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Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 17 Deep Sleepers

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 17 Gutsy GameDay Starts

December 29, 2013

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Week 17 Gutsy Gameday Starts

Here is the last installment of the Gutsy Gameday Starts series. It has been a rocky road for sure, but the highs have been higher than the lows have been low. There will be some changes to this article next season, but for now, here is the final version the 2013 NFL season's Gutsy Gameday Starts.

QB: Kyle Orton vs Eagles - With everything on the line in Dallas, there is one thing that can give Cowboy fans hope, and that is the fact that Tony Romo and his uncanny luck will not be on the field to blow the game in the 4th quarter. Kyle Orton is no slouch, and fantasy owners should not underestimate him in this game. He was a viable fantasy QB several seasons ago with the Broncos, and he could come out firing once again. The safe bet is that the Cowboys will rely on Murray and his running game, but we all know that deep down the Cowboys love to sling the rock. If your not happy about your starting QB this week, then Orton is a viable waiver wire replacement.

Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 17 Deep Sleepers

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RB: Jonathan Grimes at Tennessee - This one could be the gutsiest start of the year because Grimes only has 7 NFL carries, and he was only a primary running back in college for one season (2008). Grimes is a living example of an unproven commodity, but he has earned the starting job this week and that makes him a relevant fantasy option. Grimes is a motivated running back trying to earn a job in the NFL who is going up against one of the worst rush defense in the NFL, and that makes him worth a gamble as a flex play this week.

WR: Jerrel Jernigan vs Redskins - Jernigan has become the top receiver for the Giants over the last two weeks, and since Rueben Randle is most likely going to miss this week's game, that means that Jernigan should once again see a truck of targets.  Jernigan has 20 targets over the last two weeks and he has caught 13 of them for 147 yards and a touchdown. The Giants are going against a bad Redskins defense, and that means Jernigan should have the opportunity to make some big plays. Jernigan is a relatively unknown play that could have a huge impact during week 17.

TE: Joseph Fauria at Minnesota- Fauria's number was called last week in this article and he did okay as he finished as a top 12 scoring TE. This week, he should do as well or better since Megatron is still banged up. The Lions are in a downward spiral, but Fauria is the happy end zone dancing fool that seems to forget the Lions are supposed to be a bad team. Fauria is still playing motivated football even on the deflated Lions team, and that means he has the chance to give NFL fans one more touchdown dance before his season comes to an end.

DEF: Miami Dolphins vs Jets - This one seems pretty self explanatory because the Jets and Geno Smith have been terrible on the road. Smith had a monster game last week, but that was at home in New York. Now the Jets will be traveling to Florida to face a division rival that is fighting for a playoff spot. It is hard to believe that Smith will all of a sudden become a good road QB, and that is why the Dolphins are a solid week 17 defensive option.


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