By Christopher Harris


Week 17

Minnesota Vikings


Detroit Lions


Analysis: In Week 17, the Vikings will: probably trod out their concussed Living Legend for one last go-round, regardless of whether it actually gives them a better chance to win. In Week 17, the Lions will: try like heck to go into the offseason on a four-game win streak.

Fantasy Up: The Calvin Johnson situation is scary, because even if he suits up, as he did last week in Miami, there's no guarantee he finishes the game (he didn't versus the Dolphins). But really, I don't think anyone outside that locker room can offer brilliant strategic advice on this one: If Megatron is active, you probably take the chance and start him. … And regardless of whether the Vikings quarterback is Brett Favre or Joe Webb, you're not starting him, but you probably should consider starting Percy Harvin. Harvin owned the Eagles on Tuesday night, getting cornerback Dmitri Patterson benched and stretching the field with a series of slants and go patterns as well as some halfback handoffs. My assumption is that after suffering a concussion on a cheap Asante Samuel helmet-to-helmet hit, Sidney Rice won't play Sunday, which would lay the groundwork for a bigger game for Harvin. … Oh yeah, and it turns out that that Adrian Peterson fellow is pretty good, too. He might not be 100 percent because of his severely bruised thigh (thanks Tarvaris Jackson!), but he's still a wrathful deity. I know he won't catch Arian Foster for the title of best fantasy running back of 2010, but I feel content in having boosted him as my No. 1 overall pick this summer, over Chris Johnson.

Fantasy Down: The Vikings defense turned it up several notches against Michael Vick on Tuesday, sending Antoine Winfield after him on corner blitzes time and time again and letting the chips fall where they may. Vick couldn't make them pay despite an incredibly thin and reserve-laden secondary, which makes me think Shaun Hill probably won't go wild against them, either. Now, Hill probably will dink-and-dunk his way to a fine afternoon with a lot of Brandon Pettigrew looks and will probably wind up with low double figures in fantasy points. But that's probably about where his upside is. He's not a bad No. 2 quarterback, even against this Vikings D that probably should've picked off Vick four times. But no more. … Jahvid Best cracked a big play on a short pass versus Miami, but he's still playing second fiddle to Maurice Morris, who found no running room against the Dolphins (14 touches, 35 yards). But MoMo is the red zone back here, scoring from five yards out in the third quarter, so he's the more attractive guy here. Of course, you're probably best starting neither.

Christopher Harris is a fantasy analyst for He is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner. You can ask him questions at and follow him at

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