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Inside the Matchup
Week 17

By: Andy Swanson | Jason Katz | Nick Caron | Jake Gordon





- Green highllight indicates plus matchup (top eight)
- Red highlight indicates negative matchup (bottom eight)

Jaguars @ Titans - (Gordon)

Passing Game Thoughts: Raise your hand if you thought Blake Bortles and Keelan Cole would be quality fantasy plays in Week 17? The Jaguars are locked into the No.3 seed in the AFC so the possibility of the team resting some of its starters should be on the minds of fantasy owners. However, HC Doug Marrone has stated his intentions are to keep the foot on the gas pedal heading into the post season. That is good news for anyone riding Jacksonville’s coattails. Tennessee is surrendering the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the past three weeks and Bortles has averaged the most fantasy points amongst all other quarterbacks in the NFL during that same stretch. Jacksonville’s hot passing game has been fueled by post season fantasy darling, Keelan Cole. The beneficiary of Marqise Lee being saddled with an ankle injury, Cole has stepped into more playing time and he’s not blinking. Dede Westbrook has not been able to carve out much room with Cole stealing the spotlight and Jayden Mickens caught only one ball a week ago. The Jags may be playing their starters but they are not likely to play anyone nursing an injury. That means another week without Lee and Allen Hurns would keep Cole relevant in the final week of the regular season.

TEN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.8
TEN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.25
TEN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.11
TEN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.13

Running Game Thoughts: Leonard Fournette has a three-game scoring streak coming into the season finale and the Titans have allowed only one of those in the past five weeks. The rookie may have a tough time reaching the end zone, but he is a near lock to gain 29 yards to push him over the 1,000-yard plateau for the season. For the first time since Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jags have a running back fantasy owners will fight to own coming into 2018. Fournette’s been holding on as a RB2 since returning from injury and a similar output is likely this week. The upside isn’t quite as high as you’d like for DFS purposes, but the team wants him to reach the same milestones so continue to ride him into the sunset. Marrone’s comments regarding playing his starters make everyone else in the backfield a wasted fantasy play.

Value Meter:
QB1: Blake Bortles
RB2: Leonard Fournette
WR2: Keelan Cole
Bench: Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Jaydon Mickens, Dede Westbrook, Marcedes Lewis

Passing Game Thoughts: Marcus Mariota has taken a step backwards in 2017 and turnovers have made a bad season uglier. His 12 touchdown passes this season are tied with Trevor Siemian (11 games played) and Jacoby Brissett. Yet the Titans somehow remain in playoff contention. The “win or go home” mentality will be threaded into the game plan this week; subsequently creating an illusion that Mariota may have the opportunity to somehow revert to being the efficient, mobile quarterback that played in 2016. The Chargers, Ravens and Bills are certainly hoping the Titans come up short but stranger things have happened. Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis are not a bad one-two combo for the Titans. One of them will post WR3/Flex numbers and the other will likely flop. Davis is all potential and upside, while Matthews is the grinder. Tennessee will stay stubbornly consistent with the running game, thereby limiting the upside of the entire passing offense. Eventually, the Titans will take their shots downfield and Davis is the likelier of the two to rise to the occasion with a big catch. Tight end Delanie Walker hasn’t gone over 50 yards in the past three games and will probably see a slight dip in targets considering the opponent. Consider him a touchdown or bust fantasy tight end in deeper pools.

JAC FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.32
JAC FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.21
JAC FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.32
JAC FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.23

Running Game Thoughts: It took an untimely injury to a team hoping for a playoff berth, but Derrick Henry is in line to receive a huge workload in Week 17. DeMarco Murray’s leg injuries finally caught up to him last week when he left with a knee injury that will likely prevent him from playing in the season finale. He has missed practice this week and his best-case scenario looks like a game-time decision but check back for updates. The Titans have a perfectly capable guy to take on a full workload so I wouldn’t expect them to force the issue with a player who has been perennially hurt throughout the 2017 campaign. That should leave the door wide open for Henry to obtain unsung hero status. The Titans need to win the ground game to have any shot in this matchup and Henry has the talent to perform in a must win situation. How long will the Jags defense continue to play hard in a game that won’t impact their post season one iota? They are young and hungry for sure, but who wants to keep tackling a six-foot three-inch, 247-pound wrecking ball as the second half wears on? I’m not sure the Titans will come out on top in this game but it won’t be due to Henry’s lack of effort. The script simply needs to be written for the former Vol to lead Tennessee into the post season in front of the home crowd. With or without Murray, I’d deploy Henry as a RB2.

Value Meter:
RB2: Derrick Henry
TE2: Delanie Walker
Flex: Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews
Bench: DeMarco Murray, Marcus Mariota, Eric Decker

Prediction: Jaguars 27, Titans 17 ^ Top

Texans @ Colts - (Gordon)

Passing Game Thoughts: If Houston continues to chuck up 16 passes a game with a quarterback struggling to complete half of them fantasy managers need to simply move on. The truth is, T.J. Yates has never completed more than 16 passes in a single game during his brief career as a backup. DeAndre Hopkins hasn’t had much luck in the quarterback department and he’s probably going to watch this game from sidelines (calf) than limp through a meaningless game. Will Fuller can be electric but as long as the guy getting him the ball is bad, it’s going to be a painful ride. Fuller will get the lion’s share of the whatever targets are available in the passing game. Against the Colts defense, that might be enough to give him a nod in three receiver lineups. He’s might be the only player in the offense with a chance to score double-digit fantasy points and might absorb some of the touchdown fortune that has kept Hopkins from being a fantasy bust over the past couple of weeks. Braxton Miller is the favorite to step in for Hopkins. Injuries have plagued him throughout the year but he should see a handful of targets in this contest. There isn’t much upside to take a flier on him even in deep leagues.

IND FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.9
IND FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.5
IND FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.9
IND FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.10

Running Game Thoughts: Lamar Miller remains the starter and the lead back but there isn’t anything to get excited about. He has now had back-to-back games with limited rushing attempts and is barely getting work in the passing game. Furthermore, Alfred Blue has been giving a great effort in recent weeks. The matchup isn’t horrible but the mere fact that the offense has produced a whopping 13 total points in two games paints Miller into a state of fantasy Claustrophobia. Fewer touches for a sub 4.0 YPC running back, splitting carries in a low scoring offense makes for a low floor and even lower ceiling. Blue offer more hope to the gullible fantasy owner but he too finds himself in an unenviable position for fantasy promise. The split workload and low scoring opportunities make both players risky fantasy plays but Blue has been the better option of late so stick with him if you are desperate.

Value Meter:
WR3: Will Fuller
Bench: Lamar Miller, Alfred Blue, T.J. Yates, Braxton Miller, Stephen Anderson, Andre Ellington, DeAndre Hopkins, Chris Thompson

Passing Game Thoughts: As tough as it is to watch the Texans offense, the unit trotting out there for the Colts isn’t much better. Jacoby Brissett is looking like a backup quarterback more every week. Three passing scores in five outings isn’t going to strike much fear into the Houston secondary. Unlike the Texans, Indy doesn’t simply throw the ball to T.Y. Hilton half the time. As a result, he’s a riskier version of DeAndre Hopkins despite the wonderful matchup. Chester Rogers or Kamar Aiken are far too inconsistent to trust and TE Jack Doyle has suffered from the same quarterback deficiencies as Hilton. It is tough to envision a high scoring affair from either offense but both defenses are certainly amenable to letting the other team score more than they probably should. There is just enough target upside for Hilton and Doyle to entertain starting them but that means believing in the same quarterback that hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass at home in his last two outings.

HOU FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.2
HOU FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.23
HOU FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.3
HOU FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.6

Running Game Thoughts: It’s just another week for Frank Gore and his owners. Nothing to feel too good about considering he hasn’t been finding pay dirt on an offense struggling to pick up first downs. Nothing to feel too bad about either without any competition for carries in the backfield. The old man in Indy’s backfield still needs over 100 yards to hit the 1,000-yard marker for the year. It could also be Gore’s final home game as a Colt. I would not be surprised if he gets his number called a few extra times this weekend with little else for this coaching staff to play for this week. Combine that opportunity against the fifth friendliest foe for opposing running backs since Week 14 and you’ve got yourself a low-end RB2 or Flex in deeper leagues. That may be wishful thinking, but what else are these two teams bringing to the table?

