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Week 17 Start ‘Em, Sit’ Em: Suggestions for Fantastic Football Stars to Play or Bench


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    It’s championship week in the fantasy football world that scrutinizes every decision you make.

    There’s no pressure, but your ability to successfully navigate these tricky start-or-sit debates can determine whether you have a league title to celebrate.

    So let’s not go too far and move on to our best game or lineup suggestions for Week 17 of the 2022 NFL season.

Start: Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions (vs Chicago Bears)


    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 24: Detroit Lions' #16 Jared Goff passes the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2022, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo: Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

    Eakin Howard/Getty Images

    Look, you probably didn’t plan to trust Goff this season – certainly not during championship week – but things are changing. Your ability to adapt to these changes often determines your fantasy success rating.

    According to FantasyPros, Goff is QB9 in the season. He has the seventh most fantasy score of the position in the last five weeks. In these competitions, he played 1,517 yards with 11 goals and zero interception.

    If you haven’t learned to trust Goff yet, that’s your problem, not Goff’s. A weekly start at this point and a clear pick in a home game against a Chicago defense gives the position eighth most fantasy points, according to Yahoo.

Sit: Deshaun Watson, QB, Cleveland Browns (at Washington Commanders)


    CLEVELAND, OH - DEC 24: Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) is below center in the first quarter of a National Football League game between the New Orleans Saints and the Cleveland Browns on December 24, 2022, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH.  (Photo: Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    If you spent the whole season recruiting Watson and thought you had an ace in your hand, well… congrats on making it to championship week despite your game.

    He produced four starts, three goals (two passes, one rushing) and three interceptions. He fired once for over 175 yards and twice for less than 140 yards. He had a fantasy score of 49.1, placing him only 17th among quarterbacks.

    You definitely have a superior option on your list, and if you somehow don’t have one, you should hit the disclaimer to find one.

Starter: Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs Carolina Panthers)


    SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 11: Chris Godwin, #14 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, warms up before the game kicks off against the San Francisco 49ers on December 11, 2022, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    The height of Godwin’s fantasy ceiling is admittedly not very impressive. He has three touchdowns and only one 100-yard performance per season.

    So why give it a head start? Because floors are important too, and hers is up there with the best. It has seen no fewer than eight targets since the beginning of October. Only 10 players have seen more passes this season. He’s also taking his chances and has the ninth most catches of the season (89).

    He’s had at least eight receptions in four of his last six games, and all three of his scores have come in the process. He’s also ready to tackle a Carolina defense that gives buyers the eighth-most fantasy score.

Sitting: Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (at Green Bay Packers)


    DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Minnesota Vikings ball receiver Adam Thielen (19) runs the ball after catching a pass to the last zone for a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions on December 11, 2022, Detroit, Michigan' at Ford Field in  (Photo: Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    If you want to get on a pilot on Thielen and hope he finds the finish zone, good luck. He’s scored three goals in his last five games, so that’s possible.

    You know what else you have? Meanwhile, three different games with less than 50 receiving yards. His last two outings delivered a combined four receptions and 47 yards.

    It’s no better than Minnesota’s third option in the passing game, after both Justin Jefferson and TJ Hockenson – and even that role sometimes goes to KJ Osborn. Thielen also counters a Green Bay defense that allows the seventh least fantasy score to enter the position. Stay away.

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