We have reached the end of the 2016 NFL regular season and as usual, Week Seventeen brings a large number of inactive players, several meaningless games and coaching reports and rumors. For the final time this season, I’ll be here all day to cover the news and happenings around the league. Follow along and enjoy!
(7:41PM) The onside attempt was not successful, so the Falcons will hang on and earn the second seed in the NFC. With that, our time together for both Week Seventeen and the 2016 season will conclude. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for continued coverage of the NFL playoffs and all of the excitement that always makes up the NFL off-season.
(7:38PM) The Saints got the first score as QB Drew Brees found RB Travaris Cadet for the short TD. On the scoring play, rookie WR Michael Thomas stayed down near the end zone with what appears to be a cramp. The Saints will need another successful onside kick to keep the hope alive.
(7:35PM) The late games are wrapping up and we’re watching a couple of things. First, can the Saints somehow complete a major comeback? They are down 13 points with just over one minute remaining and in the red zone. Also, the time ticks away for the Chargers season and possibly the Chargers time in San Diego, as well as the career of TE Antonio Gates.
(7:27PM) Attempting to make a diving catch near the sidelines, Saints WR Brandin Cooks suffered an unknown injury. He landed face down and did not immediately get up. Team officials quickly came over to check on him. UPDATE: Cooks was able to make it to the New Orleans sideline under his own power.
(7:24PM) Chargers QB Philip Rivers connected with his TE for another touchdown, but it wasn’t the record-setter for veteran Antonio Gates. Instead, he hit rookie TE Hunter Henry for his eighth TD of the season. San Diego still trails by 10 with just over two minutes remaining.
(7:13PM) And just like that…QB Kirk Cousins threw an interception, his second of the day, and the Giants could finish this off with just over one minute remaining. Cousins is set to enter free agency on a sour note.
(7:12PM) After a Giants field goal, the Redskins season essentially comes down to this drive. The have the ball around mid-field with just under 90 seconds remaining.
(7:10PM) With rumors swirling that he could opt to retire following the season, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald found the end zone for maybe the last time, extending the Arizona lead to 37-6 over the struggling Rams.
(7:03PM) The regular season will wrap up tonight as the Packers and Lions battle for the NFC North crown, but the Packers will have to do it without WR Randall Cobb, who had been a game-time decision. He won’t be able to go. QB Aaron Rodgers should continue to lean heavily on WR Jordy Nelson and WR Davante Adams.
(6:54PM) It is likely too little, too late, but the Saints have another touchdown as QB Drew Brees hit WR Michael Thomas, who has broken the team record for rookie receiving yardage, for the touchdown. Thomas has five receptions for 98 yards and the score.
(6:52PM) Earlier, rookie QB Connor Cook connected with WR Amari Cooper for his first career touchdown and the only points of the game for the Raiders, who trail 24-6 and are staring the AFC fifth seed with the loss likely.
(6:50PM) The Redskins are back in the game, tying the Giants at 10 apiece. QB Kirk Cousins hit TE Jordan Reed for the touchdown. Surprisingly, New York’s starters have essentially played the entire game despite being locked into the fifth seed in the NFC.
(6:43PM) Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill has scored again, this time on a 95-yard punt return, helping Kansas City to double up the 17 points scored by the Chargers today.
(6:36PM) Chiefs RB Charcandrick West has another score, catching both of the TD passes from QB Alex Smith as the Chiefs now lead San Diego by ten points with three minutes remaining in the third period. West has 11 total yards and leads the team in both rushing and receiving.
(6:20PM) The Cardinals also opened their lead against the Rams as QB Carson Palmer hit a streaking TE Darren Fells for the 37-yard score. Arizona now leads 23-6 early in the second half.
(6:18PM) The Broncos continue to spoil the chances for the Raiders to claim the AFC West title. QB Trevor Siemian connected with TE Virgil Green for the touchdown, extending the lead to 24-0 over a lame duck Oakland team currently lead by rookie QB Connor Cook.
(5:50PM) In a must win game for the Redskins, they’ve failed to put together any offensive attack. QB Kirk Cousins has just 104 passing yards at the half, while RB Rob Kelley has gained nine yards on six carries. TE Jordan Reed is the leading receiver with a 3/34 line.
(5:45PM) The committee attack continues to be the plan for the Raiders backfield. Rookie DeAndre Washington leads the team with four carries for 15 yards, while starter Latavius Murray has just three yards on two carries. Rookie Jalen Richard has three yards on three carries as the entire offense has struggled.
