On Monday I mentioned that the New England Patriots might consider resting some of their key players in Week 17. On Tuesday's conference call with reporters, Bill Belichick did not mince words to the contrary, according to Tim Graham of ESPN:
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick might help out an opponent by going for it on fourth down, but he indicated he's not going to pull a Jim Caldwell and rest his starters in advance of the playoffs.
Belichick, on a conference call with reporters Tuesday, said he "wouldn't even anticipate" holding his best players out of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans in Reliant Stadium. Sounds like the Texans will have to earn anything they get.
"That's not really something that we've done and, in all honesty, I wouldn't even anticipate doing it," Belichick said. "Having that discussion right now, what's going to happen now is we're going to go through the game plan, players are going to come in [Wednesday] and everybody's going to get ready to play. And that's how we're going to approach it.
I think the biggest question you Randy Moss owners need to ask is whether or not Moss will try to prove something this weekend to Pro Bowl voters who snubbed him. A truly motivated Moss with something to prove would be a glorious sight for fantasy owners.
I couldn't, in good conscience, spread cheer for fantasy owners without crushing the spirits of others -- namely fantasy GMs with Cincinnati Bengals on their roster. Chick Ludwig of the Cincinnati Inquirer talked today about the Bengals and the fact they may rest their players this Sunday. Geoff Hobson of CincinnatiBengals.com says it's not a matter of if, but when the starters get pulled from the game.
Other Fantasy Football NotesThe way Marvin Lewis sounded Monday and what he went through in 2005, it is not really a question of if, but how long will he rest the starters if New England wins. A quarter? A half? The entire game?
At the very least, you figure the banged-up guys (Domata Peko, Chris Crocker, maybe Tank Johnson) don't play at all and guys like Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Dhani Jones and the two corners hardly play. If they play at all.
• Jamaal Charles needs 139 yards to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the season. The Kansas City Chiefs have made it a team goal to make sure that happens, says Josh Looney of the Kansas City Chiefs Insider Blog. Charles has been a beast of late, so he was probably already in most starting lineups. If not, this news should vault him to must-start status.
• Chad Ochocinco is wildly entertaining, and he's made it a point to be in the news frequently. Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post wrote an article about the Twitter war Ochocinco is having with Darrelle Revis where he dares Revis to try and cover him. Revis can and has proven that he can cover anyone. In this case Ochocinco may have more bark than bite.
• Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune points out that Devin Aromashodu caught seven passes for the Bears on Monday night for 150 yards, including coming up big in overtime. Will Aromashodu continue to shine with Jay Cutler targeting him so much? I think so -- especially when you look at the Bears' Week 17 opponent -- the Detroit Lions.
• Speaking of Cutler and the fact that he gets to throw into the Detroit secondary in Week 17, the Bears quarterback becomes a great fantasy start this weekend coming off of a four-touchdown performance and a game that Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times calls his best game as a Bear.
• Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says that Charlie Frye is starting at quarterback this weekend for the Oakland Raiders. This isn't fantasy relevant news for owners of Frye (yes, I know there aren't any), but it's news that Chicago Bears DS/T owners may want to use.