Week 17 of the NFL season is here, and after this week, we'll know who is in the playoffs and with what seed, we'll know who has the 1st pick of the 2016 draft, and we'll know who plays who in 2016. For now, some leagues still play in week 17, although that is a massive minority of leagues. Other people participate in daily fantasy leagues. My focus will remain on traditional fantasy football formats since that's what I know, and hopefully I'll be able to help you out a bit if your league is still active. Good luck, and hope this helps!
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. The Jets are playing for a playoff spot and Fitzpatrick is unowned in far too many leagues. I've been on the Fitzpatrick bandwagon all season, and if you need quarterback help this week, go get him! He's the best option on waivers if he's there in your league.
Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles offense has a lot of holes right now. However, Bradford's play isn't one of them. Even with his supporting cast struggling around him, Bradford has put up quietly decent numbers. He could put up a huge game against the Giants defense.
AJ McCarron, QB, Cincinnati Bengals. Check McCarron's injury status before biting on him this week; he's dealing with a hand injury following the Bengals loss to the Broncos. If McCarron is healthy, he could have a big game against the Baltimore Ravens; he had a decent game against Denver, and should only look better against a far worse defense.
James White, RB, New England Patriots. Assuming White plays the entire game this week, he should be a solid streaming option for your league. Also, he's owned in less than 60% of leagues, so he should be available. Worth a spot start if your starter is injured.
Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers. Brown will get RB1 looks again this week with Melvin Gordon on IR. He won't be a season savior, but he could put up decent numbers and help your team if you're desperate.
Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Jones looks great with AJ McCarron throwing him the football, and performed well against a dominant Denver Broncos defense. Expect a far better game this week against the Ravens.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans. Somebody in your league might have dropped Green-Beckham out of frustration over last week's game. However, Green-Beckham nearly had a touchdown last week, and looks to be a key part of the Tennessee offense moving forward. If you want to gamble on someone with big-time upside, Green-Beckham could be a great start. Just be prepared for the possibility of a letdown as well.
Reuben Randle, WR, New York Giants. Randle is picking up steam again with the Giants, and even with Odell Beckham Jr. coming back from suspension, Randle should still put up decent numbers for your team. If you're sitting on Amendola or Edelman and are afraid that Belichick might bench one of them, Randle is a nice fallback option.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins. If Rishard Matthews doesn't play this week, then DeVante Parker is a solid streaming option for your fantasy team. If Matthews does play, then Parker is a much bigger gamble, albeit a gamble with some chance of success. If you want to roll the dice a bit this week, Parker could be your guy.
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles. Ertz is a solid option here; he's finally had a few good weeks, and with the Giants being one of the worst teams in the NFL at stopping tight ends, Ertz should be in line for another good week.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears. Miller is a borderline TE-1 in all fantasy leagues right now, even with Jeffery potentially returning from injury. Add that to the fact that Detroit has been bad against tight ends all season, and Miller makes a nice starting option in week 17.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST. Yes, the Vikings face Green Bay at Lambeau Field. However, did you see that Green Bay-Arizona game? Did you watch the Minnesota-New York Giants game? This unit has upside written all over it, and could come through with a surprisingly good game against the Packers. Well worth a roll of the dice.
Indianapolis Colts D/ST. This is a bit of a deeper gamble given the sad state of Indianapolis' quarterback health (turnovers could lead to points which could lead to a lower scoring D/ST unit). However, the Colts do get to face the Tennessee Titans this week, and that in itself is enough to potentially help this unit put up some nice numbers. Worth a shot if there aren't better options.
New York Jets D/ST. How is the Jets defense not owned in all leagues yet?! I expect them to put up a solid game against the Bills, and this is potentially the best streaming option this week. The Jets need to win this week to make the playoffs, so expect this unit to be on fire. Highly recommended.
Washington Redskins D/ST. The Redskins defense has put up good numbers when they have had decent matchups this season. No matchup is juicier than the Cowboys with Kellen Moore under center. Add that to the fact that Dez Bryant could be limited this week, and this unit should put up some great numbers.
Good luck this week, and happy streaming! Thank you for making me a part of your fantasy routine! My focus will shift almost entirely to the NFL draft following week 17 with the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl coming up, but I plan on more fantasy coverage for next year as well as some potential fantasy baseball columns. I'll also make sure to at least get a few posts up during the offseason as well, since fantasy material can be tough to come by in spring. Thank you again for reading, and good luck to your teams! --Mike B.
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