(5:39PM) The Seahawks have taken the lead over the 49ers thanks to a scoring run from RB Thomas Rawls, who has just 14 yards on six carries on the day.
(5:37PM) Some bad news for the Raiders…first Broncos RB Devontae Booker has his second score of the day, this one coming on a 37-yard reception from QB Trevor Siemian. Secondly, it appears that QB Matt McGloin will not be able to return. The chances at the second seed now ride on the shoulders of rookie QB Connor Cook.
(5:34PM) The Broncos have ruled out WR Emmanuel Sanders, who left the game earlier with a foot injury. Sanders failed to record a catch before leaving the game.
(5:32PM) Raiders QB Matt McGloin, who is playing in place of Derek Carr who is out for the year, has now suffered an injury of his own and may not be able to return. If he can’t go, rookie Connor Cook would be next in line as the Raiders try to lock up the AFC West and the second overall seed.
(5:29PM) The touchdowns are flowing! Atlanta gets another one as QB Matt Ryan found WR Mohamed Sanu for the short score to add to the huge lead. Arizona extended their lead as QB Carson Palmer hit WR Jeremy Ross for the score as they are blanking the home team Rams. The Chiefs have regained the lead on a TD pass from QB Alex Smith to RB Charcandrick West, playing in place of Spencer Ware. Finally, QB Russell Wilson connected with TE Luke Willson for the first touchdown of the day for Seattle.
(5:24PM) With David Johnson out for the Cardinals, backups Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington are splitting the work, each carrying the ball twice. Neither has had much success though and predictably, the Arizona offense is much different without their star.
(5:20PM) The Falcons offense continues to roll and WR Julio Jones took his turn to score a touchdown. Jones has caught all three of his targets for 29 yards as Atlanta is cruising.
(5:13PM) Earlier, the Chargers found the paint as QB Philip Rivers connected with TE Antonio Gates, tying Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez for the most career TDs by a TE. Don’t be surprised to see one more score from Gates today.
(5:11PM) The Chiefs are in the end zone on a short run from QB Alex Smith, tying the game at 10 each. Oddly enough, TE Travis Kelce has yet to take a snap in the game.
(5:06PM) After a Josh Norman penalty kept the Giants drive alive, veteran RB Rashad Jennings ran for the score, putting the G-Men up 10-0 in a must-win game for the Redskins.
(5:04PM) The Niners are surprising the Seahawks as RB Shaun Draughn just punched in his second score of the day, giving the team a 14-3 lead.
(5:03PM) With RB Mark Ingram banged up and in and out of the huddle, RB Tim Hightower just found the end zone for the Saints first touchdown of the day. Hightower now has 29 rushing yards on just three carries, while Ingram has managed just 15 yards on nine carries.
(4:57PM) Cardinals all-everything RB David Johnson suffered a lower-leg injury on a nasty tackle from multiple Rams defenders. Johnson was able to make it to the sidelines under his own power, but the injury did not look good. UPDATE: After being examined on the sidelines, Johnson is now being carted to the locker room.
(4:54PM) The Falcons running game continues to be uber-productive. This time, RB Devonta Freeman broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run, giving Atlanta a 14-3 lead over division rival New Orleans. Freeman already has 123 total yards on the day.
(4:37PM) The San Francisco 49ers put a nice opening drive together and RB Shaun Draughn finished things off with a short TD run to take the lead over Seattle. QB Colin Kaepernick connected on all three pass attempts for 66 yards on the first drive.
(4:33PM) The late games, many of them important matchups for playoff seeding, are underway. A pair of young RBs have early touchdowns for their teams. First, Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman scored after a long reception by his backfield mate Devonta Freeman. Broncos rookie Devontae Booker also walked in for the score and the early Denver lead.
(4:28PM) After a touchdown connection from QB Landry Jones to WR Coby Hamilton, the Steelers overtake the Browns and Cleveland earns the top overall pick in the spring NFL Draft.
(4:24PM) With the early games decided, other than the Steelers/Browns, let’s take a look at the top fantasy scorers for the week…
QB- Brady, Bradford, Osweiler, Wentz, Luck
RB- Burkhead, McKinnon, D Williams, Powell, C Grant
WR- Edelman, R Matthews, Landry, K Benjamin, Humphries
TE- Ertz, Rudolph, Pitta, Barnidge, Allen
(4:10PM) The Miami game is over and it appears they might have lost more than the game. RB Jay Ajayi was spotted by a beat writer walking to the x-ray room. We should learn more on this in the coming hours.
