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Live Blog: Week 17

by Jeff Brubach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The final week of the regular season has arrived, and Sunday is jam-packed with 16 games as all 32 NFL teams are in action. Playoff berths are at stake, and plenty of top-flight fantasy producers are out with injury this week, ensuring an interesting and exciting conclusion to the regular season. If your fantasy league uses Week 17, the Rotoworld Live Blog is your spot to keep up with the action on Sunday as we break down stats, target totals, injury news, playing time developments, and more.
* This will mark the end of the Week 17 Rotoworld Live Blog. Thank you for joining me every Sunday this season. Best of luck to your teams for the rest of Week 17 and the NFL playoffs. *
(7:05 PM): San Diego with a quick scoring strike as Tyrell Williams broke loose for an 80-yard touchdown to put the Chargers on top of Denver. Philip Rivers is up to 194 yards and two scores after a slow first half. RB Danny Woodhead leads the team in targets with eight.
(7:01 PM): With Carolina WR Ted Ginn out, rookie Devin Funchess is having a great day with six catches on seven targets for 104 yards. Funchess has played well when given additional playoff time during Ginn and Philly Brown injuries.
(6:57 PM): An interesting stat from these late games, 49ers RB DuJuan Harris has been targeted 10 times today and has six receptions for 75 yards to go with 59 rushing yards. Quite the performance for the recently signed San Francisco running back.
(6:53 PM): Backups are entering the game for Seattle as the fourth quarter begins in Arizona. Seattle's first-round playoff destination will be determined by the outcome of the Sunday night game between Green Bay and Minnesota.
(6:51 PM): Jeremy Maclin (hip) is back in the game for Kansas City.
(6:38 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Jeremy Maclin has gone into the locker room with an undisclosed injury. No word if it is serious or a precautionary move.
(6:35 PM): Peyton Manning entered the game and promptly led Denver on a touchdown drive, led by RB C.J. Anderson. Anderson has 71 yards and a score on seven carries while Manning went 2/2 for 20 yards on the drive.
(6:31 PM): Cam Newton just punched in his second rushing score of the day as Carolina is throttling Tampa Bay.
(6:28 PM): Philip Rivers just hit Antonio Gates for a score as the Chargers now lead the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning is coming in to take over at quarterback! Crazy turn of events in Denver.
(6:25 PM): With Brock Osweiler struggling today, reports out of Denver are stating that Peyton Manning is now warming up on the sideline. More to come.
(6:23 PM): Seattle now leads Arizona 33-6 and Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will be sitting out the second half as Arizona's playoff seed is essentially locked-in. Drew Stanton will take over at quarterback.
(6:18 PM): Seattle RB Christine Michael is sitting at 88 yards on 12 carries today in a solid effort today as Seattle is handling Arizona.
(6:11 PM): San Francisco RB DuJuan Harris is up to 56 yards on 10 carries so far today, with a long of 47 yards. Mike Davis is also getting some run today with 17 yards on five carries.
(5:58 PM): The Denver D/ST is playing well so far today as San Diego has just 93 total yards as halftime approaches. Philip Rivers is 7/15 for just 57 yards on the day.
(5:50 PM): Carolina is on the verge of wrapping up the top seed in the NFC as they lead Tampa Bay 24-3. Cam Newton has 211 yards and one touchdown passing and one touchdown rushing today. The Panthers have split their backfield carries between Mike Tolbert (8 att, 44 yds) and Cameron Artis-Payne (7 att, 29 yds, TD).
(5:45 PM): Russell Wilson is now 10/13 for 131 yards and three scores after hitting Jermaine Kearse for a touchdown. Seattle is smashing Arizona 30-6 and you begin to wonder how much the starters will see the field in the second half of this game.
(5:42 PM): Tre Mason has not been successful on the ground today with 17 yards on nine carries but he just scored a short touchdown for fantasy owners who gambled on Todd Gurley's replacement today. Still no involvement from Benny Cunningham.
(5:39 PM): Seattle holds a 24-6 lead over Arizona, as Russell Wilson has thrown two touchdown passes. The three Seattle scores have come from Bryce Brown, Will Tukuafu, and Chase Coffman. Of course.
(5:35 PM): Denver QB Brock Osweiler has now thrown two interceptions on the day to go with 202 yards and a score. Turnovers will increase the odds that Peyton Manning sees the field this postseason.
