Week 17: Resting This Week
Reggie Wayne is enjoying a great bounce-back season with Andrew Luck under center. The 34-year old has caught 102 passes for 1,315 receiving yards and five TDs. Unfortunately for him, the Colts have nothing left to play for and regardless of outcome, their playoff seed cannot move up or down. Winning a game against divisional rival Houston would be huge and make a big statement before the playoffs, but at what cost and risk? If Andrew Luck makes an early exit, Wayne goes from producing like a fantasy WR1 to some guy you added off the waiver wire. The return of head coach Chuck Pagano may provide some added incentive, yet Houston has more to gain; it is a must-win for them. The Colts are playing purely for their egos and a win or loss now means nothing if they are injured next week.
Roddy White now has six straight seasons with at least 83 receptions, 1,150 receiving yards, and six TDs. He has been the definition of consistency and reliability. The question now is whether or not he will see the bench early with nothing to play for. As has been discussed, Atlanta has the NFC's top seed in the bag. It is very possible that Matt Ryan will be benched, which would obviously be a detriment to White's stats. That is also ignoring the fact that White might take a seat. The Falcons' Week 17 opponent is Tampa Bay, a team that has struggled mightily against the pass. White has a small knee injury and is listed as probable. Like every player in the NFL really, the former Alabama-Birmingham receiver is dinged up and could use a break. Do not expect the White or the Falcons' other key starters to stay on the field for long though.