Fantasy Football Week 17: Stars to Avoid in Final Week of Season

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins runs against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 15, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Week 17 of the fantasy football season features some of the toughest decisions of the entire season.

On one hand, you want to start the players that got you to the championship game. However, it is important to stay from anyone who is likely to put up a dud when you need them the most.

These players fit into that last category.

Although these have been some of the better fantasy players at their positions this year, try to find another player for the final week of the season. 


Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

It would be difficult to bench Matt Ryan facing such a great matchup, especially when coach Mike Smith announced that his team was playing to win. However, this is not something that can be trusted when the Falcons have clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

All it would take is one big hit by either team for the head coach to say it is not worth keeping his players in to get hurt. Plus, the coach can decide to put the second unit in if the game starts getting out of hand on the scoreboard.

Ryan has put together a great season and should be in consideration for the MVP Award. Unfortunately, he is too risky of a play for your fantasy team in Week 17.


Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins

Those who had their championship game in Week 16 were surely happy if Reggie Bush was in their lineup. He scored three touchdowns and led all running backs with 28 fantasy points. 

Still, Bush was only able to manage 3.4 yards per carry against the worse rushing defense in the NFL. In fact, Lamar Miller was a much more effective runner on the day with 73 yards on 10 carries. 

The New England Patriots are much better than the Bills against the run, so it will not be easy to get large chunks of yards. Also, Ryan Tannehill will likely be forced to throw a lot more if the team falls behind early.

Although the running back has been solid in recent weeks, there are certainly better options for your starting lineup.


Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

In an up-and-down year, Torrey Smith put together his best game in a month last week, as he finished with five receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. 

The issue is the lack of consistency. Prior to last week, he has five receptions for 68 yards in the last three weeks combined

Smith only has four games with over 70 receiving yards this season. Three of those were against teams ranked No. 27 or worse against the pass, with the other against the No. 18 San Diego Chargers. This is not exactly elite competition.

This week, his team faces the Cincinnati Bengals, who have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this year.

Smith is much more likely to have a bad game in the last week of the year.