Your Sneaky Fantasy Football plays for Week 17
Jalen Richard @ Kansas City Chiefs
Although Richard hasn’t been involved in the Raiders’ rushing attack much throughout the season, his usage as a pass-catching back has risen over the last couple of games. That aspect of the Raiders’ offense should be heavily used in their Week 17 matchup in Kansas City. With Mahomes and the Chiefs looking to lock up the top seed in the AFC, the Raiders will undoubtedly be playing from behind all day. This puts Richard on the field more to catch passes out of the backfield against a defense that is one of the league’s worst against the position (24.95 Fantasy PPG). I expect to see a six-catch game from Richard this week, making him a viable option as a Flex play for those in Week 17 action. In DFS, Richard is a player that will go overlooked, but could serve as a cheap play that you can plug in; he gives you flexibility on your roster elsewhere.
Equanimeous St. Brown vs. Detroit Lions
The number two receiver role beside the steady Davante Adams for the Packers has been a revolving door all season long. Some weeks, Randall Cobb is the guy; others, it’s Marquez Valdez-Scantling. In Week 17, call it a gut call, but I see St. Brown being the guy that is called upon to fill that void. The Lions have essentially packed it in for the season, but Rodgers and the Packers are playing it out until the end. Look for St. Brown to follow up on his Week 16 five-catch performance with another similar output. The only difference I expect to see is him getting into the end zone to finish out the season. He’s a long-shot option as a WR3/Flex this week, and in DFS he is a guy that you can use as a boom-or-bust option with the cheap price tag.
Anthony Firkser vs. Indianapolis Colts
Over the last four weeks, there have been only three teams that have allowed more points to the tight end position than the Colts. In a win or go home game, the Titans have a lot to play for, and with the potential of Blaine Gabbert starting this week, I can see Firkser being a sneaky option in Week 17. Look for Gabbert to keep the ball underneath to limit mistakes, meaning more options for Firkser in this game. He could come out of nowhere for a five-catch game, making him a streaming option for those desperate to fill in a tight end this week. In DFS, he’s a punt play at the tight end position that could pay off big time if he gets into the end-zone.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
It’s win or go home for the Steelers in Week 17. Yes, they need help from a Ravens loss to get in as well, but this team still has something to play for. A home game against a suspect Bengals offense is just the medicine that a disappointing Steelers defense needs to turn it around. More was expected from this defense for the 2018 season and in Week 17, you just may see the team we’ve been looking for all year long. I expect to see this unit get after Jeff Driskel for a number of sacks, forcing bad throws and a couple of turnovers. They are a sneaky defense to play in the final week of the season in both seasonal leagues and DFS.