Many fantasy leagues are finished by the time week 17 of the NFL season rolls around, but for a few this is your championship weekend. Unfortunately it's also a weekend where many of the league's top stars could be out with an "injury" that most likely wouldn't have kept them out any other weekend. So here's your team by team injury reports for week 17.
BUFFALO BILLS at NEW YORK JETS
Ryan Fitzpatrick is questionable with a knee injury and is considered a gametime decision. It's unfortunate because he likely would have been a really strong play this weekend against a Jets team that plans to rest several key starters including Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. If Fitzpatrick can't go, Brian Brahm will get the start.
CAROLINA PANTHERS at ATLANTA FALCONS
This would be a great week to start any Falcons you've got on your roster. Atlanta has every incentive to win since they can lock up the #1 seed in the NFC, while Carolina has already sewn up the #1 pick in the draft. Panthers' WR Steve Smith is questionable for this one with a calf.
CHICAGO BEARS at GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Packers have a lot more to play for than the Bears here. While Chicago could still get the #1 seed with a bye, they'd need Atlanta to lose at home to Carolina, so for all intents and purposes Chicago is locked into the #2 seed. That said, Lovie Smith claims that he intends to play his starters in an attempt to knock their biggest division rival out of the playoffs.
CINCINNATI BENGALS at BALTIMORE RAVENS
Chad Ochocinco is out while Jermaine Gresham is doubtful. So the Bengals don't have a lot of offensive firepower to work with against the Ravens on the road. Baltimore still has a shot to win the AFC North, so they'll be going all out. TE Todd Heap is questionable for the game.
DALLAS COWBOYS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
The Eagles are locked into the #3 seed in the NFC and do plan to rest some starters. Michael Vick & DeSean Jackson are both dinged up and likely won't play. Asante Samuel is also likely to be sat with a knee injury. Kevin Kolb, Jerome Harrison, Riley Cooper & Clay Harbor are all likely to see increased playing time.
WR Sam Hurd is out for Dallas while QB Jon Kitna is questionable with an abdomen injury. Kitna doesn't seem as if he'll play this weekend, but why would Dallas play him even if they could? Seems like this is a great opportunity to get a look at Stephen McGee. McGee is probably a good play against an already poor Eagles pass defense that will be sitting a few starters.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at HOUSTON TEXANS
The Jags need a win to stay alive, but they'll have to do it without David Garrard and Maurice Jones-Drew. Jags backup RB Rashad Jennings is probably a good play here.
Andre Johnson is doubtful with an ankle.
MIAMI DOLPHINS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
The Pats have nothing to play for, but Bill Belichick hinted this week that he plans to play his starters. He's had opportunities to rest before and has only done it once.
NEW YORK GIANTS at WASHINGTON REDSKINS
The Giants need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. They'll have to do so without WR Hakeem Nicks. Also, Justin Tuck was involved in a car accident last night but was not reportedly hurt. The Giants will also be without pro bowl C (who has played about 6 games all year) Shaun O'Hara.
OAKLAND RAIDERS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The Chiefs only have seeding left to play for. If they lose and Indy wins, KC could drop to the 4th seed. They plan to play starters and are totally healthy.
For Oakland, Darren McFadden is questionable with a toe injury.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS at CLEVELAND BROWNS
Peyton Hills is questionable with injured ribs.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS at DENVER BRONCOS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Both teams will have something to play for as New Orleans has a shot at the NFC South and a first round bye while Tampa has an outside shot at the last wildcard. WR Marques Colston (knee), TE Jeremy Shockey (groin), TE David Thomas (knee), & RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) are all questionable.
ST. LOUIS RAMS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS on Sunday night