One of my favorite movie scenes is from the 1989 blockbuster “Ghostbusters 2” when dock supervisor (played by Cheech Marin) looks in awe as ghostly passengers deboard from the Titanic and says “better late than never!” While many leagues wrapped in Week 16, there are some head-to-head and rotisserie leagues closing in Week 17. Which players can you count on to perform “better late than never?” With a few players with surprising performances in Week 16, who will step up this weekend?
Take a dive with me as we discuss several players primed to help you win your championship round! Except for cold weather forecasts expected for several games this weekend, the weather should not be a major factor.
QB Nick Foles
The 2018 Super Bowl Most Valuable Player began the year slowly filling in for starting quarterback Carson Wentz. However, it seems that backup quarterback Nick Foles improved significantly as the season went by. With a tremendous performance in Week 16 with 479 passing yards and four touchdowns, Foles will should be in store for another gem this weekend. Although his road matchup against Washington is relatively neutral, look for Philadelphia to have another pass-heavy strategy with Foles leading the way.
Week 17 forecast: 275 passing yards, 2 TD
Similar to Nick Foles, Green Bay’s running back disappointed with his heavy early season workload. However, Williams has stepped up with Aaron Jones on the shelf for the season. Averaging 5.6 yards per rush and 126.5 total yards over his last two games, the Green Bay running back is hovering on low-end RB1 status for a Week 17 home matchup against Detroit. Although the matchup against Detroit is neutral, Williams should have a heavy workload.
Week 17 forecast: 100 total yards, TD
With New England running more of a ground game as opposed to an aerial assault in 2018, most New England receivers and star tight end Rob Gronkowski have disappointed their fantasy owners much of the season. However, the absence of Josh Gordon has helped veteran wideout Julian Edelman finish the season hot with an average of 11 targets, 61 receiving yards and two scores over his last three games. With a juicy home matchup against the New York Jets, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers (including four touchdowns over the last two games), start Edelman with confidence! With a solid outing of 84 receiving yards and a touchdown in their Week 12 matchup, look for Edelman to have an even better performance this weekend.
Week 17 forecast: 100 receiving yards, TD
With Tennessee tight end Jonnu Smith out for the season, a couple backup tight ends have been forced to step up. With a huge home divisional matchup against Indianapolis in Week 17, look for Pruitt to encore his breakout performance in Week 16 where he scored the go-ahead touchdown. With tight end extremely shallow this season, only consider Pruitt if you are desperate as he is more of a low-end TE4.
Week 17 forecast: 50 receiving yards, TD
D/ST Atlanta Falcons
Although playoff hopes are long gone for Atlanta, its defense has certainly put on a clinic of late. With nine sacks, seven forced turnovers and a touchdown in the last two games, grab Atlanta for another strong performance against Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay has allowed 12 sacks, turned the ball over five times, and allowed a defensive touchdown over its last four games. Atlanta may be on your waiver wire so consider it if your defense is struggling or has a difficult matchup this weekend!
Week 17 forecast: 11 points
Week 16 results:
QB Josh Allen
Week 16 forecast: 200 passing yards, 35 rushing yards, 2 TD
Week 16 results: 217 passing yards, 30 rushing yards, TD, 2 INT (OK call)
RB Nick Chubb
Week 16 forecast: 100 total yards, TD
Week 16 results: 115 total yards (OK call)
Week 16 forecast: 80 receiving yards, TD
Week 16 results: 140 receiving yards, TD (great call)
TE Blake Jarwin
Week 16 forecast: 50 receiving yards, TD
Week 16 results: 8 receiving yards (bad call)
D/ST Denver Broncos
Week 16 forecast: 11 points
Week 16 results: 1 point (bad call)
Good luck in Week 17! Thank you for another great season of “The Dive!”