A new spate of injuries brings a new slate of start/sit debates and we’re here to answer them all for every matchup on the slate. There are players you should start and sit and matchup-based sleepers who could provide unexpected production plus big names who could flop based on these matchups. Every week we’ll break down every game on the slate and pinpoint the players you need to know in every matchup.
All lines from Caesars Sportsbook.
Playoff scenarios: A Chiefs win and Titans loss clinches the No. 1 seed in AFC for Kansas City. The Chiefs shouldn’t be expected to rest their starters.
Playoff scenarios: The Cowboys have clinched a first-round home playoff game and may rest their starters for part of the game. The Eagles have clinched a playoff berth and are almost certain to rest their starters.
Playoff scenarios: The Steelers and Ravens both need a win and a Colts loss to keep playoff hopes alive; the Ravens also need the Chargers and Dolphins to lose. Both teams are expected to play their starters all game long.
Playoff scenarios: The Bengals have already clinched a home-playoff game. Joe Burrow announced this week he wasn’t going to play and Joe Mixon, among other Bengals, landed on the Reserve/Covid list. Expect the backups to play plenty.
Playoff scenarios: The Packers have clinched the No. 1 seed in NFC and may rest starters for some of the game.
Playoff scenarios: A Titans win clinches the No. 1 seed in AFC for Tennessee.
Playoff scenarios: A Colts win clinches a playoff berth for Indianapolis. A Colts loss creates potential chaos.
Playoff scenarios: LOL.
Playoff scenarios: Yeah right.
Playoff scenarios: A Patriots win coupled with a Bills loss clinches the AFC East for New England. A Patriots win along with losses by the Chiefs, Titans and Bills clinches the No. 1 seed in AFC for New England. There’s a chance the Patriots pull back their starters if they realize the Bills are going to win their game, but that might not happen until the second half, if at all.
Playoff scenarios: A Bills win clinches the AFC East. The Bills can also move as high as the No. 2 seed if the Bengals and Chiefs lose. They’ll play their starters.
Playoff scenarios: A win and a 49ers loss clinches a playoff berth for the Saints.
Playoff scenarios: The Buccaneers have clinched a first-round home playoff game and could rest starters if they wish to. The Buccaneers are also alive for the No. 2 seed and a potential home game in the divisional round.
Playoff scenarios: A Cardinals win and Rams loss clinches the NFC West for Arizona. The Cardinals are still in the playoffs even with a loss. The only way they’d pull back starters is if it’s abundantly clear the Rams won’t lose, and even then they might stick with their main guys.
Playoff scenarios: A Rams win clinches the NFC West and a home playoff game for Los Angeles. The Rams are still locked into the playoffs with a loss. The 49ers can clinch a playoff berth with either a win against the Rams or a Saints loss to the Falcons. Both teams should go all out.
Playoff scenarios: If the Chargers win, they’ll clinch a playoff berth. If they lose, they’re out. The Raiders’ easiest path to the playoffs is a win, but they can also make it if the Colts and Steelers lose. There’s also a scenario where BOTH teams can make the playoffs if they tie and the Colts lose.