NFL Week 17 Fantasy Fill-ins
Before we get started, check out my Week 17 NFL picks.
We’ve already looked at the players who could struggle this week (click here for article). Now I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in if you are dealing with an injury or tough match-ups.
Kyle Orton, QB, Denver Broncos
If you are in a league that plays the season out, Orton is a decent option for Week 17. He takes on Kansas City, who’s in the bottom half with 22 passing TDs allowed. Brandon Marshall was quiet last week against the Eagles, for look for him to break out as the Broncos vie for a playoff spot.
Vince Young, QB, Tennessee Titans
The Titans playoff hopes were dashed by the Chargers last week, but VY is still playing for next year. Luckily for him, he gets to close out with Seattle who has one of the league’s worst passing defenses giving up 262.7 passing yards per game and 26 passing TDs.
Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Smith is another resurection project that should finish the season on a high note. He takes on the lowly Rams, who have allowed 246.1 passing yards per game and 21 TDs.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
Cutler will try to salvage a forgettable 2009 season with a big game against the Lions, who are 31st with 274.9 passing yards allowed, and dead last with 31 passing TDs given up.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
Moreno should close a solid Rookie season with a big day against the Chiefs. They rank 31st in the league with 161.3 rushing yards allowed. They have also given up 16 scores on the ground.
Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Michael Turner will likely sit this one out, which should lead to a big day for Snelling against Tampa Bay. The Bucs are 30th in the league with 156.5 rushing yards allowed. They also have allowed 16 rushing TDs.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Joseph Addai will likely get another early exit, leaving Donald Brown to carry the load against the Bills’ league-worst run defense (165.1 ypg). Buffalo has given up 18 rushing scores.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Housh has had a regretable 2009 season. Signing with the Vikings would have been a much better decision. He gets a chance to close on a high note though as he takes on Tennessee’s league-worst pass defense (278.1 ypg, 30 TDs).
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Sims-Walker has had bad games in four of the last five weeks. That should change though, as he takes on the suddenly resurgent Browns (263.1 ypg, 20 TDs).
Justin Gage, WR, Tennessee Titans
Gage has played well the past couple of weeks and should take it to the Seahawks.
John Carlson, TE, Seattle Seahawks
Carlson has scored in three straight weeks and has a good chance of keeping the streak alive against Tennessee.
Billy Cundiff, K, Baltimore Ravens
Cundiff has five FGs in his past three games and takes on Oakland, who has allowed a league-high 30 FGs.
Jeff Reed, K, Pittsburgh Steelers
Reed has eight FGs in his past three games and takes on Miami, who has also allowed 30 FGs this year.
San Francisco 49ers Defense/Special Teams
The Rams are just looking for this dreadful 2009 season to finish up. The Niners should give them one last whoopin’.
Chicago Bears Defense/Special Teams
It’s been pretty miserable in the Windy City, but things are looking up as they finish up in the Motor City. They should stomp the Lions.
Atlanta Falcons Defense/Special Teams
The Falcons should be one of the top defenses this week as they take on Tampa Bay.
Denver Broncos Defense/Special Teams
If the Broncos can keep Jamaal Charles (aka Chris Johnson Lite) in check, they’ll be one of the higher scoring defenses this week.
Tennessee TitansDefense/Special Teams
Pride will be on the line as the Titans look to take their frustrations out on the Seahawks.