Monday caps the end of the 2015/16 NFL regular season. This season has been of the most bizarre in recent memories both from a football and fantasy football standpoint. In terms of fantasy, there has been a power shift from dominant running backs seizing the day to elite wide receivers conquering contests. Week 17 will be the last week of the NFL season you will get to start players like Julio Jones, Allen Robinson and Odell Beckham Jr so make the most of it and join Moneyball’s Week 17 Sunday Blitz, the $2 Sunday Blast, the Sunday Spike and the Sunday Double Up.
Here are our players to avoid in the final week of the regular season.
Kirk Cousins ($8,300) – YOU LIKE THAT!? Well actually in Week 17 we don’t like that, at all. Kirk Cousins has been a fantasy stud over the last three weeks, racking up eleven total touchdowns. His impressive play has actually hurt his week 17 stock, how? Well they have clinched the division one week early (the NFC East is almost always decided in Week 17) and their game against Dallas has absolutely no bearing on their playoff seeding. Jay Gruden has contemplated resting his starters. The chances are Kirk may not see the field at all and if he does, it will be for one or two series. Expect a heavy dose of Colt McCoy.
Karlos Williams ($5,400) – Karlos Williams will again get the start with LeSean McCoy ruled out for their clash against the Jets. While the $5,400 price tag attached to Williams is tempting, the match up against the Jets is not. The Jets have only allowed two rushing touchdowns all season while holding opposition running backs to 3.7 Yards Per Carry. Factor in the sneaky Mike Gillislee taking away some of the workload and you have two healthy reasons to avoid Karlos Williams. Look elsewhere at that price.
Charcandrick West ($5,900) – In his last seven games Charcandrick West has failed to top 76 rushing yards and hasn’t had more than 10 receiving yards in a game since their November clash against San Diego. With the Raiders allowing just 247 rushing yards in the last month, don’t look for West to have a monster day. Similar to Williams, the presence of another running back, in Spencer Ware, makes it even tougher to slot West into your lineup.
Randall Cobb ($7,000), James Jones ($5,600), DaVante Adams ($5,200) – Outside of James Jones’ September and October in Green Bay all three of Aaron Rodgers weapons have been disappointing fantasy options this season. All three are failing to separate and making it inherently more difficult for Aaron Rodgers. Over the last six weeks drops have been a huge concern for DaVante Adams and he has failed to reach 43 yards in a game since mid November. Randall Cobb has just one touchdown in his last seven games and has a 37-yard per game average in his career against the Vikings. If you have to start one, look at James Jones, he had 109 yards and touchdown against the Vikings in Week 11.
Julio Jones ($9,400) – Julio is 16 catches away from Marvin Harrison’s record 143 grabs in 2002, and 242 yards from Calvin Johnson’s record 1,964 receiving yards in 2012 but in a meaningless game against the Saints the case can be made that he should be rested or on a snap count. Jones has an injury history and is vital to the Atlanta’s success next season. Julio could finish with 18 catches and 250+ yards against this woeful Saints secondary but the chance he barely plays isn’t worth the worry.
Gary Barnidge ($7,000) – It kills us to say avoid Barnidge because he has been a cult hero of our podcast this season. The loss of Johnny Manziel for his four loko related “concussion” means we see Austin Davis in at quarterback. Barnidge finished 5 catches and 59 yards in Week 13, the last time Davis started at quarterback. While Barnidge can be a safety net for Davis against Pittsburgh at that $7,000 price tag it is just not worth it when you spend the extra $200 for Greg Olsen but you really should be starting Gronkowski every week.
Kansas City Chiefs ($6,100) – The Chiefs defense has been a solid play over this past month including a seller 19 points against their Week 17 opponent in Oakland. They are however missing Justin Houston and it is showing with only two recorded sacks in the past two weeks. This Oakland team has the ability to score on teams at will and will be eager to send Charles Woodson out a winner. You can slot Cincinnati or New England’s defense in your lineups at a cheaper price.
Randy Bullock ($4,700) – I know a guy called Randy and I don’t like him. Thats a good enough reason for me to avoid Randy Bullock, who coincidentally is shaped like a linebacker. Thats not a good sign.
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