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Five Fantasy Football Sleepers For Week 17

December 29, 2017
Week 17 is the true coin flip of all the fantasy weeks. Teams rest players or they lean on the side of caution with players dealing with injuries. Other teams only play some players for a half. I tend to look toward younger players in this week -- player who coaches want to get a better look at -- or injury replacements.

Here are some players I am going to take a shot with:

1. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions

Detroit plays the Green Bay Packers, who have given up the second-most touchdowns to wide receivers this season, and Golladay has been playing more during the last three weeks. He has been on the field for more than 75 percent of all offensive snaps. Could he match his Week 1 output and scores two touchdowns to bookend his rookie season? 

2. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49rts

San Francisco tight ends have scored three touchdowns during the last there weeks and have been targeted 17 times. Those numbers are shared between Kittle and Garrett Celek, but in Week 17 I always lean toward the younger players, and rookie Kittle has 10 of those 17 targets from Week 14 through 16. It also looks like the 49ers' opponent, the Los Angles Rams, will be playing their second and third strings most of the game.

3. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo Bills

He scored last week vs. the Patriots. OK, well, he didn't. He should have, but we still don't know what a catch is in the NFL. I am not a huge fan of Kelvin, but I think he gets his revenge vs. the entire NFL and has his best game of 2017.

4. Tight End Rules

Pittsburgh Steelers tight ends Vance McDonald and Jesse James are in play this week vs. the Cleveland Browns -- even with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out. Vernon Davis and the Redskins get a matchup with the New York Giants, as Kirk Cousins will again make his case for a long-term contract and throw early and often.

5. Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams

With the Rams top three wide receivers expected to play very little in Week 17 if at all, Reynolds will be the showcase receivers for Los Angeles and could see double-digit targets. The 49ers, the Rams week 17 opponent, have given up more than 600 yards and four touchdowns through the air during the last three weeks.