(4:06PM) QB Cam Newton led an erratic last minute scoring drive which heavily featured WR Kelvin Benjamin and ended with a touchdown to the big WR. Benjamin is up to six grabs for 93 yards. The Panthers then went for the two-point conversion and the win, but failed. Tampa will win the game as they run out the clock.
(4:05PM) With nothing else but the top overall draft pick on the line, the Steelers and Browns are headed to overtime. If the Browns win, they’d need the Niners to upset the Seahawks later today to maintain the top spot.
(4:03PM) After the Jaguars got a late field goal to give them the lead, QB Andrew Luck led a scoring drive for the Colts, throwing a touchdown pass to TE Jack Doyle with just nine second remaining.
(4:00PM) Eagles RB Terrell Watson, a favorite of the scouting community, just scored to give Philadelphia a two touchdown lead. Watson has nine carries for 28 yards on the day. Rookie Byron Marshall leads the team with 10/42, while veteran Darren Sproles has 9/32 for the balanced rushing attack of the Eagles.
(3:55PM) With a win over Miami, the New England Patriots have now clinched the top overall seed in the AFC and will have a bye in next week’s first round.
(3:53PM) QB Brock Osweiler scrambled for a one-yard score, cutting the Titans lead to one touchdown with just over three minutes remaining. With 238 passing yards, one passing touchdown and the rushing score, this is one of Osweiler’s better games of the season.
(3:52PM) Tampa Bay has taken the lead late in the game on a touchdown pass from QB Jameis Winston to WR Mike Evans, who now has five catches for 65 yards.
(3:44PM) Soon to be free agent RB Rex Burkhead is having a career day and just found the end zone for the second time. Burkhead has 119 rushing yards and another 25 as a receiver as the Bengals are routing Baltimore in the season finale.
(3:42PM) Buffalo WR Sammy Watkins has been sent to the locker room with an undisclosed injury. Watkins was walking off under his own power, so this could be a potential head injury.
(3:41PM) After a long run from RB Isaiah Crowell, the Browns have tied the game with Pittsburgh as RB George Atkinson III finished off the drive with a score. There is less than four minutes remaining as the Steelers get the ball back.
(3:36PM) The Patriots got another score and it was the seventeenth touchdown of the year for RB LeGarrette Blount, giving New England a comfortable lead with around five minutes remaining.
(3:35PM) The Browns top overall pick might be safe after all. The Steelers have just taken the lead on a pass from QB Landry Jones to WR Demarcus Ayers, giving Pittsburgh a seven point lead with just over five minutes remaining.
(3:32PM) Trailing all day, the Bears have made a change at QB, giving David Fales a chance with one quarter left in their season. Matt Barkley had thrown two interceptions a week after throwing five picks.
(3:24PM) The Ravens nearly had their first touchdown of the day after WR Breshad Perriman took a short pass 40 yards and was awarded the score, but the play was reviewed and reversed. Baltimore now has the ball on the one-yard line. Perriman has three receptions for 57 yards on the day. Rookie RB Kenneth Dixon punched it in from the one for Baltimore’s first trip to the end zone. Dixon has 51 total yards in the game.
(3:21PM) With Tyrod Taylor benched and EJ Manuel struggling, the Bills have turned to QB Cardale Jones early in the fourth quarter and down 20-3. For whatever reasons, the team has seemingly given up on Taylor and Manuel is clearly not the answer, so it is time to see what Jones can do.
(3:12PM) The Colts continue to put up a fight after a slow start. QB Andrew Luck hit TE Dwayne Allen for a game-tying score, pending the extra point. Allen has hauled in all three of his targets for 34 yards, while Luck is up to 204 passing yards for the game.
(3:09PM) The Chiefs kick off later today and will be without starting RB Spencer Ware. Expect Charcandrick West to see most of the work out of the backfield.
(3:07PM) A pair of quick TDs. First, rookie RB Derrick Henry ran in a short one to extend the Titans lead over Houston. At the same time, Eagles TE Zach Ertz caught his second score of the day from rookie QB Carson Wentz, giving Philly the lead over NFC top seed Dallas.
(3:02PM) Colts WR TY Hilton is down and holding his knee after a short catch. I’ll update his status when more is reported. UPDATE: Hilton walked off under his own power and then quickly returned to the field. Crisis averted.