(5:27 PM): The Texans D/ST had a big day, holding Jacksonville to six points while racking up EIGHT sacks and four turnovers in addition to a defensive score. Just 32 rushing yards for Jacksonville.
(5:21 PM): No targets yet for Mike Evans, while Donteea Dye leads the Bucs with four. Dye has two grabs for 12 yards.
(5:16 PM): Adam Vinatieri and Nick Novak are the leading fantasy kickers of Week 17 so far. Vinatieri went 3/3 on field goals with a long of 52 yards, while Novak booted 3/4 with a long of 51.
(5:10 PM): Carson Palmer put together a solid scoring drive for Arizona and capped it off with a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald. Three catches each for Fitzgerald and John Brown so far, while RB David Johnson struggles to find running room with 13 yards on eight carries.
(5:05 PM): Blaine Gabbert off to a nice start as he is 7/8 for 78 yards and a touchdown after hitting Anquan Boldin for a score. The 49ers backfield is a messy place, with Mike Davis (2 att, 13 yds) and DuJuan Harris (4 att, 3 yds) involved.
(5:00 PM): Spencer Ware just scored to put Kansas City up 14-0, and the Chiefs' backfield has been split between Ware and Charcandrick West. West has three carries while Ware has handled four.
(4:55 PM): Mike Tolbert with four carries to one for Cameron Artis-Payne so far for Carolina with Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker out.
(4:45 PM): Bryce Brown just found the end zone for Seattle after a long opening drive. Christine Michael led the Seattle backfield with 47 yards on four carries, highlighted by a speedy 45-yard run.
(4:42 PM): St. Louis with an early field goal to get on the board. Kenny Britt caught a 54-yard pass from Case Keenum on the drive. Tre Mason is at two yards on three carries while Benny Cunningham has yet to touch the ball.
(4:35 PM): Jeremy Maclin with an early score for Kansas City, and he had two catches for 37 yards on the drive. Touchdowns in three-stright games to end the regular season for Maclin.
(4:31 PM): Tre Mason got the start at running back for St. Louis as expected but found no running room early as his first two carries went for -3 yards.
(4:28 PM): The late games got off to a quick start as Demaryius Thomas hauled in a 72-yard touchdown to give the Denver Broncos an early lead over San Diego. Peyton Manning is active, but will back up  Brock Osweiler.
(4:20 PM): In fitting fashion, Kellen Moore (435) and Ryan Tannehill (350) are the two leading passers of Week 17 so far. Three players went over 150 receiving yards today: Antonio Brown (187), Terrance Williams (173), and Zach Ertz (152).
(4:16 PM): Five games remain in the 2015 regular season and playoff seeding is still up in the air. Lots to watch for in the late games.
(4:11 PM): It came with a pair of interceptions, but Kellen Moore racked up 435 passing yards and three touchdowns today against the Washington Redskins. Washington let off the gas after a big early lead, but this is by far Moore's most productive game of the season.
(4:07 PM): The Jets just lost to the Buffalo Bills, boosting the Pittsburgh Steelers into the playoffs. Brutal loss for the Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan will be smiling from ear to ear tonight.
(4:00 PM): Rashad Jennings is leading NFL rushers so far in Week 17 with 170 yards and a score on 27 carries. Also over 100 yards are Alfred Blue and Alfred Morris. Quite a trio.
(3:57 PM): Blake Bortles has had a rough day today, going 10/23 for 163 yards and two interceptions as Jacksonville is getting stomped by Houston. Allen Robinson has managed a solid day however, with four grabs for 85 yards.
(3:48 PM): And with that, another Pittsburgh drive puts the great Antonio Brown at 17 targets, 13 receptions, 187 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon. Yet another huge day for Brown.
(3:45 PM): Sammy Watkins leads the NFL in targets this week with 15. Watkins has 11 grabs for 136 yards as Buffalo looks to keep the New York Jets out of the playoffs.
(3:40 PM): Miami just took the lead over New England on a Jordan Cameron score that was set up by a long DeVante Parker reception. Parker is having his best day as a pro with 106 yards and a touchdown on five catches. 
(3:36 PM): In other backup QB news...Alex Tanney is 7/7 for 70 yards and a touchdown in case you needed a reminder of how bad the Colts defense is this season.
