Hopefully, as you read this, you are preparing for the last leg of your fantasy championship. However, even if you aren’t, and you have some sort of consolation bracket, you’ll want a few tips in this last week of the regular season. Bragging rights are real, and the person on the other side of the matchup doesn’t want to lose either.
Here are a couple running backs that could come through in week 17.
LeGarrette Blount (NE)
Blount has been hit or miss for most of the season, mixing great efforts (such as last week against Baltimore – 76 yards, 2 TD’s) with subpar outings (like week 1 against Buffalo – 7 carries, 15 yards). I bring up Buffalo because that is who the Patriots are facing this Sunday. The Bills defense has been stingy against opposing running backs for most of the year, and Blount will be sharing carries with Stevan Ridley.
However, New England needs this game to secure a first round bye and perhaps gain home field advantage throughout the playoffs if Denver loses. And they have been quick to rely on their running game since Gronk went down. Blount should get a chance to help push the Patriots to victory.
James Starks (GB)
The Green Bay Packers received the best holiday present they could have ever asked for when Aaron Rodgers was cleared to play on Thursday. Amazingly, they stayed afloat in the NFC North while he was out, and now they find themselves in a play-in game against Chicago.
Seeing the Bears defense can only mean good things for those on Green Bay’s offense. The Bears have been nothing short of horrendous on defense, especially later in the season. Starks is second-fiddle to the workhorse that is Eddie Lacy. But Lacy re-injured an ankle last Sunday, so there may be extra carries out there for Starks. If he gets even 10 touches, he will be a productive fantasy back on Sunday.