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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 17 Key Matchups

Matchup Plays and Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 17 in Fantasy Football

December 25, 2013

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Week 17 is pretty tricky when it comes to fantasy football. There’s really no telling which coaches will rest their star players, and which players will post big outings. That said, the situation marks a prime opportunity to exploit the matchups out there in the NFL, as some teams who are in cushy position for the playoffs may be phoning in their performances. Let’s take a look at a few favorable names on the lower levels of the fantasy game.

Jonathan Grimes, RB, Houston Texans: The Texans are so banged up at running back, they’re going with a largely unproven product this weekend in Grimes. He was just signed last week in an attempt to add depth, and with Deji Karim and Dennis Johnson ailing, he’ll get the bulk of the workload against Denver. Grimes works as a lower-level fantasy play with some high risk-reward potential.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 17 Key Matchups

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Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Davis had a bad game against the Colts. He fumbled twice, with one resulting in a score for Indianapolis. After showing some promise over the previous games, he finished with just one rush for two yards and was benched for his fumbles.
Here’s the bright side--Davis will get a chance to atone for his mistakes in San Diego this weekend. With the division locked up by Denver and not a whole lot of chance to better their position, the Chiefs might take star RB Jamaal Charles out pretty early.

Kyle Orton, QB, Dallas Cowboys: By now you’ve all heard the news: Cowboys QB Tony Romo is most likely done for the season--despite what the coaching staff may say. That means Orton is the man in Dallas, at least for this weekend. Philadelphia’s pass defense looked great against the Bears last week, but don’t let that fool you--they’re not so good. Orton knows what he’s doing and may be able to snag a couple of TD passes for needy owners.

Miami Dolphins Defense: The Dolphins defense laid an egg against Thad Lewis and the Bills last week, which is something we think no one expected. They got wrecked in the running game, allowing 203 yards on the ground in a pretty embarrassing performance.
All that aside, things are looking up for the regular season finale. The Dolphins will be playing with the postseason on the line against a Jets team that’s playing for little more than Rex Ryan’s job. You can expect a more focused performance here, and you should be able to rely on them in fantasy.

Ted Ginn, Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers: After a string of mostly forgettable weeks, Ginn broke out with a decent line against New Orleans in Week 16. He posted 73 total yards, with 66 coming on a pair of catches. He’s become a boom-or-bust fantasy play, but things are looking up for this weekend.
Ginn and the gang will head to Atlanta to face a beat-up Falcons defense that’s already in off-season mode. A couple of big pass plays and he could return to fantasy relevance once again. He’s not without some risk, but if you find yourself digging down this low he’s got some upside.

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