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Fantasy Football Week 17 Start ‘Em / Sit ‘Em


Let’s take a look at what worked for us last week and what didn’t. After getting roughed up in week 14 by encouraging our readers to sit Drew Brees against Carolina he blew up to the tune of 313 yards and four scores. In Week 15 I vowed to never tell you to sit him again, but in Week 16 we went back on our words and told you once again to sit Brees. If you followed our advice you were likely rewarded as he only went for 281, one score with two devastating picks.

We also had good picks with starting Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon, but we missed on starting Jay Cutler and Mathew Stafford. Good sits were Stephen Jackson and Marshawn Lynch while we missed the boat with Nick Foles.

As we all know, Week 17 is a tough week to be playing fantasy football. It’s much more about luck, than skill. Coaches sitting players who have nothing to play for. The occasional 7th round pick or undrafted rookie gets a lot of run because organizations want to see what they have. With all this in mind, be sure to check to see if your guy is playing or if he’s going to share time or plain sit the game.

Terrelle Pryor (OAK) – Pryor will get the final start of the year against a decent Denver Broncos. In week three in Denver Pryor threw for 281 yards, 1 TD and no picks while adding 36 yards on the ground. Great sleeper pick. Start ‘Em

Andrew Luck (IND) – Feel safe with Luck this week. He’s been hit or miss all year, but this week he gets a terrible Jacksonville pass defense. Luck’s only thrown one pick over the past three games against seven TDs. Start ‘Em

Carson Palmer (ARI) – How would you like to finish up your season on the road against Seattle and at home against San Francisco. Ugh, nightmare if you ask me. Palmer will likely be relegated rather useless much like he was last week. Sit ‘Em

Alex Smith (KC) – Smith has been a great QB this year and he was probably picked up late in drafts or even on the waiver wire. If you used Smith, it’s likely you’re still playing right now. However, Reid could be sitting starters for portions of the game. Sit ‘Em

Running Backs:
Le’Veon Bell (PIT) – Remember all the pundits saying the Browns have a good defense. Well, in recent weeks the Browns defense has been about as bad as it can get. And Bell is picking up steam as the year rolls on both in the running and passing games. Bell is coming off his first 100 yard game of the year and I’m sure he’s poised to get another. Start ‘Em

Knile Davis (KC) – Davis hasn’t been on too many manager’s radar this year. Charles has been the best RB in fantasy land. Get this though, Davis has two rushing TDs in the past three games! Who knew! My guess is Charles plays, but Davis gets a lot of carries. Check Sunday morning for sure, but Start ‘Em

Ray Rice (BAL) – Man this guy has been terrible. Beware as Rice’s carries should be sharing carries this week and the Bengals held Rice to 30 yards on 18 carries in week 10. If you have Rice and you’re playing this week, find another guy on the wire. There should be plenty. Sit ‘Em

Frank Gore (SF) – Gore goes against the toughest rushing defense in the league this year at Arizona. It’s tough to sit Gore any week. But taking a look at the matchup you should be looking elsewhere. Sit ‘Em

Wide Receivers:
Riley Cooper (PHI) – We have landed in this space multiple times over the past six weeks or so. This is a must win for Philly and I can see all resources going towards DeSean Jackson. Cooper should get some looks. Start ‘Em

Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN) – Detroit is awful against WR this year. In addition to that Patterson could get some runs this week that put him in space and have an ability to score, which he’s done once in each of the past three weeks. He’s going to get plenty of touches this week. Start ‘Em

Torrey Smith (BAL) – Smith landed in this space last week and he’ll continue to land here until he proves us otherwise. He’s going up against a stout Cincinnati defense that held him to 5 catches and 46 yards the last time he matched up. He has 8 catches for 149 yards in his last three games. Sit ‘Em

Andre Johnson (HOU) – Really, this shouldn’t even be talked about. But Houston really sucks and Johnson’s stats are taking a hit because of it. In his previous two games Johnson has 8 catches for 81 yards. Houston has nothing to play for. Look for some younger guys to get some run in this game as well. Sit ‘Em

Tight Ends:
Vernon Davis (SF) – Inexplicably, Davis was held without a catch last week against the lowly Atlanta Falcons. However, in Davis’ previous five games he scored a TD. Arizona is a good defense but it gives up the most yardage to TE in the league. Start ‘Em

Antonio Gates (SD) – Gates has had an up and down year in 2013. The Chiefs defense is really good and is also first against the TE in the NFL all year. In the last game against the Chiefs gates had five targets for three catches and 21 yards. Sit ‘Em

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