Value Meter:
RB2: Frank Gore
TE1: Jack Doyle (low end)
Flex: T.Y. Hilton
Bench: Jacoby Brissett, Chester Rogers, Donte Moncrief, Kamar Aiken

Prediction: Colts 24, Texans 10 ^ Top

Falcons @ Panthers - (Gordon)

Passing Game Thoughts: Atlanta and Julio Jones could use a week of rest but that won’t be the case with the team clinging to the No.6 seed. Jones is nursing hand and ankle injuries so he will likely miss practice throughout the week. He will be in the lineup and showed that he’s still a tough matchup even when playing hurt. Atlanta’s top wideout has averaged thirteen fantasy points per game against the Panthers in ten career games and maintains WR2 status this week. I can’t figure out why Matt Ryan doesn’t get Mohamed Sanu more involved. He’s certainly not going to get more targets than #11 but he has only seen more than six targets twice in the last eight weeks. Given the amount of attention on the opposite side of the field, lack of a consistent tight end and it baffles me to think Sanu can’t be better than three or four catches a game - which is what he did the last time these teams met in November. No need to risk further underachievement by starting him this week. Same applies to the touchdown or bust Justin Hardy and the forgotten Taylor Gabriel. That’s what happens when your quarterback throws three touchdowns against four interceptions over your past three games. These are definitely not last year’s Falcons and I’m predicting more heartbreak for Atlanta.

CAR FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.21
CAR FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.30
CAR FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.5
CAR FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.22

Running Game Thoughts: 56 total yards on 13 touches left many Devonta Freeman owners hanging last week. Opponents are making the running game their number one priority and as long as the Falcons fizzle with the pass, there will be less room to run for Freeman. Carolina has been the best against the run over the past three weeks so this might be the time to safely place your Falcons running backs on the bench. Then again, if the Panthers rest some guys, there is hope Freeman will run a bit more freely so keep him locked in as your RB2 and expect a bumpy ride. Tevin Coleman found the end zone last week. Like many others on this roster, he has become a touchdown or bust fantasy player. He’s a flex option in deeper PPR leagues but there’s plenty of risk since he won’t be the first option in the ground game or the passing attack.

Value Meter:
RB2: Devonta Freeman
WR2: Julio Jones
Flex: Tevin Coleman (PPR only)
Bench: Matt Ryan, Mohamed Sanu, Austin Hooper, Taylor Gabriel, Justin Hardy

Passing Game Thoughts: The Panthers have clinched a playoff spot and will certainly give a few guys rest this week. Devin Funchess is already dealing with a shoulder injury so he’s a prime candidate to see less practice and perhaps less work if he does play. I wouldn’t remove him from Flex consideration but be sure to monitor the chatter out of Carolina this week to get a better idea if the team is planning on giving him his regular reps. Cam Newton’s shoulder continues to keep him out of practice but he doesn’t appear to be in any danger of missing this game. Damiere Byrd has been placed on IR with a leg injury meaning Brenton Bersin figures to see a few more snaps this week. Just keep in mind that the coaching staff is likely preaching caution to Cam Newton. I expect the Panthers passing game will feature plenty of simple, quick reads on shallow routes. For this reason, I’d avoid using anyone other than Olsen outside of PPR leagues. Carolina’s TE was a huge miss for me last week and he’s at risk of getting more rest heading into the playoffs. Still, I think the team will want to get him and Newton to head into the playoffs on a high note so don’t be surprised if he rebounds by leading the team in receiving for Week 17.

ATL FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.16
ATL FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.24
ATL FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.19
ATL FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.20

Running Game Thoughts: Veteran Jonathan Stewart is getting extra rest this week and could be in for a reduced workload. He hasn’t exactly been a force for fantasy owners but his presence continues to take a few touches away from Christian McCaffery. The Panthers have progressively gotten better at utilizing McCaffery throughout the year and could use this game to gain more insight into how things might look in the near future. The rookie has a good shot to go over ten carries in this game which should give him a better than average shot to go over 100 total yards as well. The Falcons won’t overlook McCaffrey in their preparations but anytime a true playmaker is likely to receive a boost in touches, fantasy value goes up. The playoffs may be locked up, but the team would certainly love to bring home a division title. Look for McCaffrey to deliver as a top 25 RB across all formats for Week 17.

Value Meter:
QB1: Cam Newton
RB2: Christian McCaffrey
WR3: Devin Funchess
TE1: Greg Olsen
Flex: Brenton Bersin
Bench: Damiere Byrd, Russell Shepard, Jonathan Stewart

Prediction: Panthers 21, Falcons 16 ^ Top

Saints @ Buccaneers - (Gordon)

Passing Game Thoughts: No need to be alarmed about Michael Thomas (hamstring) missing practice early in the week. He is expected to play and be one of the best fantasy plays in Week 17 as the Saints get their turn against the lowly Buccaneers. Though the running game has been tremendous this season, Thomas is the hottest receiver not named Keelan Cole these days. He’s going to be a popular DFS pick and must start for re-drafters still vying for a Championship. Drew Brees also gets a bump up the rankings to close out 2017. Like most of his better weeks, he might not hit the 300-yard mark but he stands a great shot at scoring multiple touchdowns and posting over 20 fantasy points for the third time in the last four games. I expect the Bucs will be able to move the ball just enough to keep the Saints actively passing the ball into the fourth quarter and allowing a secondary receiver like Ted Ginn Jr. to get just enough targets to have a solid outing this week. He’s been a volatile flex option most of the year, but the light turns green in this matchup.

TB FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.10
TB FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.9
TB FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.1
TB FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.31

Running Game Thoughts: Mark Ingram hasn’t played as well in his last two road games and failed to score double digit fantasy points against Tampa Bay earlier this season. That isn’t enough to keep him benched but it does cast a cloud on his Week 17 forecast where he’s probably an average RB2. Alvin Kamara just keeps producing. He’s found ways to produce for his owners despite sharing carries with Ingram and would only benefit from the Bucs hanging around in this game. New Orleans is locked into the playoffs but can lock up the division with a win so I don’t expect them to let up until this game is firmly in hand. As a result, both running backs remain must starts.

Value Meter:
QB1: Drew Brees
RB1: Alvin Kamara
RB2: Mark Ingram
WR1: Michael Thomas
Flex: Ted Ginn Jr.
Bench: Brandon Coleman, Josh Hill, Coby Fleener, Willie Snead

Passing Game Thoughts: Tampa Bay came up three points short of upsetting the Panthers last week and could be a thorny opponent against the Saints in Week 17. Tampa’s offense rests on the arm of Jameis Winston these days. He is starting to settle in after a turbulent year and I expect him to air it out in a “nothing to lose” mentality. If the Bucs are going to avoid another drubbing (Tampa lost by 20 in their last meeting with the Saints) Mike Evans will need to lead the charge. He’s been one of the top 15 fantasy receivers of late despite ranking 27th in targets over the past three weeks. Winston needs Evans to take him from being a low-end starter to one of the top five or six choices at the position for Week 17. If the Saints are able to keep Evans in check, Tampa will really need to throw the ball around in the second half. Both scenarios lead to fantasy success for Winston. Adam Humphries is the only other receiver getting regular targets in the offense but without much touchdown potential he falls short for fantasy purposes. Cameron Brate didn’t take advantage of his freedom after O.J. Howard was placed on IR. The Saints have been solid against opposing tight ends all year making it even more important for Mike Evans to step up.

NO FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.20
NO FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.18
NO FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.16
NO FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.29

Running Game Thoughts: The Saints are coming off a week in which they held the Falcons running game to only 48 yards so don’t get too excited about Tampa’s new RBBC having success this weekend. On the bright side, Peyton Barber has been solid but unspectacular as the lead horse in Tampa’s committee. The 23-year-old running back from Auburn has carried a 4.3 YPC since getting more playing time in Week 13. Unfortunately, he needs more touches to be a useful fantasy starter and the scoring chances are too limited to make him a viable flex option. Doug Martin has fallen from the top of the fantasy ranks to become the second man in Tampa’s backfield. He has little to no fantasy value but will continue to steal enough carries to prevent Barber from becoming a late season fantasy asset.

Value Meter:
QB1: Jameis Winston
WR1: Mike Evans
TE2: Cameron Brate
Bench: Peyton Barber, Doug Martin, DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries, Chris Godwin

Prediction: Saints 30, Buccaneers 21 ^ Top

Packers @ Lions - (Swanson)

Passing Game Thoughts: Brett Hundley leads the Packers into Detroit for a meaningless game between two teams eliminated from playoff contention. Hundley’s season as an injury replacement for Aaron Rodgers has been a mixed bag of impressive performances and underwhelming games, with the former UCLA Bruin not making the most of the situation to build his possible trade value with other teams.

Hundley enters the final week of the season as the 34th ranked quarterback in points scored per game (15.3), behind less than stellar players like DeShone Kizer, Trevor Siemian, Jacoby Brissett, and Smokin’ Jay Cutler. Although he impressed with a couple of three-touchdown performances on the road against the Steelers and Browns, he has been dreadful at home with zero touchdown passes at Lambeau Field in 162 pass attempts.

