The NFL boasts some attention-grabbing matchups this Sunday in Week 17, however let’s be sincere — the matchup you care about probably the most is in your fantasy league.
Who is ready for a giant Week 17, who must you be beginning and who must you be sitting?
Here’s a roundup from among the high fantasy soccer consultants round, together with from Yahoo Sports activities, CBS Sports activities and our personal skilled.
QUARTERBACK: START ‘EM
Listed here are some quarterbacks you must begin this week
NJ Advance Media: Ryan Tannehill, Titans. He’s been one of the vital constant performers in fantasy soccer, goes in opposition to a nasty go protection (Texans) and the Titans have to win.
Yahoo Sports activities: Tom Brady, Buccaneers. Brady is the primary participant in additional than 40 years to throw for 600-plus yards over a four-quarter span, so he enters as sizzling as any participant within the league. The Bucs have incentive to win (so as to face the NFC East winner), this sport tasks to be fast-paced, and the Falcons have yielded probably the most fantasy factors to quarterbacks this season.
CBS Sports activities: Jalen Hurts, Eagles. Hurts was an enormous letdown in Week 16 at Dallas with 19 Fantasy factors, and he had three turnovers within the sport (two interceptions and a fumble). However the positives are that he handed for a career-high 342 yards, and he ran for no less than 63 yards for the third begin in a row. I’ll take my possibilities with Hurts once more given his upside, even in a troublesome matchup in opposition to Washington.
QUARTERBACK: SIT ‘EM
Listed here are some quarterbacks you shouldn’t begin this week
NJ Advance Media: Daniel Jones, Giants. It is likely to be tempting, particularly in opposition to the terrible Cowboys go protection, however Jones has merely not amounted to a great fantasy quarterback this season and there’s little cause to imagine that can begin now.
Yahoo Sports activities: Drew Brees, Saints. The Panthers’ protection has performed effectively recently (a poor Washington offense helped final week, however the sport earlier than featured Carolina attending to Aaron Rodgers in contrast to some other staff this yr), and Brees is clearly enjoying compromised via his damage.
CBS Sports activities: Mitchell Trubisky, Bears. Trubisky can get garbage-time manufacturing on this sport with the Packers like he did in Week 12, however I wouldn’t be assured beginning him given how effectively Inexperienced Bay’s protection has performed of late. The Packers have held 4 quarterbacks in a row to 17 Fantasy factors or much less, and solely two quarterbacks since Week 7 have scored over that quantity. Now, one in all them was Trubisky in Week 12 when he had 24 Fantasy factors, however he had two interceptions and a fumble and will fold below stress on this must-win sport for Chicago. It’s a must-win sport for Inexperienced Bay additionally with the No. 1 seed within the NFC on the road, and I’d solely begin Trubisky in deeper leagues in Week 17.
RUNNING BACKS: START ‘EM
Listed here are some operating backs you must begin this week
NJ Advance Media: J.Okay. Dobbins, Ravens. He’s scored in 5 straight video games, the Bengals don’t have anything to play for and Baltimore nonetheless wants one other win.
Yahoo Sports activities: Malcom Brown, Rams. LA’s QB state of affairs may very well be an issue, however Brown will get to behave as lead again for a Rams dashing offense that ranks No. 2 in DVOA. Going through a Cardinals protection that was simply gashed for 200-plus yards by Jeff Wilson Jr. (in equity, few defenses can cease JWJ), Brown is a top-15 RB this week and a particular DFS choice.
CBS Sports activities: Myles Gaskin, Dolphins. I assumed Gaskin had the prospect to play effectively in Week 16 on the Raiders, however he far exceeded my expectations with 14 carries for 87 yards, together with 5 catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 5 targets. He’s now scored no less than 12 PPR factors in seven of his previous eight video games, together with Week 2 in opposition to Buffalo when he had seven carries for 46 yards, in addition to six catches for 36 yards on seven targets. He wasn’t the featured operating again then like he’s now, and he ought to have one other high quality outing this week within the rematch with the Payments.
RUNNING BACKS: SIT ‘EM
Listed here are some operating backs you shouldn’t begin this week
NJ Advance Media: Le’Veon Bell, Chiefs. In some unspecified time in the future, you’ll study that it’s not good to play Le’Veon Bell. Not value it.
