Week 17 WR Sleepers and Landmines
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
Chris Godwin $4,800
Veteran WR DeSean Jackson is not only unlikely to play in Tampa Bay’s Week 17 finale, but he may have played his last game with the team altogether. Jackson was already being rumored as a potential cap cut and now he’s voiced his own desire to find a new home this offseason. That leaves the Bucs to rely on second-year WR Chris Godwin as a starter. Godwin’s results have been hit and miss with Jackson out of the lineup but he has seen a nice volume uptick. The Falcons have allowed 20 touchdowns to opposing wideouts this season, third-most in the league. – Ryan McDowell
After missing ten games with an injury Ginn was activated and immediately inserted into the offense with eight targets, he pulled in five for 74 yards and was close on at least one more deep ball. The Saints activated him to get him some run before the playoffs and while it’s likely Brees doesn’t play the whole game Ginn will. Before the injury, he had two touchdowns in the first three games. The Saints since have been looking for someone to step up behind Michael Thomas but the young group hasn’t been consistent. Even with Teddy Bridgewater starting, I expect we will see some shots taken in Ginn direction against the bottom six Panthers wide receiver defense. – Sal Leto
Dede Westbrook $4,000
Say what you want about Blake Bortles: He is an upgrade on Cody Kessler. Playing for his football life in the season-finale (at least that of a bridge starter) Bortles should at least inject some life into a Jacksonville offense which completely bottomed-out under the limited and overmatched Kessler. The Jaguars have at least figured out Westbrook is one of their more gifted offensive players, funneling him 7 targets in 2 of the past 3 games. The Texans are a good defense overall, but their personnel limitations are in the secondary; there are no intimidating matchups for Westbrook in this one. In the finale and poised to restructure their offense this off-season, featuring a guy like Westbrook – a guy who could be a big part of said future – could be in the cards. – Rob Willette
Tyreek Hill $8,100
The Chiefs playmaking WR Tyreek Hill has hit a slow spurt, finishing outside of the top 30 fantasy wideouts in three of the past four games. While the matchup looks nice against Oakland, the Chiefs could use a portion of this game to rest its stars for the playoffs if they build an early lead. Kansas City could also rely heavily on their running game with RB Spencer Ware back in the lineup along with RB Damien Williams, coming off three straight top-ten fantasy performances and a brand new contract. – Ryan McDowell
DeAndre Hopkins $8,400
It’s hard to believe that the Jaguars who are top five against both the run and pass are such a bad team. It’s been much maligned but they still come as the best at shutting down wide receivers through 15 games. Back in week seven Hopkins managed to find the end zone but caught less than half his eight targets for his worst reception total of the year at three and managed just 50 yards, his second lowest of the season. The Jags haven’t let a wide receiver make an end zone catch since week twelve and only two have managed since week seven. Nuk has once again been one of the best in the game but I’d steer clear this week. – Sal Leto
Stefon Diggs $7,600
The Vikings’ shift to a more run-centric offense built around Dalvin Cook has led to a relatively modest 13 targets for Stefon Diggs over the past two weeks. He has salvaged his final lines with a score in each game, though he is no operating with little margin for error. The Bears appear set to play most of their starters given they still have an outside shot at a bye, and while they’re more beatable in the air than on the ground, they still have top-notch secondary talent. Given Chicago lost elite slot corner, Bryce Callahan, a few weeks ago, this game may set up better for Adam Thielen. Riding Diggs in Week 17 is a pure bet on his talent.– Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.