Fortuneatley for Hundley’s fantasy owners (Hopefully not many readers are stuck playing him in anything other than two quarterback leagues), this game will take place on the road at Ford Field against a Lions team that has allowed the seventh-most points to opposing quarterbacks over the past five games.

Leading receiver Davante Adams missed last week’s game against the Vikings with a concussion suffered against the Panthers Week 15 and will likely sit once again in this meaningless final game of the year. Jordy Nelson missed practice on Thursday after missing the second half of the Vikings game with a minor shoulder injury. His return to the field seems unlikely but doesn’t matter anyway considering the fact that Hundley and Nelson have yet to build a rapport in Rodgers’ absence. For owners in deep leagues, Randall Cobb may be worthy of a start with the hope of a random touchdown reception against a beatable Lions secondary.

DET FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.14
DET FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.2
DET FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.18
DET FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.9

Running Game Thoughts: After a streak of three games with 25.5, 18.3, and 23.8 points between weeks 12 and 14, rookie Jamaal Williams struggled with three and 5.8 points over the past two games against stout run defenses of the Panthers and Vikings. Minnesota stacked the box repeatedly against Hundley, daring the Pack to throw against a single high safety, while shutting down the run. Hundley was unable to do anything in the passing game and the strategy to stack against the run worked out well.

With the Lions struggling against the pass and the run over the last month of the season, the likelihood of Williams delivering a third consecutive dud is not likely and the rookie from BYU should be considered a strong start for those owners still playing fantasy Week 17.

Only the Bills have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than the Lions, with Detroit giving up 17 total touchdowns, including 168 total yards and a rushing touchdown to Gio Bernard in a disappointing 26-17 loss to the hapless Bengals last week. With this being a divisional game between two teams that hate each other I expect the Lions to be more motivated to stop Williams, but there is no denying the fact that the Detroit struggles with the run and Williams should find success.

Value Meter:
QB2: Brett Hundley (Low-End)
RB2: Jamaal Williams (Mid-Range)
WR3: Randall Cobb (Low-End)

Passing Game Thoughts: Matthew Stafford quietly finished the standard 16-week fantasy season as the number 10 quarterback in fantasy points per game. His average of 21.3 points puts him ahead of Dak Prescott, Philip Rivers, and Drew Brees, and he was only 1.5 points behind Tom Brady for seventh place.

From Weeks six through 12 Stafford was one of the most consistent fantasy performers at the quarterback position, with six consecutive games of at least 20 fantasy points, highlighted by a 28 point performance in a shootout loss to New Orleans in Week 6. Owners thinking of starting Stafford at home against the Packers should feel confident in their decision, as the former Georgia Bulldog has scored at least 20 points against the Pack in every contest against Green Bay dating back to 2014.

No team has allowed more point to opposing quarterbacks over the past five weeks than the Packers, with Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger each topping the 30-point plateau over the past month vs. Green Bay.

The resting of star players is always a concern in meaningless Week 17 games, especially for teams like the Packers who have numerous star players on both sides of the ball dealing with ailments. Resting players does not appear to be an issue for Detroit, as head coach Jim Caldwell has already stated that he intends on starting his full roster on Sunday. Whether or not Stafford, Marvin Jones and Golden Tate play the entire game is another story.

Although the Packers rank near the bottom of the league in points allowed to tight ends, the recent trend of targets and production for Eric Ebron should not be ignored. The former first round pick has nine or more points in each of his last three games, with touchdowns against Chicago and Cincinnati. Staying in the fire with Ebron is not the worst play this week, especially against an injury-depleted Packer linebacking group.

GB FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.7
GB FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.11
GB FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.7
GB FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.27

Running Game Thoughts: The Lions ground attack continues to be one of the worst in the National Football League as the franchises’ inability to produce a 100-yard rusher extended to four seasons. The selection of Ameer Abdullah in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft has proven to be a mistake, as the former Nebraska Cornhusker lacks the size needed to break tackles behind a subpar offensive line.

Theo Riddick is one of the most talented pass catching running backs out of the backfield, but he too lacks the size to be an every down back in the NFL. Rookie Tion Green has earned some carries late in the season after Abdullah was demoted and has shown some spark, yet it appears clear that addressing the running back position via free agency and the draft will be a focus for Detroit in 2018.

For fantasy purposes, a matchup at home against a Packers team that ranks 14th in points allowed to running backs over the past five games is attractive to say the least. The problem, is guessing which Lions running back will be the one to have fantasy value. Abdullah may luck out and find the end zone, while Riddick could be active catching passes out of the backfield and reach pay dirt on a screen.

The best course of action for owners still alive in the playoffs is to avoid this backfield altogether in favor of a player with a more certain level of usage.

Value Meter:
QB1: Matthew Stafford (Low-End)
RB3: Tion Green (Mid-Range)
RB4: Theo Riddick (Low-End)
WR1: Marvin Jones (Low-End)
WR2: Golden Tate (High-End)
TE1: Eric Ebron (Low-End)

Prediction: Lions 24, Packers 10 ^ Top

Bears @ Vikings - (Swanson)

Passing Game Thoughts: Mitchell Trubisky just passed Aaron Rodgers in total fantasy points scored on the season with his 20.1 point performance at home against the Browns, which included his second rushing touchdown in three weeks. Unfortunately, for the former second overall pick from North Carolina, it took 11 games as a pro to do what Rodgers managed in just six games (not counting the injury game against the Vikings), and Rodgers threw an uncharacteristically high six interceptions over that span.

Of course I kid, and comparing a rookie to Aaron Rodgers is a silly thing to do at this point in Trubisky’s young career. But there are a few interesting trends late in the season that should give Bears fans hope heading into the offseason. First, after starting off with seven games completing 60% or less of his passes, Trubisky has been much more efficient in the last month of action. He completed just under 80% of his passes against the 49ers and Bengals, while scoring at least 20 fantasy points in each of his last three games.

That streak will not likely continue this week against a Vikings team that allows the second-fewest points to opposing quarterbacks. Only four quarterbacks have reached the 20-point threshold against Mike Zimmer’s team and the Vikings have allowed only one passing touchdown in the last five games.

Under no circumstances should Trubsiky be started against the Vikings, even in the deepest of two quarterback leagues. But there are some positive signs as of late from the rookie, including his ability to create fantasy points with his legs. Just don’t make the mistake of starting him in a matchup where single digit returns are a likely result.

MIN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.31
MIN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.32
MIN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.25
MIN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.32

Running Game Thoughts: Jordan Howard avoided a sophomore slump with 1,111 years and nine rushing touchdowns on 267 carries. A pretty impressive accomplishment when you consider the tough division he plays in and the lack of a supporting cast on the Bears to help take away pressure on the running game. If Mitchell Trubisky is able to progress and give Chicago a viable passing threat the sky is the limit for Howard and his fantasy owners.

One reason for Howard’s success over the past month is the fact that he has been fortunate to play against three bottom tier run defenses down the stretch, including an injury-depleted Bengals unit Week 14 and a Lions squad that allows the second most points in the league to opposing running backs.

Howard faces the opposite end of the spectrum this week against a Vikings team that allowed the fewest points this year to tailbacks, making Howard a less than attractive play for those still playing fantasy Week 17.

If you take out a somewhat fluky thee-touchdown game against the Vikings by Jonathan Stewart of the Panthers Week 14, Minnesota allowed just four rushing touchdowns in just under 300 attempts this year. Howard actually delivered one of the better rushing performances against the Vikes when he ran for 76 yards on 19 carries Week 5, but expecting a repeat performance on the road against a Minnesota team looking to secure a first round bye is not likely in the cards.

Value Meter:
QB3: Mitchell Trubisky (Low-End)
RB2: Jordan Howard (Mid-Range)
WR4: Dontrelle Inman (Low-End)

Passing Game Thoughts: Unlike other playoff bound teams that cannot change their seating with a win, the Vikings have very much to play for with a first round bye up for grabs with a win over the Bears.

Although he will get very little consideration for MVP, journeyman quarterback Case Keenum has been the most valuable player for the Vikings in guiding the team to a 12-3 record after injuries to Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford. Keenum set career highs in every single statistical category, including attempts (452), completions (304), completion percentage (67.3), passing yards (3,358), and passing touchdowns (21). Keenum was also one of the most efficient quarterbacks in limiting turnovers, with seven interceptions in 452 pass attempts.

From a fantasy perspective, Keenum finished outside of QB1 consideration as the 19th overall in points per game, but he did perform better that other more highly touted players like Matt Ryan, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, and Tyrod Taylor, and he average less than one point per game fewer than No.12 ranked Dak Prescott.

