Week 17 of the 2016 NFL Season is upon us, and with it comes the last round of fantasy championship matchups. While many leagues end in week 16, some leagues play their final match in the final game of the season. That presents problems for fantasy rosters, as teams begin to rest starters in preparation for the playoffs. I'm losing Le'Veon Bell for my title game this week because the Steelers are giving him a week off (but if you listened to me a few back and grabbed DeAngelo Williams...). Most of the names I list here are desperation plays; you want to roll with the guys who got you to the dance for the most part. However, if you're this late in the season and need some help, here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!!--Mike B.
P.S. Thank you for following this column this season, and hopefully my posts have been useful! This is the final post of the second season of my Weekly Streamer series, and I look forward to continuing it next year. Best of luck in your title games and in the off-season, and I'll see you on the draft section of the site, along with some random updates here during the offseason!
Matt Barkley, QB, Chicago Bears. I still believe that Barkley can be a solid fantasy quarterback with the Bears. If you lost Carr due to injury and need a quick replacement, he might not be a bad option, even against the Vikings.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick is always a decent fantasy option just because of his ability as a runner. If you need a desperation plug-in at QB, you could do far worse than Kaepernick this week.
Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders. Matt McGloin had a nice preseason for the Raiders, and gets the start following the injury to Carr. He's also not afraid to take shots down the field. He's a gamble this week (especially against Denver), but crazier things have happened in the past. He could be worth a desperation start from a fantasy perspective.
Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins. Is it just me, or does Matt Moore look like a fantasy starter right now? Six touchdowns and two interceptions in two games? I'll take that, especially if I'm struggling with injuries. Worth a desperation start.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys could continue to roll with Dak Prescott again this week, but there's also the potential that they might toss in Romo for the start instead. If you're riding Prescott and the waiver wire looks dead, Romo might be a nice insurance policy for you. Then again, he does present an injury risk, so prepare accordingly.
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans. With Lamar Miller recovering from injury and the Texans already in the playoffs, Blue could see the start for Houston in week 17. He's worth stashing and monitoring through the week.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys may rest Zeke Elliot this week (same with Dak Prescott). McFadden is worth a speculative add at this point just in case. Don't plan on starting him, but if you (or your opponent) has Zeke or Le'Veon Bell, McFadden becomes valuable.
Jacquizz Rogers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Doug Martin missed last week due to injury. If he misses again this week, Rogers becomes a fantasy asset. Worth a stash.
DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders. Washington had a great game against the Colts. The Raiders should rely heavily on the run this week with Carr out due to injury, so Washington could have another big game. Worth holding onto.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. This could be the pickup that wins your title game; DeAngelo Williams gets to start against the Browns? Yes please! Easily a starter.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Detroit Lions. Boldin isn't a guy that's going to put up a ton of yards, but he scores touchdowns. If you want to gamble on big play potential, then Boldin is your man.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins. Garcon has been productive again recently, and if DeSean Jackson or Janoris Jenkins miss week 17, he could have a nice game, especially in PPR leagues.
JJ Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals. With Michael Floyd out of town, Nelson becomes a must own in fantasy leagues. If you can get him and need help at the position, go for it.
Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens. Smith had a great game against the Steelers, and should show up strong against the Bengals in week 17. He's worth a start in most formats this week.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Guess what? This kid is better than anyone thought; he's 40 yards shy of 1,000 yards entering week 17. This week he gets it, and helps your team compete for a title.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills. Charles Clay has suddenly found his rhythm, with zero touchdowns until week 14, and 4 receiving touchdowns since. Against the Jets, he's start-worthy in all formats this week.
Houston Texans D/ST. Some owners may have cut the Texans defense after losing JJ Watt. However, this week, the unit gets to face a Titans offense led by Matt Cassel. That makes for a nice matchup play.
Indianapolis Colts D/ST. Bortles is still coughing up the football regularly, and that makes the Colts, who face the Jaguars this week, relevant for fantasy purposes.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST. This week the Steelers face the Browns. Enjoy.
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