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Now, for those of you with a Championship in Week 17, let’s see if we can’t get you the rest of the way and put some hardware in your trophy case.
RB Gus Edwards – Baltimore Ravens
After winning in Week 16, the Ravens have secured the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs. With there impending first round bye, I don’t expect all of the starters to sit out the entire game, but I do expect some of them to be very limited – like Mark Ingram, for instance. Edwards will see an increase in carries as Ingram will likely see very little work in Week 17, if any. Although, Pittsburgh has been tough against the run, they did give up 89 yards to Devin Singletary in Week 15 and 93 yards to Le’Veon Bell in Week 16.
Edwards is over 90% available and should make for a very good plug ‘n play in Week 17.
QB Drew Lock – Denver Broncos
Lock put together another solid game against the Lions in Week 16 completing 25 or 33 pass attempts for 192 yards and a score. At one point, he led the team on 5 consecutive scoring drives – capped off by a touchdown pass to DaeSean Hamilton. They face the Raiders in Week 17, who are giving up 290 passing yards over their last three games – which should allow Lock to improve on his 236 passing yards per game over the same span.
You’ll have a pretty safe floor using the rookie quarterback this week. Lock is over 90% available to add.
WR James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers
The sophomore wide receiver notched his fourth consecutive game with at least 4 catches, snagging 5 for 41 yards. He has also racked up at least 83 yards in 4 of his last 7 games – as well as three touchdowns in that span. The Ravens pose a challenge for opposing passing games but they also have no stake in the Week 17 meeting.
Washington provides a good floor and decent ceiling for those looking for wide out help. He is more than 65% unowned in leagues.
QB Daniel Jones – New York Giants
Another huge game for the Giants’ rookie as he threw for 352 yards and 5 scores against the Redskins – his third game of 4 or more passing touchdowns. Jones missed the earlier matchup with the Eagles, but looks to play spoiler against a team that has surrendered multiple touchdown passes in 3 of their last 4 games.
Jones is still on nearly 75% of waiver wires and could propel you to a win this week.
RB Kerryon Johnson – Detroit Lions
Johnson returned from injury in Week 16 with a solid – albeit meager – performance of 42 yards on 10 carries. Johnson wasn’t expected to get a huge workload in his first game back – and having had no setbacks, he looks toward an expanded role in Week 17. They face Green Bay – another team that has given up solid games to running backs like Christian McCaffrey, Tarik Cohen and Adrian Peterson in recent weeks.
Having been out for the better part of 2 months, Johnson has found his way onto 55-65% of waiver wires.