Players I think have favourable/unfavourable match ups heading into week seventeen.
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(CHI) QB Jay Cutler vs. (GB) – Cutler was dud for fantasy owners last week in a huge loss to the Eagles but has a great chance for redemption this weekend against the Packers. In a game that will decide the division, both teams will need to come out with everything they have to earn the playoff bid. Aaron Rodgers is also expected to start for the Packers so we could have a high scoring game on our hands.
(SD) QB Philip Rivers @ (KC) – The playoffs could already be out of reach for the Chargers by the time they play the Chiefs at 4pm, but I still think they come out swinging either way. Should they have a chance at a playoff spot still then they will for sure, and if not I still think pride kicks in for a team playing the final game of their season in front of a their home crowd.
(TEN) RB Chris Johnson vs. (HOU) – Johnson is approaching the 1000-yard mark for the season and has a great chance to get it this weekend against the Texans. Johnson has not faced the Texans since week two of the season but did go for 96 yards in the game. I like the former 2000-yard runner to play his arse off in an attempt to get over the one thousand yard mark and add a touchdown in the process.
(OAK) RB Rashad Jennings vs. (DEN) – Jennings had a down week against the Chargers last week with only 10 rushing attempts, but should bounce back against a Broncos defence that has been very generous to opposing running backs so far this season. The Broncos are also dealing with a slew of injuries that have many people worried about the team heading into the playoffs. Jennings is also a very capable pass-catcher, something that has helped running backs be so productive against the Broncos.
(GB) WR Jarrett Boykin @ (CHI) – Boykin has been very up and down along with the Packers entire passing game this season but has been fairly solid the past two weeks with 137 yards and a score. The Packers now have Rodgers back at quarterback and are playing win or go home matchup against the Bears this weekend. I like Rodgers to come back and throw a pair of touchdowns and think Boykin could have one of those.
(NYG) WR Jerrel Jernigan @ (WAS) – Jernigan has been great for the Giants since Victor Cruz went down for the season with an injury and has a great chance to keep things going in the final week of the season in a meaningless game against the Redskins. Jernigan has 1 catches in the last two games and is coming off 80 yards and a score last week against the Lions. He looks like a very solid play in PPR leagues and has the potential to be a very good flex play this weekend.
(CAR) TE Greg Olsen @ (ATL) – With Steve Smith out with an injury, the very consistent Greg Olsen could be even safer in the final week of the season. Olsen has at least 5 catches in 5 of his last six games and has close to 800 yards receiving on the season. While he never seems to have an explosive week, he is always good for 50+ yards and could have a touchdown this weekend against the Falcons secondary.
(CIN) QB Andy Dalton vs. (BAL) – Dalton is a hard guy to figure this week. He is coming off one of his best performances of the season with four touchdown passes against Minnesota and is playing at home where he tends to be better, but he is also playing the a Ravens team that had been playing much better football and just got their butts kicked by the Patriots. I have seen some sites that think Dalton keeps the hot streak going at home, but I fall on the other side of the fence. The Ravens defence is much better than the Vikings defence Dalton torched last weekend and is playing in a do or die game, and for some reason I would not want to play a Harbaugh led Ravens team with so much to play for.
(ATL) QB Matt Ryan vs. (CAR) – Ryan has thrown three touchdown passes in a game just once all season. As good as Roddy White and Gonzales are, the Falcons just do not have the offence this season for me to trust Ryan against the Panthers, even at home. There are certainly twelve other quarterbacks with more potential than Marry Ice this weekend.
(KC) RB Jamaal Charles vs. (SD) – Charles will likely be pulled early in this one if he even plays at all, so hopefully you were not depending on him this weekend. Really, you shouldn’t be playing fantasy football in week seventeen for reasons like this. The Chiefs are one of very few teams that have nothing to play for this weekend and should be resting starters. Knile Davis should see a healthy amount of work.
(ARI) RB Rashard Mendenhall vs. (SF) – Mendenhall had a solid run as a fantasy running back before running into the Seahawks last weekend. Now Mendenhall gets to take on the ‘49ers defence in another game that is sure to be a battle of defences. The Seahawks, ‘49ers, Cardinals and Panthers are surely four of the top five defences in the NFL this season. I think Mendenhall is again held to around 60 yards and will be hard pressed to find the end zone.
(CIN) WR Marvin Jones vs. (BAL) – After disappearing for four weeks, Jones has been solid for fantasy owners over the past three matchups with 193 yards and two touchdowns over that span. This weekend however I am worried that he will disappear once again against the Ravens. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jones had another 60-80 yards but really don’t think he finds pay dirt.
(SF) WR Anquan Boldin vs. (ARI) – It is hard to bench Boldin recently as he has at least 9 fantasy points in four of his last five games, but this weekend matchups against the Cardinals is not an easy one. The Cardinals defence is coming off one of its best performances of the season against the Seahawks, and while they may be banged up from the game will be extremely motivated to get another win over one of the best teams in the NFL. I think this is going to be another hard fought and defensive game and don’t think Boldin gets to the nine-point quota.
(TB) TE Timothy Wright @ (NO) – The Saints have been very good against opposing tight ends this season and make Wright a TE worth sitting in week seventeen. Player such as Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzales and Jason Witten have all failed to score double-digits against the Saints, so I am not trusting Wright to reach that mark.