CBS Sports activities: Gio Bernard, Bengals. Bernard is extra of a bust alert than a must-sit choice, and he’s been nice over the previous two video games with no less than 19 PPR factors in every outing in opposition to the Steelers and Texans, together with no less than 23 whole touches in every of these two outings. These had been two shock victories for Cincinnati, however I’m anticipating that win streak to finish in opposition to the Ravens. Baltimore hasn’t been impenetrable in opposition to opposing operating backs this season, however the Ravens are No. 10 in opposition to the place for the yr. And I don’t count on Bernard to be something greater than a flex as Baltimore must win this sport to lock up a playoff berth.
WIDE RECEIVER: START ‘EM
Listed here are some extensive receivers you must begin this week
NJ Advance Media: Michael Gallup, Cowboys. James Bradberry will cowl Amari Cooper, leaving Gallup (and CeeDee Lamb) to solely deal with Isaac Yiadom. Gallup may feast for the second straight week.
Yahoo Sports activities: Darius Slayton, Giants. We received’t see a 100% Slayton till subsequent season, however he’s seeing good quantity (no less than eight targets in three straight video games), and that ought to proceed with Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram all coping with accidents. The Cowboys have ceded the fifth-most fantasy factors to extensive receivers this season, whereas Slayton was top-10 in WOPR final week and is reasonable in DFS.
CBS Sports activities: Marquise Brown, Ravens. Cornerback William Jackson (concussion) may very well be out for the Bengals, which might be nice for Brown this week. He’s scored no less than 12 PPR factors in 5 video games in a row, with a landing in 4 of these outings, and he has no less than six targets in 4 video games over that span. It’s good to see Brown closing the season on a excessive observe, and he additionally had six catches for 77 yards and a landing on 10 targets in opposition to Cincinnati in Week 5.
WIDE RECEIVER: SIT ‘EM
Listed here are some extensive receivers you shouldn’t begin this week
NJ Advance Media: Travis Fulgham, Eagles. For no matter cause, Doug Pederson refuses to play him. Perhaps that can change in a meaningless Week 17 sport, however don’t rely on it.
CBS Sports activities: Marvin Jones, Lions. I’m staying away from Jones with Matthew Stafford (ankle) probably out, and Jones was held to 4 PPR factors in Week 16 in opposition to Tampa Bay with three catches for 19 yards on three targets when Stafford bought harm. Jones will probably want double digits in targets to have a top quality outing as a result of in his previous three video games with fewer than 12 targets he’s scored 9 PPR factors or much less every time. We’ll see if Chase Daniel or David Blough will feed Jones the ball if both one begins instead of Stafford , however I’d solely use Jones as a No. three Fantasy receiver in deeper leagues in Week 17.
TIGHT ENDS: START ‘EM
Listed here are some tight ends you must begin this week
NJ Advance Media: Logan Thomas, Washington. He’s been stellar recently, particularly with Alex Smith at quarterback, and Washington may nonetheless be with out Terry McLaurin. He’ll see a heavy goal share.
Yahoo Sports activities: Robert Tonyan, Packers. Tonyan completed because the No. three tight finish in PPR leagues this yr regardless of seeing simply 57 targets, and he’s an particularly robust begin in Week 17 in opposition to a Bears protection that’s been the second-most susceptible staff in opposition to the place over the past 5 video games.
CBS Sports activities: Irv Smith, Vikings. Kyle Rudolph (foot) is out for Week 17, so Smith has the prospect to be nice on the Lions. He’s scored no less than 16 PPR factors in two of his previous three video games, and Detroit has allowed a decent finish to attain in three of the previous 4 video games.
TIGHT ENDS: SIT ‘EM
Listed here are some tight ends you shouldn’t begin this week
NJ Advance Media: Austin Hooper, Browns. Cleveland is getting again its receiving corps this week, which is able to depart Baker Mayfield with higher choices to hunt out within the passing sport.
CBS Sports activities: Evan Engram, Giants. We’ll see which Engram reveals up this week in a must-win sport for the Giants. He had 13 PPR factors in Week 16 at Baltimore, however that was simply the second time he’s scored greater than eight PPR factors since Week 10. He additionally has only one landing on the season. And in Week 5 at Dallas, Engram was held to at least one catch for 16 yards on two targets. The Cowboys have additionally allowed the fifth-fewest Fantasy factors to opposing tight ends over the previous 5 weeks.
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