Week 17 Players That Will Make/Break Your Fantasy Playoff Matchup

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The end of the NFL Fantasy Football season is finally upon us. Throughout the entirety of this year, there have been a plethora of surprises, both pleasant and disappointing. Lamar Jackson, Christian McCaffery, and Chris Godwin excelled while David Johnson, Baker Mayfield, and Phillip Rivers irritated their fantasy owners. In week 17, there are shockingly stellar players like Gus Edwards, as well as players like Greg Olsen, who should be avoided if you can find a more suitable TE.


Breshad Perriman

Over the last four weeks, Breshad Perriman has proven to be one of the best late-season additions. Since week 13, Perriman is averaging over 90 receiving yards per game and has recorded 5+ catches in three of his last four games. This week, Perriman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will go against a Falcons’ secondary that is allowing nearly 250 passing yards per game. If you need a WR2/flex option for your fantasy super bowl, look no further than Breshad Perriman.

Ryan Tannehill

Amongst all healthy QBs, Tannehill is averaging the eighth-most fantasy points this season. Throughout four of his last five games, Tannehill has thrown for 250+ passing yards along with 2+ TDs. This week, Tannehill has a fantastic fantasy matchup against a Houston Texans defense that is allowing the sixth-most points to QBs. If you have a quarterback, like Lamar Jackson, who is slated to be inactive this weekend, Tannehill is a quality alternative.

Tyler Higbee

This weekend, Tyler Higbee will have his most favorable matchup of the year against an Arizona Cardinals defense that surrenders the most fantasy points to TEs. Since his teammate, Gerald Everett suffered a knee injury in week 13, Higbee has scored 18.5+ fantasy points in four straight games. Simultaneously, Higbee has also recorded 100+ receiving yards and 7+ catches throughout this same timespan. As a result, Tyler is solidified as a TE1 and is an excellent pickup for owners that have Mark Andrews.

Anthony Miller

Despite having a horrendous outing last game, Anthony Miller is a reliable WR2 option. Between weeks 11 and 15, Antony Miller scored 10+ fantasy points in every game, with an average of 17.6 points. This season, Anthony Miller has been the Chicago Bears’ second-leading receiver and will have a great opportunity in his game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are currently allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers, so you can expect Miller to finish the season with a terrific performance.

Gus Edwards

Gus Edwards serves as a tremendous RB2 option in week 17. Throughout this year, the Baltimore Ravens are rushing for 200+ yards per game (most in the NFL), which is over 50 yards more than the next closest team. Also, the Ravens hold the NFL’s most carries, yards per carry, and rushing touchdowns this year. Given that both Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson will be inactive this weekend, Edwards will have a high likelihood of excelling.


Tevin Coleman

Tevin Coleman has been one of the most perplexing fantasy running backs throughout this fantasy playoff season. For some strange reason, Coleman is owned by over 80% of fantasy owners even though he has failed to score more than five points since week 13. Even against a slightly weak Seahawks run defense, Coleman should be abandoned by all fantasy owners due to the low number of touches he warrants per game. In fact, Coleman has only had 17 carries since over his last four games, so he should be replaced by a RB, like Gus Edwards.

Matt Breida

Since returning from an injury in week 13, Matt Breida has failed to assert himself in the depth chart. Over his last three games, Breida has fumbled twice, while failing to record more than ten touches. Similar to Coleman, Breida is owned in a majority of leagues, even though he is currently San Fran’s 3rd string running back. If you can replace Matt Breida with one of the Vikings’ healthy running back options, it will serve your roster exceptionally well.

Greg Olsen

This weekend, fantasy owners should cut ties with Greg Olsen. Following the firing of Panthers’ former coach, Ron Rivera, Greg Olsen’s productivity has decreased due to injuries coupled with fading usage. Last week, the Panthers opted to start quarterback Will Grier, who struggled mightily to feed Greg Olsen. Given that the Carolina Panthers will compete against a Saints defense that is tough against tight ends, he should be avoided by all fantasy owners, especially those in the super bowl.

Josh Allen

This week, Josh Allen has a tough matchup against the New York Jets. Throughout the majority of the season, the Jets have surprisingly excelled as a top ten fantasy defense. The last time Allen played the Bills, he struggled with ball security and gave up four turnovers. If you can replace Allen with a QB like Daniel Jones, or Baker Mayfield, it would serve you well in the fantasy football super bowl.

I am a junior at Morehouse College, majoring in economics. I have experience as a data analyst at Pro Football Focus and as a football scouting intern at Fanteractive.com. I enjoy scouting and analyzing NCAAF and NFL games, especially quarterback and running back play.

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