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Weyrauch: NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) reacts after his touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

With COVID-19, injuries and other information playing major roles from week to week in the NFL landscape, secondary and tertiary starting options will continue to enter your fantasy football lineups heading into championship week. Riskier plays can be rewarded if discovered correctly and complacent managers rely too heavily on drafted players. Trust your instincts — coupled with solid PFF metrics, of course.

So, let's get to it: the Week 17 edition of fantasy football start ’em or sit ’em.


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QB JALEN HURTS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Hurts has strung together a few good games recently, both as a rusher and a passer. He is rarely going to have games with three-plus touchdowns, but that doesn't matter because of his legs. Still, in his past two games, Hurts totaled 495 passing yards and three touchdown passes to pair with two rushing touchdowns. When Hurts gets going, few can match his fantasy upside.

He will look to harness that upside in a rematch against the Washington Football Team — one of the two opponents mentioned above. In Week 15, Hurts threw for 296 yards, one touchdown and one interception, then added two rushing touchdowns to set up his top-five fantasy week. In fact, the Football Team have allowed fewer than 200 passing yards just once all season. Hurts will look to repeat with a top-tier fantasy performance in your championship game.

RB RONALD JONES, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Despite spending the majority of the season working behind Leonard Fournette, Jones finds himself as a starter heading into Week 17 against the stone-cold worst run defense in the NFL. Last week, Jones converted his first start into 81 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. His 22 touches easily paid off for those who snagged him off the waiver wire.

Jones will turn around to face the New York Jets, who have allowed an astounding 26 touchdowns to running backs this season. Thanks to that and yardage leniency, the Jets allow a league-high 30.5 points per game to opposing backfields — a number that is 4.4 points per game higher than second place. In their past four games, they have surrendered 134 rushing yards per game and five rushing touchdowns in total. RoJo is gold this week.

WR D.K. METCALF, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

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