Matt Hicks, Staff Writer
Mitch Trubisky (4.7% Owned) *
Trubisky put up another solid showing in Week 16 against Cleveland in terrible weather conditions. Trubisky went 14-23 for 193 yards, in a game where fellow rookie DeShone Kizer went 18-36 with 2 interceptions. Trubisky has developed into a competent game manager in his first season, and he’s put on display an ability to rush the ball as well; gaining 44 yards and a touchdown on 7 attempts in Week 16. Trubisky shouldn’t be a streamer against the Vikings in Week 17, but he’s more valuable as a dynasty stash for owners who are willing to see what he can do with an offseason of development.
Joe Flacco (13% Owned)
Flacco finished as a top 10 quarterback for the second week in a row when he went 29-38 (76%) for 237 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 16. Since Week 13, Flacco is 98-151 (65%) for 1,063 yards, 7 touchdowns and 1 interception. He needs to be considered as a prime streaming option in Week 17 against a Bengals defense that’s allowed the 5th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks since Week 13.
Davis Webb (0.1% Owned)
This is more long-term thinking; but keep your eye on Webb. He began taking over the majority of first team work in practice last week, and you’d have to think the Giants need to see him in in some game time action before heading into the 2018 draft. You’ll hear a lot of hype about the Giants taking a quarterback in the first round, but I don’t expect them to. You don’t need to claim Webb yet, but keep he should be on your radar.
Matt Breida (5.2% Owned)
The undrafted rookie looked great against a Jaguars defense that was supposed to shutdown the 49ers. He rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries (6.7 yards/carry). Breida has now rushed for 393 yards on 93 attempts (4.2 yards/carry) on the season. There was a lot of talk about moving Hyde in the preseason, and Lynch has shown little loyalty to the established players on his roster. Keep an eye on Breida to emerge as the RB1 in San Francisco if Hyde moves during the offseason.
C.J. Anderson (82.2% Owned)
Anderson is unlikely to be available in your fantasy league, but dynasty players need to seriously consider making a trade for him, now. Anderson proved, once again, in Week 16 that when he gets volume, he performs (88 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, 7 catches for 45 yards). Anderson’s value is still low because he’s underutilized in Denver. Lucky for Anderson owners, it’s likely that Denver will be moving his large contract in the offseason, and he should emerge as a RB2 fantasy player in 2018 when he’s on a team that will give him the volume he needs.
Alfred Blue (0.3% Owned)
Houston gave Blue more carries than Miller in both Week 15 and Week 16. In those two weeks, Blue has used those 18 attempts to rush for 163 yards. Blue is a flex streaming option in Week 17 when he faces the Colts, who have allowed the 6th most fantast points to opposing running backs this season.
Kendall Wright (9.4% Owned)
Wright managed to pull in 4 of his 6 targets in a snow filled gamed in Week 16. He now has seen 30 targets over the last 3 weeks and has pulled in 21 of those for 216 yards. Wright leads all Chicago wideouts on the season in targets (83), receptions (54), reception percentage (65%), and overall fantasy points. Although it’s not the most impressive receiver corps. to be leading, the future looks bright for Wright. As Chicago continues to develop their young team and add weapons in the offseason, Wright could grow in a consistent flex option, or low end WR2 for next season; making him worthy of a dynasty stash.
Jakeem Grant (0.1% Owned)
Grant finished as the WR2 in Week 16, catching 4 of 6 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown. Grant has seem limited playing time outside of special teams this season, but he’s scored a touchdown in both games he’s seen at least 4 targets. Grant is very quick, and has a raw skillset that if developed, could make him a potent deep scoring threat in 2018. In deep leagues, Grant is worth a stash; in other dynasty leagues he needs to be on your radar.
Sammy Watkins (76.7% Owned)
Watkins is another buy low trade target. Jaded Watkins owners may be ready to unload the player that hasn’t caught more than 4 receptions in any game since their Week 8 BYE. Since Week 9, however, Watkins has 6 touchdown receptions in 8 games. Watkins has the ability to move this offseason; if he’s able to join a dynamic offense where he better fits the scheme he has the ability to live up to his WR1 potential. Keep in mind, Watkins is just 24 years old; making him a prime buy-low target.
Antonio Gates (16.9% Owned)
I wrote last week that Gates could have a big end of the season, making one last big impact in what’s likely his final playoff run. Gates proved me right in Week 16, catching 6 of 8 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown; making it two straight games Gates has found the end zone. In Week 17, Gates faces off against Oakland; who has allowed the 8th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. If you’re playing in Week 17, he’s a difference making streaming option.
George Kittle (1.5% Owned)
Kittle has performed well since being paired up with Garoppolo. Since Week 15, Kittle has caught 7 of his eight targets for 94 yards and a touchdown. With an entire off-season to work with his new superstar potential quarterback, this rookie could emerge as a low end TE1, high end TE2 in 2018. Keep this underrated rookie on your radar during the off-season.
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