With Week 16 of the NFL season in the books, it’s time for one last waiver cycle in the world of fantasy football.
With most of the postseason field set, Week 17 is always one of the toughest weeks to project. While some playoff-bound teams will be resting their biggest stars, other squads are more likely to shake things up on offense, perhaps giving their less experienced players a chance to prove themselves.
For those reasons, most commissioners schedule their fantasy leagues to end with either Week 15 or Week 16 — but there are some leagues that play through the end of the regular season, and for those owners, this is championship week. Below, read up on 10 streaming options that could make the difference as we head down to the wire.
Giovani Bernard, RB
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Week 16 stats: 116 rushing yards, 52 receiving yards, 7 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: Bernard has taken full advantage of Joe Mixon’s injury-plagued second half. The North Carolina product had himself a day against the Lions’ banged-up run defense, turning in the best single-game rushing performance of any Cincinnati player this season. This fantasy endorsement is contingent on Mixon’s health, but even if the rookie plays, Bernard may have won himself a bigger share of the workload for Week 17.
Josh Doctson, WR
Team: Washington Redskins
Week 16 stats: 61 receiving yards, 2 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: Doctson’s abysmal 15.4% catch rate on Sunday won’t do him any favors as he campaigns to keep his starting job for 2018, but for now, his role in the Redskins offense is assured. Kirk Cousins targeted him on 13 occasions, more than double his next-favorite receiver.
Matt Breida, RB
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Week 16 stats: 74 rushing yards, 8 receiving yards, 1 reception, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: Breida torched the Jaguars’ vaunted defense for 74 yards on just 11 carries, making him an intriguing option for Week 17. The 22-year-old has yet to get more than 13 touches in a single game, but with Carlos Hyde set to hit free agency, expect the 49ers to take a long look at their rookie.