Week 17 value meter

By Jeff Erickson

Week 17: Saturday Game: New England at New York Giants

Here are our rankings for the coming week at each position to help you decide your starting lineup. Our rankings are based on the following scoring system: three points for a passing touchdown; six points for a rushing/receiving touchdown; one point for every 20 passing yards; and one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards.

Last updated December 25. * = check status (not necessarily injury status)

Quarterback

  1. Kurt Warner AZ vs. STL
    1. Marc Bulger STL at AZ
    2. Drew Brees NO at CHI
    3. *Ben Roethlisberger PIT at BAL -- Note: Sore ankle shouldn't keep him out. Still has the third seed to play for.
    4. Tom Brady NE at NYG -- Note: How much will he play?
    5. Derek Anderson CLE vs. SF -- David Garrard JAC at HOU
    6. Carson Palmer CIN at MIA
    7. Donovan McNabb PHI vs. BUF
    8. *Todd Collins WAS vs. DAL -- Note: Likely to start the finale, with Jason Campbell's knee still swollen.
    9. Jay Cutler DEN vs. MIN
    10. *Philip Rivers SD at OAK
    11. Vince Young TEN at IND -- Note: Don't confuse "something to play for" with "likely to play well."
    12. Shaun Hill SF at CLE -- Note: First road start.
    13. Chris Redman ATL vs. SEA
    14. Jon Kitna DET at GB -- Kyle Orton CHI vs. NO
    15. *Sage Rosenfels HOU vs. JAC
    16. Cleo Lemon MIA vs. CIN -- Note: Will start the season finale over John Beck.
    17. *Matt Moore CAR at TB
    18. Brett Favre GB vs. DET -- Note: Could be very limited with Green Bay locked into the No. 2 slot.
    19. Matt Hasselbeck SEA at ATL -- Note: Third seed clinched for the Seahawks, so Hasselbeck could be used sparingly.
    20. Trent Edwards BUF at PHI -- Note: Playing without top lineman next week.
    21. *Tony Romo DAL at WAS -- Note: Home field is clinched and his thumb is sore; this sounds like a recipe for Brad Johnson, especially with Terrell Owens probably out.
    22. *Jeff Garcia TB vs. CAR -- Note: Rested early last week, likely will get the same treatment this week.
    23. *Eli Manning NYG vs. NE -- Note: Another QB in the group that might sit out.
    24. *Brodie Croyle KC at NYJ -- Note: Injured his hand against the Lions last week, Damon Huard played better. Croyle has already been named the starter for next season, however.
    25. Peyton Manning IND vs. TEN -- Note: Assume this will be like the final preseason game for the Colts; Manning might play a couple of series before Jim Sorgi takes over.
    26. *JaMarcus Russell OAK vs. SD -- Note: Russell gets his first start, but it's possible that Josh McCown might still play some.
    27. *Kellen Clemens NYJ vs. KC -- Note: Expected to return from the ribs/shoulder injuries that sidelined him last week, although he hasn't officially been named the starter over Chad Pennington just yet.
    28. Tarvaris Jackson MIN at DEN
    29. *Troy Smith BAL vs. PIT -- Note: Ravens are likely to play it safe with Kyle Boller and his concussion.