(2:57PM) The Patriots wasted no time in opening their lead following the Miami score. QB Tom Brady found WR Julian Edelman who took advantage of a huge block from WR Michael Floyd to take it 77 yards for the touchdown. Edelman now has seven catches for 142 yards on the day.
(2:52PM) The Texans are down one score and it will be QB Brock Osweiler the rest of the way. Starter Tom Savage was re-evaluated at halftime and is now out with a concussion. Osweiler connected with TE CJ Fiedorowicz early in the second half for the first points of the day for Houston.
(2:50PM) The Dolphins have made this a game against New England as QB Matt Moore connected with WR Kenny Stills for the touchdown, the ninth of the season for the speedy WR. Miami now trails the Pats 20-14.
(2:47PM) Perennial touchdown thief Robert Turbin has done it again. Turbin ran it in from seven yards out for the first touchdown of the day for Indy, who is now doen by one score early in the third quarter.
(2:45PM) The Cowboys and Eagles are now beginning the third quarter, but just before halftime, Philly tied to the game as QB Carson Wentz hit TE Zach Ertz for the game-tying touchdown. Ertz has five catches for 48 yards on the day.
(2:43PM) In the Bucs and Panthers game, both QBs now have a pair of turnovers and the latest, an interception from QB Cam Newton, was returned all the way for a Tampa Bay touchdown, giving them a 10-7 lead.
(2:27PM) The Vikings got a touchdown from WR Jarius Wright, the third of the day from QB Sam Bradford, late in the first half. A long kickoff return and a nice pass from QB Matt Barkley to WR Cameron Meredith put the Bears in field goal range and the team got three points to make the halftime score 24-10 in favor of Minnesota.
(2:24PM) Early season stud RB DeAngelo Williams is seeing the bulk of the carries today with starter Le’Veon Bell resting and he just scored a touchdown, cutting the Browns lead in half. Williams has just 18 total yards on nine touches. His score came on a short pass from today’s starter Landry Jones.
(2:22PM) QB Mark Sanchez has played less than one quarter after taking over for Tony Romo, who relieved Dak Prescott, yet Sanchez has already thrown a pair of interceptions and suffered an injury that must have spooked the Dallas coaching staff. This game can’t end soon enough for Dallas, who still lead the Eagles 10-3.
(2:20PM) In a strange turn of events, the Bills are now calling starting RB LeSean McCoy probable to return after earlier labeling him as out with an ankle injury. The Jets lead the Bills 10-3 at the half.
(2:18PM) Miami WR Jarvis Landry took a hard hit inside the five-yard line, but bounced off of it and found the end zone for the first score of the day for the Dolphins, who now trail 20-7 against division rival New England. Landry now has four grabs for 33 yards.
(2:10PM) The Bears are on the board in the strangest of ways. After a double reverse, WR Cameron Meredith tossed a short pass to QB Matt Barkley for the two-yard score, closing the Vikings lead to ten points.
(2:04PM) Little used RB Corey Grant just took the handoff from QB Blake Bortles and took it 57 yards for the touchdown as the Jags continue to walk all over the Colts. Jacksonville is now up 17-0.
(2:03PM) Texans QB Tom Savage was being tested for a possible concussion, but he has been cleared to return to the game, should HC Bill O’Brien choose to put him back in the game.
(1:59PM) The Jets have taken the lead on a touchdown pass from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to RB Bilal Powell. Powell, who was in danger of missing the game, already has 65 yards along with that score.
(1:57PM) And just like that, he was gone. The Cowboys have turned to QB Mark Sanchez for the remainder of the game, choosing to rest both rookie starter Dak Prescott and veteran Tony Romo, who just threw his first score of the year.
(1:52PM) The Browns and RG3 have another touchdown as the QB found TE Gary Barnidge for the short score to give Cleveland a 14-0 lead. The Browns said they would play to win and could be in danger of losing the top overall spot in the upcoming NFL Draft.
(1:48PM) On his first possession of the season, QB Tony Romo led a scoring drive, ending with a touchdown pass to WR Terrance Williams. Dallas now leads the Eagles by a score of 10-3.
(1:46PM) The Buccaneers are technically still alive for a playoff spot, but need a long list of things to happen. Chief among those is winning today’s game against Carolina, but that won’t happen if they can’t hang onto the ball. QB Jameis Winston has already committed two turnovers and Carolina leads 7-3.
