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THE DIVE: Week 17 “The Last Dance”

Hope you all had a safe and healthy holiday.  Did your fantasy football team reward you with a trophy or coal last weekend? Santa Claus was generous to Alvin Kamara owners who enjoyed a six touchdown performance from their star! Stefon Diggs, Davante Adams, Mike Evans, Josh Allen, Tom Brady led the way in the championship round for many fantasy managers. However, some league formats compete through Week 17 so take a dive with me as we review several players and a defense set to win your matchup this week. Monitor teams that may be resting starters (i.e. Saints, Chiefs, Packers, etc) which may affect who you start. As we get farther into winter, keep a close on eye on weather which may play a factor in several games. Rain is expected in Philadelphia, New York, and Cleveland as well as as fog in Kansas City.

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago

The Chicago Bears’ quarterback situation has been musical chairs between Trubisky and Nick Foles this season. However, Trubisky has looked significantly better than his early-season self and able to move the ball more effectively than Foles. Chicago is still vying for a playoff berth so should be playing starters at home against the Green Bay Packers who will likely rest key players. Over his last five starts, Trubisky has thrown over 200 yards per game and also totaled 11 touchdowns. Consider Trubisky in Week 17 as a QB2 with high upside!

Week 17 forecast: 250 passing yards; 20 rushing yards; 2 TD

Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles

With running backs Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers expected to miss Week 16, Malcolm Brown could be the “lone ranger” for Los Angeles. Additionally, quarterback Jared Goff and wide receiver Cooper Kupp will also be absent which leaves the Rams thin offensively in an attractive matchup against the Arizona Cardinals who have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to running backs over the last four weeks. This game has game has major playoff implications with Brown playing a major role in both the ground and air attack. Brown will be a low-end RB2 or Flex with high upside this weekend.

Week 17 forecast: 80 total yards; 1 TD

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas

Gallup was poised as a potential breakout candidate early this season, but disappointed many with inconsistency especially after Dak Prescott went down. His talent has been on full display recently as he has averaged 4.5 catches, 64 receiving yards, and a touchdown over the last four games. With Dallas competing in Week 17 for the division, Gallup should be considered a WR3 or Flex with boom potential in a neutral road matchup against the New York Giants this weekend.

Week 17 forecast: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD

Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee

Remember Jonnu Smith? It appeared he was poised for a monster season after three touchdowns in his first two games, but then completely fell of the radar. He has been heating up recently with double-digit points in back-to-back games and is a solid target for your Week 17 matchup. Smith and the Tennessee Titans will be competing for the AFC South title and playing their starters in a road matchup against the Houston Texans who are neutral in guarding the tight end. If Smith was dropped in your league, he may be a great plug and play TE2 for Week 17.

Week 17 forecast: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

Los Angeles Chargers D/ST

Except for the drubbing from the New England Patriots in Week 13, Chargers’ defense has been solid in recent weeks. The Chargers have posted 10 sacks, 10 forced turnovers, and a touchdown over the last six games. Los Angeles will visit the Kansas City Chiefs who will be resting their stars, therefore should be competing primarily against their second string offense. Expect the Chargers to finish the year strong including a strong defensive performance.

Week 17 forecast: 12 points

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.