The Bears present a fairly difficult challenge for Keenum and the Vikings passing offense as a secondary that allowed the fourth-fewest points to opposing quarterbacks. Only four quarterbacks managed to throw for multiple touchdowns against the Bears, and only Matt Ryan in Week 1 managed to top more than 300 passing yards. Keenum finished with a modest 13.2 fantasy points on 17 of 21 attempts for 140 yards and a score when the two teams faced off at Soldier Field Week 5. A similar level of production can be expected on Sunday, although playing at home as opposed to on the road should boost Keenum’s production closer to 20 fantasy points.

CHI FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.29
CHI FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.27
CHI FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.17
CHI FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.26

Running Game Thoughts: The trio of Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray, and Jerick McKinnon collectively rank sixth overall in fantasy points per game at 20.9, just a half point behind Melvin Gordon and the Chargers running backs.

Murray and McKinnon took over the starting duties after Cook sustained an ACL tear against Detroit in Week 4. McKinnon appeared to be the more valuable of the two backs in the middle of the season with consecutive 20-point performances against the Bears and the Packers in Weeks 5 and 6, only to fade into fantasy oblivion until reemerging Week 13 with a receiving touchdown against the Falcons.

Although McKinnon’s first big game of the season came against the Bears in Chicago, Vic Fangio’s defense has been one of the best units against the run over since Week 10 of the regular season. No opposing back has scored a rushing touchdown against the Bears since Ty Montgomery of the Packers in Week 10 and no opposing back has reached triple digits in rushing yards.

Of the two, McKinnon has the best chance for a big game as the primary passing tailback out of the backfield. If there is one weakness in the Chicago defense it is covering pass catching running backs on screens and passes in the flat. Look for Keenum and the Vikings to take advantage of this weakness with multiple screens to McKinnon on Sunday.

Value Meter:
QB2: Case Keenum (High-End)
RB2: Latavius Murray (Mid-Range)
RB2: Jerick McKinnon (Low-End)
WR1: Adam Thielen (Low-End)
WR3: Stefon Diggs (High-End)
TE1: Kyle Rudolph (Low-End)

Prediction: Vikings 21, Bears 10 ^ Top

Browns @ Steelers - (Swanson)

Passing Game Thoughts: We may never know what type of player DeShone Kizer could have been in the NFL, as it is clear that the poor handling of Kizer by head coach Hue Jackson has likely mentally scarred the former Norte Dame star. Instead of nurturing his young player and building up his confidence, Jackson took the opposite route with questionable comments to the press about his young quarterback and a string of bizarre benchings throughout the season. Hopefully Kizer will be able to work past the unfortunate situation in Cleveland and resurrect his career with another organization after his likely release this offseason.

For fantasy purposes, Kizer should not be considered a viable start this week on the road against a Steelers team that has much to play for with home field advantage on the line. The Steelers allow the sixth-fewest points to quarterbacks this season and only three opposing QBs managed to score 20 or more points at Heinz Field in 2017.

One of Kizer’s biggest problems has been interceptions, particularly in the red zone and on third down when he is trying to force the ball into tight coverage. The Steelers are tied for 8th in interceptions forced, and Keith Butler’s defense is capable of getting pressure on Kizer even in the absence of star linebacker Ryan Shazier.

Josh Gordon’s return to the Browns passing game has been somewhat anticlimactic, with the former fantasy star averaging just seven fantasy points per game over the past four contests. Gordon flashed his unique gift of size and speed with 154 yards and a touchdown in his first two games after retuning from suspension, only to burn owners in the fantasy playoffs with 6.5 combined points over the past two weeks. The upside of Gordon scoring a touchdown is too great to bench him, but owners should not be surprised if Gordon and Kizer continue with their struggles.

PIT FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.27
PIT FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.16
PIT FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.21
PIT FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.30

Running Game Thoughts: The loss of Ryan Shazier is noticeable in the rush defense of the Steelers - a unit that has allowed the third-most points to opposing tailbacks since Shazier went down with a spinal injury. An opposing running back has scored a touchdown and/or reached 100 yards in each of the last four games, including Alfred Blue of the Texans rushing for 108 yards on 16 carries in a blowout win for Pittsburgh against Houston Week 16.

Both Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson will benefit from Pittsburgh’s recent struggles against the run and both should be considered flex plays this week. A negative game script will likely keep Crow’s touches to between 10 and 15 for the game, but his recent success with limited volume suggests he should be able to once again rush for nearly 75 yards on just 15 carries. The question is will he be able to reach the end zone, something he has not been able to due since Week 10 against the Lions.

Johnson has three consecutive games of at least 10 fantasy points in FFtoday standard scoring, and should continue his streak as the pass catching back with the Browns chasing points in the second half.

Value Meter:
QB3: DeShone Kizer (Low-End)
RB3: Isaiah Crowell (High-End)
RB3: Duke Johnson (Mid-Range)
WR3: Josh Gordon (High-End)

Passing Game Thoughts: In a bid to avoid becoming only the second team to ever finish 0-16, the Browns face a difficult opponent in the Steelers on Sunday. Although the Steelers have secured a first round bye in the Wild Card round, they still have much to play for as a Pittsburgh win and New England loss would give the Steelers home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

After a dreadful start to the season that included a five interception game against the Jaguars in front of the home crowd at Heinz Field, Ben Roethlisberger bounced back in the second half of the season to finish the standard 16-week fantasy season as the No. 6 QB in total points scored and the No.9 QB in average points.

Big Ben led all quarterbacks in the final five weeks of the season with 135 fantasy points on 143 of 210 passing for 1654 yards and 12 touchdowns. Fantasy owners who added Ben after the Steeler’s bye were treated to a top 3 quarterback and a difference making player for the fantasy playoffs.

Despite the opportunity to win home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win and a loss by the Patriots to the Jets, Mike Tomlin is reportedly going to sit both Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell to ensure they are fresh for the divisional round.

Landry Jones will likely start for the Steelers with Joshua Dobbs working as the No.2 quarterback against the Browns. The absence of Big Ben and Bell hurts all skill position players across the board, especially wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant.

CLE FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.5
CLE FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.20
CLE FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.20
CLE FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.3

Running Game Thoughts: With Le’Veon Bell likely to sit out this game, Fitzgerald Toussaint will likely carry the load for the Steelers, with recently signed Stevan Ridley working in sporadically. Toussaint is an interesting addition in deep leagues as a flex play, and his ownership levels in daily fantasy will likely approach the 20% level.

The fourth-round player out of Michigan rushed for 58 yards on 14 carries in limited work last season after losing his job as the primary backup of Bell to James Connor. Toussaint will likely be motivated to play well in what will likely be a job interview for 31 other teams who might sign him as a possible backup over the offseason.

Value Meter:
QB2: Landry Jones (Mid-Range)
RB2: Fitzgerald Toussaint (Low-End)
WR3: JuJu Smith-Schuster (Mid-Range)
WR4 Martavis Bryant (Low-End)
TE1: Jesse James (Low-End)

Steelers 34, Browns 17 ^ Top

Bengals @ Ravens - (Swanson)

Passing Game Thoughts: Quarterback Andy Dalton is on pace to tie a career-low in fantasy points scored per game (16.9) as the Bengals rap up a disappointing 2017 season against divisional rival Baltimore. In what is likely the final game for head coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals will look to play spoiler as a win by the Ravens will clinch a wildcard berth for Baltimore.

Upsetting the Ravens at M&T Bank stadium will be a tough task for Dalton, A.J. Green, and the rest of the Cincinnati passing game skill position players. Baltimore handed the Bengals their worst loss of the year with a 20-0 loss in Week 1, with Dalton committing five turnovers, including four interceptions on a dreadful 16 of 31 passing day for 170 yards and zero touchdowns.

On a positive note, this Baltimore team is a shell of the unit Dalton faced earlier, with injuries to the secondary and linebacking corps. Although the Ravens allowed the third-fewest points to quarterbacks on the season, they have been a bit leaky over the past five games, allowing 506 passing yards and two scores to Ben Roethlisberger and nearly 300 yards to Matthew Stafford in Week 13.

But against subpar quarterbacks the Ravens have been one of the stingiest defenses all year, making Andy Dalton a subpar play at best Week 17. Volume and touchdown upside makes A.J. Green a worthy start each week, especially with cornerback Jimmy Smith out with the ruptured Achilles tendon.

Perhaps the most valuable fantasy asset in the passing game is also the most valuable asset in the running game, as Giovani Bernard has been a fantasy stud in both aspects over the past three weeks. With Joe Mixon likely out one again due to an injury, Bernard should be the primary ball carrier on both early and passing downs. The veteran back has 16 catches over his last three games to go along with over 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

BAL FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.30
BAL FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.12
BAL FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.31
BAL FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.12

Running Game Thoughts: Fantasy owners should expect a heavy dose of Bernard against the Ravens on Sunday, as the most effective way to move the ball against Baltimore this season has been on the ground and not the air. The Ravens allow the 12th-most points to running backs this year and are tied with the Chiefs, Rams, and Seahawks for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns given up (12).

