It’s week seventeen (17) of the Fantasy Football season, and as such, most fantasy football seasons have come to an end. If however, you are in one of the few and stupid leagues that hosts its championship in the final week of the season, I hope this post will help you make the right choices for your lineup. For starters, there are a handful of teams taking the field this weekend that will have little, if nothing to play for due to their playoff spot already being set. Those teams are listed below and you will definitely want to reconsider starting the players from them, even the studs.
Teams with very little to play for: Colts, Ravens, Bengals, and Falcons.
(NYG) Eli Manning vs. (PHI) – With the playoffs on the line and a terrible Eagles secondary the first thing between them, I expect big things from Eli Manning and the boys this weekend. Eli should be a lock for 20+ fantasy points, possibly one of his best games of the season.
(SEA) Russell Wilson vs. (STL) – If Wilson can score the amount of fantasy points he did against the ‘49ers, then I would think he will be able to do something similar against the Rams. Russell could strengthen the argument that he deserves offensive rookie of the ear.
(NYJ) Shonn Greene vs. (BUF) – Greene was very good last week for fantasy owners as he scored a pair of touchdowns against the Chargers despite only running for less than 40 yards. This weekend I think he has another good game against the Bills.
(CAR) DeAngelo Williams vs. (NO) – Can’t say I thought Williams would be as good as he has been the last couple of weekends, but I also can’t deny it. If I needed a running back in week seventeen I might take a look at Williams if he is available, New Orleans has been better against the run lately but are still a pretty bad defense.
(DAL) Miles Austin vs. (WAS) – Dez Bryant is an absolute monster, and with that comes tons of attention from defenses. Tight end Witten is also a target monster, but Miles Austin has a good chance of grabbing a touchdown this weekend as the Cowboys visit the Redskins in what is one of the most important match ups of the week seventeen.
(MIN) Kyle Rudolph vs. (GB) – The Vikings are fighting for a playoff spot, and Rudolph is the best receiving option that Ponder has. He isn’t hauling in a ton of yards but you have to roll with him and hope for a touchdown.
(BAL) Joe Flacco vs. (CIN) – Flacco was in fine form last week at home in a win against the Giants, but obviously, I wouldn’t expect anything close to the same in week seventeen against the Bengals on the road. Neither team has a lot to play for either way as the Ravens will own the better division record even if the Bengals even the seasons records at 10-6.
(DET) Matthew Stafford vs. (CHI) – Besides Calvin Johnson, Stafford really has no other receivers helping him out, if you are in the playoffs and have Matt Stafford starting against the Bears, I might consider another option; Calvin alone can not get Stafford all of the stats he needs to be an elite quarterback in fantasy.
(STL) Steven Jackson vs. (SEA) – Seattle has been one scary defensive unit recently, and offence even, making things even harder for opposing running backs. I expect the Rams to be playing from behind and don’t see Jackson getting more than 15 carries or 70 or so yards on the ground.
(IND) Vick Ballard vs. (HOU) – Ballard was a disappointment for me last week as a member of the start ‘em side of the list against a bad Chiefs team; I don’t think I would be putting him in my lineup against Houston if I needed a good starter in the final week.
(CIN) A.J. Green vs. (BAL) – As mentioned before the Bengals don’t have a lot to play for with the Ravens having the division locked up, and so I A.J. Green could be a huge risk to start if the Bengals decide to stop playing early in the game.
(PIT) Mike Wallace vs. (CLE) – Wallace might not play in week seventeen due to an injury, and if he does could see a good dose of Joe Haden, one of the top defensive backs in the league.
(SF) Vernon Davis vs. (ARZ) – With nine catches for 56 yards in his last four games combined, I don’t think I really need to go into detail about why you should sit Vernon Davis this weekend.