Tannehill has averaged 26.79 fantasy points in his last three
games, making him one of the most consistent quarterbacks over
the past month and someone you should feel confident in starting
this week in cash games. Tannehill takes on the same Houston team
he torched for 25 points two weeks ago, this time on the road
in perfect weather conditions at NGR stadium. The Titans can earn
a wild card spot and a playoff berth with a win over the Texans,
while Houston is locked in as the fourth seed.
Winston came crashing down last week against the Texans after
two games of at least 36 fantasy points against Detroit and Indy.
This game between the Falcons and Bucs is nothing more than a
stat-padding matchup between to disappointing teams who missed
the playoffs. Winston will no doubt throw a couple of picks, but
he also will build on is league-leading 4900 passing yards. He
is five passing touchdowns away from tying Lamar Jackson for the
league-lead. Perhaps Bruce Arians will let his gun-slinging quarterback
try to catch or beat Jackson, as Lamar is sitting out this week
against the Steelers.
If fully healthy and playing for something that would affect
their playoff seeding, Watson would be a nice start this week
against a Titans defense that ranks in the middle of the pack
in points allowed to quarterbacks on the season. But with the
Texans locked in as the fourth seed, head coach Bill O’Brien
would be smart limiting Watson’s play.
The one player that I am paying up for in both cash and GPP this
week is Aaron Jones. The sophomore sensation with 19 total touchdowns
gets to take on a Lions defense that gives up the third-most points
to opposing running backs. The Packers have a ton to play for,
as a win and a loss by the 49ers would give the Pack home-field
advantage throughout the playoffs. Jones has two 30-point performances
in his last three games and should once again be one of the top
running back performers of the week.
The mighty-might running back for the Chargers has been quiet
over the past two weeks with no touchdowns and less than 100 combined
yards in matchups against Oakland and Minnesota. With Philip Rivers
possibly playing in his last game with the team and the Chargers
likely chasing points against the Chiefs, look for Ekeler to be
a big part of the offensive attack for the Chargers on Sunday.
After a disappointing season with just six rushing touchdowns
and 598 rushing yards, Freeman proved to be a league-winner with
33.7 points last week against Jacksonville. Freeman caught a season-high
ten passes for 71 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. I don’t
think the good times will continue for Freeman, as the Bucs are
one of the hardest teams to run on, and Matt Ryan will be slinging
the ball against a subpar Tampa Bay secondary.
Michael Thomas stole all of the headlines last week when he set
the NFL record with 145 receptions on the season. While Thomas
has been without question the best fantasy wide receiver, Davante
Adams of the Packers has quietly been on a tear of his own. Adams
has 20 catches in his last two games, for 219 yards and a receiving
touchdown. The Pack has a ton riding on winning this week’s game
against the Lions, and Adams should feast once again with another
100-yard game and possibly a score.
Ward is one of my favorite sub-5k wide receivers to target in
GPP. The Eagles have a must-win game against a Giants team focused
on playing spoiler. The Giants have one of the worst pass defenses
in the league, and Ward is the last man standing in the Eagles
secondary for Carson Wentz to target.
Golladay enters Week 17 as the only wide receiver with double-digit
touchdowns. Pretty impressive, considering he has had to deal
with Jeff Driskel and David Blough at quarterback for half the
season. The Packers defense is starting to hit their stride at
the right time, and they will put a ton of pressure on Blough,
making it difficult to target Golladay downfield.
Higbee might be the free space in daily fantasy this week with
the Rams taking on a Cardinals team that gives up by far the most
points to tight ends. Arizona has given up 15 receiving touchdowns
to the position this year. By comparison, no other team has given
up more than nine receiving TDs to the tight end position. Higbee
is riding a streak of four games with at least 100 receiving yards
that should continue this week against the Cardinals.
The Vikings are locked into their playoff spot and have nothing
to play for this week against the Bears. I anticipate Rudolph
and other vets will sit this week, or they will be very limited,
making Rudolph an easy fade.
Defense & Special Teams
High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Patriots
($4,300) vs. Dolphins
Well Priced with Upside: Broncos ($3,300) vs.