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Here’s a look at Lester’s Legends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the Week 17.
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Eli Manning, New York Giants
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
Andre Williams, New York Giants
Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings
Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagle
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys Defense
Denver Broncos Defense
Houston Texans Defense
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Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Larry Donnell, New York Giants
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Detroit Lions Defense
Green Bay Packers Defense
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Teddy Bridgewater
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of the Lester’s Legends under-the-radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you in Week 17.
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Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions
Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers
Jarius Wright, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Dallas Cowboys Defense
Miami Dolphins Defense
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Two games basically decided the Buffalo Bills season. The Bills were up 13 – 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs late into the third quarter, and lost 17 – 13 when they were in the thick of the playoff race. Then, with their playoff chances dangling by a thread, the Bills lost to the Oakland Raiders 26 – 24.
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Do the Bills have anything to play for in week 17? Well, they are playing for their first winning season since they finished 9 – 7 in 2004. They could also be playing for Doug Marrone’s job. Although 9 – 7 will probably get him another season; all the money invested in one of the tougher defenses in the NFL is not paying off.
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Also, going against most draft experts’ rankings and taking E.J. Manual has so far been a disaster. As rumors start to swirl that Doug Marrone may be viewed as a replacement option in Michigan if Jim Harbough can turn down the big money, and a pretty meaningless game could have large repercussions on the Bills franchise.
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On the New England Patriots side, they really have nothing to play for. They beat the Chargers to clinch the AFC East title and made it to the playoffs in the highly-competitive AFC. However with the Denver loss to Cincinnati they are not even playing for home field advantage as they have locked up the number one seed. Bill Belichick will probably choose to rest anyone with an injury, like Blount, Hightower, Edelman, and Connolly, or anyone with a large injury history like Rob Gronkowski.
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Other starters who will probably see only limited time are Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, as an injury to one of the corners could doom a Patriots run. Quarterbacks tend to not like long breaks as they can lose their timing, so Tom Brady will probably see two to three quarters of work, and then call it a day.
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The real question will be how much does Bill Belichick want to keep beating the Bills? Belichick owns a 25 – 3 record against Buffalo and Vegas has the Patriots as a ten point favorite. That seems pretty high as the Bills, even with their season over, may feel like they are playing for more than the Patriots. But the Patriots are at home, and the Patriots don’t lose much at home. They also are 4 – 2 in their last six games against the spread. Every sign from Vegas and history points to this game being an easy route for the Patriots.
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One last thing to consider is these teams typically don’t like each other. That seems to go without saying in the AFC East, but this could very well be an intense game even though there is really very little on the line.
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2014 NFL Picks – Week 17

23 December 2014


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Here are my Week 17 picks.
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Week 16 Results:  7-9
Week 16 Lock Picks: 1-1
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Previous Lock to Win Picks: SF (W), NO (L), NE (W), SD (W), DET (L), TENN (W), CLE (L), DAL (L), SEA (W), DEN (W), WAS (L), KC (L), STL (W), GB (W), BAL (W), PHI (L)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  OAK (W), SD (L), MINN (W), KC (L), WAS (W), DAL (L), SF (W), PITT (L), JAX (W), NYG (L), STL (L), MIA (W), TENN (W), TB (W), BUF (L), ARI (W)
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Regular Season Total:  141-82-1 (.632)
Regular Season Lock Picks: 18-12 (.600)
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Week 17 Locks
Lock to Win: Houston Texans
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above): Cleveland Browns
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Week 17 Picks
ATL over CAR
GB over DET
INDY over TENN
KC over SD
MIA over NYJ
MINN over CHI
NE over BUF
PHI over NYG
PITT over CIN
NO over TB
DAL over WASH
BAL over CLE (Loer Lock)
HOU over JAX (Winner Lock)
DEN over OAK
SF over ARI
SEA over STL
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 17 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski is averaging 74.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. Gronk has scored in three straight games. He had 94 yards in the first meeting with the Buffalo Bills
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2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham is averaging 55.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season finale. The Bucs have allowed 254.4 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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3. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates is averaging 50.3 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He has three scores in the past two games. Gates had 61 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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4. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas 40.8 yards and a touchdown per game. He had 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Oakland Raiders.
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5. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen is averaging 65.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He had 61 yards in the first meeting with the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta has allowed 291.1 passing yards per game.
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6. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Delanie Walker is averaging 60.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He had 84 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
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7. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten is averaging 43.6 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He had 70 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Washington Redskins.
