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Fantasy Football NFL Week 17: Start, Sit Decisions

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 23:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks for an open receiver under pressure from defensive end Will Smith #91 of the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IDecember 31, 2016

Here’s a look at LestersLegends sit and start advice as you set your fantasy football lineups for Week 17 of the 2012 NFL season.



Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Romo is averaging 353.8 yards in his past five games with 13 touchdown passes. He threw for 441 yards and three touchdowns in his last meeting with the Washington Redskins. The ’Skins rank 30th against the pass with 287.7 yards allowed per game. They are also one of four teams to have allowed 29 or more touchdown passes.


Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

Brandon Marshall continues to put up solid numbers, but his counterpart Cutler is falling short. Cutler is averaging 192.4 yards in his past five games with six touchdowns and four interceptions. In his last two, he’s averaging 140.5 yards. He threw for just 150 yards in the first meeting with the Detroit Lions, and Ndamukong Suh nearly knocked him out of the game.

Running Backs


Shonn Greene, New York Jets

Greene has a juicy matchup against the Buffalo Bills’ league-worst run defense. The Bills have allowed 146.7 yards per game at 5.1 yards per carry. They have allowed 23 rushing touchdowns, which is five more than the next-worst team. Greene had 94 yards and a touchdown against the Bills in Week 1, and has averaged 82.6 total yards with three touchdowns in his past four games.


Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Not only will he likely be playing limited snaps, Turner is facing the league’s toughest run defense. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed just 83.7 yards per game. They held Turner to 17 yards on 13 carries in the first meeting, though he did score a touchdown. The Bucs have allowed a dozen rushing touchdowns, so your only hope would be an early, short touchdown run.

Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals

Beanie is facing the league’s sixth-ranked run defense. The San Francisco 49ers have allowed 96.8 rushing yards per game. Beanie’s season high is just 67 yards. He’s had two games in which he totaled and three rushing touchdowns, respectively. Otherwise, his season has been a dud.

Wide Receivers


Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

Maclin is averaging 97.7 yards with two touchdowns in his past three games. It’s hard to predict what you’re going to get from Michael Vick, but he is auditioning for a new team. The New York Giants rank 28th in pass defense, allowing 257.4 yards per game. They have also allowed 25 passing scores.


Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams

Amendola turned a dream matchup with the Bucs into a dreadful five-yard stinker. Talk about coming up lame at the wrong time. This week he faces the Seattle Seahawks. They rank fifth in the league in pass defense, allowing 199.9 yards per game. Only the Falcons, at 13, have allowed fewer than the 14 passing touchdowns the Seahawks have yielded.

Tight Ends


Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

Gates has scored in two straight games. He doesn’t put up the big yardage anymore, but he is still a red-zone threat. The Oakland Raiders have allowed eight tight end touchdowns. In the past seven games they have allowed 56.4 yards per game and four touchdowns to tight ends.


Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

Daniels has gone four games in a row without a touchdown. He averaged 33.5 yards per game during that span. He had just 40 yards in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts. Rob Gronkowski is the only tight end to top 45 yards against the Colts this year.



Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers lead the NFL in total defense with 272.9 yards allowed per game. They also rank 10th in scoring defense with 20.3 points allowed per game. The Cleveland Browns rank 27th in total offense (313.9 yards per game) and 23rd in scoring offense (19.5 points per game). Plus, Trent Richardson will likely miss the game with an ankle injury.


Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons do not have anything to play for. The Bucs have a solid offense. I would rely on a defense with more at stake.

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