Start 'Em or Sit 'Em - Week 17 (2017)

By Stephen Kurucz, December 28, 2017
Ty Hilton Indianapolis Colts


1. Kirk Cousins, QB (Washington Redskins)

Kirk Cousins is coming off a great performance against the Broncos in which he scored 22.8 fantasy points and is ranked as QB6 going into the final week of the season. Cousins has a fantastic matchup against the Giants who, on average, are giving up the most amount of fantasy points to the position (19.4). Cousins is in a great spot to score over 20 fantasy points again this week and should be started with confidence.

2. Alex Collins, RB (Baltimore Ravens)

Alex Collins was only able to rush for 58 yards on 18 carries but finds himself in a favorable matchup this week against the Bengals whose defense continues to be poor over the past few weeks. Over their past three games, the defense is giving up an average of 34.33 points to the position. On the season, the Bengals are allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points to opposing running backs per game (26.7).

3. T.Y. Hilton, WR (Indianapolis Colts)

T.Y. Hilton will look to finish off the year on a high-note and improve on his 6 receptions for 100 yards he managed against the Ravens in Week 16. On Sunday Hilton plays against the Texans who he torched for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 receptions back in Week 9. The Texans defense hasn’t been much better, and are allowing the 5th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (35.6). Look for Hilton to have another huge day against a weak secondary.

4. Vernon Davis, TE (Washington Redskins)

While the Redskins’ tight ends were only able to score 4.6 fantasy points against the Giants in week 12, they still do allow the most fantasy points, on average, to the position. Vernon Davis has had many up and down games this season and is coming off scoring 12.2 fantasy points last week against the Broncos. Look for Davis to finish his season with a bang, as he has a serious chance to post double-digit fantasy points once again.

5. Nick Rose, K (Los Angeles Chargers)

Nick Rose and the Chargers play the Raiders this week who are giving up the 3rd-most fantasy points to kickers with an average of 9.9. With the 4th highest team total currently at 25.5, the Chargers are expected to move the ball with relative ease against the Raiders which will set up plenty of opportunities for Rose.  

6. Pittsburgh Steelers, DEF

Coming off a 17.0 fantasy point performance against the Texans, the Pittsburgh Steelers Defense play the Cleveland Browns this week in what should be another double-digit performance. In Week 1 the Steelers scored 19.0 fantasy points against the Browns who, on the season, are allowing an average of 12.8 fantasy points per game to opposing defenses.


1. Marcus Mariota, QB (Tennessee Titans)

Marcus Mariota has not been good as of late, averaging 10.97 fantasy points over the last three games, and has thrown for 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. This week Mariota faces the Jaguars once again who held him to 13.0 fantasy points (Week 2). On the season, the Jaguars defense has improved and is holding quarterbacks to an average of 10.2 fantasy points per game which is the fewest in the league.

2. Latavius Murray, RB (Minnesota Vikings)

Latavius Murray has had a lot of hit and miss games this year, and last week was a miss. Murray had 21 carries last week, gained 69 yards and was held out of the end zone, resulting in 8.5 fantasy points. This week he faces a stout Bears run-defense who has not allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 10 and allow only 22.3 fantasy points on average to all opposing teams’ running backs which is 9th fewest in the league.

3. Rishard Matthews, WR (Tennessee Titans)

Rishard Matthews was only able to haul in 2 receptions for 48 yards in last week’s matchup against the Rams and now will run his routes across from a combination of Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, arguably the league’s two best cornerbacks. In their Week 2 matchup, Matthews had 43 yards on 3 receptions, and returning to that type of production might be a tough task in this one as the Jaguars have performed exceptionally well against WRs, ranking first in the league, allowing 24.5 fantasy points per game.

4. Cameron Brate, TE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Cameron Brate has been disappointing over the last half of the season even though he ranks as the TE10 entering Week 17. Brate hasn’t topped 50 receiving yards since week 8, and over the past 10 games has only scored 2 touchdowns. Brate faces a stout Saints defense that has limited the tight end position over the last several weeks and hasn’t allowed over 60 yards or a touchdown since week 11.

5. Mike Nugent, K (Chicago Bears)

Since joining the Bears, Mike Nugent hasn’t been given many opportunities to kick field goals or even extra points for that matter. This week the Bears have an implied team total of 13.75 against the Vikings which is last in the league. The Vikings defense remains stout and only has allowed 1.0 fantasy point allowed to opposing kickers over the past 2 weeks.

6. Denver Broncos, DEF

The Denver Broncos Defense playing the Kansas City Chiefs this week who put up points in bunches are ultimately hold opposing defenses to score a few amount of points against them. Currently, the Chiefs offense only allows an average of 2.1 fantasy points to opposing defenses, third fewest in the league. Over the past two weeks, the Broncos defense hasn’t been anything special, scoring 6.0 and 3.0 points against the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, respectively.


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