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8. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears 
Martellus Bennett is averaging 57.1 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He wraps the season up against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 1.7 passing touchdowns per game.
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9. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener is averaging 47.9 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He scored in the first meeting with the Titans.
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10. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce is averaging 51.9 yards and 0.3 touchdowns. He finishes a strong rookie season against San Diego.
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The Next Batch
11. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
12. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
13. Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
14. Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
15. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
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NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants.
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 17 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham, Jr. is averaging 101.8 yards and a touchdown per game. He’s averaging 131.4 yards and 1.6 touchdowns in his past five games. He should rip into the Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary. Philly has allowed 253.9 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 81.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He has 10 touchdowns in the past eight games, including a score in the first meeting with the Washington Redskins.
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3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is averaging 115 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his past four games. He had 82 yards in the first meeting with the Green Bay Packers. Look for more in the season finale.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 100.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He had 108 yards in the first meeting with the Oakland Raiders.
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5. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 104.7 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. There has not been a steadier receiver this year. Brown had 117 yards in the first meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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6. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 95.5 yards and 0.9 touchdowns this year. He faces the Detroit Lions at home. Nelson is averaging 116.4 yards and 1.3 touchdowns in seven home starts.
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7. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones is averaging 109.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He had 107 yards in his return from a hip injury. Jones faces the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have allowed 25 passing touchdowns on the year.
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8. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery is averaging 73.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He has seven touchdowns in his past six games, including 135 yards and a score in the first meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.
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9. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 79.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns on the year. He exploded for 224 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Monitor his arm injury.
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10. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton is averaging 96.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. Monitor his hamstring. If he can go, he’s a great start against the Tennessee Titans. Hilton had 105 yards against them in the first meeting.
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11. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans is averaging 71.2 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’ll finish a strong rookie season against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 261.5 passing yards per game.
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12. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb is averaging 80.5 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. Look for a solid game against the Lions.
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13. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders is averaging 88.7 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He had 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with Oakland.
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14. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin is averaging 84.6 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He’ll closeout his breakout campaign against the Giants.
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15. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin is averaging 66.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He had 109 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Atlanta. Benjamin faces the Falcons on the road. He has scored seven touchdowns in seven away games.
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The Next Batch
16. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
17. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
18. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
19. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
21. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
22. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
23. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
24. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
25. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
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Le'Veon Bell
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 17 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 141 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. In his past five games Bell is averaging 180.4 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game. He torched the Cincinnati Bengals for 235 total yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting.
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2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster is averaging 128.3 total yards and a touchdown per game. He had 148 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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3. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson, is averaging 134.4 total yards and 1.2 touchdowns in his past five games. He had  163 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Oakland Raiders.
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4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 90.1 total yards and a touchdown per game. He had 107 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the San Diego Chargers.
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5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 105.1 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He should finish strong against the St. Louis Rams at home. Lynch is averaging 114.3 total yards and 1.6 touchdowns in seven home starts.
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6. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 118.1 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He had 175 total yards in the first meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.
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7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 96 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. In his past nine games he’s averaging 117.6 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns. He squares off with the Detroit Lions in a game that will determine the NFC North division winner.
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8. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray played through his broken hand to run for 58 yards and a touchdown. He’s now averaging 142.7 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He had 221 total yards in the first meeting with the Washington Redskins. He may not be active in the passing game, but Murray looks to cap off his fantasy MVP season in style.
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9. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints 
Mark Ingram is averaging 87.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He finishes his surprising season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road. Ingram is averaging 94 total yards and a touchdown in six road starts. The Bucs have allowed 116.6 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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10. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett is averaging 92.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He finishes against the Cleveland Browns’ leaky run defense. The Browns have allowed 142.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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11. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremy Hill is averaging 112.9 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his past eight games. He finishes off against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 67 total yards on 11 touches in the first meeting with Pittsburgh.
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12. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 104.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past six games. Shady ran for 149 yards in the first meeting with the New York Giants.
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13. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris is averaging 77.8 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He had 85 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Dallas.
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14. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
Joique Bell is averaging 107.5 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his past four games. He finishes against the Packers. Green Bay has allowed 120.5 rushing yards per game.
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15. Andre Williams, New York Giants
Andre Williams is averaging 103.3 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns in his past three games. Williams should see a heavy workload against the Eagles in the finale. Philly has allowed 113 rushing yards per game.
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The Next Batch
16. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
17. Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
18. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
19. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
20. Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks
21. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
22. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
23. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
24. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
25. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders  at Denver Broncos
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