Week 17 Start 'em, Sit 'em: 2011 NFL Fantasy Football

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 27, 2011

BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 24:  Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 20-14. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Peyton Hillis vs. Steelers:

For what it’s worth Peyton Hillis has played well of late, looking more like the Madden coverboy a running back from a year ago. After the 112-yard effort versus Arizona, fantasy owners should feel confident that Hillis is at least a flex play in standard scoring leagues.

Reggie Wayne @ Jaguars:

The writing was on the wall for Reggie Wayne this year when we realized Peyton Manning was likely lost for the season.

After going with Curtis Painter for most of the season, the Colts turned to Dan Orlovsky at the start of December, and last week Wayne managed to haul in eight receptions for over 100 yards and a game-winning touchdown.

With Orlovsky play respectable football, Wayne should be at least a WR-3 in the final week of the season as the Colts head down to Jacksonville and try to win their third game in a row.

DeSean Jackson vs. Redskins:

Another star receiver who seems to be trustworthy at the very end of the season. Jackson appears to be toning down his antics, as he’s still looking for a new contract in the offseason. Look for the Eagles to go out strong against the Redskins, as the players continue to fight hard to save Andy Reid’s job.

Dwayne Bowe @ Broncos:

After the first five weeks of the season Dwayne Bowe was off to another season of being a legit No. 1, but he failed to score a touchdown from that point, until last weeks’ game-tying score against the Raiders.

In Bowe’s defense, playing a month with Tyler Palko didn't help, but at least he has Kyle Orton to finish the year. Orton will be looking to knock his former team out of the playoff hunt, and Bowe should be his top target in this one.

Joe Webb vs. Bears:

If you're in need of a spark at quarterback, go with Joe Webb, as the Vikings will likely sit Christian Ponder because of a concussion he sustained last week. In Webb’s two performances this year, he’s been nothing short of terrific.

He should be good for at least 20 fantasy points this week, as his added running ability makes him a threat. What I also like about Webb is that he’s done a good job of finishing drives with touchdowns (scoring three in the second half last week).

Sit 'em

Chris Johnson @ Texans:

For a short run, it looked as though Chris Johnson had finally turned the corner and would finish out the season like the player we’ve come to expect. In the past three weeks, Johnson has regressed and his ankle injury from Week 15 has done nothing to help.

The last time Tennessee played Houston it was arguably the team's worst game of the year, and Johnson was contained for a mere 18 yards on the ground.

Keep Johnson on your bench as he’s unlikely to do much more the second time around.

Vincent Jackson @ Raiders:

A great matchup was on deck against the Lions, and of course, Vincent Jackson came up lame with a groin injury that clearly stunted his performance in the game.

Jackson had a bust performance, and while he can have some big days, he should be viewed as nothing more than a late WR-2 in standard leagues going forward. This week Jackson has another solid matchup, but with the groin ailment, it’s hard to put him in the lineup at this point.

Tony Romo @ Giants:

In what should’ve been another high-scoring game is now in question as Tony Romo injured his throwing hand last week. Romo will likely play, but who knows how effective he will be. If you have other options, sit Romo, as he should be considered a risky play.

Matt Moore vs. Jets:

The Dolphins have put together a great second half as Matt Moore has done everything in his power to prove why he’s not only worthy of playing in the league, but he might even be the Dolphins' starter for early 2012.

Still, this isn’t a great week to go with Moore unless you have no other choices, as he will face a Jets defense that should give him some problems.

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