(3:35 PM): Todd Gurley is officially INACTIVE for St. Louis today. Fire up Tre Mason.
(3:33 PM): The post-Chip Kelly Philadelphia offense is up to 35 points today after Sam Bradford just hit Jordan Matthews for his second score of the day. 399 total yards for the Eagles today.
(3:29 PM): Plenty of interesting quarterbacks in action today so we should mention that Colt McCoy just hit Rashad Ross for a 71-yard touchdown. The old McCoy-Ross connection.
(3:24 PM): Eric Decker just made his weekly appearance in the end zone and now has 12 scores on the season. Decker has scored in 12 of 16 games, including four-straight to end the regular season.
(3:17 PM): It's been a frustrating year for Jeremy Hill owners, but Hill is now up to 12 touchdowns on the season after a 38-yard scoring run. No games over 100 rushing yards for Hill this season, but the scores have at least helped him salavage a bit of fantasy value after his lofty fantasy draft status.
(3:10 PM): Matt Forte just hauled in a touchdown reception in what could be his last day as a Chicago Bear. The impending free agent is now up tp 87 total yards and the score on 16 touches. Jeremy Langford has 14 yards on five carries.
(3:06 PM): Calvin Johnson is ending the 2015 season in style as he has 116 yards and a touchdown on seven catches after turning in 77 yards and a score in Week 16. Nice rebound for Megatron after just one catch in both Weeks 14 and 15.
(3:04 PM): In late game news, Arizona WR Michael Floyd is ACTIVE, while Seattle SS Kam Chancellor is INACTIVE.
(3:00 PM): Giants WR Rueben Randle now has 71 yards and a touchdown on three catches today, giving him a score in four-straight games and six in the last eight weeks.
(2:55 PM): Zach Mettenberger has a forearm issue, so Alex Tanney is in at QB for Tennessee. Yes, we have Alex Tanney vs. Ryan Lindley in Indianapolis right now.
(2:52 PM): WR Josh Bellamy just scored for Chicago as Jay Cutler works with limited receiving options today. Bellamy has 49 yards and the score on three catches while Marc Mariani leads the Bears with 54 yards on four grabs.
(2:45 PM): * INJURY UPDATES * Julio Jones is back in the game for Atlanta, while DeAngelo Williams will not return for Pittsburgh. Fitzgerald Toussaint will continue to handle the running work for the Steelers.
(2:40 PM): Steven Jackson scored for New England and has 52 total yards. In 2016! 
(2:36 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * The Falcons and Saints are at halftime, but Atlanta WR Julio Jones is reportedly questionable to return with an ankle injry. More to come.
(2:34 PM): Week 17 Halftime Target Leaders:
Running Backs
Tim Hightower (5): 5 rec, 41 yds
Shane Vereen (4): 4 rec, 53 yds
Travaris Cadet (4): 4 rec, 59 yds
Buck Allen (4): 2 rec, 9 yds
Wide Receivers
Antonio Brown (11): 10 rec, 150 yds, TD
Sammy Watkins (9): 6 rec, 61 yds
Calvin Johnson (7): 5 rec, 69 yds
DeAndre Hopkins (7): 4 rec, 55 yds
Brandon Marshall (6): 3 rec, 64 yds, TD
Jordan Matthews (6): 5 rec, 45 yds, TD
Tight Ends
Delanie Walker (7): 5 rec, 38 yds
Gary Barnidge (7): 4 rec, 23 yds
Coby Fleener (6): 6 rec, 82 yds, TD
Maxx Williams (6): 5 rec, 52 yds
(2:27 PM): Colts QB Josh Freeman has been replaced by Ryan Lindley, who just hit Andre Johnson for a touchdown. Freeman was 10/18 for 108 yards with one score and one touchdown.
(2:24 PM): Tyler Efiert's return to action has been successful, as he just scored on a 22-yard touchdown reception to put him at 51 yards and the score on four catches. 13 touchdowns on the season for the Bengals tight end.
(2:21 PM): Antonio Brown is doing ridiculous things once again as he has 150 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches so far today. This is Brown's ninth 100+ yard game of the season.
