Kevin Kolb is likely to get the start for the Eagles, who will likely rest starters this weekend. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Week 17 Fantasy Football News: Who Still Has Something To Play For?

The team by team injury reports this week will not only focus on who is healthy enough to play, but on who still has something left to play for.

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Kevin Kolb Starts In Place Of Michael Vick In Week 17 - And Beyond?

The Philadelphia Eagles will start Kevin Kolb at quarterback in Week 17, relegating Michael Vick to backup duties in a relatively meaningless game for the NFC's third playoff seed. This we knew prior to Sunday. Philadelphia has clinched a division title, won't be able to secure a bye in the first round, and will be the third seed in the NFC when the NFL playoffs next Sunday.

According to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio (by way of Mike Florio), Vick took the week off of practice not just to stay healthy heading into the NFL playoffs, but to study up on Philly's likely Wild Card opponent, the Green Bay Packers.

Here's the interesting part of the story: Paolantonio thinks there's a chance that Vick could be benched in favor of Kolb in the playoffs should Vick struggle.

Try to wrap your minds around that one. Vick has been one of the NFL's most prolific scoring threats in 2010, making him not just a fantasy football stalwart, but a legitimate MVP candidate. But because Vick has struggled with recognizing and adjusting to blitzes - Andy Reid isn't a fan of this. That's why he spent a week normally set aside for Week 17 prep studying the exotic blitzing schemes of Dom Caper's 3-4 attack in Green Bay.

It's hard to fathom Philly benching an MVP candidate that helped lead a miraculous comeback victory against the Giants just two weeks ago. Then again, this is Philadelphia; crazier things have happened.

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Brett Favre Inactive In What Could Be His Final NFL Game

Brett Favre told Leslie Frazier that he'd like to play in the Minnesota Vikings' season finale against the Detroit Lions. He won't, however; Favre is inactive with the same concussion that sidelined him during last weekend's Vikings win over Philadelphia.

Joe Webb will make his second straight start at quarterback for Minnesota.

Favre has repeatedly said this season, his twentieth in the NFL, that he'd retire - for good, and for real - after the year concluded. Should he (finally, and mercifully) hold true to his word, the last image of Favre on an NFL gridiron will be lying flat on his face, concussed, in the snow against the Chicago Bears.

In his (again, purported) final season, Favre has thrown for 2,509 yards, 11 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

Webb threw for 195 yards, ran for a further 31, and had a rushing touchdown as the Vikings downed Philadelphia, 24-14, just this past Tuesday. He has a chance to help the Vikes close with two straight wins as he takes on a Lions team that has won its last three contests, as well.

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Week 17 Fantasy Football News: Who Still Has Something To Play For?

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.

For the Jets, Mark Sanchez will start but will likely be relieved quickly by Mark Brunell.

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.

For the Redskins, it's kind of ironic that since Donovan McNabb was benched the team stopped listing him as questionable every week.

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

The Steelers need a win to clinch the AFC North and a bye so they'll be going all out. They will be without Mewelde Moore and will likely be missing Troy Polamalu again.

Peyton Hills is questionable with injured ribs.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS at DENVER BRONCOS

Patrick Crayton and Jacob Hester are both doubtful for the Chargers.

Knowshon Moreno is questionable with sore ribs for the 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

The only "win and you're in" game of the week. Matt Hasselbeck is questionable with a hip injury and all signs seem to be pointing toward Charlie Whitehurst starting.

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