Running Back

  1. Steven Jackson STL at AZ
    1. *LaDainian Tomlinson SD at OAK -- Note: Limited action last week, but still has something to play for and a fantastic matchup against a rival that he regularly torches.
    2. *Brian Westbrook PHI vs. BUF
    3. Adrian Peterson MIN at DEN
    4. Fred Taylor JAC at HOU
    5. LenDale White TEN at IND
    6. Jamal Lewis CLE vs. SF
    7. Frank Gore SF at CLE
    8. Marshawn Lynch BUF at PHI
    9. Clinton Portis WAS vs. DAL
    10. Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at HOU
    11. Kenny Watson CIN at MIA
      Note: Bad fumble late in the win over Cleveland, but played well otherwise. Likely to start again this week, although Rudi Johnson might be available to play.
    12. Laurence Maroney NE at NYG
    13. Dominic Rhodes OAK vs. SD
    14. Adrian Peterson CHI vs. NO
    15. Najeh Davenport PIT at BAL -- Note: Starting with Parker out, but don't be surprised if they rest him late in the game, given that they won't have Parker in the playoffs.
    16. T.J. Duckett DET at GB -- Note: Carrying the load with Kevin Jones out for the year.
    17. Kolby Smith KC at NYJ -- Note: Larry Johnson declared out again.
    18. *Maurice Morris SEA at ATL -- Note: Perhaps worth a gamble that he'll get extensive work now that their playoff spot has been determined.
    19. *Jerious Norwood ATL vs. SEA
    20. *Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. NE
    21. *Aaron Stecker NO at CHI -- Note: Sprained a ligament in his left foot in Week 16, but still optimistic that he can go this week. Reggie Bush might be back, however.
    22. Edgerrin James AZ vs. STL -- Note: Losing time in the red zone to J.J. Arrington.
    23. DeAngelo Williams CAR at TB
    24. *Darius Walker HOU vs. JAC
    25. *Kenton Keith IND vs. TEN
    26. Selvin Young DEN vs. MIN
    27. Thomas Jones NYJ vs. KC
    28. Warrick Dunn ATL vs. SEA -- Note: Last hurrah?
    29. DeShaun Foster CAR at TB
    30. *Musa Smith BAL vs. PIT -- Note: More playing time with Willis McGahee out, but what will he be able to do with it?
    31. *Ryan Grant GB vs. DET
    32. *Michael Pittman TB vs. CAR -- Note: More action with the Bucs likely using Graham sparingly.
    33. *Earnest Graham TB vs. CAR -- Note: Rested after the second quarter last week.
    34. *Shaun Alexander SEA at ATL
    35. *Samkon Gado MIA vs. CIN
    36. *Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. NE -- Note: Ankle injury probably not too bad, but with playoff spot clinched he might sit anyhow.
    37. *Marion Barber DAL at WAS -- Note: Expect him to be among the backs getting rested this week.
    38. *Rudi Johnson CIN at MIA -- Note: Has a chance to play after sitting last week with a hamstring injury, but Kenny Watson likely to start.
    39. *Joseph Addai IND vs. TEN -- Note: Really limited last week; expect more of the same this week.
    40. Leon Washington NYJ vs. KC
    41. Chris Brown TEN at IND
    42. *Ron Dayne HOU vs. JAC -- Note: In uniform last week, but didn't record a single carry while nursing an ankle injury.
    43. Chester Taylor MIN at DEN
    44. *Michael Bennett TB vs. CAR
    45. *Reggie Bush NO at CHI -- Note: Might try to give it a go this week, with the Saints' playoff hopes hanging by a thread and Stecker banged up.
    46. *Darren Sproles SD at OAK
    47. *Travis Henry DEN vs. MIN -- Note: Only four carries last week.
    48. Fred Jackson BUF at PHI
    49. Julius Jones DAL at WAS
    50. Tyson Thompson DAL at WAS
    51. Ladell Betts WAS vs. DAL
    52. *LaMont Jordan OAK vs. SD
    53. *Jesse Chatman MIA vs. CIN
    54. *Michael Turner SD at OAK
    55. *Correll Buckhalter PHI vs. BUF
    56. *Reuben Droughns NYG vs. NE
    57. Pierre Thomas NO at CHI
    58. Kevin Faulk NE at NYG
    59. *Mike Anderson BAL vs. PIT -- Note: McGahee is out, but Anderson has a quadriceps injury of his own.
    60. *Maurice Hicks SF at CLE
    61. Jason Wright CLE vs. SF
    62. Michael Robinson SF at CLE
    63. *Willis McGahee BAL vs. PIT -- Note: Fractured ribs, won't play.
    64. *Willie Parker PIT at BAL -- Note: Fractured fibula, out for the season.
    65. *Kevin Jones DET at GB -- Note: Torn ACL.
    66. *DeDe Dorsey CIN at MIA -- Note: Out with a high ankle sprain.

