Fantasy Football 2013: Week 17 Start-Sit
Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football Week 17
December 26, 2013
17-week league fantasy owners have some tough decisions to make this Sunday. The last game of the season is always tricky, and there’s really no telling who will play well (or play at all). That said, we’ve uncovered a few pretty solid bets on both sides of the start-sit coin, so with that in mind let’s take a look at this week’s notables.
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Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton is owned in most leagues, but he’s been bench fodder for much of the year. He had an absolute breakout last week against the Vikings, though, tossing four touchdowns and 366 yards. Over the last three weeks, he has 10 total touchdowns and zero turnovers. Roll with Dalton against the Ravens in a big game for Cincy.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: In any other week, Murray is a no-duh start. Owners may be over-thinking the situation here, though, and could have some trepidation. There shouldn’t be any doubt: Murray has a great scenario coming into a must-win game against the Eagles. He’ll be working with a backup QB, and that means all sorts of opportunities for the running game. Owners should have no worry whatsoever.
Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders: Streater dropped an absolute stinker in Week 16: he managed just two yards on one catch, which was a major disappointment after his promising stretch. Streater should be able to get back on track against Denver: Sure, it’s a pride game for Oakland, but we expect big things from him in the passing game against a vulnerable secondary.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: It’s official: We’ve completely lost faith in Wilson. He managed another cruddy performance against the Cardinals last week, with just 108 yards passing, one TD and one pick. He’ll face a pretty good St. Louis defense this weekend, and we don’t expect things to get much better. Owners of Wilson shouldn’t rely on him in crunch time and will probably want to look elsewhere.
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions: Bush probably lost a lot of games (and a lot of fantasy championships) with his putrid performance in Week 16. He fumbled early, and as a result ceded work to backup Joique Bell the rest of the way. Bush has four lost fumbles this year, and thus he hasn’t been blameless as the Lions choked away their playoff chances. They’ll be downtrodden and phoning it in against the Vikings this weekend, so stay away from Bush in fantasy.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Say your thank-yous to Charles for a stellar fantasy season; He won’t be around much longer. Word is that the Chiefs’ starters will play around one or two series before getting yanked in a meaningless game against the Chargers. KC is locked in as the No. 5 seed in the AFC, and there’s absolutely no reason to leave anyone important out there. Take a look at Knile Davis if you need an RB.
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