucky for most of the season and that good charm appears to be going strong into Week 17. Rain and high wind in Cleveland and Cincinnati could be the worst of the weather problems this week. Be concerned about the passing games in both Ohio games, but elsewhere the outlook is good.

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

Quarterbacks -

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have nothing to play for this week. Matt Flynn would be the only viable option if you must start a Green Bay quarterback. LATEST UPDATE - Rodgers in inactive.

Tom Brady, who makes the injury list almost every week regardless of his true condition, is actually hurting this week (shoulder) and could be pulled in the fourth quarter should the Pats get a decent lead. He'll get enough points in the first three quarters, so don't worry.

Ben Roethlisberger practiced again on Friday, his third consecutive full practice, and could play more than expected. Still, the Steelers figure to easily beat the Browns and Big Ben may not play the full game.

Tony Romo would have to be dead to miss this game and last we checked he's still breathing. The contest should be a shootout between two great passing offenses and Romo is a must-start.

Neither Sam Bradford or A.J. Feeley will be in uniform and even if they were, you wouldn't want to start them against the tough San Francisco 49ers defense.

Running Backs -

LATEST UPDATE - Eagles LeSean McCoy (ankle) won't play today. Ronnie Brown will get the start.

Arian Foster is healthy, but has nothing to play for and must stay healthy if Houston is to make any noise in the playoffs. Ben Tate is a better play this week. LATEST UPDATE - Foster is inactive. With McCoy and Foster sitting out the final week, Maurice Jones-Drew should be the 2011 rushing champion.

Miami's Reggie Bush is out for the final game and Daniel Thomas should get 20+ carries and is a solid fantasy option.

Shonn Greene should see a full workload this week after the team threw the ball 59 times last Sunday. Rex Ryan will get back to running the ball and Greene will be the beneficiary.

Roy Helu (ankle, toe) will be a true game-time decision, so check back just before kickoff. If he doesn't play, Evan Royster (132 yards rushing last Sunday) proved last week that he can carry the load. LATEST UPDATE - Helu is active.

Mike Tolbert returned to practice on Friday and is more likely than starter Ryan Mathews to be ready to go on Sunday. Check back just before kickoff to get the active/inactive news.

Beanie Wells is listed as questionable, but he'll play. Playing well, however, is another story. He's rushed for less than 70 yards in each of the last four games.

Michael Turner hasn't run for more than 76 yards since mid-November and is dealing with a groin injury. Add in that the Falcons may be locked into a seed by kickoff and starting Turner, or any Atlanta player for that matter, may be a gamble.

Toby Gerhart will get the full Vikings workload at running back with Adrian Peterson out (knee) and should be in all starting lineups.

Kendall Hunter could get as many or more carries than Frank Gore and is a solid "sleeper" selection this Sunday.

Wide Receivers -

A.J. Green is playing through a shoulder injury from two weeks ago and was primarily a decoy against Arizona. He'll need to do more than that if the Bengals are to win their way into the playoffs against Baltimore and he's practiced this week like he'll be a primary weapon, not a decoy.

Andre Johnson doesn't figure to get a full compliment of plays as the Texans are locked into the third seed. Expect 20-25 plays at the most - not enough to warrant a start in your lineup. LATEST UPDATE - Johnson is active.

Jacoby Ford is expected to return to the Oakland lineup and will reduce the value of Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore.

For Julio Jones of Atlanta, its a matter of an ankle injury and the fact the Falcons may not have anything to play for by kickoff.

Ignore Calvin Johnson's missed practices. He'll play and play well.

With Greg Jennings and Randall Cobb out of the Packers lineup, both James Jones and Jordy Nelson could still have solid days despite having no incentive to play hard.

Lance Moore will not play in New Orleans, but Marques Colston & Co. have plenty of other weapons.

Mario Manningham (knee) and Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) are not at 100-percent, but neither will miss the win-or-go-home game against the Dallas Cowboys. Both, however, will take a backseat to Victor Cruz.

Both Ted Ginn Jr and Kyle Williams are inactive making the 49ers Michael Crabtree a solid option.

Tight Ends -

Rob Gronkowski needs just 72 yards to set the all-time single-season mark for tight ends (1980 Kellen Winslow - 1,290 yards). With Brady feeding him the ball, he'll get it done.

Houston's Owen Daniels is inactive.

Kickers -

Baltimore's Billy Cundiff is dealing with a left calf injury, but will be the kicker in the season finale.

The Bills are on their third kicker - Brandon Coutu. Rian Lindell and Dave Rayner are both on the injured reserve list.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.


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