Even before he had to leave Saturday's loss against Minnesota due to a shoulder injury, Nelson was having a typical Nelson game of 2017 -- in other words, not very productive. He finished with three catches for 11 yards, the seventh time this season he had fewer than 25 receiving yards (not counting the Atlanta game, which he left early without recording a catch). His last touchdown came in Green Bay's fifth game against Dallas. His 482 receiving yards are his lowest since 2009, his second year in the league when he had only 22 catches in 13 games. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday it will be "tough" for the banged-up Nelson to play Sunday. Could we have seen Nelson in his last game as a Packer? His salary-cap number in 2018 is $12,550,000. If he's cut, Green Bay would get a $10,250,000 salary-cap savings (numbers according to OverTheCap.com). On top of his rough 2017 season, Nelson will turn 33 in May and Davante Adams is scheduled to be a free agent in what is considered to be a poor class of wide receivers. Welp.
Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
The right-handed starting pitcher was richly rewarded after having a nice season in his one season in San Diego. Milwaukee signed Chacin, who turns 30 in January, to a two-year contract worth $15.5 million, or $8.75 million per season. Chacin made "just" $1.75 million with the Padres in 2017. He also finds himself in a good spot in Milwaukee's rotation. He won't be counted on as an ace, but rather a piece of the puzzle along with fellow starters Chase Anderson, Zach Davies and Jimmy Nelson (when he returns from injury).
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Brett Hundley, Packers quarterback (↓ DOWN)
Hundley didn't exactly solidify any confidence from Green Bay fans on him remaining the backup to Aaron Rodgers in 2018. Of course, perhaps that's because Hundley never performed well in front of the home faithful. At Lambeau Field this year, Hundley twice failed to lead the Packers to a score. Overal in six games at home, Hundley had no touchdowns -- yes, none. Zero. Zilch. -- and seven interceptions, completing 55.6 percent of his passes with a 50.6 passer rating. On the road, Hundley has eight TDs, 3 INTs, 67.7 completion percentage and a 97.6 rating. Good thing for Hundley the season finale is in Detroit.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (↑ UP)
We already know how productive Antetokounmpo is on the court and last week was no different as he averaged 27.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists while making 20 of 37 shots (54.1 percent) and 12 of 14 free-throw attempts (85.7 percent). In the two games he played last week, Antetokounmpo had a box score plus/minus of +22. Only Eric Bledsoe (+11) was in the positives for the Bucks among those who played for more than 25 minutes. And, of course, Milwaukee lost the one game (at Charlotte) he didn't play in. This just in: Giannis is important to Milwaukee's success.
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Sam Hauser, Marquette swingman (↑ UP)
The Golden Eagles sophomore continued his hot December, scoring 29 points on 8-of-10 shooting as well as tying a personal best with five assists in an easy win over American. Entering Wednesday's big game against Xavier, Hauser was averaging 18.2 points on 54.2 percent shooting -- including 20 of 37 3-point attempts (54.1 percent) in the month.