(1:45PM) Texans QB Tom Savage is getting checked on the sidelines for an unknown injury and former starter Brock Osweiler is back in the game for Houston.
(1:43PM) With the Cowboys resting their starters, veteran QB Tony Romo is in the game for the first time this season. Romo hurt his back in the pre-season and lost his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott and is expected to be with a new team in 2017.
(1:40PM) Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy is now being carted to the locker room. We may have seen the last of him this season. UPDATE: McCoy has been ruled out for the game with an ankle injury.
(1:38PM) The Vikings are dominating the Bears, finding the end zone for a second time today. This time it was on a pass from QB Sam Bradford to TE Kyle Rudolph. Bradford already has 144 passing yards and two scores on the day.
(1:37PM) The Bengals have scored again, this time on a short pass from QB Andy Dalton to TE CJ Uzomah. Dalton has completed all six attempts in the early going.
(1:36PM) Bills RB LeSean McCoy limped off the field after a short loss. The Bills and Jets are both scoreless early in the second quarter.
(1:26PM) It has been a season to forget for WR Michael Floyd, formerly of the Cardinals and now with New England, but he just scored his first touchdown as a Patriot. After making a catch inside the ten-yard line, Floyd fought through multiple Miami defenders to reach for the goal line on a very impressive play.
(1:24PM) Those same Jaguars put together another quick scoring drive, ending with a touchdown reception for TE Ben Koyack, the first of his career. Colts beat reporters are already criticizing the team for a “lifeless performance” on a day that the coaching staff is reportedly firmly on the hot seat.
(1:21PM) After weeks of disappointing play, WR Allen Robinson and QB Blake Bortles of the Jaguars were in their 2015 last week. They are at it again as Robinson caught a Bortles pass and took it 42 yards, setting up an eventual field goal to give the team a lead over the Colts.
(1:20PM) Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart was iffy heading into today’s game, but he suited up and he has the first touchdown of the day for Carolina. Stewart has three carries for 23 yards so far.
(1:18PM) Eagles WR Nelson Agholor is headed to the locker room with an apparent leg injury.
(1:15PM) Browns QB Robert Griffin III just threw his first touchdown pass of the season, finding rookie TE Seth DeValve to gain the lead over the Steelers, who are resting many key players as they’ve already locked up a playoff spot.
(1:14PM) The Patriots do have something to play for today as they attempt to hold off the Derek Carr-less Raiders for the top overall seed in the AFC. QB Tom Brady hit TE Martellus Bennett in the back of the end zone for the touchdown and the Pats lead 7-0 over Miami.
(1:12PM) RB Giovani Bernard has been on the shelf for a while and RB Jeremy Hill is out today. That means plenty of Rex Burkhead and he got the first score of the day for Cincinnati, a five-yard rushing touchdown. For those of you in Week Seventeen title games or important DFS contests, Burkhead should be a key player to watch.
(1:10PM) While the game is essentially meaningless, we’ll be focusing on the Bills and Jets matchup today. The Bills fired HC Rex Ryan earlier this week, reportedly in part due to his refusal to bench QB Tyrod Taylor. Now, Taylor is a healthy scratch while interim HC Anthony Lynn is starting former bust EJ Manuel. We might have seen the last of Taylor in Buffalo.
(1:07PM) After a slow start to the season, Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon has quietly been one of the hottest RBs in the league in recent weeks and he now has the first touchdown of the day, taking a short pass from QB Sam Bradford to the house for six points and an early lead over the lowly Bears.
(1:00PM) The top game of the day has to be the Packers and Lions, who square off for the division title. If your fantasy season is relying on QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Jordy Nelson, QB Matthew Stafford or WR Golden Tate, this is the best case scenario for you.
(12:59PM) While the Giants and Cowboys are expected to play their starters, including QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham, none are expected to play much and may only see two series.
(12:55PM) Here is the lengthy list of players who will not be playing today, some due to injury and others are simply resting for the upcoming playoff schedule.
Brandon Marshall, WR NYJ
AJ Green, WR CIN
Donte Moncrief, WR IND
Malcolm Mitchell, WR NE
Ben Roethlisberger, QB PIT
Le’Veon Bell, RB PIT
Antonio Brown, WR PIT
Tyrod Taylor, QB BUF
Jeremy Hill, RB CIN
Lamar Miller, RB HOU
Stefon Diggs, WR MIN
Kendall Wright, WR TEN
Chris Ivory, RB JAX
Jordan Matthews, WR PHI
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