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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Fantasy Watch: Recent playing-time trends

By Mike Sando

Our weekly look at playing-time trends in the NFC West, with an eye toward the fantasy leagues you routinely dominate:

CHICAGO -- The Arizona Cardinals were expected to welcome back veteran tight end Todd Heap last week following a prolonged injury absence.

Instead, the Cardinals named Heap inactive again. Second-year tight end Rob Housler wound up playing a career-high 83.8 percent of the team's offensive snaps against St. Louis. It was the first time Housler had played as many snaps as wideout Andre Roberts.

Heap's situation has been one of the strangest I can recall for a player in the NFC West. There is no reason for Arizona to reverse course. Housler caught eight passes for 82 yards against the Rams. Heap is 32 years old and has eight receptions all season.
All for now. I'll be heading over to Soldier Field shortly for the Seahawks' game against the Chicago Bears.