Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets
The rookie QB has had his share of bad games in 2018, but he looks like he’s starting to figure it all out. Darnold has been great over the last two weeks, throwing for five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He’s making better decisions and has really built some nice chemistry with wide out Robby Anderson. He has the Patriots on the road to close out the year and though it’s a hard place to play in, New England’s defense is not very good. Look for Darnold to continue his hot play and keep the Jets in the game.
Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas
Cooper went from being the hottest player in the league to one of the biggest duds over the last two weeks. He surely made fantasy owners very upset during the fantasy playoffs with a combined eight catches for 52 yards and no scores. Cooper gets the Giants in Week 17, but there’s no guarantee he plays. I’d stay away from him regardless as the Cowboys have already clinched the division.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Anderson absolutely exploded last week playing in Todd Gurley’s absence. He ran for 167 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He made fantasy owners forget about Gurley being inactive and should play a big role again on Sunday if Gurley sits out again. In all likelihood that’s going to be the case, which will make Anderson close to an RB1 for anyone still in the fantasy playoffs. He gets the 49ers also, so get him in your lineup.
Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta
Ito Smith was placed on IR and Tevin Coleman is questionable with a groin injury so Hill might be the man for the Falcons in Week 17. We all know Coleman’s injury history and how fragile he is so I expect that Hill will get the start on Sunday and see around 20 touches. He went off for 115 yards on just eight carries last week and did lose a fumble, but Hill would have a great matchup against Tampa Bay to end the season. Those still playing in their fantasy championships will want to take a long look at Hill.
Lock of the Week
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia
There’s just something about Nick Foles late in the season. He seems to thrive in December and January for the Eagles. Playing for the injured Carson Wentz, he once again delivered a huge performance. Foles played out of his mind last week against the Texans, throwing for four touchdowns and 471 yards. He did have a fumble and an interception, but overall he played a big game for Philly and kept their playoff hopes alive. Foles is once again starting in Week 17 and will make for a nice QB1 against the Redskins.