Five running backs over the past four weeks have managed to reach double digit fantasy points vs. the Ravens, including Frank Gore last week with 14.6 points on 86 total yards and a touchdown. Although Baltimore’s points allowed average is somewhat skewed by two monster games by Le’Veon Bell, they are still more susceptible to the run than the pass, and Marvin Lewis will not shy away from trying to run the ball over and over again in his final game a the helm of the Bengals.

Value Meter:
QB2: Andy Dalton (Low-End)
RB2: Giovani Bernard (High-End)
WR1: A.J. Green (Low-End)
TE2: Tyler Kroft (Low-End)

Passing Game Thoughts: After a dreadful start to the season in which he managed to throw just six passing touchdowns in his first eight games, Joe Flacco has finished strong as the No.10 fantasy quarterback over the last five weeks of the season. Although he has yet to top 300 yards or three passing touchdowns in a contest this year, he is averaging just over 20 points per game in the month of December, including 24.7 points against the Browns Week 15.

Flacco’s slow start to the season can be attributed him missing most of the preseason with a back injury. When the Bengals and Ravens faced off in Week 1, Flacco was not asked to do much as the Ravens forced five turnovers of Andy Dalton in a lopsided 20-0 victory.

With a playoff berth on the line for the Ravens, look for Flacco to have another 20-point performance against an injury riddled Cincinnati defense that has allowed the 8th-most points over the past month of action. Middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict missed practice on Thursday with a shoulder injury that will likely keep him out for the season finale, while cornerback Darqueze Denard was limited with a knee injury.

It appeared as though the Bengal defensive unit quit on head coach Marvin Lewis after an embarrassing 34-7 loss at home to the Vikings Week 15. Perhaps inspired by the opportunity to knock the Lions out of playoff contention, the Bengals bounced back with an inspired 26-17 win over Detroit last week. With the chance of possibly keeping Baltimore out of the playoffs (the Titans and Bills must lose as well), the likelihood of the Bengals not playing their hardest against a division foe like Baltimore is slim.

CIN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.23
CIN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.3
CIN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.30
CIN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.15

Running Game Thoughts: The Ravens finished the 16-game standard fantasy season at the No.7 ranked fantasy backfield, less than a point behind Melvin Gordon and the Chargers for fifth place. An impressive accomplishment considering the fact that pricey free agent acquisition Danny Woodhead missed two-thirds of the season with severe hamstring injury and Alex Collins entered the year as an unproven second-year player from Arkansas. Collins needs 105 yards to reach 1000 on the year, and his 9.7 fantasy points per game places him tied with Christian McCaffrey for 19th overall among running backs.

Reaching the century mark is not out of the question for Collins, as the Bengals have been the second worst team in fantasy points allowed over the past five weeks, and no team has allowed more rushing yards during that span.

Value Meter:
QB2: Joe Flacco (High-End)
RB2: Alex Collins (High-End)
WR2: Mike Wallace (Low-End)
TE1: Ben Watson (Low-End)
Flex: Javorius Allen (Low-End)

Prediction: Ravens 17, Bengals 10 ^ Top

Raiders @ Chargers - (Caron)

Passing Game Thoughts: The once-prolific Oakland passing game has continued to struggle down the stretch and most of these players can be safely benched without much worry in what is an essentially meaningless game for the Raiders. Quarterback Derek Carr has failed to throw for multiple touchdowns three of his past four games and has barely averaged 200 passing yards over that span. This, of course, has contributed to the pathetic returns from receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. Crabtree did snag a pair of touchdowns in Week 15 against the Cowboys on just 39 receiving yards but he was held catchless in Week 16 against the Eagles.

This week he’ll be against a Chargers secondary that he did score against back in Week 6 but these teams are going in opposite directions and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Casey Hayward locked up on him for much of the afternoon. Cooper has been scoring some fluky touchdowns but his production has been astonishingly inconsistent and trusting him to produce fantasy numbers in your championship week is probably not the best option. Even tight end Jared Cook, who was once looking like he’d have a chance to finish as a top five tight end this season, has become a ghost in the passing game, catching just 12 total passes with only one touchdown over his past six contests. Stay away from this passing game if at all possible but Crabtree, Cooper and Cook could all be deep options depending on your level of desperation given the number of teams who are likely to rest their starters this weekend.

LAC FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.28
LAC FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.13
LAC FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.27
LAC FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.28

Running Game Thoughts: While the Oakland passing game has almost completely fallen apart, Marshawn Lynch and the running game seem to be getting better down the stretch. Lynch has produced at least 90 total yards and/or scored a touchdown in five straight contests leading into this weekend’s game against the Chargers. Los Angeles held Lynch out of the end zone and to just 63 rushing yards when these teams squared off back in Week 6 but it was on only 13 carries, giving Lynch nearly a five yards per carry average on the day. The real concern here is not that Lynch isn’t good enough, but rather that the Raiders could fall behind enough on the scoreboard that running the ball becomes difficult. Still, given the number of backs who are going to be held out this weekend, Lynch is probably still an RB2 with RB1 upside if he can get into the end zone. His value is better, as usual, in standard scoring formats as opposed to PPR formats.

Value Meter:
RB2: Marshawn Lynch
WR2: Michael Crabtree
Flex: Amari Cooper
Bench: Derek Carr, Jared Cook, Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson

Passing Game Thoughts: Having thrown just one touchdown pass in three of his past four games, Philip Rivers’ hot streak seems to have come to an end at the worst possible time for his fantasy owners. Perhaps a game against a Raiders secondary that has forced a league-fewest five total interceptions on the season can revive this struggling passing game but the loss of tight end Hunter Henry, who is now on season-ending IR, is certainly a concern. Veteran Antonio Gates is dealing with an illness that has held him out of practice for much of the week but most believe he will be ready to play on Sunday, which could make him an intriguing fantasy option now that he isn’t splitting snaps with Henry. Gates has scored in back-to-back contests and might be playing in his final NFL game, so look for the Chargers to target him at least a couple of times if they get near the end zone. The other fantasy option in this passing game is Keenan Allen, who has fallen back to reality a bit over the past couple of games after a monumental stretch from Weeks 11 through 14, but he has still been targeted heavily. Allen is one of the top receiving options on the board this week against a bad Oakland secondary in game the Chargers must win. It’s almost inconceivable that he would not get targeted at least 10 times this week as long as he remains healthy, so slot him in as a WR1 in all formats.

OAK FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.19
OAK FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.17
OAK FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.22
OAK FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.8

Running Game Thoughts: Another late-season injury is threatening Melvin Gordon’s Week 17 status for the third season in a row but most believe that the running back will be ready to suit up on Sunday. The Chargers running back is getting nearly unmatched volume in a good offense and he’ll be up against an Oakland defense that he absolutely crushed back in Week 6, to the tune of 150 total yards and three touchdowns. Most interestingly, Gordon caught a career-high nine passes in that game, including two touchdowns through the air, and the Raiders have nothing to play for other than pride at this point in the season. If he’s ready to play, Gordon will almost certainly see at least 20 touches with the outside possibility of 30 touches depending on how the game plays out. Backup Austin Ekeler, who had been breaking into Gordon’s workload a bit due to his pass catching ability, has been playing exclusively on special teams lately due to a hand injury that has made it difficult for him to grip the football. Look for that to continue and for Gordon to be the bell cow back that fantasy owners have grown to know and love all season. If Gordon is unable to suit up, it will likely be Branden Oliver – not Ekeler – who steps in and takes over the primary ball carrier role in this backfield. Oliver has been quiet most of this season but he does have a history of late-season heroics and could be an interesting plug-and-play option, especially given his low DFS prices, if Gordon doesn’t play.

Value Meter:
QB1: Philip Rivers (low-end)
RB1: Melvin Gordon
RB2: Branden Oliver (if Gordon is inactive)
WR1: Keenan Allen (elite-level)
TE1: Antonio Gates
Bench: Austin Ekeler, Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams

Prediction: Chargers 27, Raiders 20 ^ Top

Cardinals @ Seahawks - (Caron)

Passing Game Thoughts: It was back to Drew Stanton in Week 16 for the Cardinals and he’ll be behind center again this week as Arizona heads to Seattle. Stanton himself isn’t a great fantasy option in really any matchup but he did exactly what fantasy owners wanted him to do in Week 16 when he peppered veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald with targets – 15 to be exact, in a blowout win over the Giants. Fitzgerald caught nine of those passes for 119 yards and a touchdown and has now caught at least three passes in every game this season on his way to his third-straight 100-catch season. The other members of this passing game are simply not worth looking at for fantasy purposes as their target shares are far too low but Fitzgerald remains a mid-to-low-end WR1 depending on your league’s scoring format and is at least capable of putting up WR2 numbers against the Seahawks who are perhaps the most injury-depleted secondary in the entire league. Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 113 yards against Seattle when these teams faced off in Week 10, and that was prior to even more injuries to the Seattle defense, so look for him to again be the focal point of the passing game.

