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Brandon LaFell caught 4-of-6 targets for 70 yards Week 17 against the Patriots.

LaFell appeared to tweak his ankle late in the fourth quarter, but he jogged it off on the sideline and eventually reentered the game. LaFell was the only member of the Patriots' passing game to play the full game, perhaps because he was chasing his first 1,000-yard season of his career. He fell just short, but still put together a career-best 74/953/7 line in his first season in New England.
Dec 28 - 4:07 PM

Jay Cutler completed 23-of-36 passes for 172 yards and 39 rushing yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to Minnesota.

And so ends arguably the most disappointing year of Cutler's career, one that saw him benched for Jimmy Clausen late in the season. Cutler "regained" his starting job for Week 17 only because Clausen suffered a Week 16 concussion. Cutler was solid in fantasy -- his TD-to-INT ratio was 28:18 with a completion rate of 66.0 -- but his on-field performance left much to be desired, failing to properly execute Marc Trestman's offense and racking up a ton of production in garbage time. Cutler's 2015 base salary is $15.5 million, all of which is guaranteed. Although there has already been much speculation regarding Cutler's next-season whereabouts, no decisions will be made until the Bears decide on a new corps of decision makers. Ultimately, we suspect Cutler will stay in Chicago because he is very difficult to trade, and would create far too big a cap hit to release.
Dec 28 - 4:05 PM

Trent Richardson rushed six times for 11 yards and caught one pass for nine yards in Sunday's Week 17 win at Tennessee.

Dec 28 - 4:04 PM

Shane Vereen rushed twice for one yard and caught three passes for 14 yards Week 17 against the Bills.

Vereen was very limited in the meaningless season finale. He did not see much of the field in the first half, and did not have a touch or target after halftime. Vereen was dealing with an ankle injury heading into the game, but his lack of involvement had more to do with the nature of the game. He will be good to go when the Patriots open the playoffs in two weeks.
Dec 28 - 4:02 PM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 17-of-25 throws for 209 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears, adding 18 yards rushing.

He also had a long first-quarter touchdown pass to Greg Jennings called back. Bridgewater closes out his promising rookie campaign with a touchdown pass in ten straight games. His TD-to-INT ratio over the final six weeks was 10:6. Bridgewater does not have a cannon arm and is small from a size standpoint, but he is a cool, composed pocket passer with sneaky athleticism and pretty consistent accuracy. It's fair to wonder what Bridgewater's long-term ceiling is for fantasy football, but he showed an ability to pick apart defenses at the short and intermediate levels down the stretch of his rookie year. He was in full command over the final month and a half, outplaying the rest of the 2014 quarterback class. Bridgewater will likely be a top 15-18 quarterback in 2015 re-draft leagues. Dynasty owners should be excited.
Dec 28 - 4:01 PM

Dan Herron rushed 10 times for 35 yards and caught three passes for 31 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win at Tennessee.

As usual, Herron was far more effective than Trent Richardson. It's telling that when the Colts went to their backups in the second half, T-Rich split time with Zurlon Tipton while Herron watched from the sideline. Expect the Colts to ride Herron for a bigger piece of the pie in the Wild Card game next week. Boom finishes his third NFL regular season with 78 carries for 351 yards (4.50 YPC) with one touchdown and 21 catches for 173 yards. He proved he can handle the Ahmad Bradshaw role at a lesser, but still reasonable, level.
Dec 28 - 3:59 PM

Brandon Bolden rushed five times for 15 yards Week 17 against the Bills.

Bolden saw most of the early work for New England, but ceded running back touches to LaGarrette Blount as the game wore on. With Blount back healthy and Jonas Gray (ankle) close to returning, Bolden could find himself inactive when the Patriots open the playoffs.
Dec 28 - 3:58 PM

LaGarrette Blount (shoulder) rushed 10 times for 62 yards Week 17 against the Bills.

The Patriots rested most of their starters, but Blount was featured all the way into the fourth quarter despite coming into the game with a shoulder injury. That usage does not say much for his standing in the New England offense, though Jonas Gray (ankle) being inactive may have force Blount into more work. With his shoulder at almost 100 percent, Blount should be ready to rock when the Patriots return from their first-round bye.
Dec 28 - 3:56 PM
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