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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 17

Bold Predictions

Jacquizz Rodgers has big day in Week 17.

It seems that Rodgers is the preferred choice as the starting running back in Tampa Bay right now. This was evidenced by Doug Martin being a healthy scratch last week. I expect another full work load for Rodgers in Week 17. Even though he has a tough matchup against Carolina, he should get plenty of work to have a big day. Whenever Rodgers gets significant playing time, he usually sees at least 20 touches. This is enough to be considered a high-end RB2 for the final week of the season.

Darren McFadden has over 100 total yards and a score.

The Cowboys have clinched home field and a first round bye for the playoffs so they have nothing to play for this weekend. The smart move would be to rest all the key guys including Ezekiel Elliott. At most, Elliott will play a quarter, so having McFadden as the main back for the majority of the game against a struggling Eagles defense makes him a must-play in Week 17. Though he’s injury prone, he’s a solid three-down back and should see enough work to surpass 100 total yards and a touchdown. Pick him up and start him.

 

Shark Sleepers

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo

Clay has been on a tear the last three weeks, scoring a touchdown in each game. The Bills have nothing to play for, but get a great matchup against the lowly Jets. Clay has 23 targets as well over this span so expect another healthy dose on Sunday. The Jets’ pass defense has been horrible this year and there have only been a handful of productive tight ends in 2016, so Clay is a great option.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota

Thielen came out of nowhere this season and had a career day last week. He had 12 receptions for 202 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers. Thielen was targeted 15 times and ripped off big play after big play for the Vikings. He’s close to reaching the 1,000 yard plateau and squares up against the Bears. Even after his big Week 16 effort, he’s still available in nearly 70% of leagues. Thielen is a great play this week.

 

Lock of the Week

Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit

In the absence of Theo Riddick, Zenner had a big week against Dallas. He had 12 carries for 67 yards and two scores. He also had two catches for 25 yards. Zenner would have had an even bigger game if he got more carries, but Detroit was in catch-up mode for most of the second half. The Lions need to win this week to make the playoffs, so Zenner should see a lot of action. If Riddick returns this will hurt him in passing situations, but he’s proven he can run between the tackles. Get him in your lineup.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.