Andy Dalton, QB, Dallas
Dalton has really found a groove over the last month or so and had a monster week last week against the Eagles. He had 377 passing yards with three touchdowns and one interception. In a must-win game for both teams, it was Dalton who delivered. The Cowboys travel to New Jersey to face the Giants in the finale. This game has all kinds of playoff implications so expect Dalton and the Dallas offense to have another big game as they are fighting for the division. If you’re still playing in your fantasy playoffs and need a quarterback, take a look at Dalton.
The Rams offense is an absolute mess right now. Jared Goff has had a terrible year, there’s no standout running back and Sean McVay is failing to put points on the board. To add insult to injury, Goff, starting running back Cam Akers and star wideout Cooper Kupp are all out for Week 17. Goff and Akers are hurt while Kupp has COVID-19. This Sunday is a must-win game for both the Rams and their opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, and I can’t imagine Los Angeles being able to get anything going offensively. Stay away from any and all Rams’ players in Week 17.
Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota
With Dalvin Cook out this weekend for personal reasons, Mattison is expected to have an expanded role for the Vikings. Mattison has been hurt a lot this year and is coming off a concussion that kept him out the last few weeks, but he’s still one of the best backups in the league. When healthy, Mattison is a dangerous running back who should see at least 15 touches in Week 17. He’s got a great matchup against the lowly Detroit defense and should be started in all formats.
Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City
It sounds like the Chiefs are going to rest a lot of players on Sunday in a game that means nothing to them so this is a tricky play, but I like Williams to get some run. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is out for a few weeks with an injury and Williams seems to be the lead back preference to Le’Veon Bell right now. Kansas City is home against the Chargers so look for Williams to see a lot of work because I can’t imagine the Chiefs will be throwing that much. Williams had 10 carries and four receptions last week so expect his workload to be in that neighborhood in Week 17.
Lock of the Week
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas
Gallup has been a on tear over the last four games. He has only 18 catches over that span, but also has a solid 250 receiving yards and four trips to pay dirt. Last week was his best performance of the season when he had six receptions for 121 yards and two scores. Gallup has really built a nice rapport with Andy Dalton and they have a great matchup in a must win Week 17 contest against the Giants. I think the Dallas offense has a big day and Gallup will score for the fifth time in five weeks. Get him in your lineup.