- Matt Ryan (toe) was able to return to practice on a limited basis by Thursday. Ryan is expected to start this week, and with other QBs being risky picks in Week 17, he is an adequate starting option.
- Tom Brady (shoulder, finger, rib) was able to practice on a limited basis by Thursday. It is possible the Patriots may not put a major emphasis on nailing down the third seed over the fourth, so Brady is a risk to not play a full game. Do not consider him one of the prime starting choices for Week 17.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (ankle) was able to fully practice by Thursday. Still, he is not recommended for fantasy use, even with Indianapolis expected to rest their regulars for much of the game.
- Drew Stanton (ankle) was able to practice on a limited basis by Thursday. Daunte Culpepper may still start over him, but neither QB is useful in fantasy leagues.
- Ricky Williams (shoulder) is listed as questionable. How much he will be used is uncertain, and with a matchup against Pittsburgh, Williams is not an optimum starter. Lex Hilliard may see an increased workload this week and deserves flex consideration.
- Steven Jackson (back) did not practice again this week and is listed as questionable. Jackson will likely be a game-time decision, and it would not be surprising to see him deactivated again. Prepare to use another RB in Week 17.
- Pierre Thomas (rib) has been ruled out for Week 17. Reggie Bush and Mike Bell may see a lot of early action in his place, but Lynell Hamilton (shoulder) is probable and may also figure in the mix. It is best to avoid the Saints ball carriers in Week 17, as it is uncertain how much each active RB will be used.
- Michael Turner (ankle) was not able to practice. Expect Jason Snelling and Jerious Norwood to share carries in his place again, with Snelling being the better TD option and fantasy play of the two.
- Beanie Wells (groin) is questionable. Arizona may choose to rest many regulars in Week 17, so do not consider using Wells. Tim Hightower will be in line to start, but how much he will be used is guesswork also.
- Shonn Greene (shoulder) was able to fully practice this week. Greene may continue to get a decent amount of carries in the season finale, so he can be considered for flex usage.
- Jerome Harrison (hip) was limited in practices beginning on Thursday. He should still be used as a starter against Jacksonville, unless game day reports indicate any downgrades in status.
- Brandon Jacobs (knee) is out. Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle, foot) missed practices and is listed as questionable. Bradshaw is a good flex starter if he is active, but if he cannot play, Gartrell Johnson and Danny Ware may have to share carries against Minnesota.
- Derrick Ward (knee, thigh) was able to return to practice on a limited basis by Thursday. Cadillac Williams is the main ball carrier for Tampa Bay right now, and Ward should not be used in Week 17.
- Julius Jones (rib) is questionable, but is expected to play. He may share carries with Justin Forsett again, and neither Seattle RB looks like an appealing fantasy starter.
- Correll Buckhalter (ankle) was a full participant in practices. He may get a decent number of touches and is worth flex consideration in a friendly fantasy matchup with Kansas City.
- Joseph Addai (shoulder) was a full participant in practices, but might be rested extensively this week, so keep him reserved. Donald Brown could see a lot of work in his place.
- Brandon Marshall (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 17. Marshall is not easy to replace, and none of the Denver WRs have been reliable enough this year to recommend them as effective subs if you are playing for a fantasy championship. Simply look to replace Marshall with an acceptable fill-in. There may not be much competition for free agents at this point if you must go that route.
- Derrick Mason (knee) is questionable. Mason might be a game-time decision, and he does not play in an early game Sunday, so consider other viable alternatives if you can. If your choices are limited, keep in mind you may have to go with a WR from another game to minimize your risk.
- Hines Ward (hamstrings) is listed as probable. Ward still may not be very productive, so keep him reserved this week if you have a quality alternative. Mike Wallace will continue to play a prominent role in the passing game in an important game against Miami.
- Mushin Muhammad (ankle) is questionable, but is expected to play. He is not a useful fantasy player as the No. 1 WR for Carolina now that Steve Smith is out. Muhammad will not have enough help in the passing game and is no longer capable of playing a major role in the offense.
- Miles Austin (thumb) was a full participant in practices. He is a must-start player if you are gunning for your fantasy championship this week.
- Jacoby Jones (shoulder) returned to full practices on Thursday. Jones is not a dependable fantasy player, and you can find better choices, even in Week 17.
- Donnie Avery (thigh) is probable, but certainly is not recommended for fantasy use in your playoff finale.
- Visanthe Shiancoe (thigh) is questionable and might be a game-time decision. If he can play, expect him to perform at least adequately against his former team, the Giants.
- Tony Gonzalez (calf) was unable to practice. It looks like fantasy players may have to replace him in Week 17, and available options on the free agent list may be slim. Be sure to target a player who is not on a team that will rest many of its starters.
- David Thomas (calf) is doubtful, and Jeremy Shockey (toe) is questionable. With the Saints having wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the NFC, Shockey may not play much, if at all.
- Marcedes Lewis (cheek, head) is not expected to play. Lewis was a mediocre fantasy TE this season, and there should be a comparable player available in free agency if you were using him as a starter.