In most fantasy league formats, Week 16 officially finishes the fantasy football season including the championship round. However, certain leagues may extend into Week 17 especially in formats including rotisserie or two week championship rounds. Week 17 presents unique challenges as several teams already locked into playoff seeding often bench their stars, which makes roster depth and scouring the free agent pool a necessity.
Take a dive with me and we review several players that are primed to produce for Week 17. Keep a close eye on any routinely started players being benched as well as rainy weather in Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Carolina, Baltimore and Buffalo.
QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati
It appears that Andy Dalton’s days in Cincinnati are coming to a close, but he certainly tried to leave with a bang in Week 16 as he threw for 396 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. Dalton will attempt to impress potential suitors looking for a starting quarterback or solid backup when the Cleveland Browns visit, which will likely his last start in front of the home crowd. Cleveland allows the 12th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and was just dominated by Lamar Jackson in the 2nd of Week 16. Expect Dalton to finish strong!
Week 17 projection: 300 passing yards; 2 TD
RB Miles Sanders, Philadelphia
Although Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders showed sparks of glory much of the season, he appears to have reached a new level! Sanders has averaged 164 total yards over his last two games and scored three times. Although the New York Giants have been relatively neutral defending the run and held Sanders to 45 rushing yards during their last meeting, expect the rookie running back to continue his momentum even with Jordan Howard potentially returning as well as Boston Scott in the mix.
Week 17 projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD
WR Steven Sims, Washington
Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Steven Sims entered the fantasy radar just in time. In the last two weeks, he has 21 targets, 109 total receiving yards, and 3 TD. Although the matchup against a strong Dallas Cowboys’ secondary is not favorable, Sims should continue his superb play especially with Case Keenum potentially starting in Week 17. Consider Sims a low-end WR3 with solid upside.
Week 17 projection: receiving yards; 1 TD
TE Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s tight end shuffle has been challenging to forecast for many fantasy owners who may own Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, or both. With Zach Ertz nursing a rib injury and not practicing, Goedert should be Carson Wentz’s “go to” tight end option. Goedert lined up for 90 percent of Philadelphia’s snaps and this trend will continue when the Eagles visit the New York Giants who are neutral in defending tight ends, but have surrendered four touchdowns over the last four weeks. Start Goedert with confidence as a low-end TE1 in Week 17!
Many fantasy owners should be writing a “thank you” note to the Indianapolis Colts’ defense for winning them a championship. The Colts’ defense earned an unbelievable 30 points in Week 16! In fact, their defense has posted double-digits in four of the last six games, and should see the trend continue when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17. The Colts have been impressive sacking the quarterback, creating turnovers, and scoring from special teams. They will be a highly recommended start against the struggling Jaguars’ offense that has been held to 20 points or less in their last seven games!
Week 17 projection: 12 points