Week 17 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Martavis Bryant is listed below as a "start" for Week 17. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 17 with him as my starting one of my starting wide receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Antonio Brown, Allen Robinson and Bryant and started only two receivers, you should start Brown and Robinson -- and in turn, bench Bryant.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 17:

WR - Eric Decker, New York Jets (at BUF)

Few players, at any position, have been as consistent as Decker this season. With a minimum of 80 yards and/or a touchdown in every game this season, Decker has scored at least 8.1 fantasy points every week and he has scored the 10th-most fantasy points among receivers through Week 16.

Interestingly enough, Decker has finished as a top-10 weekly fantasy wide receiver in only one game this season. Coincidentally though, it was Week 10 against the Bills.

WR - Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA)

In his first seven games, Floyd never reached 60 receiving yards in any game. Since then, however, Floyd has five 100-yard outings in his past seven games played. The matchup against the Seahawks is poor on paper as the Seahawks have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to the position, but Floyd had his best game of the season in his first matchup against Seattle (7/113/2).

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)

Across the board, the Steelers passing attack disappointed fantasy owners in a prime Week 16 matchup against the Ravens. Bryant himself had just one catch for six yards on three targets. In fact, Bryant has now finished outside the top-36 fantasy receivers in three consecutive weeks: WR50, WR39 and WR92, respectively.

Before his three-game rough patch, however, Bryant had 623 yards and six touchdowns in his previous seven games. Not only have the Browns allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, but Bryant had six catches for a season-high 178 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 10.

WR - Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints (at ATL)

Cooks started the season slowly, but his breakout has occurred over the second half. Not only does Cooks have 100-plus yards and a touchdown in three of his past four games, but he has a total of eight touchdowns in his past eight games. (Cooks scored only once in his first seven games this season.) During that eight-game span, Cooks has finished as a top-15 fantasy wide receiver six times.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 17:

WR - Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN)

Three targets. Fifteen yards. 1.7 fantasy points. While that was what fantasy owners got from Cobb in Week 16 and all of those were season lows, it's been a terribly disappointing season for Cobb's fantasy owners. Since Week 4, Cobb has scored double-digit fantasy points only once (Week 9) and that was his only top-24 weekly performance. Also since Week 4, Cobb has finished as the weekly WR50 (or worse) in seven of 12 games.

WR - DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (at DAL)

Typically a boom-or-bust fantasy option, D-Jax has scored 12-plus or less than five fantasy points in every game this season. Listed as questionable on the injury report, Jackson (knee) is likely to have his snaps limited in a meaningless game. Regardless of the game's outcome, Washington is locked into the No. 4 seed in the NFC.

WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)

Although his final numbers will be solid, it has been an up-and-down season for Hilton as Andrew Luck has missed the majority of the season. Or has been dealing with injury when on the field. With Luck and Matt Hasselbeck ruled out for Week 17, the starting quarterback will be Ryan Lindley or Josh Freeman, both of whom signed with the Colts on Tuesday. Enough said.

WR - Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at MIA)

Although LaFell has 35 more receptions than I do, he and I are tied with zero touchdown receptions on the season. LaFell had just one catch for 19 yards last week and now has 36 yards or less in four of his last five games.

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