Unless you're in a fantasy-football league that is in the unfortunate situation of counting Week 17's games in the championship round, your season is over and you're either lamenting...

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Unless you’re in a fantasy-football league that is in the unfortunate situation of counting Week 17’s games in the championship round, your season is over and you’re either lamenting another lost season or sore from patting yourself on the back.

Of course, no season officially ends until the awards are given out.

So, without further adieu or a drum roll, we present the 2004 Faull All-Starting-Lineup team.

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QUARTERBACK


Peyton Manning, Colts: By the way, Manning’s record-setting season of 49 TD passes (and counting) also lands him the Faull MVP award. Although Manning’s numbers alone — he also has accumulated 4,589 total yards — are all that are needed to prove that he’s the best, it’s his consistency that makes him so appealing to fantasy owners. He had just one game without at least two TD passes and he had three or more scoring strikes in nine contests, including six in Week 12, five in Weeks 3, 8 and 10, and four in Weeks 9 and 11.

Honorable mention: Daunte Culpepper, Vikings (4,800 total yards, 39 TDs); Donovan McNabb, Eagles (4,095, 34).


RUNNING BACKS


LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers: Despite battling nagging injuries for just about the whole season, LT managed to set an NFL record by rushing for a TD in 12 consecutive games. His yardage is down from the past two seasons, but we’ll happily take fewer yards in exchange for a back with scores in 14 of his 15 games for a total of 18.

Shaun Alexander, Seahawks: The free-agent-to-be has racked up career highs of 1,616 rushing yards and 19 total TDs. He’s had a few dud outings, but he also has scored in 10 of 15 games while putting together six multiple-TD games.

Honorable mention: Curtis Martin, Jets (1,767 total yards, 14 TDs); Tiki Barber, Giants (1,980, 13).


WIDE RECEIVERS


Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers: Second in the league in yards (1,310) and tied for first in TDs (14) with the injured Terrell Owens of the Eagles and the Colts’ Marvin Harrison, Muhammad has set himself apart by getting 12 of his scores in the past nine weeks. He also gained at least 94 yards in eight of those contests for a nine-week total of 1,032, an average of 115.

Joe Horn, Saints: This slot would have gone to Owens had his injury not forced him to be a non-factor in the playoffs, so Horn slips in after garnering 733 yards and six TDs over the past seven games. His season totals of 1,324 yards and 10 TDs are about even with those of the Packers’ Javon Walker, but Walker has just 517 yards and four TDs in his past seven games.

Honorable mention: Owens (1,200 yards, 14 TDs); Walker (1,300, 11); Harrison (1,080, 14).


TIGHT END


Antonio Gates, Chargers: Manning was the only easier call than Gates, who burst onto the scene to catch a tight-end-record 13 TD passes, six more than anyone else at his position this season. And he needs just 36 yards this week to reach 1,000 for the season.

Honorable mention: Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs (1,114 yards, seven TDs).


KICKER


Adam Vinatieri, Patriots. The NFL’s most popular kicker has lived up to expectations this season, leading the league by five in made field goals with 31. He has also converted on 11 kicks of 40-plus yards while converting 45 point-after kicks, which is fourth best. The Eagles’ David Akers is a close second because of his 16 kicks of 40 yards or more, including two from 50-plus.


DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS


Buffalo: The Bills’ defense and special teams have combined for nine TDs, including four in the past four weeks. The defense also is second in interceptions (22), third in fumble recoveries (14), third in average yards per game (264.4), sixth in sacks (43) and seventh in points allowed (243). The defense has allowed just three opponents to score more than 20 points.

Jerry Faull: jfaull@seattletimes.com