This is it. The final week of the 2013 fantasy football season and congrats to all owners who took home the hardware this season.
Oh yeah…we still have some stragglers that are finishing up their seasons this week. For the record, I am not a fan of Week 17 championships unless they are the second week of a two-part championship matchup.
That being said, the crack staff here at ‘53 Deep’ has put aside their Holiday Festivities to find the top sleeper candidates for week 17. For your enjoyment, here they are…
, MLB, MINNESOTA vs. Detroit: Henderson is back on the fantasy radar after starting MLB
left Week 16 with an ankle sprain and has been ruled out for this week. Henderson stepped back in the middle last week and played 81 snaps and registered 12 total tackles and a forced fumble. He’s a very nice start this week.
, WLB, ATLANTA vs. Carolina: Nicholas played 38 snaps last week against the 49ers as
missed the game with a knee injury. Playing just 65.5% of the defensive snaps Nicholas finished with 11 total tackles along with a sack and pass defended. He’s another player that when given the snaps will put up solid fantasy production. Look for the Falcons to find a way to keep Nicholas in the rotation even if Weatherspoon returns (which I’m not optimistic about).
, OLB, NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Washington: Ride the hot player here as Kiwanuka is coming off of his best performance of the season. He put up six total stops, two sacks as well as a forced fumble and pass defended against the Lions. Washington hasn’t given up many sacks with
at quarterback but neither had the Lions prior to last week.
, MLB, CINCINNATI vs. Baltimore: Monitor the practice reports out of Cincinnati this week. Starting WLB Vontaze Burfict must pass the league-mandated protocol for concussions to be able to play in Week 17. If he does not play, then Rey is an excellent plug-and-play option. In the last two games, Rey has played only 17 snaps in a situational role. On that snap count he has managed to put up four total tackles along with an interception returned for a touchdown as well as a sack and forced fumble. It’s simple. He plays and he produces. If Burfict sits out then Rey could finish with top five LB numbers for the week.
, OLB, DENVER at Oakland: With
lost for the season Phillips will once again be called upon to carry the Broncos edge rushing load. He’s put up 10 sacks for the season. In the first game against the Raiders he finished with only two solo tackles but will be very active this week chasing down quarterback
Look for Denver to move Phillips around the line in an effort to create pressure opportunities this week.