Start and Sit: Week 17

Week 17 is different than a lot of weeks because many teams have nothing to play for. Typically the teams that are out of the race will still play their players, but for teams like the Redskins there is no reason to play anyone.

For the people who are still playing, this is it for your season long leagues. There aren’t many studs that I could see you benching this week; this week more than any is a “start your studs” week, you just have to know who your real studs are.

Good luck to everyone.

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QUARTERBACK

Start

Eli Manning vs. Eagles: Neither team has anything to play for this week. I think the Giants roll with Beckahm back and the Eagles packing it in after their coach was fired earlier this week.

Brian Hoyer vs. Jaguars: A healthy Hoyer in a nice matchup. This is going to be one of those under the radar high scoring games this weekend. Jacksonville is coming off giving up 412 yards and three touchdowns to a gimpy Drew Brees.

Matt Stafford at Bears: The Bears have allowed at least 18 fantasy points to quarterbacks in five of the last six games, while Stafford has hit 20 or more points in four of his last six.

Sit

Kirk Cousins at Cowboys: I would be really surprised if he plays the full game.

Philip Rivers at Broncos: This is a really bad matchup. He did great against the Raiders last week, but this Denver defense is a completely different animal.

Jameis Winston at Panthers: The Panthers are coming off their only loss of the season and have home field advantage to play for this week. Winston, and the Buccaneers as a whole, will struggle to find the endzone.

RUNNING BACK

Start

Darren McFadden vs Redskins: A lot of Washington players will be sitting this week. The defense is already a weakness so the backups will be even better to run on. McFadden should run wild.

Frank Gore vs. Titans: The Colts are a mess at the quarterback position. I think they lean on Gore early and often in a great matchup against the Titans.

Jeremy Langford vs. Lions: Forte is nursing a back injury and is in a walk year. I don’t think Forte gets the full load this week, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a token short yardage touchdown in what might be his last home game. Langford, however, should get the bulk of the work.

Sit

Chris Ivory at Bills: This is a tough one for me because the Bills really have not been good against the run lately, but Ivory is trending in the wrong direction. The Jets are becoming a passing team, and that favors Bilal Powell.

Giovani Bernard vs. Ravens: I like him as a player, but his usage is not worthy of a fantasy start. He is a good play when he gets around 14 touches, but I can’t see that happening against the Ravens this week.

C.J. Anderson vs. Chargers: I can’t buy into last weeks production. If you made it this far and you owned Anderson, odds are you had a better option down the stretch and didn’t play him much.

WIDE RECEIVER

Start

Martavis Bryant at Browns: He didn’t get much action last week against the Ravens while the passing game struggled. I think the passing game gets back on track this week. Bryant torched the Browns for 178 yards and a touchdown last time they played.

Sammy Watkins vs. Jets: I am not worried about the matchup. Watkins didn’t have a huge game last time against the Jets, He did beat the defense on numerous occasions, but the passes did not connect and he ended up with an overall bad game. Since then he has averaged 97 yards and a touchdown per game.

Michael Floyd vs. Seahawks: The Cardinals have so many offensive weapons that defenses have to pick their battles. They don’t need to force the ball to players and that benefits Floyd who, it seems, is the one that gets the good matchups. He torched the Seahawks last time for 113 yards and two touchdowns before he left the game with a hamstring injury.

Sit

DeSean Jackson at Cowboys: Like Cousins, I don’t think he plays a full game.

Larry Fitzgerald vs. Seahawks: He has been a bad fantasy receiver since Week 11. Forty percent of his season fantasy points came from the first three weeks of the season. He also had five of his eight touchdowns in those weeks. Fitzgerald is a much better asset to the Cardinals in real life than he is for your fantasy team this week.

Mike Evans at Panthers: He has been very up and down this season and he gets a tough matchup with the Panthers. Last time they played he only managed 3 catches for 32 yards.

TIGHT END

Start

Zach Ertz at Giants: He has been hot lately. Fire him up as a top option at tight end this week.

Julius Thomas at Texans: Last week he disappeared, and I can’t see that happening this week. He is a lot safer than the other options in his area.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins at Panthers: I don’t love the matchup, but he has scored in two straight games.

Sit

Jordan Reed at Cowboys: Like his teammates, I can’t imagine he plays much in a meaningless game.

Richard Rodgers vs. Vikings: Three catches for 12 yards. That isn’t last weeks statline, that is his total for the last three weeks.

Jacob Tamme vs. Saints: I like the matchup, but the shine of “when Leonard Hankerson is out Tamme is a good play” has long worn off.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Pittsburgh Steelers at Browns: It is another divisonal matchup on the road for the Steelers. This time I think they wakeup and come out to play.

Indianapolis Colts  and Tennessee Titans: I like both as streaming options if you’re desperate (the Colts much more than the Titans), but if you’re really digging I like the chance for the Titans to score some fantasy points against the Colts quarterbacks.

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Andy Germani
I am a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan and a graduate from Penn State. Baseball was my first love and I still play to this day in an adult baseball league. I always love helping people with their questions on Twitter so feel free to follow me and ask questions.