You’ve probably had a lot on your mind the past week. Last minute Christmas presents, sleeping arrangements, mapping out the most fuel-efficient path to your in-laws? It’s been a lot of work and there’s a chance your Fantasy Football team has suffered because of it. This isn’t the time of year where ignorance is bliss, either. With injuries mounting and teams in the process of resting players, you’ve got to be on your toes and aware of all the news as it pertains to your lineup.
Well, I’m here to offer a little assistance. Here are a couple WR options that I like and don’t like for Week 17.
Wide Receiver Starts
Greg Ward, Philadelphia Eagles
There’s the old adage in football circles that wideouts are sort of the divas of the sport. They want all the attention and, most of all, the want the ball thrown in their direction as often as possible. I’m not sure if that’s true and I’ve never met Greg Ward, but I’d assume even on his most egotistical of days, his intent wasn’t to be the Eagles lone healthy wide receiver. Yet, that’s pretty much where we are. Ward played 51 snaps last weekend in a 17-9 victory over the Cowboys - the most of any WR on Philadelphia. However, that’s not saying much, as JJ Arcega-Whiteside was forced to leave the game with a foot ailment. In any case, Ward’s unique situation and the 23 targets he’s amassed the past three weeks makes him a more than viable FLEX play in all formats; especially with the Giants surrendering an NFC-worst 7.6 yards per opponent pass attempt.
Steven Sims, Washington
It’s possible most of us missed the boat on what will be Sims’ largest output of 2019 with last Sunday’s two-touchdown performance against New York; however, his matchup against Dallas in Week 17 is pretty enticing. Sims logged a career-best 75.7% snap share in Washington’s OT loss last weekend, with a majority of those snaps being taken from the slot. This is important as the Cowboys have been sliced up by a number of slot receivers in recent contests, including Julian Edelman (8-93-0), Cole Beasley (6-110-1) and Cooper Kupp (6-41-1). Considering Sims’ 27 targets since the beginning of Week 14 rank him sixth among all wideouts, the rookie has both the volume and the matchup to find success in back-to-back games.
Wide Receiver Sits
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
What’s the point? Despite suggesting the Hilton would not be on a snap limit when he returned from injury two weeks ago on Monday Night Football, the veteran wideout has played fewer than 60% of the Colts’ offensive snaps in back-to-back weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I can understand the use of caution when it comes to an oft-sidelined 30-year-old receiver, but it’s just something I don’t need on my fantasy squad. I’d also have my concerns about game-script even if Hilton was operating at 100%. Opponents have been able to run on 43.8% of plays against Jacksonville going back to Week 14, a span where the Jaguars have allowed 152.7 rushing yards per contest. This is a spot for Marlon Mack to shine, not Hilton.
Williams is always a deep-ball threat and he finally ended a long touchdown drought back in Week 14, yet this isn’t the matchup to try and utilize the former seventh-overall pick. To be blunt, the Chiefs’ secondary just scares me. Kansas City has allowed the fewest yards per target to opposing WRs dating back to the beginning of Week 12 (5.8) and, overall, they’ve conceded a league-low 4.6 yards per pass attempt across its past three games. Charvarius Ward has been fantastic all season long and I see no reason that changes the final Sunday of December.