With week 17 upon us, there is a number of decisions that remaining fantasy owners have to make about their lineup. With a number of NFL teams locked into their playoff position, expect top talent to be limited in touches as coaches look to avoid any costly injuries before the crucial stretch run.
Luckily, there is a number of players on non playoff squads needing a win who can guarantee your team a fantasy happy ending. These five guys fit that mold and will produce for anyone who starts them.
5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: at Tennessee Titans
While not fantastic, Justin Blackmon has had a solid rookie outing and looks like he could end the season on a positive note against Tennessee. Since quarterback Chad Henne took over the starting gig, Blackmon has been a consistent target and a consistent threat. With rumors of Tim Tebow to Jacksonville swirling about, look for Henne to try for a statement game to try to secure a shot at the starting gig and expect Blackmon to feast against a Tennessee team he scored on in week 12.
4. Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers: vs Arizona Cardinals
Crabtree had a disappointing outing against the Seattle Seahawks last week as he was held without a touchdown, but look for things to turn around this week as the 49ers face the Arizona Cardinals. In the two teams' last matchup in week eight, Crabtree caught five passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Expect similar numbers this week.
3. Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins: at New England Patriots
Somebody grab the checkbook because Reggie Bush is looking to get PAID next year as he enters the free agency waters. Coming off three straight games with at least 100 total yards, Bush should decimate a Patriots defense that is allowing an average of 143.2 total yards per game to opposing running backs on the season. With Bush needing just 40 yards to eclipse the century mark in rushing for the second straight year, look for him to have a big game to end out his Miami career.
2. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: at Washington Redskins
To put it simple, Witten has been a pass catching machine this year and currently is sitting at 103 catches for the season, which is the most receptions by a tight end. This week, Witten has a favorable matchup against the Washington Redskins in a win or go home game for the Cowboys. Since Washington will probably be sitting that extra man in the box to try to get to the super-hot Tony Romo, Witten will be seeing a lot of mismatches in coverage to his favor. He will feast on them and he will find the endzone.
Start of the Week!
1. Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: vs New York Giants
Somebody grab a camera and get ready for some action as Michael Vick hits the field as the starter for Philadelphia’s season finale. Looking to both audition for a possible starting gig next season as well as play spoiler to a Giants team looking to make the postseason, Vick should be pumped enough to make any owner giddy at the potential points. In a one and done scenario with a healthy and rested Vick, the sky's the limit at the number of points this cat will hoist by the end of the game.
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