Start Em Sit Em Week 17

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 2015

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 17 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start all your Bronco players vs the spiraling San Diego Chargers in Denver ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “opinions” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week


Quarterbacks Start Em Week 17

NYJ Ryan Fitzpatrick ( at BUFF )- QB R Fiz is on fire and faces a Buffalo passing defense that is ranked 10th worst in the NFL

ATL Matt Ryan (vs N.O.)–  In Week 16, we saw that QB Matt Ryan still has some fight in him, throwing for over 300 yards and 1 TD vs a very tough Carolina defense. In Week 17, he gets a very easy Saint’s defense

NYG Eli Manning ( vs PHIL ) –Embarrassed in Minnesota Week 16, the Giants play their finale at home vs the 4th worst defense in the NFL, and Eli gets WR Odell Beckham Jr, ( who will likely want to make a big statement before the season ends)

Sleeper Start Em Week 17- DEN Brock Osweiler ( vs SD )- QB B Osweiler ended his slump of not scoring in the 2nd half  of games Week 16, and has over 300 total yards in his past 3 games- Denver clinches AFC West division with: 1. DEN win or tie OR 2. KC loss or tie

Sleeper Start Em Week 17- CINN AJ McCarron ( vs BALT )- Week 16 vs the #1 Denver defense,QB A.J. McCarron completed 22/35 passes for 200 yards and 1 touchdown ( zero INTS). Week 17 he gets a bad Baltimore defense in a game the Bengals need to win to clinch a 1st round bye

Start Em Week 15 No Brainers- QB Blake Bortles (at HOU )…..Tom Brady (at MIA)…..N.O. Drew Brees ( at ATL)


Running Backs Start Em Week 17

DAL Darren McFadden (vs WASH )- Having his best season…it seemingly forever…McFadden has now rushed for at least 90 yards in three straight weeks and will want to end 2015 on a very high note

ARI David Johnson ( vs SEA )-Even against the tough run defense of the Seahawks, RB Johnson has been a scoring machine and a must start Week 17

Start Em Week 17 Sleeper- IND Frank Gore (vs TENN )- It could be tough for RB Gore if the quarterback for the Colts is Josh Freeman, but we know he’ll get a ton of carries and in Week 3 at Tennessee, Gore had 94 total yards and 2 TDs. UPDATE: RB Gore made it clear reaching 1,000 rushing yards this season is important to him. Gore knows exactly how many yards he was away (109) and HC Chuck Pagano also seemed interested in getting Gore to the mark

Start Em Week 17 Sleeper NYG Rashad Jennings (vs PHIL)- A “Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 16″-LINK– Jennings is finally getting the bulk of the carries for the Giants- 52 in the past 3 games

Start Em Week 17 NFL No Brainers- N.O. T Hightower ( at ATL )….MINN AP ( at GB)….ATL Devonta Freeman ( vs N.O.)


Wide Receivers Start Em Week 17

Jeremy Maclin ( vs OAK )- Kansas City clinches AFC West division with: 1. KC win + DEN loss…and both games are late games Sunday so both will fight hard to win Week 17

N.O. Brandon Cooks/ Willie Snead- Like the JACK/ HOU game Week 17, this has “shoot out” written all over it. I like all the players in this game, even WR Roddy White for Atlanta as a “Sleeper” (  White nabbed 5/6 targets for 67 yards Week 16)

GB Randall Cobb and James Jones (vs MINN)- Green Bay clinches NFC North division with a win or tie, so expect QB Aaron Rodgers to “air it out” Week 17. The Packers are not going to win this game running RB Eddie Lacy or James “Butter fingers” Starks

Sleepers Start Em Week 17- CINN Marvin  Jones & M Sanu (vs BALT)QB AJ McCarron is now the quarterback for the Bengals following QB Dalton’s hand injury, and McCarron does a better job of incorporating all the Cincinnati weapons than Dalton did. Week 16 Sanu rushed 2 times for 10 yards and 1 TD and caught 3/3 targets for 29 yards

Sleeper Start Em Week 17- HOU Nate Washington (vs JACK)-WR Nate Washington, one of the Texan’s team leaders, caught 3/5 targets for 42 yards and a TD in Week 16. He has been a frequent waiver wire recommendation of Utter-Fantasy this season and has a dream match up Week 17 vs the Jags

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers- Emmanuel Sanders ( vs SD)…..JACK WRs A Robinson & A Hurns ( at HOU)….CINN AJ Green( vs BALT)……SEA Doug Baldwin ( at ARI)


Tight Ends Start Em Week 17

PHIL Zach Ertz (at NYG)-A Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 15 and Week 16- LINKand a Recommendation again this week. Ertz has a whopping 30 targets in the past 2 weeks!!!- Amazingly only owned in 58% of Yahoo leagues

HI Zach Miller (vs DET)- A Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 15- LINK–  Injuries to the Bears entire receiving corps (WR Alshon Jeffrey placed on IR) puts TE Miller’s fantasy football value high, and in Week 16 he had 8 targets from QB Jay Cutler ( 6 targets in Week 15)

Sleeper DEN Owen Daniels ( vs SD )- Week 16 turned around for the Broncos late in the game when QB Osweiler decided to look for TE Daniels. Many of the Broncos 1st downs came from the Osweiler/ Daniels’ connection and it also helped open up the play-action and the running game for Denver ( i.e. CJ Anderson 39-yard touchdown run)

Caution starting WASH Jordan Reed (vs BUFF)-  A “Recommended Start Week 14- LINK and he paid off with 3 TD receptions in the past 2 games. TE Reed is a must start with Kirk Cousins as quarterback, however, HC Gruden has hinted at sitting starters in a meanless Week 17 game

