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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 17
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Bye Weeks: N/A

With Odell Beckham Jr. on the shelf Evan Engram has seen 18 targets over the last two weeks.

Grab a Helmet

TE Evan Engram vs DAL: With OBJ out with a quad injury the last several games, Engram has established himself as the most potent threat in the Giants passing game. In his last three games Engram has averaged about 5 receptions for 80 yards per contest, and while he hasnít found the end zone since Week 8, heís a solid start at a dreadful fantasy position. Itís unlikely that the Giants push Beckham to start this week, and Engram had one of his best games of the season against Dallas in Week 2 with a 7-67-1 line. The Cowboys have been mediocre against tight ends all year, so fire up Engram as top tier option.

Brandin Cooks/Robert Woods vs SF: Despite the big win last week against the Cardinals this Rams passing game still isnít clicking. While Woods has remained a solid play, Cooksís fantasy numbers have suffered since coming out of the Week 12 bye. This is a big game for the Rams, not only in the grand scheme of playoff seeding, but it might be the last chance they have to figure things out before the playoffs begin. The Niners, while playing decent defense, have given up the most receiving touchdowns to receivers in the NFL, and are banged up in the secondary. Cooks helps stretch the field, and I think he hits a few big plays in this one, while Woods stays the reliable possession receiver. Both guys are strong Week 17 plays.

Kendrick Bourne @ LAR: When your league plays in Week 17, sometimes drastic measures are necessary! With a bevy of receivers either hurt or resting, look for players that are guaranteed big target shares. Bourne fits the bill, as heíll be thrust into the WR1 role for a Niners team that will likely be without their top options. Bourne the second year player, had 4 catches for 73 years last week after Dante Pettis left with an injury. Playing in an offense thatís going to have to throw to keep pace, look for Bourne to be peppered with targets. Weíll look like geniuses if he goes off!

Grab Some Pine

D.J. Moore / Curtis Samuel @ NO: Both teams simply want this game to be over. The Saints are locked into the No.1 seed and will likely be treating this like a preseason game, while the Panthers are down to their 4th string quarterback, as street free agent Kyle Allen (who?) takes the reins. Christian McCaffrey has been a one-man offensive show for weeks now and there isnít another skill position player on this team Iíd considering starting this week.

Trey Burton @ MIN: Even with the tight end position in shambles through most of the season, Burton has been a gigantic disappointment. Signed in the offseason to be Chicagoís version of Travis Kelce, Burton has failed to make much of an impact. While he does have 17 targets over the past three weeks, heís only been able to turn them into 88 yards and a score. With the spectre of the Vikings defense, and a possible 2nd half resting, even at a fantasy position that has been an absolute crap shoot I canít find a reason to start Burton this week.

Texans Receivers vs JAX: Yes, Iíve grouped DeAndre Hopkins in with whomever the Texans trot out opposite him this week. You won’t be sitting Hopkins under any circumstance, but this whole passing game is going to find tough sledding in an important Week 17 game. Jacksonville is playing for pride, but they have feasted on mediocre passing games the last quarter of the season. With Demaryius Thomas and Keke Coutee injured the Jaguar defense can focus their attention on Hopkins and hurry Watson into bad throws. Without a threatening running game I worry the Texans can generate enough offense to bring fantasy value in the final week of the season.

Good luck this week!

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