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For those of you playing in Week 17, we hope you have a team in place that doesn't need much tweaking for the final scoring period of the season. But there are still some injuries to monitor and playoff implications to deal with.
We don't know how teams out of playoff contention will handle certain players. For example, the Saints have nothing to play for at Tampa Bay, and Jimmy Graham has a nagging shoulder injury. He already got paid and the Saints might want to avoid further damage to his shoulder in a meaningless game.
As for the playoff teams, the Patriots are locked into the No. 1 seed in the AFC and might rest some stars, so be careful this week with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. You can expect Julian Edelman (concussion) and LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) to likely sit after they missed Week 16.
Indianapolis is also locked into the No. 4 seed, which means the Colts might be cautious with Andrew Luck. Dwayne Allen (knee) is likely out and we'll have to find out what happens with T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) this week after he missed Week 16. As of Tuesday morning, coach Chuck Pagano said his starters will play, and the Colts need to get their offense back on track.
Dallas, which could still get a first-round bye, most likely is the No. 3 seed in the NFC. With DeMarco Murray (hand) hurting, the Cowboys could give extra work to Joseph Randle, making him a sneaky waiver wire option in Week 17.
Priority list (add them in this order): Ryan Tannehill (82 percent ownership), Teddy Bridgewater (27 percent) and Jay Cutler
Of note: Bridgewater might be the lone quarterback available of this group, but some owners might have dropped Tannehill prior to Week 16 because of his recent poor play or Cutler after he was benched. ... If you can still get Tannehill, he should play well in the season finale against the Jets. He only had eight Fantasy points at New York in Week 13, but he's scored at least 20 points in four of his past five home games. And the Jets have allowed 11 quarterbacks to score multiple touchdowns against them this season. ... Bridgewater has at least 17 Fantasy points in five games in a row, including at least 18 points in four consecutive home games. The Bears have allowed three of their past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least two touchdowns, so consider Bridgewater a low-end starting option this week at home. ... Cutler is back as the starter after Jimmy Clausen (concussion) got hurt in Week 16. Cutler had 29 Fantasy points against Minnesota in Week 11, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him play well this week. It's all a matter of your comfort level with Cutler, but I'd use him as a starter this week if you're stuck at quarterback. He should be motivated after being benched.
Priority list (add them in this order): Matt Asiata (67 percent ownership), Joseph Randle (57 percent), Devonta Freeman
(21 percent), Kerwynn Williams (35
percent), Doug Martin (66 percent), Jonas Gray (58 percent), Fitzgerald Toussaint
(0 percent) and Leon Washington (0
Of note: If Asiata is available he's a must-add and start for Week 17 against the Bears. He has three touchdowns in his past two games against Detroit and Miami with 34 Fantasy points in a standard league combined over that span. The Bears have allowed seven touchdowns to running backs in their past five games. ... Randle is a speculative add in case the Cowboys decide to rest Murray, but we likely won't know their plans prior to Sunday. Randle would be a quality starting option if Murray is out at Washington. ... Steven Jackson (quad) is expected to play against the Panthers after leaving in Week 16, but if he's out then Freeman could see an increased workload. We think he could do well as a flex option if Jackson was on the bench. ... Williams only had two carries for 4 yards against Seattle in Week 16, so hopefully he wasn't benched in favor of Stepfan Taylor. We think the Cardinals didn't want to use him in a tough situation against the Seahawks, so we'll see what happens this week. I'd gamble on Williams as a flex against the 49ers. ... Martin is an interesting option in his matchup with the Saints, who have allowed six touchdowns to running backs in the past five weeks. Martin has at least nine Fantasy points in two of his past four games heading into Week 17. ... Gray scored a touchdown in Week 16 against the Jets, and he could see an increased workload if Blount is out against Buffalo. He would likely need a touchdown to save his Fantasy value, but it's a good risk since the Bills have allowed five touchdowns to running backs in their past five games. ... Toussaint has passed Bernard Pierce on the depth chart as the No. 2 running back in Baltimore. With Justin Forsett (ankle) banged up against the Browns, Toussaint could get increased reps in a favorable matchup. ... Washington is a good option in PPR leagues with seven catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 at Jacksonville. He faces the Colts in Week 17, and his value is on the rise with Dexter McCluster (knee) out.
Priority list (add them in this order): Rueben Randle (68 percent ownership), Greg Jennings (42 percent), Doug Baldwin
(62 percent), Eddie Royal (30 percent), Malcom Floyd (64 percent), Albert Wilson
(1 percent) and Danny Amendola (14
Of note: Randle, Jennings, Baldwin and Royal all have the potential to be starting-caliber receivers this week, but each one is risky to some degree. ... I like Randle this week because the targets were there for him again in Week 16 at St. Louis with six, which was his best total since Week 11. He finished with six catches for 132 yards and a touchdown, and he's dominated the Eagles at home in his past two meetings in New York with two touchdowns in each outing. The Eagles are terrible in their secondary, and Odell Beckham and Randle could have a big day. ... Jennings has a touchdown in four of his past five games, and the Bears have allowed six touchdowns to receivers in the past five games. I like Jennings and Charles Johnson to play well in this matchup. ... Baldwin will benefit with Jermaine Kearse (hamstring) banged up, and he had seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets at St. Louis in Week 7. He's a nice sleeper for this week. ... I like Royal better than Floyd this week even both played well in Week 16 at San Francisco with Keenan Allen (collarbone) out. Royal had 10 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets, and Floyd had four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. Floyd needs a touchdown to help his Fantasy value, but Royal can still be useful even if he doesn't score. ... Wilson won't score – no Chiefs receiver has a touchdown this year – but he has played well with eight catches for 156 yards on 12 targets the past two weeks. He's a good option in PPR leagues. ... The same goes for Amendola if Edelman is out. He had eight catches for 63 yards on 11 targets in Week 16 with Edelman hurt.
Priority list (add them in this order): Charles Clay (47 percent ownership), Jermaine Gresham (21 percent), Scott Chandler
(23 percent), Chase Ford (1 percent)
and Zach Ertz (50 percent)
Of note: If you've been streaming tight ends this season then this could be a good week for you. Clay, Gresham, Chandler, Ford and Ertz all have Top 15 potential. ... Clay has 12 catches for 173 yards in his past two games on 17 targets. He missed the Jets game in Week 13, but the Jets are among the worst teams at defending tight ends this season. ... The Steelers are also bad against tight ends, and Gresham had three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh in Week 14. He could see an increase in targets with A.J. Green (arm) banged up. ... Chandler had six catches for 105 yards on nine targets against the Patriots in Week 6, and he's coming off a solid game at Oakland with four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. If the Bills are chasing points as expected then Chandler could play a vital role. ... Ford had a touchdown called back at Miami in Week 16, and he should play more if Kyle Rudolph (ankle) remains out. It's a complete gamble to trust Ford, but the Bears have been terrible against tight ends all season. ... Ertz (finally) played well in Week 16 against the Redskins with 15 catches for 115 yards on 18 targets. We doubt he sees that much work again, but he does have a good matchup against the Giants. He scored against the Giants in Week 6 with three catches for 47 yards, so hopefully he can close the season playing well.
Dolphins (vs. NYJ): 73 percent
Colts (at TEN): 63 percent
Vikings (vs. CHI): 46 percent