Week 17 Start’em, Sit’em
Peyton Hillis vs. Steelers –
For what it’s worth Peyton Hillis has played well of late, looking more like the running back from a year ago. After a 100-yard rushing performance by Steven Jackson, last week against the Steelers, fantasy owners should feel confident that Hillis is at least a flex play in standard scoring leagues.
Reggie Wayne @ Jaguars –
The writing was on the wall for Reggie Wayne’s production this year when we realized Peyton Manning was likely lost for the season, in September. After the Colts when with Curtis Painter for most of the season, they turned to Dan Orlovsky at the start of December, and last week the veteran hauled in eight receptions for over 100 yards and a game-winning touchdown.
With Orlovsky play respectable football, Wayne should be at least a WR-3 in the final week of the season as the Colts head down to Jacksonville and try to win their third game in a row.
DeSean Jackson vs. Redskins –
Another star receiver who seems to be trustworthy at the very end of the season. Jackson appears to be toning down his antics in recent weeks as he’s still looking for a new contract in the off-season. Look for the Eagles to go out strong against the Redskins, as the players continue to fight hard, to save Andy Reid’s job.
Dwayne Bowe @ Broncos –
After the first five weeks of the season Dwayne Bowe was off to another season of being a legit WR-1 but he failed to score a touchdown from that point, until last weeks’ game tying score against the Raiders. In Bowe’s defense, playing a month with Tyler Palko did nothing to help him, but at least he has Kyle Orton to finish the year. Orton will be looking to knock his former team out of the playoff hunt, and Bowe should be his top target in this one.
Joe Webb vs. Bears –
If your in need of a spark at quarterback, go with Joe Webb as the Vikings will likely sit Christian Ponder because of a concussion he sustained last week. In Webb’s two performances this year, he’s been nothing but terrific for his team, and he should be good for at least 20 fantasy points this week, as his added running ability makes him a dangerous player. What I also like about Webb is that he’s done a good job of finishing drives with touchdowns, as he scored three of them in the second half last week.
Chris Johnson @ Texans –
For a short run, it looked as though Chris Johnson had finally turned the corner and would finish out the season like the player we’ve come to expect. In the past three weeks Johnson has regressed and his ankle injury from week fifteen has done nothing to help his performance. The last time Tennessee played Houston it was arguably the teams worst game of the year, and Johnson was contained for a mire 18 yards on the ground. Keep Johnson on your bench as he’s unlikely to do much more than the second time around.
Vincent Jackson @ Raiders –
A great matchup was on deck against the Lions, and of course, Vincent Jackson came up lame with a groin injury that clearly stunted his performance in the game. Jackson had a bust performance, and while he can have some big days during the course of a season, he should be viewed as nothing more than a late WR-2 in standard leagues, going forward. This week Jackson has another solid matchup, but with the groin ailment, it’s hard to put him in the lineup at this point.
Tony Romo @ Giants –
In what should’ve been another high-scoring game, is now in question as Tony Romo injured his throwing hand last week. Romo will likely play but who knows how effective he will be. If you have other options to start, sit Romo on the bench this week, as he should be considered a risky play.
Matt Moore vs. Jets –
The Dolphins have put together a great second half of the season as Matt Moore has done everything in his power to prove why he’s not only worth staying around in the league, but he might even be the Dolphins starter at the begging of the 2012 season. Still, this isn’t a great week to go with Moore unless you have no other choice as he will face a Jets defense that should give him some problems.
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