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With most season long leagues now done with their championships, we are going to shift the focus to the daily game to finish out the season.
We can also carry this into the postseason since Daily Fantasy Football will be going strong all the way up to the conference championship games. It’s a pleasant way to finish out your year with some daily lineups. There is still plenty of time to get into the spirit and put together a squad over at FanPicks.
Since the player pool is going to be getting more and more shallow as we head into playoff season, we’ll give you three guys whose stock is up and three trending down each week.
We’ll focus on players to use in daily games, but if you are in a playoff league in which you pick one and done players, you can feel free to use these recommendations as well. So, let’s take a look at whose stock is up and down in our Week 17 start or sit column!
Week 17 Start or Sit
Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
It’s taken most of the season, but Bradford has started to show some upside in Chip Kelly’s offense throwing for 361 and 380 yards in his last two outings. With Kelly getting the ax this week, expect disgruntled Eagles’ players to step it up a notch in their final week. The Eagles travel to New Jersey to face the Giants and a defense allowing the third most points to QBs in Fantasy Football. Vegas also sees this game as potentially high scoring with a total of 52 points predicted, second highest of the week. If you want to take a shot and save some money at QB, Bradford is not a bad option this week. Consider a stack with Bradford and Zach Ertz if you go this direction.
Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
Tim Hightower rushed for more yards in Week 16 (122) and more TD (2) than free agent acquisition C.J. Spiller has all season (112, 0)
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) December 29, 2015
Hightower must have won some people their leagues over the last few weeks. From weeks 14-16, he’s had 75 touches and scored three times. Last week alone he went for 169 combined yards and two TDs. Expect the Saints to keep feeding him the ball in their season finale this weekend against Atlanta. The Falcons are susceptible against the run and it would make sense with Drew Brees still dinged that the Saints will just run out the clock on the season.
Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
If I’m going to pay up for an elite player this week, Beckham feels like the guy. He’s clearly in the top handful of receivers now in the NFL, even with his temper tantrum a couple weeks back against Carolina. In fact, I would guess that he comes off his one game suspension with some pent up frustration and a chip on his shoulder. He conveniently gets the Eagles, a team he could rack up points against. If you go cheap elsewhere and spend some money at the WR position, consider Beckham as an excellent option.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Rodgers made the sit list last week and went for 151 yards with one TD and three turnovers. Something is very wrong with the Pack this year, and the loss of Jordy Nelson can’t completely explain this away. Rodgers has thrown for over 250 yards once since Week 10 and the last time he threw more than two TD passes was back in Week 9. In fact, the first overall QB taken in many Fantasy drafts has only thrown over 300 yards three times all season.
With the Vikings coming to town, Rodgers has a chance to beat up on a team the Pack has often bullied over the last few years. However, the Vikings have grown some muscle this season and are not as easily picked on, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. If Rodgers were to break out in the final week of the regular season, it would be against a good secondary. Look elsewhere for a QB in your daily lineup for this week.
David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks
This isn’t to say that Johnson has been anything short of spectacular after being given an opportunity in Arizona. It is clear that this offense has kicked it up a notch since he took the field. However, expectations need to be tempered to a degree this week against Seattle. While his stock goes down, it is still higher than many other backs out there. Seattle allows the fewest Fantasy points to the RB position and could limit the Cardinals offense this week.
On the other hand, this is a road game for the Hawks and the Cardinals were able to put up 39 points against this team the last time they faced off in Seattle. I could see Arizona struggle offensively, but it also wouldn’t surprise me to see them put a stamp on their season against their division rival. This is one of the matchups that will be fun to watch as a football fan, but something I will avoid in daily games due to the volatility.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Take away last week’s touchdown and Megatron looks like the worn out toy that is probably still sitting in my parent’s attic. He has failed to top 100 yards since Week 6, coincidentally the last time the Lions faced the Bears. He’s been struggling through injures, which seems to be the norm nowadays and had back to back games with just one catch prior to last week’s 77 yard affair. The Bears bring an above average pass D to the field that has gotten better through the season, so this is not the matchup you might think it is at first glance. While Johnson is still able to put up a big game, he’s been more miss than hit this year and a tough sell in the daily format.
Good luck this weekend in your daily games! If you do have a championship left to play, go grab that trophy! Hopefully our Week 17 start or sit column can help you make a tough decision easier and put some dollas in your pocket.
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