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Del Pilar's Digest: Fantasyland Super Bowl prep

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By William Del Pilar

We come to the final game of the season after the Pro Bowl filled in last week. This is a rematch no one thought of at the start of the season but seems like a great way to end the season. You'll have two elite quarterbacks, two elite receivers and players on both teams that have the ability to post big numbers.

The real key will be the defenses and which one can slow the opposing offense down. The pass rush is where this game will be won and right now the Giants' pass rush is red hot and peaking at the right time. I won't pick a winner but will look to see if Eli Manning completes his ascension to being an elite QB or if Tom Brady wins his fourth ring and cements his standing as one of the best to ever play the game.

Giants at Patriots

  • Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) did not practice Friday after limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. He's probable, and the team just gave him a day of rest and is being cautious. Bradshaw's ability to catch makes him the key fantasy back to own this week.
  • Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday but a full participant Thursday and Friday and said he's good to go. He's listed as probable, and despite the presence of Victor Cruz, will see his share of targets. Nicks has just as much of an opportunity as any other wideout on the field to post great fantasy numbers.
  • Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) went through the hour-long walk-through that the team had Friday but did not do anything. He's questionable and all eyes will be on him until kickoff. If he's healed enough to play hurt and not be hampered too much, he'll see the field, at the least as a decoy.
  • Patriots WR Wes Welker (knee) enters the weekend questionable but this has been his mode of operation for many weeks and he will be on the field Sunday. He's likely going to be the Patriots' top target if Gronkowski isn't able to play effectively.
  • Patriots WR Deion Branch (knee) is probable entering the big game and will be on the field. He could play a key role, as he's still a playmaker despite no longer being a No. 1 fantasy WR.

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