Here’s a great link for rankings of NFL Teams vs the TE positionLINK


Defense Start Em Week 17

PITT ( at CLEV)- The Brown’s have yet another party video this past week to go with idiot Manziel’s embarrassing growing collection, but they don’t have to publicly sit him Week 17. He apparently is in concussion protocol, so that is that- CLEV QB Austin Davis will start. Cleveland was already a bad team, so the Steeler defense should have a field day vs the back-up, back-up CLEV QB & company

NE ( at MIA)- Miami is not playing very good, MIA QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) is “day to day,” and the Pats were embarrassed by the Jets Week 16

TENN ( at IND)- The Titan’s defense is probably licking their chops with the Colts forced to start either Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley at quarterback Week 17

Start Em Sleeper WASH (at DAL)– Even though Washington has nothing to play for with the No. 4 seed locked in, they still have to play Week 17, and I don’t think they will have much trouble taking on DAL QB Kellen Moore and the Dez-less Cowboys

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers- PITT Defense vs CLEV….ST L Defense at SF



Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 17

DAL Kellen Moore (vs WASH)- Although QB Kellen Moore faired pretty well Week 15, replacing QB Matt Cassel vs the Jets Week 15, Buffalo will come prepared and I do not like any of the Cowboys players Week 16…except perhaps Dez

KC Alex Smith ( vs OAK )– Even in mouth-watering match ups, QB A Smith disappoints any fantasy football owners who make the mistake of starting this QB. The guy who I have named “Deacon Dunk” is averaging only 162 yards in every game in the past 4 weeks

MINN Teddy Bridgewater ( at GB)- Bridgewater could not have asked for a better match up Week 16 vs the #32 worst NYG defense. Although the Vikings won the game, Bridgewater did not help fantasy football owners win any championships with only 168 passing yards. He cannot be trusted to put up good stats vs the Packers in Green Bay

WASH Kirk Cousins ( at DAL)- WASH HC Jay Gruden hinted his starters could be active but play limited snaps Week 17 against the Cowboys

Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers-DAL Kellen Moore ( vs WASH )…….CLEV Austin Davis (vs PITT)


Running Backs Sit Em Week 17

MIA Lamar Miller ( vs NE )- Playing behind a decimated O-Line, Miller is now splitting carries with RB Jay Ajayi, and the team seems to have thrown in the towel weeks ago. Miller has just 45 rushing yards in the past 2 weeks

NYJ Chris Ivory (at BUFF)-  A “Recommended Sit Week 16″ -LINK- and hopefully fantasy football owners paid attention (only 38 rushing yards week 16) RB Ivory’s numbers have dropped drastically ever since the Jets started involving RB Bilal Powell more in the offense. The Jet’s are #1  defending the run

WASH Alfred Morris ( at DAL)- RB Morris is so undependable, even in great match ups and HC Gruden has hinted at sitting starters

Alfred Blue ( vs JACK)- Despite getting 35 carries in the past 2 weeks, Blue doesn’t have good fantasy football stats in those games and only rushed for 45 yards Week 16. Hopefully you have better options than Blue Week 17 vs the Jags

Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers- SF DuJuan Harris (vs STL)….Donald Brown ( vs DEN)


Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 17

IND TY Hilton ( vs TENN)- The Colts don’t even know who their starting quarterback is going to be! It could be Josh “He’s still around?” Freeman or Ryan “Who?” Lindley. Oh. and the Titans are 8th best vs the pass

BALT Kamar Aiken (vs CINN )- Even though he’s been one of the hottest wide receivers over the past 3 weeks, I do not like him Week 17 vs one of the best defeneses in the NFL, and against the Bengals who need this win to clinch a 1st round bye

OAK Amari Cooper ( at KC)- If WR A Cooper were healthy, He’d be in the “Start Em’ section, but he clearly isn’t, spending more time on the sideline Week 16, than the field, battling a foot injury

Sit Em No Brainers Week 17- SF WRs Torrey Smith ( s STL )…..ALL STL WRs not named Tavon Austin…..ALL SD WRs ( vs DEN)


Tight Ends Sit Em Week 17

IND Coby Fleener (vs TENN)- Since we don’t even now who the starting quarterback for will be Week 17, the only player the Colts I’d even consider starting is RB Frank Gore

SD Antonio Gates (at DEN)- In the ” What have you done for me lately department” the answer is “not much” for TE Gates. No touchdowns since Week 12 and only 11 receiving yards in Week 16. The Chargers are another team aching to have this season end

NYG Will Tye (vs PHIL)- I think the Giants will make a big effort to get WR Odell Beckham Jr the ball in Week 17 and the Eagles are one of the best teams vs the TE position

Sit Em No Brainer Week 17 MIA Jordan Cameron ( vs NE)- Jordan Cameron is one of the biggest fantasy football busts in 2015


Defense Sit Em Week 17

OAK Defense ( at KC )– The Chief’s offense is so ultra conservative that few defenses have done much against them, so find a better match up week 17

MIA Defense (vs NE)- The Dolphins just want the season over, and the Pat’s were embarrassed Week 16 by the Jets. Miami won’t slow New Endgand down Week 17

SD Defense ( at DEN)- QB Osweiler ended his 2 game skid at not being score in the the game’s 2nd half, and Denver won’t have to do a lot to win this game

Sit Em Defense Week 17 No Brainers- NYG ( vs PHIL)…..N.O. (vs ATL)….CLEV ( vs PITT)