SEA FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.25
SEA FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.22
SEA FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.14
SEA FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.25

Running Game Thoughts: While the Arizona passing game outside of Larry Fitzgerald has been almost impossible to predict this season, their running game has actually been one of the more clear pictures in the league. They’ve suffered countless injuries to the position at this point but each week we typically know who is going to be the lead horse in the stable, and that player is typically given enough of a workload to at least produce serviceable fantasy numbers. Right now the backfield looks to be Kerwynn Williams’, who has carried the ball at least 16 times in four straight contests since Adrian Peterson was placed on IR. Williams has been dealing with some bumps and bruises but is expected to play this weekend and will likely serve as the team’s top runner. Unfortunately, the Seahawks continue to be one of the league’s best run defenses. Their recent numbers don’t look good at first glance but further examination will show that the Seahawks have faced Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette in their past three contests. Needless to say, a matchup against Kerwynn Williams sounds like a walk in the park in comparison to the aforementioned superstar backs. It’s tough to trust Williams because of the matchup here and his relative lack of overall talent but he should get enough of a workload to give him a chance of at least being a decent Flex play.

Value Meter:
WR1: Larry Fitzgerald
Flex: Kerwynn Williams
Bench: Drew Stanton, Elijhaa Penny, John Brown, J.J. Nelson, Jaron Brown, Ricky Seals-Jones

Passing Game Thoughts: Needing a win and some help to make the playoffs, Seattle will almost certainly be relying heavily on quarterback Russell Wilson and the passing game to carry them to victory in Week 17. Wilson was surprisingly ineffective as a passer against an average-at-best Dallas defense in Week 16 but his two passing touchdowns and 29 rushing yards were enough to still allow him to produce avoid a disastrous fantasy day. Things haven’t been smooth for Wilson down the stretch this season but he’s simply one of those players who seems to perform at his best when his back is against the wall – and that’s certainly the case this week.

Wilson threw for a decent-enough 238 yards and two touchdowns in a six-point road victory when these teams played back in Week 10 so expect more of that type of production in this contest which will take place in Seattle. The player we need to be most worried about right now is wide receiver Doug Baldwin who has been shockingly bad over the past month of the season, catching just 17 passes over his past six games combined. While he does have three touchdown receptions over that stretch, which has helped to prop up his otherwise ugly fantasy production, his lack of catches have to be a major concern heading into Week 17. I still like Baldwin as a high-end WR2 because of his “boom” potential but there’s also a real risk of a bust here. Proceed with caution. Tight end Jimmy Graham is also amidst a major drought in fantasy production. Graham has just three total receptions – combining for just two total yards – over his past three contests. While injuries have played a part in him not getting the separation that he normally does, Graham has also stone-handed a few big passes down the stretch this season and there’s a real chance that this will be his final game in a Seahawks uniform. Graham does have a great matchup here against a defense that he exploited for six receptions, including two touchdowns, back in Week 10, but he, like Baldwin, is also fairly risky.

ARI FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.12
ARI FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.29
ARI FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.15
ARI FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.18

Running Game Thoughts: The Seahawks seem to finally be sticking with a back which is something we haven’t seen them do much this season, but Mike Davis looks like the guy heading into Week 17. Unfortunately, being “the guy” in this offense doesn’t necessarily mean much as Davis has only been able to muster a measly 3.3 yards per carry on 52 carries over his past four contests, and he isn’t contributing a whole lot in the passing game either. Davis hasn’t yet scored a touchdown but that’s mostly opportunity based rather than production based, so he could certainly hit paydirt if the situation arises. Still, this running game has been pathetic all season and it’s hard to trust any of these players as more than a Flex play, especially against an Arizona defense that continues to be elite against the run, having given up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs so far this season.

Value Meter:
QB1: Russell Wilson
WR2: Doug Baldwin
TE1: Jimmy Graham
Flex: Mike Davis, Paul Richardson
Bench: Tyler Lockett, Thomas Rawls, Luke Willson

Prediction: Seahawks 24, Cardinals 14 ^ Top

49ers @ Rams - (Caron)

Passing Game Thoughts: It’s a very small sample size but as of right now, it looks like the 49ers might have pulled off the trade of the decade earlier this season when they acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots. Garoppolo and the 49ers shocked the world and absolutely wrecked the playoff-bound Jaguars this past week as the young QB threw for 242 yards, two touchdowns and one INT against arguably the league’s best secondary. He also rushed for an additional touchdown. San Francisco is getting a look at potentially the future of their franchise and they’ll be looking to knock off another top team this week as they head to Los Angeles to face the Rams, who have already locked up the NFC West.

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was held in check this past week by the pair of elite cornerbacks in Jacksonville but things won’t be quite as difficult against the Rams this week. While Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 in fewest points given up to opposing wide receivers, they’re not necessarily a lock down secondary and they’re liable to get beat deep on occasion. One player to keep an eye on in this matchup, though, is slot receiver Trent Taylor. Taylor has been coming on a bit over the final month of the season and he’ll face a Rams defense that has had trouble slowing down slot receivers as of late, including having given up a 10-catch game to Larry Fitzgerald, an eight-catch game to Nelson Agholor and a six-catch game to Eric Decker. Taylor isn’t a guarantee by any means but he could be a sneaky DFS play or even seasonal play in PPR formats for those in a tough situation who are looking for someone to pick up off of waivers.

LAR FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.24
LAR FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.4
LAR FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.23
LAR FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.14

Running Game Thoughts: While it’s mostly been the Jimmy Garoppolo show in San Francisco for the past month, the truth is that Carlos Hyde’s workload really isn’t going anywhere. In fact, he’s carried the ball 68 times over the past four contests - more than any other four-game stretch this season. Unfortunately, the yardage just hasn’t been there as he’s only been able to accumulate a 3.1 yards per carry average over that stretch. One thing that has happened since Garoppolo’s insertion into the lineup, however, is that Hyde has not been nearly as impactful in the passing game, which is what helped propel him into being a top-10 PPR back for the first three months of the season. We’re also seeing more of backup Matt Breida down the stretch, which does make some sense as the 49ers will have to make some roster decisions regarding the running back position this offseason which could result in Hyde’s departure from the team. Breida has carried the ball at least 11 times in three of the past four games, including scoring a touchdown this past week with 74 yards on the ground. Hyde is still likely to get the majority of the snaps and touches out of the backfield but Brieda could be an interesting dart throw for DFS players looking for a cheap option at running back. The Rams defense has been awful against opposing running backs this season and conceded a two-touchdown day to Hyde when these teams played back in Week 3.

Value Meter:
QB1: Jimmy Garoppolo
WR2: Marquise Goodwin
Flex: Trent Taylor
Bench: Matt Breida, Kendrick Bourne, George Kittle, Garrett Celek

Passing Game Thoughts: With Jared Goff and the majority of the Rams offense already listed as resting for this Sunday’s game, there’s not much to love out of this Los Angeles offense heading into Week 17. Sean Mannion will fill in at quarterback this week but the former third round pick has just 16 total regular season pass attempts and he’s never thrown a touchdown. Head coach Sean McVay has said that wide receivers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins won’t see much playing time, which could very well mean none at all, and it’s also unlikely that Cooper Kupp will play much. This means that we’ll likely see some combination of Tavon Austin, Josh Reynolds and Pharoh Cooper playing snaps at wide receiver. All three players have some sort of pedigree to them but none have been particularly effective even when given opportunities earlier in the season with Goff behind center, so don’t trust any of them in your fantasy lineup.

SF FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.3
SF FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.7
SF FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.10
SF FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.16

Running Game Thoughts: The fantasy MVP this season has almost unquestionably been Todd Gurley whose return to excellence propelled many fantasy owners to a championship already. Those who are still playing in Week 17, however, will be without Gurley who has been listed as out already as the team has nothing to play for and is looking forward to the playoffs. With Gurley out, look for the Rams to turn to backup Malcolm Brown, who actually carried the ball 10 times in Week 15 in the Rams’ blowout victory over the Seahawks, and has carried the ball 49 times on the season for 192 yards and one touchdown. Gurley exploited this San Francisco defense for a monsterous 149 total yard, three total touchdown day back in Week 3, so there is some hope that Brown could provide fantasy value even playing in an offense without the regular starters playing beside him. Brown is still only a Flex play but his price on DFS sites will be cheap and he’ll probably be fairly low-owned, so taking a chance on him and potentially getting 20-plus carries looks like a nice potential outcome for fantasy purposes.

