Making fantasy football predictions for Week 17 is not the easiest task. Every team has different motivations, and that makes for the strangest week of the season. It’s why you should work to get your fantasy league to change to a Week 16 championship. That said, here are the players you should start and sit this week.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions — The Lions faced the Packers in Week 3 and Stafford was great in that game. He’s got everything to play for in this rematch, and the Packers are 25th in points allowed to quarterbacks.
Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers — The stars have to align perfectly for the Bucs to make the playoffs. One of those stars is a win over the Panthers at home. Winston was decent on the road the last time he faced Carolina.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins — If Washington wants any shot at making the playoffs it has to win against a Giants team that has nothing to play for. Cousins should be able to take advantage of a disinterested defense.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Steelers — With the Steelers set to rest their starters, Williams looks like a really great play against the Browns. He was awesome in the first two weeks of the season, subbing for a suspended Le’Veon Bell. He should be healthy enough to face a bad Browns defense.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Buccaneers — Rodgers is seemingly the only option, since Doug Martin is suspended due to PEDs and Charles Sims is on injured reserve. He’ll have the volume, and he’s performed well when named the starter.
Alfred Blue, RB, Texans — With Lamar Miller out of a meaningless game as he tries to fully recover for the playoffs, Blue should get most of the touches, and he’s coming off a good game.
Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars — Despite disappointing owners for a lot of the season, he’s coming off a great game and is always targeted heavily. He scored the last time he faced the Colts.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins — He’s had three straight 100-yard games and faces a team that has nothing to play for. He had 96 yards and a touchdown the last time he faced the Giants.
Ty Montgomery, RB/WR, Packers — The Packers have the motivation to get it done, and Montgomery is a dual threat.
Charles Clay, TE, Bills — He’s coming off a great game and already has a nice rapport with this week’s starter, EJ Manuel.
Cowboys triplets — Mark Sanchez will be Dak Prescott’s backup on Sunday, making it highly likely that Prescott will get pulled at some point. Ezekiel Elliott has expressed that the team’s long-term success is more important than the rookie rushing record. If he plays more than a quarter, it would be stunning. Dez Bryant, who’s battled injuries this season, won’t play the whole game either.
Eli Manning, QB, Giants — The Giants are locked into their playoff position, and it makes no sense for Manning to risk injury at this point. If he plays, it won’t be for the whole game.
Trevor Siemian, QB, Broncos — Denver seems as if it will treat this game like a preseason contest, playing both Siemian and Paxton Lynch, according to NFL.com and the team’s website. It’s a good matchup against the Raiders defense, but stay away.
Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders — With Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington getting involved, I’d sit Murray this week. The Raiders are facing the Broncos’ defense to boot.
Ravens running backs — Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon each had 13 touches last week, not very good for a starter. Taking touches from each other, neither back can be depended on this weekend.
Broncos running backs — Devontae Booker and Justin Forsett each had just five carries last week. Booker did OK when he added a few receptions, but neither looks like a strong play as the Broncos experiment with their quarterbacks this week.
Raiders receivers — With no Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper will have a tough time being productive against the Broncos’ secondary.