ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports that the Vikings are "leaning heavily" toward resting the "bulk" of their starters in Sunday's game against the Bears. Minnesota is locked into the NFC's #6 seed. Cronin mentions QB Kirk Cousins as 1 starter who isn't expected to play. RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is almost certain to be inactive. And we'd bank on WRs Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen getting the day off, too. QB Sean Mannion will get the start for the Vikings, making this an offense to try to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups. The Bears DST is a strong play.
The Rams selected QB Sean Mannion in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft. A 4-year starter in Oregon State's pro-style offense, Mannion is regarded as 1 of the smartest players in this year's draft class. He also has NFL size at 6'6 and 229 pounds. But he has mediocre arm strength and struggles mightily when pressured. We wouldn't consider Mannion a threat to QB Nick Foles' starting job in 2015. We'll see if he can develop into a future starter for a team desperate for an answer at the position.