Wide Receiver

  1. Randy Moss NE at NYG
    1. Braylon Edwards CLE vs. SF
    2. Andre Johnson HOU vs. JAC
    3. Hines Ward PIT at BAL
    4. Brandon Marshall DEN vs. MIN
    5. *Torry Holt STL at AZ -- Note: Tirade towards head coach Scott Linehan on the sidelines last week.
    6. T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN at MIA
    7. *Anquan Boldin AZ vs. STL -- Note: The toe injury appears to be just fine.
    8. *Marques Colston NO at CHI -- Note: Chest contusion, but should play.
    9. *Larry Fitzgerald AZ vs. STL
    10. Wes Welker NE at NYG
    11. Santonio Holmes PIT at BAL
    12. Roddy White ATL vs. SEA
    13. Reggie Williams JAC at HOU
    14. Chad Johnson CIN at MIA
    15. Santana Moss WAS vs. DAL -- Note: More effective with Collins at the helm, although in fairness Moss is finally healthy now.
    16. Bobby Engram SEA at ATL
    17. *Jerricho Cotchery NYJ vs. KC
    18. Lee Evans BUF at PHI
    19. Shaun McDonald DET at GB
    20. Chris Henry CIN at MIA
    21. Kevin Curtis PHI vs. BUF
    22. Steve Smith CAR at TB
    23. *Reggie Brown PHI vs. BUF -- Note: Productive despite knee injury.
    24. *Reggie Wayne IND vs. TEN -- Note: How much playing time will he get?
    25. Bernard Berrian CHI vs. NO
    26. David Patten NO at CHI
    27. Chris Chambers SD at OAK
    28. Isaac Bruce STL at AZ
    29. *Greg Jennings GB vs. DET -- Note: Bruised ankle, plus playoff seed locked up.
    30. *Anthony Gonzalez IND vs. TEN -- Note: Minor foot injury, but should be limited in Week 17.
    31. *Joey Galloway TB vs. CAR -- Note: Bruised shoulder, plus the Bucs' playoff seed has been clinched.
    32. *Plaxico Burress NYG vs. NE -- Note: Ankle, hamstring and the elements all problematic.
    33. Deion Branch SEA at ATL
    34. Calvin Johnson DET at GB
    35. Donald Driver GB vs. DET
    36. Derrick Mason BAL vs. PIT
    37. Patrick Crayton DAL at WAS
    38. Kevin Walter HOU vs. JAC
    39. Justin Gage TEN at IND
    40. *Arnaz Battle SF at CLE
    41. Roydell Williams TEN at IND
    42. Jabar Gaffney NE at NYG
    43. Devard Darling BAL vs. PIT
    44. *Bryant Johnson AZ vs. STL
    45. Dwayne Bowe KC at NYJ
    46. Ronald Curry OAK vs. SD
    47. Jerry Porter OAK vs. SD
    48. Donte Stallworth NE at NYG
    49. *Nate Burleson SEA at ATL
    50. *Jerheme Urban AZ vs. STL
    51. Roscoe Parrish BUF at PHI
    52. *Ike Hilliard TB vs. CAR
    53. Ernest Wilford JAC at HOU
    54. Amani Toomer NYG vs. NE
    55. Muhsin Muhammad CHI vs. NO
    56. Marty Booker MIA vs. CIN
    57. Drew Bennett STL at AZ
    58. *Joe Jurevicius CLE vs. SF
    59. Devery Henderson NO at CHI
    60. Mike Furrey DET at GB
    61. Ted Ginn MIA vs. CIN
    62. Michael Jenkins ATL vs. SEA
    63. Vincent Jackson SD at OAK
    64. Brad Smith NYJ vs. KC
    65. Darrell Jackson SF at CLE
    66. James Jones GB vs. DET
    67. Robert Ferguson MIN at DEN
    68. Bobby Wade MIN at DEN
    69. Mark Clayton BAL vs. PIT
    70. *D.J. Hackett SEA at ATL
    71. Dennis Northcutt JAC at HOU
    72. Andre Davis HOU vs. JAC
    73. Josh Reed BUF at PHI
    74. Drew Carter CAR at TB
    75. Laurent Robinston ATL vs. SEA
    76. *Javon Walker DEN vs. MIN
    77. Antwaan Randle El WAS vs. DAL -- Note: First receiving touchdown comes in Week 16.
    78. *Terry Glenn DAL at WAS -- Note: Injury to Owens forces the team's hand.
    79. *Marvin Harrison IND vs. TEN -- Note: Possible that he could be on the field for a handful of snaps this week, finally.
    80. *Sidney Rice MIN at DEN
    81. *Terrell Owens DAL at WAS -- Note: Almost certainly will sit out Week 17 due to ankle injury.

