Philip Rivers (SD): Philip Rivers and the Chargers will be playing their final game of the season this Sunday, and though their playoff hopes were dashed last weekend, they can still play spoiler to division rival Oakland. Oakland can make the post season with a win over San Diego and some luck from the games. The Chargers will want to put up a win against Oakland a team that has allowed 28 pass TD’s from opponents this season, second highest in the league.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF): New England will likel avenge the early season loss to Buffalo on Sunday, but their defence will likely allow Fitzpatrick t throw for a pretty high yardage total and some TD’s, the same way the have been all season. New Enland has been a great matchup for quarterbacks all season long.
Frank Gore (SF): San Francisco still has something to play for against St. Louis, a win will secure the top spot in the conference over the Saints. Expect Frank Gore to start the game strong against a weak Rams defence and finish with at least a touchdown. My only concern is that he will leave the game if they build a healthy lead.
Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX): Indianapolis has struggled against the run this year (their defence is on the field a lot) and MJD has been nothing short of spectacular, considering what his team asks of him. This week 17 matchup between the bottom of the AFC South should be full of MJD.
Percy Harvin (MIN): With Adrian Peterson done for the year with a torn MCL and ACL, Toby Gerhart will be taking over at RB, but the young jack-of-all-trades Harvin should be able to usurp some of that workload. He is a tough young player who can run and catch the ball; it will be a busy day for Percy.
Stevie Johnson (BUF): I really like watching Stevie Johnson play and expect the game against New England to be a good one for him. As I mentioned before in this post and in countless others, New Enland puts up a lo of yards and points, but also allows a healthy amount. Great chance for Johnson to hit 100 with a TD.
Malcolm Floyd (SD): Had a big game last week in the teams loss to Detroit, and should be able to capitalize once again against a soft Oakland secondary and with Vincent Jackson ailing. He is a tall reciever that is tough for corners to cover and always has the ability for big yardage plays.
Brandon Pettigrew (DET): The Packers have little to play for and will be resting starters while Detroit is coming off a fantastic game. I have a strong feeling that Pettigrew with see a lot of targets in what should be a win for Detroit. He had 9 catches last week against San Diego and is still slowly showing how big and talented he is.
Joe Flacco (BAL): Had a terrible second half last wee against Cleveland after his team jumped out to a 17-point lead. Flacco has been extremely up and down this year, but moreso down lately. Both teams have a lot to play for in this one, Baltimore is a better team when Rice gets going and doesn’t have to rely on Flacco. Rice should be the focal point for the Baltimore offense, and even if Flacco does throw the ball a lot I still dont trust him.
Matt Moore (MIA): Moore has had a great fantast stretch the last few weeks and is a big reason why Miami has been able to score a few wins (their defence also). But in week 17 against a scary Jets secondary Miami will look to get Reggie Bush off to a hot start against a Jets rush defence that is no where near what is was last year, ranking close to middle of the league compared to last year when they were top 5.
Shonn Greene (NYJ): Shonn Greene had a good run of games going but was stymied last weekend by the Giants rushing for only 58 yards on 14 carries. This weekend he will be playing the Dolphins who have been playing great defence
Steven Jackson (STL): Marshawn Lynch was able to rush for 100 yards and a TD against the 49′ers, the first RB to rush for TD against them this season. Jackson is the best part of the Rams offense and will still see a big workload, but its hard to trust him against such a stellar defence.
DeSean Jackson (PHI): Vick is back playing well but his favorite target is now Maclin, who routinely sees more targets per game, whie TE Brent Celek has scored is back to back games. Against a Redskins defence that is not usually very generoius to WR’s, I doubt Jackson’s chances of grabbing a TD in this one.
Antonio Brown (PIT): It looks like Big Ben will be sitting this one out and with that, you might want to think about letting Antonio Brown do the same. Pittsburgh showed last week what the can do running the ball and will try to do the same this week against Cleveland. I really doubt he will catch a touchdown, though he is active in the return game.
Vernon Davis (SF): Against the lowly Rams the 49′ers will be employing a heavy run game, as the usually do. I expect this to be a quiet game for Vernon, who hasn’t exactly been having the greatest year so far.
Hope you enjoyed my Sit em / Start em Picks for Week 17 of the 2011-2012 season!
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