Fantasy Football Week 17: Evans, Hill and other must starts
Here’s the Week 17 edition of top five wide receivers to start in fantasy football.
One week remains in the NFL regular season. Meaning, this is the final edition of the top five wide receivers to start in fantasy football.
Last week’s edition had two players finish as top 10 scorers in ESPN PPR standard scoring leagues. Antonio Brown led all players listed, as well as wide receivers in the NFL, with his 44.5 fantasy points against the New Orleans Saints.
T.Y. Hilton rounded out the top 10 with 20.8 points. Deandre Hopkins, Julio Jones, and Amari Cooper all finished outside the top 10.
Let’s see if we can go 5/5 this week. Therefore, let’s dive into this week’s top five.
5. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans has had an up and down season. Owners have been ripping their hair out of their heads due to his inconsistencies.
Although, Evans has put back-to-back performances together. He racked up 16.1 points in Week 15, and 21 points last week against a good secondary with the Dallas Cowboys.
Even with what seems to be inconsistencies, Evans still has been able to torch opposing defenses. He has 80 receptions for 1,418 yards and six scores on the season.
This week, Evans and his Bucs round out the season at home against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are tied for third with 20 receiving scores allowed to opposing receivers.
Next: 4. T.Y. Hilton
4. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Injuries have hit the Indianapolis Colts hard over the past few years. This year, the bug bit T.Y. Hilton.
Hilton has only played in 13 games up until this point. However, that hasn’t stopped him from throwing up numbers.
The 29-year old has caught 74 balls for 1,209 yards and six scores. He has posted the highest catch percentage of his career, while being targeted 114 times.
The Colts visit the Tennessee Titans in Week 17. This may seem to be a bad matchup for Hilton, but the Titans defense have allowed opposing receivers to do damage against them.
Next: 3. Tyreek Hill
3. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
The decision to put Tyreek Hill on the list, especially this high, was a tough one. Why? He has seen his production take a bit of a dip over the last four weeks.
Yes, Hill was one of those hit or miss receivers to begin with. But he was impossible to sit at some points due to his hot hand.
Well, owners may be thinking they have to stay away from Hill in Week 17. Don’t. The Chiefs still need to win, and Hill will look to get back on track before the playoffs begin.
The Chiefs play the Oakland Raiders at home this week. The Raiders may have won last week, but the Chiefs need this one.
Next: 2. Davante Adams
2. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
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The New York Jets did what they could to prevent Davante Adams from torching them. Gang Green did a nice job until the last play of the game when Aaron Rodgers found his big receiver in the back of the endzone to win the game.
Adams has been phenomenal this season. How good has he been you ask? He is the highest scoring receiver in ESPN PPR standard scoring leagues.
Yes, Adams is above the likes Brown, Hopkins and Jones. He has caught 111 passes for 1,386 yards and 13 scores.
The lowest score Adams has had over the past eight weeks has been 16. During that stretch, he has had six 20+ days.
Next: 1. Antonio Brown
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
It may seem like Antonio Brown has had a down season. The word regressed has also been thrown around a lot when talked about him.
Well, that’s just not true. Brown has still caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns. Yes, he isn’t slowing down.
As mentioned in the open, Brown put a big smile on the face of his fantasy owners. He went for his highest fantasy score of the season due to 14 catches for 185 yards and two scores.
Brown has been inconsistent, but at this point in your fantasy season, that shouldn’t matter. Start him.