Tight End

  1. Kellen Winslow CLE vs. SF
    1. Tony Gonzalez KC at NYJ
    2. Chris Cooley WAS vs. DAL
    3. Tony Scheffler DEN vs. MIN
    4. *Antonio Gates SD at OAK
    5. Owen Daniels HOU vs. JAC
    6. Heath Miller PIT at BAL
    7. Vernon Davis SF at CLE
    8. Billy Miller NO at CHI
    9. *Jason Witten DAL at WAS
    10. *Donald Lee GB vs. DET
    11. Desmond Clark CHI vs. NO
    12. *Dallas Clark IND vs. TEN
    13. Alge Crumpler ATL vs. SEA
    14. Greg Olsen CHI vs. NO
    15. Alex Smith TB vs. CAR
    16. Jerramy Stevens TB vs. CAR
    17. Zach Miller OAK vs. SD
    18. *Chris Baker NYJ vs. KC
    19. Marcedes Lewis JAC at HOU
    20. *Kevin Boss NYG vs. NE
    21. Randy McMichael STL at AZ
    22. Bo Scaife TEN at IND
    23. *Brent Celek PHI vs. BUF
    24. *Robert Royal BUF at PHI -- Note: Sore foot.
    25. *Todd Heap BAL vs. PIT -- Note: All three Ravens tight ends hurt.
    26. Will Heller SEA at ATL
    27. *Ben Watson NE at NYG
    28. *Eric Johnson NO at CHI
    29. *Daniel Wilcox BAL vs. PIT
    30. *L.J. Smith PHI vs. BUF

Kicker

  1. Phil Dawson CLE vs. SF
    1. Mason Crosby GB vs. DET
    2. Shayne Graham CIN at MIA
    3. Josh Brown SEA at ATL
    4. Jeff Reed PIT at BAL
    5. Nick Folk DAL at WAS
    6. Adam Vinatieri IND vs. TEN
    7. Nate Kaeding SD at OAK
    8. Stephen Gostkowski NE at NYG
    9. Neil Rackers AZ vs. STL
    10. Jason Elam DEN vs. MIN
    11. Josh Scobee JAC at HOU
    12. Robbie Gould CHI vs. NO
    13. Jason Hanson DET at GB
    14. Rob Bironas TEN at IND
    15. Ryan Longwell MIN at DEN
    16. Jeff Wilkins STL at AZ
    17. Kris Brown HOU vs. JAC
    18. Rian Lindell BUF at PHI
    19. Lawrence Tynes NYG vs. NE
    20. Mike Nugent NYJ vs. KC
    21. Matt Stover BAL vs. PIT
    22. David Akers PHI vs. BUF
    23. Joe Nedney SF at CLE
    24. Matt Bryant TB vs. CAR

Defense

  1. San Diego at Oakland
    1. Pittsburgh at Baltimore
    2. Indianapolis vs. Tennessee
    3. New England at New York Giants
    4. Green Bay vs. Detroit
    5. Jacksonville at Houston
    6. Chicago vs. New Orleans
    7. Denver vs. Minnesota
    8. Tampa Bay vs. Carolina
    9. Dallas at Washington
    10. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo
    11. New Orleans at Chicago
    12. Seattle at Atlanta
    13. Minnesota at Denver
    14. Cleveland vs. San Francisco
    15. Cincinnati at Miami
    16. Buffalo at Philadelphia
    17. New York Jets vs. Kansas City
    18. Washington vs. Dallas
    19. Detroit at Green Bay
    20. Tennessee at Indianapolis
    21. New York Giants vs. New England
    22. Kansas City at New York Jets
    23. Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh
    24. Carolina at Tampa Bay
    25. Miami vs. Cincinnati
    26. San Francisco at Cleveland
    27. Atlanta vs. Seattle
    28. Houston vs. Jacksonville
    29. Arizona vs. St. Louis
    30. St. Louis at Arizona
    31. Oakland vs. San Diego
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