As we head into Week 17, most of your fantasy leagues have wrapped up but there are still a few of you out there going for the gold and we are here to help you. With that in mind, here are twelve of the best players available in at least 50 percent of fantasy leagues, per ESPN ownership rates.
Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams (45.8 percent)
Higbee has four straight 100 yard games and should be rostered on many more fake teams. The Rams are out of the playoff race, but they also won’t be worrying about random injuries as they head into a long off season. Oh, and they face Arizona, who is the worst team in the league at defending tight ends.
Breshad Perriman, WR, Buccaneers (52.8 percent)
Perriman is over our threshold of 50 percent but its close and he should continue his strong play against Atlanta next week. Perriman now has back to back 100 yard games with the Bucs thin at receiver and should be on track for three straight next week.
Travis Homer, RB, Seahawks (0 percent)
Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise were ruled out with injuries against the Cardinals in Week 16. Seattle faces the 49ers next week for the NFC West crown and a possible playoff bye. Carson and Prosise are out, so Homer will see plenty of work in a tough matchup.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Raiders (4.6 percent)
Renfrow returned to the field to catch 7-of-9 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers in Week 16 and the Raiders still have a slim chance to make the playoffs, so they will be all in against the Chiefs in Week 17.
Daniel Jones, QB, Giants (26.1 percent)
Jones returned from his ankle injury to throw for five touchdowns against Washington and now he gets a weak Eagles pass defense at home in Week 17. If the Giants win, they could spoil the Eagles chances to get into the playoffs and that along with finishing strong is likely enough to keep Jones and company playing all out. Jones has been a turnover machine and isn’t safe, but his upside remains high with three games with over four touchdown passes this season.
Justice Hill, RB, Ravens (2.9 percent)
Mark Ingram hurt his calf against the Browns but probably wouldn’t have played a meaningless Week 17 game as it is. They take on the Steelers who will be playing all out for a shot to go to the playoffs, so Hill might not have the best matchup ever but he could be the main back if the team ends up resting Gus Edwards due to Ingram’s injury.
Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots (12.9 percent)
Burkhead fumbled early in Week 16 but made up for it with a go ahead touchdown and has played the best of the Patriots running backs of late. He should continue to see more work and the patriots need to win next week to assure themselves the No. 2 seed and a bye.
Justin Watson, WR, Buccaneers (1.4 percent)
Watson, like Perriman, will continue to see work with Mike Evans and probably Chris Godwin out next week against the Falcons. He has a touchdown and five receptions in his last two home games and should continue to be a useful target for Jameis Winston.
Steven Sims, WR, Washington (1 percent)
Sims caught two touchdowns against the Giants in Week 16 to go along with six receptions for 64 yards. In his previous game, he caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown on ten targets. He has made a name for himself these last two games and gets a Cowboys team that is weak against slot receivers in Week 17.
Cole Beasley, WR, Bills (32.3 percent)
Beasley continues to play well, as he caught 7-of-12 targets for 108 yards against the Patriots on Saturday and gets a good matchup with the Jets next week. There is a chance the Bills rest some starters, so we need to keep an eye on the news.