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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 17

Week 17 is here, we have made it to the end as the regular season wraps up this weekend.  In an abbreviated LIKE/DISLIKE, we have narrowed down teams that are still playing for something as some games still have playoff implications on the line.  Week 17 is tough to predict as teams often rest players or simply don’t play their starters the whole game as they look to evaluate talent for next year.  If you’re going for your Championship this week, best of luck to you!    

LIKE

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (at Giants)

Wentz and the Eagles find themselves in a must-win game, as they control their own destiny; they also get in with a Cowboys loss or tie.  Wentz has been on fire as of late with six touchdowns and no interceptions in his last three games.  He gets a matchup with the Giants this week who have allowed seven passing touchdowns the last three weeks, including two to Wentz when the teams last played in Week 14.  Wentz has been getting it done when it matters the most, even with his receiver corps depleted.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots (vs Dolphins)

The Patriots are playing for a first-round bye in the playoffs which they get, with a win against the Dolphins or a Chiefs loss or tie.  This week they welcome the Dolphins to town in a matchup that on paper they should be able to dominate.  The Dolphins are the second-worst team in the league defending the run, allowing an average of 121 rushing yards per game this year.  Michel is in a smash-spot this week and should be utilized heavily in this one.  He hasn’t found the end zone since week seven, but given the recent offensive challenges the Patriots have been facing, they are going to attack the weakness of the Dolphins defense and do whatever they have to do to get that bye.

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (at Lions)

There are a few different scenarios in play for the Packers here, but it comes down to winning and getting their first-round bye without needing help from other teams.  The Packers are traveling to the Motor City this week for a divisional showdown with the Lions who are giving up an average of 188 yards to receivers per game this year.  Adams is coming off back-to-back 100-yard efforts, but he’ll have his work cut out for him in this one.  He’ll be covered by Darius Slay, who’s been beaten for just two touchdowns on the year and who is allowing an average of 10.2 fantasy points per game. 

Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams (vs Cardinals)

Higbee has burst onto the scene and has been on a tear the past four weeks in which he has over 100-yards in each game.  The Rams will host the Cardinals this week in a matchup that’s a meaningless game in which neither team is playing for anything.  The Cardinals are the worst team defending the tight end this year, allowing a league-high 15 touchdowns.  Higbee has also had double-digit targets for the last three weeks and will be on the radar heading into drafts next year. 

About Nick Lemma

Being from New York Nick is loud and persistent. Known as the Hot-Headed Italian within his circle, his opinions are bold with facts and stats to back them up. While playing across multiple leagues and serving as commissioner of his hometown league for the past 12 years, he’s been consumed by football. Being a seasoned player, he’s had success in various formats and league setups. When he’s not reading or writing about football he can be found spending time with his wife and son.