Value Meter:
Flex: Malcolm Brown
Bench: Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins, Sean Mannion, Tavon Austin, Pharoh Cooper, Josh Reynolds

Prediction: 49ers 24, Rams 17 ^ Top

Chiefs @ Broncos - (Caron)

Passing Game Thoughts: With the Chiefs have opted to bench most of their offensive starters in Week 17, having already locked up the No.4 seed for the playoffs. The most notable change, perhaps, is that we’ll get our first regular season glimpse of the potential long-term quarterback in Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes, who was among the most impressive rookies in the preseason. Mahomes has a huge arm and above-average mobility but it remains to be seen how he’ll be utilized in this matchup, especially given that Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce could see reduced playing time or not play at all this Sunday, making both of them extremely risky fantasy plays. Andy Reid has kept his cards close to his chest regarding Kelce and Hill so fantasy owners will need to pay close attention to what he says leading up to Sunday’s game. Based on what we know now, fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere for fantasy production, but unfortunately that won’t likely come from the Kansas City roster itself. The Chiefs are extremely thin at both receiver and tight end so it’s best to avoid this situation altogether, especially given that this is a road game against an elite pass defense like the one in Denver.

DEN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.22
DEN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.28
DEN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.29
DEN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.2

Running Game Thoughts: Potential rookie of the year Kareem Hunt will also likely rest this weekend as the Chiefs turn to other options in the backfield for Week 17. Charcandrick West looks like the most obvious option to take over the majority of the snaps but he’s dealing with an illness that has kept him out of practice through Thursday. If he’s unable to practice on Friday, there’s a real possibility that Akeem Hunt - a third-year back and former Houston Texan - could end up getting some significant playing time here. West’s illness could be something simple as a contagious cold that will be fine by Sunday but this is certainly a situation to keep an eye on. West would be an interesting Flex play if he’s active and Kareem Hunt is ruled out prior to Sunday’s game. Akeem Hunt could be a sneaky minimum salary DFS play if both Kareem Hunt and West are out.

Value Meter:

Flex: Charcandrick West (if Hunt is inactive), Akeem Hunt (if both West and Hunt are inactive)
Bench: Patrick Mahomes, Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Albert Wilson, Demarcus Robinson, De’Anthony Thomas

Passing Game Thoughts: With the Broncos completely outside of the playoff picture, the team will likely look to see what they have in some of their young players. Most importantly, that’ll mean taking another look at quarterback Paxton Lynch who has thus far been a major disappointment in his short career. Lynch has a cannon of an arm but seems to lack the mental capacity to grasp the game, as demonstrated by his score of 18 on the Wonderlic test. The fact that the Broncos took this long to give Lynch a chance should tell fantasy owners that even they have very little confidence in his ability to do anything on the field. That should be a major red flag for fantasy owners of Demaryius Thomas. Thomas will likely see coverage from Marcus Peters who has done a fairly good job at containing him in the past even when there was decent quarterback play. Emmanuel Sanders is unlikely to play yet again so the Chiefs will be able to key in on Thomas, which will certainly limit his opportunity to have a big game. That said, Thomas is really the only show in town when it comes to catching the football so a heavy target share might still allow him to produce decent enough numbers to finish as a WR2. It can be tempting to try to find a place in your lineup for depth receivers when you see a defense as bad as Kansas City’s on the matchup sheet but it’s smart to avoid the rest of this passing game like the plague.

KC FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.11
KC FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.19
KC FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.2
KC FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.21

Running Game Thoughts: It looked for a while like Devontae Booker was set to take over as the lead back in Denver but C.J. Anderson has been slamming that door shut down the stretch, having touched the ball a whopping 96 times over his past four contests. That includes a huge Week 15 rushing day against the Colts when he ran the ball 30 times for 158 yards and another big Week 16 day when he rushed for an additional 88 yards with a touchdown while contributing 45 yards on seven catches in the passing game. Anderson isn’t the most talented back in the league and he lacks high-end speed and agility but what he has is something more important -- touches. Anderson should be in line for another big workload on Sunday with an inexperienced QB behind center. Normally that’d be a recipe for disaster as his team could fall behind on the scoreboard and end up passing more than usual, but with the Chiefs likely benching many of their starters, the Broncos are actually the favorite to win this game. Anderson has high-end RB1 potential in this game due to his total volume.

Value Meter:
RB1: C.J. Anderson
WR2: Demaryius Thomas
Bench: Paxton Lynch, Devontae Booker, Emmanuel Sanders

Prediction: Broncos 17, Chiefs 13 ^ Top

Jets at Patriots - (Katz)

Passing Game Thoughts: The last thing you want is a Bryce Petty led team traveling to New England to play the Patriots in a game they need to win to secure the top seed in the AFC. Other than Matt Forte’s one target, Petty only threw passes towards Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He has just 308 yards over his two starts. Anderson’s performance with Petty has been the same across both games. He went 5-40 two weeks ago and 5-51 last week. That’s about what you can expect this week as well. ASJ’s eight targets were encouraging, but he’s done nothing with his targets all season. Outside of his 67-yard game in Week 10, his next high is 46 yards. He has a very low ceiling along with the rest of this passing attack while Petty is under center. Additionally, he has yet to practice as of Thursday. Avoid all Jets in Week 17.

NE FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.6
NE FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.15
NE FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.4
NE FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.24

Running Game Thoughts: Bilal Powell exploded for 145 yards and a touchdown last week. He ripped off multiple big runs as the ground is the one area where the Chargers have struggled. Powell was the clear lead back, but his success cannot be something we expect to repeat against the Patriots. Matt Forte only carried the ball eight times. While it looks like it has finally become Powell’s backfield, it would hardly be a surprise if Forte led the team in touches this week. Powell is the safest option, but he comes with plenty of risk as well.

Value Meter:
WR3: Robby Anderson
Flex: Bilal Powell
Bench: Bryce Petty, Jermaine Kearse, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Matt Forte, Elijah McGuire

Passing Game Thoughts: Tom Brady extended his interception streak to five games last week against the Bills while throwing for a season low 224 yards. He did throw for two touchdowns, which was his first multi-score game since November 26 against Miami. Brady’s final numbers will look just fine, but he simply hasn’t been a QB1 over the past month. He was barely a low end QB1 the last time he played the Jets. That’s what he was last week and it’s all we can really expect from him this week. Brady’s decline has taken Brandin Cooks with him. He started the season with a strong floor, but that’s completely fallen out over the past month as well. After a four-game stretch of at least five receptions, Cooks has caught 2-1-4-2 in his last four. He is nothing more than a WR3 at this point. Rob Gronkowski, however, is a man. His last four games have been monstrous. He’s either caught nine passes for at least 147 yards or he’s scored a touchdown. Gronk is immune to Brady’s decline. Chris Hogan is not healthy and cannot be used even if he plays and Danny Amendola just doesn’t have a big enough role to be considered for fantasy lineups.

NYJ FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.4
NYJ FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.14
NYJ FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.12
NYJ FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.7

Running Game Thoughts: With Rex Burkhead and James White out, Mike Gillislee fell into the end zone, but the story was not about Gillislee. It was the reemergence of Dion Lewis, as an elite RB1. Lewis reminded everyone of what he can do when given the opportunity. He handled a season high 24 carries for 129 yards and scored both on the ground and in the air. With Burkhead out again this week and Gillislee (knee) also unlikely to play, Lewis will once again see a full workload. It took 16 weeks, but the Patriots backfield finally has one clear guy and everyone else can be ignored.

Value Meter:
QB1: Tom Brady (low end)
RB1: Dion Lewis (mid range)
WR3: Brandin Cooks
TE1: Rob Gronkowski (the #1 option)
Bench: Chris Hogan (shoulder), Danny Amendola, Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White

Prediction: Patriots 27, Jets 11 ^ Top

Cowboys at Eagles - (Katz)

Passing Game Thoughts: For the second consecutive year, Dak Prescott is staring down a meaningless Week 17 game. The difference this year is that it is not because the Cowboys have clinched everything. Regardless, there is no reason to expect the Cowboys to not play to win. This once great offense has completely fallen apart. The Cowboys failed to score a single touchdown last week as Prescott yet again threw for under 200 yards with no touchdowns. Dez Bryant dropped multiple passes, including one that led to an interception. He also managed to fumble away one of his three receptions. I can only hope Bryant is gone next year and with the team no longer in contention, he will be merely going through the motions on Sunday. No one on Dallas is capable of getting open and Bryant can no longer win in one on situations like he used to. Jason Witten should present a decent PPR floor as he did see nine targets last week, but this entire offense has a low ceiling. Even against the Eagles backups, I am not optimistic about a strong finish for the Cowboys offense.

