Fantasy Football 2014: Week 17 Key Matchups
Taking a Look at the Favorable Week 17 Matchups in Fantasy
December 24, 2014
Heading into Week 17 of the NFL season, it’s championship time in many leagues (and time for lots of second-guessing in others). Like we do every week, let’s check out some of the favorable matchup plays out there in fantasy land that could help guide your team to a victory in this final week of the season. Here’s a closer look.
Miami Dolphins Defense: Let’s start out on the defensive side of the ball with the Dolphins, who have been pretty sketchy in the past few weeks. The team hasn’t hit double-figures in fantasy since November 2 (Chargers) and even has negative points in two of the last five.
All that should be remedied when the flailing Jets come to town. Fantasy stringers will want to look their way.
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Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: There was a time this season when starting Bridgewater would have prompted laughs, but he’s got it figured out recently. He has at least 14 fantasy points in the last five weeks straight, and is looking like a great option heading into the finale at home against the Bears.
Bridgewater should finish strong here and makes a nice low-end starter.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Speaking of quarterbacks who have figured it out recently, Manning fits that description. Since October 19, he’s scored double-figures in all but one game and has topped 20 in five of those contests.
Manning will welcome the out-of-the-playoffs Eagles squad to Jersey this weekend and should be able to carve up that secondary.
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Let’s stick with that Giants-Eagles matchup for a moment and check out Ertz. He broke out last week against Washington, posting 115 yards on 15 receptions (18 targets).
The breakout comes a little late for the Eagles, but you can still find value in Ertz in this final game. New York doesn’t do very well against opposing tight ends, so this is a nice matchup play.
Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers: This start will make much more sense of Ryan Mathews sits, but it’s still intriguing nonetheless. Oliver posted 8.1 fantasy points in San Francisco last week, earning 16 touches.
Oliver’s workload slacked a little bit when the Chargers mounted their second-half comeback, but the early returns are promising. Watch for Mathews’ status against the Chiefs this weekend; we may have something here.
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