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Fantasy Land: Week 16 Remembered

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    Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts signals under center against the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

    Fantasy football players have long known to not trust the Indianapolis Colts in the fantasy football playoffs, which also happen to be the final few weeks of the NFL regular season.

    The majority of leagues had their championship games this past weekend (Week 16 of the NFL) and in the past, the Colts have been notorious in fantasy football world for resting all of their starters once their playoff seeding is secure. In the past, that's often been pretty early in the season and they've even rested starters while chasing the perfect regular season record.

    So even though the Colts have struggled by their standards this year, and still didn't have a playoff spot locked up on Sunday, Peyton Manning still found a way to cost his fantasy owners in the most critical week possible!

    Late in the game, Manning took a bootleg 27 yards untouched down to the Raiders' 1-yard line, where he took a slide to keep the clock moving. It was the thing NFL head coaches love to see, and the thing fantasy owners want to rip their hair out over. The Colts won the game, but Manning cost many people. Basically, if you started Manning, and you lost by six points or less, you owe Manning a sharply toned letter!

    Another guy who probably cost many folks dearly this week was Michael Vick, who played one of his worst games all year in the delayed Tuesday night affair against the Vikings.

    Vick was outshined by the Vikings Joe Webb, who made his first career start at QB and proceeded to throw for nearly 200 yards and rush for a touchdown when he did his best Michael Vick impersonation.

    Another unlikely hero on championship weekend? Tim Tebow, who threw for 300 yards and a score and rushed for another touchdown. Looks like he has probably won the Broncos QB job for 2011, if 2011 even happens, which is a whole other post altogether.

    Another fantasy season is in the books, see ya next year.

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