PHI FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.17
PHI FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.31
PHI FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.13
PHI FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.19

Running Game Thoughts: That’s not to say I don’t think the Cowboys win this game. Ezekiel Elliott still has something to play for personally. Given what he’s had to deal with this season being suspended and unsuspended numerous times, for him to still have a shot at a 1,000-yard season and to finish the season as a fantasy RB1 by total points would be mighty impressive and the former is certainly on his mind. Elliott returned to a full workload last week, touching the ball 28 times for a total of 118 yards. This week should be more of the same and while I don’t expect Tyron Smith to play, the Cowboys offensive line should be able to handle the Eagles defensive backups. This week projects to be very heavy on Zeke to close out the season.

Value Meter:
RB1: Ezekiel Elliott (high end)
Bench: All other Cowboys

Passing Game Thoughts: Doug Pederson hasn’t openly stated he is going to rest his starters, but…he’s going to rest his starters. The first unit will likely play the opening series or two before giving way to the backups. That makes Nick Foles, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and Nelson Agholor all unstartable. Given the uncertainty regarding playing time, gambling on specific backups like Torrey Smith or Mack Hollins is simply not something you can do. The only player on this passing attack you can confidently start is actually Trey Burton. He is a high level talent that has thrived in a starting role at every opportunity. Burton will be starting for someone in 2018 and will receive one last chance to showcase his skills in this glorified exhibition.

DAL FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.13
DAL FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.26
DAL FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.8
DAL FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.17

Running Game Thoughts: The Eagles running game couldn’t be relied on when we knew who was playing and how much. With a three headed monster, the Eagles can’t rest all of Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, and Corey Clement. Will Wendell Smallwood be active? Kenjon Barner? It’s hard to say. If they are active, do we have any interest in them running behind a backup offensive line against a Cowboys defense that has a healthy Sean Lee? Avoid all Eagles running backs.

Value Meter:
TE1: Trey Burton (mid range)
Bench: Nick Foles, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor, Jay Ajayi

Prediction: Cowboys 20, Eagles 10

Redskins at Giants - (Katz)

Passing Game Thoughts: Could this be Kirk Cousins’ last game as a Redskin? It’s entirely possible. Coming off his best performance in weeks where he threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, Cousins looks to finish the season strong against a division rival on the road. With so many starters resting for other teams, guys like Josh Doctson are much more in play this week. On the one hand, Doctson saw a very encouraging 13 targets last week. Typically, you want to start receivers that see double digit targets. However, Doctson somehow only caught two of them. One was in the end zone so he ended up with a good fantasy line, but a 15% catch rate is almost unfathomable. Jamison Crowder is probably still the most reliable option even if he isn’t used as much as fantasy owners would like. Crowder only saw four targets last week, but he caught all of them including a touchdown. Vernon Davis is still the starting TE for this team, but he is useless unless he falls in the end zone. I would not trust Ryan Grant.

NYG FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.1
NYG FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.10
NYG FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.6
NYG FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.1

Running Game Thoughts: Samaje Perine must lead the NFL in minor injuries this season. He’s missed snaps with a hand injury, a concussion scare, and an Achilles injury, but returned each time. Perine should be good to go this week, but will likely cede more work to Kapri Bibbs because this game does not matter. The Redskins seem intent upon having a pass catching back who is not the same guy they use on first and second downs. So to do that, they arbitrarily decided that Byron Marshall was that guy before he got hurt and now it is Bibbs. Neither Perine nor Bibbs will see enough work or have the touchdown upside to be worth starting.

Value Meter:
QB1: Kirk Cousins (low end)
WR3: Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder
Bench: Vernon Davis, Samaje Perine, Kapri Bibbs, Ryan Grant

Passing Game Thoughts: Eli Manning is going to start this game. How much he plays is hard to say. He shouldn’t play much because it’s pretty obvious Manning has little to nothing left in the tank. Regardless, it is the job of the Giants front office to put the best possible team on the field. It is prudent to see what Davis Webb has to offer as the Giants enter another offseason with legitimate QB concerns. After scoring zero points last week, what exactly do they have to gain by watching more of Eli Manning? The receivers should all play a normal complement of snaps. Roger Lewis led the team in targets last week with 11, but Sterling Shepard’s 5-45 line on his eight targets was the best final line. He is the best WR on this team and the only one you can trust. He’s missed practice this week due to neck injury so make sure he’s active before setting your lineup. Evan Engram bruised his ribs last week and did not return. I find it hard to believe he plays this week. The Giants have seen plenty of Engram to know that he is a future elite TE in this league. They have nothing to gain by forcing him out there for a meaningless game. Rhett Ellison will takeover as the primary TE, but will split some time with Jerell Adams. I can’t imagine you wanting to start either of them.

WAS FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.18
WAS FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.8
WAS FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.24
WAS FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.5

Running Game Thoughts: Despite a lack of a running game for the Giants, Wayne Gallman does have PPR value, especially if Manning does play more than he should as all Manning is capable of at this point in his career is checking it down, which he does often. Gallman caught six of eight targets last week for 44 yards. He now has 19 receptions over his past three games. His ceiling is low, but he’s established quite the PPR floor. He still loses too many snaps to Orleans Darkwa to be trustworthy, but Gallman is a legitimate option in a week 17 that will be without Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell and Kareem Hunt.

Value Meter:
WR3: Sterling Shepard (neck)
Flex: Wayne Gallman (PPR only)
Bench: Eli Manning, Roger Lewis, Orleans Darkwa, Evan Engram (ribs)

Prediction: Redskins 24, Giants 17 ^ Top

Bills at Dolphins - (Katz)

Passing Game Thoughts: Tyrod Taylor and the Bills have everything to play for this week with a playoff berth on the line. Taylor has played two poor games against the Patriots, but otherwise has had a solid season. He scored both via the air and ground when the Bills last played the Dolphins two weeks ago. Kelvin Benjamin will once again serve as the top receiver and is coming off a solid outing against the Patriots where he caught five of seven targets for 70 yards. Deonte Thompson has taken over the number two role, but was not seen at practice Thursday, placing his status for this Sunday’s game in serious doubt. Charles Clay actually led the Bills with 10 targets last week, but he only caught four of them and is nothing more than a warm body at the TE position. This is a must win for Bills and in week 17, finding motivated players is almost as important as finding good players to put in your lineup. You could do worse than some of these Bills.

MIA FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.15
MIA FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.6
MIA FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.26
MIA FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.4

Running Game Thoughts: One player you don’t have to worry about is LeSean McCoy, who is poised to start all 16 games for just the third time in his career. For a guy many consider prone to soft tissue injuries, he’s actually never missed more than four games in a season. Shady was inefficient, but fantasy successful against the Dolphins two weeks ago, totaling 96 yards on 25 touches with a score both ways. His involvement in the passing game has increased over the past couple weeks, coinciding with the Bills push towards the playoffs. They need to use all the Shady they can so a monster workload is to be expected. With multiple top backs not playing this week or at risk for exiting early, McCoy is one of the best options at RB in Week 17 with a good matchup playing for a team with every reason to try hard.

Value Meter:
QB1: Tyrod Taylor (low end)
RB1: LeSean McCoy (high end)
WR3: Kelvin Benjamin
TE2: Charles Clay
Bench: Deonte Thompson, Zay Jones

Passing Game Thoughts: The Dolphins have nothing to play for except to ruin the playoff aspirations of a division rival. Jay Cutler completely unraveled against the Bills the last time out, throwing 49 times while completing 28 passes to his own team and three to the other team with no touchdowns. He is not a fantasy option, but his number one receiver Jarvis Landry always is. If Landry catches another five balls this week, that will complete a full season of at least five receptions in every game. Although he’s been inefficient, he’s been a PPR WR1 this year. He needs 105 yards to reach 1,000 on the year, but he’s already secured his second career 100-catch season. Landry has yet to top 100 yards in a game, but his season high of 99 came against the Bills.

DeVante Parker saw 10 targets last week, but only caught five because he is not good at football. Parker is not a fantasy option and is unlikely to ever be one. Kenny Stills is too inconsistent to be trusted. I do like Jakeem Grant’s athletic profile, but his 4-107-1 performance last week is likely just temporary. The Dolphins should use him more, specifically this week in a meaningless Week 17 game for them just to see what he can do. Grant could be like a Tyreek Hill-lite for them. But they probably won’t so he can be left on the bench.

BUF FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.26
BUF FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.1
BUF FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.28
BUF FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.11

Running Game Thoughts: Kenyan Drake no-showed in the fantasy championship last week with 57 empty yards on the ground and nothing in the passing game. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t shy away from trusting Drake’s volume this week. Before last week, he had topped 100 total yards in three straight games, which included the previous contest against the Bills. Drake’s 13 touches last week were a season low since Damien Williams went down. Expect that number to be back over 20 this week.

Value Meter:
RB1: Kenyan Drake (low end)
WR1: Jarvis Landry (low end)
Bench: Jay Cutler, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Jakeem Grant

Prediction: Bills 24, Dolphins 20 ^ Top