Week 16 is in the books! Now it’s time to focus our attention on Week 17 and try to get some nice scores. My goal every week is to find you some solid options that fit in the flex position and provide some nice upside. Below I’ll go over some of those plays.
Frank Gore ($4000) – Gore has had two multiple touchdown games this season, one of those came against the Titans team he plays this weekend. In the last three games, running backs have averaged over 120 rushing yards per game against the Titans. Gore needs just 109 rushing yards to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the season. With their playoff hopes essentially out the window and the quarterback position a mess, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts rely heavily on the ground game and give Gore his shot to hit 1,000 rushing yards. This is a great matchup and his price is just right.
Tre Mason ($3000) – With a lot of uncertainty at the running back positions this week, we do know one thing and it’s that Tre Mason will get the start for the Rams to close out the season. He’s at the stone minimum and has arguably the best matchup a running back can have. San Francisco has given up the most rushing touchdowns by any defense this season (17). They’re allowing 112.9 rushing yards, 6.3 receptions, and 46.9 receiving yards per game to opposing backs. It’s tough to pass on a minimum salary back in such a great price, when chances are he will see plenty of carries.
Martavis Bryant ($5300) – Bryant missed some time during practice this week with an illness, but it doesn’t appear that he is in any danger to miss this week’s game. After a disappointing Week 16, recency bias may cause his ownership percentage to be lower than it should in this situation. The Browns have struggled against receivers this season, allowing 178.1 receiving yards and 12.3 receptions per game, while yielding 20 touchdowns. The last time that Bryan faced the Browns, he caught six passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. That was good for 31.8 fantasy points. The Steelers need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, so I’m fully expecting them to come out and give it their all.
Jordan Matthews ($4700) – After a disappointing season, Matthews has come on in recent weeks. He has scored a touchdown in four of his last five games. In that span, he is averaging 18.16 fantasy points, 4.6 receptions, and 75.6 receiving yards per game. He now has topped 100 receiving yards and scored a touchdown in back-to-back games. The Giants have struggled against the pass. They’ve surrendered seven touchdowns in their last five games to receivers. This contest has one of the highest totals of the weekend at 51 points and only a 3.5 point spread.
Zach Ertz ($3600) – Since Week 13, only one tight end has been targeted more than Ertz. In that span, he’s averaging 10.2 targets per game and has come down with 28 receptions. He has topped 14 fantasy points in three straight games, including two 20+ fantasy point games. The Giants have been one of the worst defenses against tight ends this season. They’ve allowed nine touchdowns to opposing tight ends, including one in each of the last two games. They’re also yielding 5.9 receptions and 73.9 receiving yards per game. This game is projected to be a shootout and with his recent volume, Ertz has a good shot to smash value.
Delanie Walker ($5600) – Walker is tied in first with Jordan Reed, amongst tight ends, with the most targets per game (8.5). Walker has been one of the more consistent tight ends this season. He has scored double digit fantasy points in all but two games this season. He’s averaging 6.1 receptions and 71 yards per game. The last time he played the Colts, he caught seven passes for 68 yards. The Colts have allowed six touchdowns in their last 10 games to tight ends. Walker offers one of the steadiest floors of any tight ends and decent upside.