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VIP EARLY GRAB BAG: Week 17

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Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore RavensLamar Jackson has played incredibly well since taking over as the starting quarterback for Baltimore. Jackson has totaled at least 15.9 fantasy points in each of the last six weeks and is firmly engrained as a high-end QB2 for the rest of the season. On Saturday against Los Angeles, Jackson completed 12-of-22 passes for 204 passing yards and one passing touchdown, while also running for 39 rushing yards on 13 carries. He’s been as steady as it gets and it’s his rushing upside that makes him an attractive fantasy option. If you’re in dire straits at the quarterback position and are searching for an alternative, seek out Jackson on waivers and consider plugging him into your lineup for a Week 17 contest against a below average Cleveland defense. View him as a high-end QB2 with low-end QB1 weekly upside for the rest of the season.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers – Since taking over the lead running back duties in place of the injured Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams has played exceptionally well and has become a highly relevant fantasy running back in the process. Williams toted the rock 15 times in yesterday’s game against New York and accumulated 95 rushing yards and a touchdown in the process. He also hauled in six receptions (on nine targets) for 61 receiving yards, bringing his PPR fantasy point total to 27.6 on the day. It was an inspiring performance, and it marks the second consecutive week where he’s had at least four receptions, 40 receiving yards, scored a touchdown and totaled at least 19.5 PPR points. Williams is a must-add across all fantasy formats and should be viewed as a mid-level RB2 for a Week 17 matchup against a porous Detroit defense. Scoop him up immediately and strongly consider plugging him into your RB2 or Flex spot next week.

Elijah McGuire, RB, New York JetsElijah McGuire had a fantastic performance in Week 16, running for 35 rushing yards on 14 carries with one rushing touchdown, and chipping in with three receptions (on five targets) for 50 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in New York’s 44-38 OT loss to Green Bay. His performance yesterday resulted in a whopping 23.5 PPR fantasy points on the day, which is his best fantasy performance of the season up to this point. McGuire has now totaled at least 14 PPR points in three straight games and needs to be owned across all fantasy formats. View him as a low-end RB2 with mid-level RB2 upside for the rest of the season, and don’t shy away from spending a significant chunk of your Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) dollars to acquire him off waivers.

Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia EaglesDarren Sproles had his best fantasy performance of the season in Week 16 against Houston. Sproles logged 32 rushing yards on nine carries, caught three passes for 76 receiving yards, and hauled in a receiving touchdown in Philadelphia’s thrilling 32-30 win over Houston. His performance yesterday resulted in a smooth 20.2 PPR point performance. Sproles has now scored a touchdown in two of his last three games and should be added in deeper fantasy leagues. View him as a mid-level RB3/borderline Flex play for a Week 17 matchup against a subpar Washington defense.

Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – If you play in an 8 or 10-team league with shallow rosters and Adam Humphries is somehow still available on waivers, go pick him up immediately. Humphries has been heavily involved in the offensive game plan for Tampa Bay for an extended period of time now and should be viewed as a low-end WR2 with mid-level WR2 upside. Humphries has totaled at least 14 PPR points in six of the previous nine games and has totaled at least 70 receiving yards or a touchdown in seven of the previous 11 games. He’s been rock solid and needs to be owned across all formats. Yesterday against Dallas Humphries reeled in ten of a team-high 12 targets for 79 receiving yards, totaling 17.9 PPR points in the process. Add him if he’s available and consider starting him in Week 17 against a weak Atlanta defense.

Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo BillsZay Jones caught five of a team-high nine targets for 67 receiving yards and a touchdown in Buffalo’s 24-12 loss to New England in Week 16, resulting in 17.7 PPR points on the day. His 17.7 PPR points mark the third time in the last six games where Jones has tallied at least 17.7 PPR points. He’s somewhat of an erratic option considering quarterback Josh Allen is still unpolished as a thrower, but there is some upside with Jones going forward. He has the ability to catch the deep ball and as a result should be viewed as a low-end WR3 with mid-level WR3 upside for the rest of the season. Add him if you have the bench space but only start him if you’re desperate at your WR3 or Flex spot.

Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland BrownsRashard Higgins had his best fantasy performance of the season in Week 16, hauling in six receptions (on seven targets) for 60 receiving yards and a touchdown in Cleveland’s 26-18 win over Cincinnati. His performance yesterday resulted in an impressive 18 PPR fantasy points, besting his previous season-high of 16.2 PPR points in Week 13. Higgins has been more involved in the offensive game plan as of late and should be viewed as a low-end WR3/borderline Flex play for the rest of the season. Pick him up only in deeper leagues and keep him stashed on your bench if you’re in need of a desperation wide receiver to plug into your lineup.

About Evan Reardon

An avid Boston sports fan, Evan has been a Patriots and NFL fan since the 1990's. Fantasy football runs in his family. He grew up in the 90's watching his father and uncles play in a 6-team, Touchdown-only league. He has been playing fantasy football since the early 2000's and has been writing fantasy sports content since 2014.