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Chet's Fantasy Football: Start Em, Sit Em: Week 17

By Chet Gresham - @Chet_G
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Published Dec. 28, 2017.


Quarterbacks

Start

Jimmy Garoppolo
Garoppolo already went into the teeth of the league's best defense last week and put up a top-five fantasy game. This week he takes on a Rams defense that will be resting many starters. He's looked good enough to stay consistent, even with sub-par offensive talent around him.

Russell Wilson
Wilson is scary due to the way the whole Seattle offense has been playing of late, but there's one thing this week that should help keep his floor high: Arizona's propensity to give up rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks. It also helps that the Seahawks are in a must-win spot if they want to make the playoffs.





Sit

Derek Carr
Carr was absolutely awful last week and hasn't looked good all that often this year, and this week will take on a Chargers defense that has been playing well and will need to step up in a must-win game with Melvin Gordon hurting and Hunter Henry out.



Running Backs

Start

Jamaal Williams
Williams will once again get the bulk of the work with Aaron Jones out and Brett Hundley not being very good at football. And unlike the last two weeks, Williams will get a great matchup against the Lions' awful run defense, which has now allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs and just gave up 168 yards to Gio Bernard.

Kenyan Drake
Drake didn't have many touches last week in Kansas City, where it's tough to ever really get going on offense, even against a poor defense, but before last week he had been tearing things up. This week, he gets to play at home against the worst run defense in the league. In his two home games - against Denver and New England - as the lead back, Drake put up 334 total yards and a touchdown.



Sit

Devonta Freeman
Freeman hasn't been getting the work he needs to be consistent with Tevin Coleman playing this year. Freeman has only had four games over 15 fantasy points this season in PPR leagues and was already shut down by the Panthers' tough run defense in Week 9.



Wide Receivers

Start

Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald continues to be a strong play because he's still good, but he's also the only reliable possession receiver on the team, while also being the most reliable red-zone target. In Week 10, he also had Drew Stanton throwing him the ball and caught 10-of-14 targets for 113 yards. And in his three games with Stanton as the quarterback, Fitzgerald has caught 24-of-38 targets for 302 yards and one touchdown. We might not get a touchdown, but the targets and receptions should still be there.

Jamison Crowder I put Crowder as a Sit last week going against the tough slot defense in Denver, but he still was able to score a touchdown. This week, he gets a much easier matchup against a Giants team he's already scorched for a 7/141/1 line, plus he remains Washington's most reliable receiver.



Sit

Mike Evans
Evans finally had his first 100-yard receiving game last week, but has been a no-doubt disappointment this season and this week will matchup with Marshon "Butt Pick" Lattimore covering him. The last time these two met in Week 9, Evans finished with one catch for 13 yards.

Tight Ends

Start

Antonio Gates
Gates put up a big game last week against the Jets with Hunter Henry out and will again get a nice matchup this week against the Raiders, who have allowed the third-most receptions and the most yards against tight ends this season. Additionally, the Chargers could also be without Melvin Gordon's receiving game and will be in a must-win spot to get into the playoffs.

Vance McDonald
McDonald has looked great for the Steelers when healthy, which hasn't been all that often, but now with Antonio Brown out and a home game against the Browns, who have allowed the most tight end receptions and second-most touchdowns, he should be set up for a good game. The Steelers could let off the gas if they get a big lead or the Patriots get a big lead, but I still think McDonald should rack up targets in this game.

Sit

Cameron Brate
Brate hasn't topped 50 yards since Week 8 and now takes on the Saints, who have allowed the fewest tight end receptions in the league. When these teams faced each other in Week 9, Brate had one reception for nine yards.

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