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Playoff Permutations

Monday, December 26, 2011


No Luck for Us

Vikings RB Toby Gerhart, runner-up for the 2009 Heisman Trophy at Stanford, texted Yahoo’s Mike Silver after Sunday’s win over the Redskins: “Yeah, no Luck for us I guess.” The Vikes are out of the race for Cardinal QB Andrew Luck, leaving the Colts and Rams to battle it out in the season finale. If the Colts lost to the Jaguars, the No. 1 pick is theirs. If they win and the Rams lose, St. Louis will have to decide whether to roll with Luck or trade the pick for a windfall to surround Sam Bradford with a much-needed talent upgrade.

Injury Ward

Tony Romo, Cowboys - Hand
Christian Ponder, Vikings - Concussion
Adrian Peterson, Vikings - Knee
LeSean McCoy, Eagles - Ankle
Reggie Bush, Dolphins - Knee
Daniel Thomas, Dolphins - Knee
James Starks, Packers - Ankle
Vincent Jackson, Chargers - Groin
Jeremy Maclin, Eagles - Ribs
Ben Obomanu, Seahawks - Knee
Lavelle Hawkins, Titans - Ankle
Legedu Naanee, Panthers - Foot
Delanie Walker, 49ers - Jaw
Patrick Peterson, Cardinals - Achilles

Check out Matt Stroup’s “Au Revoir AP” for in-depth analysis of Sunday’s M*A*S*H unit fallout.

Awards Section

Stat of the Week: Donald Driver is the first Packers receiver to reach 10,000 yards. As former Packers exec and current NFL Business Analyst for ESPN, Andrew Brandt, points out: “Not bad for a guy who came in as our 10th receiver. Kept passing bigger, stronger guys.”

Runner-Up: Watch for the continued decline of Michael Turner Monday night in New Orleans. Per NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi, the Falcons are last in the NFL at gaining at least four yards rushing on first down. Atlanta also has the NFL’s second-most rushes for negative yardage.

Quote of the Week: Brandon Jacobs in a post-game confrontation with Rex Ryan: "It's time to shut up, fat boy. … You’re talking to the wrong Giant because I’ll kick your ass.” Jacobs said Rex went after him on the field “the way his pops went after Gilbride.”

Runner-Up: Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham on Calvin Johnson’s nickname: “Megatron or whatever, they need to change that name to something different because he probably could kick the crap out of Megatron.”

Second Runner-Up: From NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi: “I don't care where the Vikings drafted Christian Ponder, the best quarterback on the team is Joe Webb. He is a playmaker and should get better and better. The Vikings need to build around Webb, not Ponder."

Tweet of the Week: From @ChrisBurke_SI, during the Giants-Jets game: “Mark Sanchez = Human lump of coal.”

Runner-Up: Suspended Steelers pass rusher and hitman James Harrison during the second of two power outages during Monday Night Football: “If I cant play, then can't nobody play ... Lights out!"

Second Runner-Up: From sports agent and former NFL player @RalphCindrich: “Spent a ton of money of my son's education. Private school, Bucknell U, law school, traveled the world. He's watching ‘Jackass!’ Ugh!#Sick.”

Third Runner-Up: From @bruce_arthur responding to Patriots beat writer @RapSheet: “OK, now it's a holiday party. RT@RapSheet Logan Mankins has taken his pants off on the bench.”

Fantasy MVP of Week 16: Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Fantasy Breakout Player of Week 16: Jared Cook, Titans

Fantasy Rookie of Week 16: Cam Newton, Panthers

Fantasy Disappointment of Week 16: Steve Smith, Panthers

Fantasy Fraud of Week 16: LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers

Fantasy Fluke of Week 16: Dexter McCluster, Chiefs

Fine Fifteen Fantasy Offenses

1. Patriots
2. Saints
3. Lions
4. Packers
5. Falcons
6. Eagles
7. Cowboys
8. Chargers
9. Giants
10. Panthers
11. Steelers
12. Dolphins
13. Broncos
14. Raiders
15. Ravens

Early Waiver Look

QB: Kyle Orton, Matt Flynn, Joe Webb
RB: Toby Gerhart, Kahlil Bell, Kendall Hunter, Darren McFadden, Evan Royster, Stevan Ridley, Dion Lewis, Ronnie Brown
WR: Malcom Floyd, Hines Ward, Denarius Moore, Randall Cobb, Damian Williams
TE: Jared Cook

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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