(2:16 PM): Giants RB Rashad Jennings is up to 101 yards on 13 carries. Jennings now has gone over 100 yards in two of the last three weeks. Great late-season showing from Jennings, as the Giants have gone away from their four-man backfield split.
(2:11 PM): Just -1 total yard for James White on three touches today as New England has leaned on Steven Jackson and Brandon Bolden. Bolden has 37 total yards on nine touches while Jackson has 48 total yards on 11 touches.
(2:09 PM): The Jets are finally waking up as Ryan Fitzpatrick just hit Brandon Marshall for a score. Marshall has 64 yards and the touchdown on three grabs. 13-7 Buffalo.
(2:07 PM): Kirk Cousins is done for the day, with Washington enjoying a large lead and unable to change their playoff seeding. Other Washington skill players will likely follow.
(2:05 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Buffalo RB Karlos Williams is questionable to return with a knee injury. Mike Gillislee will likely see the Buffalo running work moving forward.
(2:02 PM): In a huge game, Ryan Fitzpatrick is just 2/10 passing for five yards so far today. High winds were expected today in Buffalo and both quarterbacks have combined for 34 yards through the first 18 minutes of play.
(1:59 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * DeAngelo Williams is questionable to return with an ankle injury. Tough blow for the Steelers.
(1:56 PM): Karlos Williams now has nine touchdowns on the season after scoring to give Buffalo a 13-0 lead. Williams has 27 total yards on the day.
(1:52 PM): David Cobb just punched in a short touchdown and has handled all of Tennessee's rushing work so far today. Cobb has 15 yards and the score on six carries.
(1:50 PM): Brian Hoyer has been solid in his return from a concussion as he has 95 yards and a score so far today. DeAndre Hopkins is doing his normal business withj 55 yards and four catches.
(1:49 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * DeAngelo Williams is down on the field with an apparent leg injury. More to come.
(1:45 PM): Kirk Cousins now has three touchdowns on the day, giving him 11 in the last three weeks as Washington is stomping Dallas early. It will be interesting to see how long Washington keeps their starters in the game today.
(1:42 PM): Matt Ryan has 91 yards and a score, but it is none other than Tony Moeaki leading the Falcons in receiving with 47 yards and a score on two grabs. One catch for 10 yards so far for Julio Jones.
(1:39 PM): No Chip Kelly, no problem for the Eagles. Philadelphia now has scored twice in the first quarter after Darren Sproles ran in a touchdown. Sam Bradford is 6/9 for 97 yards, highlighted by a 60-yard strike to tight end Zach Ertz.
(1:37 PM): Buffalo scores first in a huge game for the Jets. Tyrod Taylor ran in a score while Karlos Williams has handled all the running back work for the Bills so far.
(1:34 PM): Kirk Cousins continues his hot play and has two touchdown passes on the day already, with Pierre Garcon and Ryan Grant hauling in score. 14-0 Washington.
(1:29 PM): Tim Hightower just scored and now has three touchdowns in the last two weeks. Hightower was a big pickup for fantasy playoff teams this season.
(1:26 PM): With the Chicago Bears missing nearly all of their pass catchers today, it is Cameron Meredith leading the team so far today with two catches for 19 yards so far. Marc Mariani and Rob Housler also have receptions from Jay Cutler.
(1:19 PM): Heath Miller with an early score for Pittsburgh, but Antonio Brown has done most of the heavy lifting for the Steelers today with five catches for 75 yards already.
(1:16 PM): Interestingly, with Jets RB Bilal Powell out, it has been Stevan Ridley with five early carries for the team while Chris Ivory has yet to touch the football. We will keeps tabs on this situation today.
(1:13 PM): Matt Stafford just hit Tim Wright for a score. Ameer Abdullah led the Lions on their opening drive with 30 total yards and was the only Detroit running back to touch the ball.
(1:10 PM): Steven Jackson draws the start for New England today. Two yards on his first two carries.
(1:07 PM): With Chip Kelly gone, DeMarco Murray takes the first carry of the day for Philadelphia and turns it into a 54-yard touchdown run for the first score of the day. Murray hadn't rushed for 54 yards in an entire game since Week 11.
(1:03 PM): Josh Freeman gets the start for Indianapolis today with Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck, and Charlie Whitehurst injured. We will kepp an eye on his performance today but he is 2/3 for 10 yards to start out.