Fantasy Studs and Duds: Week 17

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For those of us still playing in Week 17, we still have a few recommendations to help you out if you’re feeling desperate for help. Or even if you just want an alternative to the old coin flip to decide who to starts. Hopefully, these picks can help put you over the top in your fantasy league.

Fantasy Studs

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

If you got him, roll with him. Rusty? Maybe. The matchup itself is awesome though. If you believe in the man, ask yourself if you’d feel more comfortable going down with Rodgers or with your alternative. I would bet for most people they feel more comfortable with Rodgers.

RB: DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

This is probably the only time I would suggest a Panther all season, but the combination of two pretty good weeks with the lousy Atlanta defense coming up is good enough for me.

WR: Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers

Noticing a theme here? LaFell should be Cam Newton’s top WR target with Steve Smith out, and he posted some good numbers against Atlanta earlier this year. He should be due for a good game after a couple of yawners.

TE: Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans

He has the hot hand in Houston right now. Garrett Graham is not likely to be back on Sunday, and Griffin has been getting better than 60 yards each of the last two weeks on a handful of catches.

WC: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

I put Foles on here for two reasons. 1) Somehow, he’s still only owned in 89% of Yahoo! leagues. OWNED, not started. 2) QB is a position where you should know who you’re starting already. You got a stud? You play him. I don’t think there’s a lot of surprises at this position this week.


Fantasy Duds

QB: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

It’s hard to recommend using Wilson against St. Louis, who has been pretty good against QBs when it comes to fantasy. Wilson is coming off a tough game against Arizona, at home, which he lost. That alone raises a red flag for me. The Rams are indeed Ram tough, even if they’re not playoff-ready yet.

RB: Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

If you’re still playing fantasy, you probably haven’t played this guy…but just in case…1.7 YPC last time he faced Cincinnati, and he has taken a beating in his handful of years in the league.

WR: Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

Another theme here…although unlike Rice, Torrey Smith has been decent this season. The problem here is that Joe Flacco is not 100% and was pretty poor at throwing Smith the ball. Smith is also banged up himself. It sounds like he’s likely to play, but if it becomes evident that he’s not needed on the field, he’s probably getting yanked.

TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

The Eagles are generally not a good defense for fantasy TEs. As statistically rough as Philly’s D is, QBs generally like the other receiving options available. Witten had 4 catches for 48 yards against the Eagles earlier this season in a 17-3 win. While Dallas will likely need to pass a lot on Sunday, I’m not sure that Witten is going to get as many targets as the average fantasy owner wants from him.

WC: Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

Just don’t. If you didn’t hear the stats from the podcast, please go check it out. He may get some points, but he’s not likely to be the one that wins the game. Marshall may go off, Jeffery may go off, Forte may have a career day, but Cutler isn’t likely to make multiple amazing throws. But then, maybe deep down I’m still trying to jinx him. I couldn’t recommend him based on the stats in the podcast though. Those alone would scare me off.


Dark Horse of the Week…aka I’m Desperate

WR Griff Whalen, Indianapolis Colts

Only a couple of weeks to look back on, but Andrew Luck seems to like having him around. Plus, he went to Stanford, so Luck is familiar with him. I like connections like that, and if you’re really scraping bottom for whatever reason, give this guy a shot.


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