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Fantasy Football: Rising and Falling for Week 17

Here's a look at some players who are trending in the right direction and some that you should probably worry about heading into Week 17, the final week of the fantasy football playoffs.


RISING


Quarterbacks


Dak Prescott, Cowboys: Things didn't start strong for Prescott as he threw yet another interception, his eighth in the last five games. He finished strong, though, throwing for 347 yards and three scores while tacking on 47 rushing yards. The Titans are next.


Jared Goff, Lions: Over the last seven games he has 12 touchdown passes and no interceptions. He threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns in the surprising loss to the Panthers. Goff has a great matchup with the Bears to close the fantasy playoffs.


Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs: The matchup isn't great to end the fantasy playoffs, but would you bet against Mahomes playing well against the Broncos this week? He's had three straight games of throwing at least two touchdowns. He's also rushed for a TD in each of the last two games.


Running backs


Cam Akers, Rams: He rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Broncos and has a good matchup to end the fantasy playoffs against the Chargers. It's a far cry from how his season started out.


Saquon Barkley, Giants: He seems to be back on track, rushing for at least 84 yards in each of the last two games and scoring in both contests. Barkley gets to play the Colts next and you should probably start him if you're still alive in the playoffs.


Derrick Henry, Titans: While he's rushed for three straight 100-yard games, his availability may be up in the air for Thursday's game with the Cowboys. It makes more sense for the Titans to put their playoff eggs in the basket of the final week's game against the Jaguars.


Wide receivers


CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys: The Cowboys play before the Eagles this week, so Lamb will be definitely a factor in the game against the Titans. He just caught 10 passes for 120 yards and two scores against the Eagles for his second straight 120-plus-yard game.


DeVonta Smith, Eagles: He caught eight passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns against Dallas for his third 100-yard game out of the last four. He faces the Saints next as the Eagles try to nail down the NFC East.


Justin Jefferson, Vikings: I'm seriously considering making him my fantasy MVP. He caught 12 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. He has three straight games of at least 11 catches for at least 123 yards.

FALLING


Quarterbacks


Justin Herbert, Chargers: While he can take your breath away with outstanding dimes to win football games, he hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in two games. Can you trust him to lead you to the fantasy promised land against the Rams?


Justin Fields, Bears: He had his worst rushing day against the Bills, but he could bounce back against the Lions in a good matchup. Fields totaled just 130 total yards against Buffalo, rushing for just 11.


Deshaun Watson, Browns: It hasn't clicked for Watson after missing an entire season, plus an 11-game suspension. He's yet to throw for more than one touchdown in a game and he's eclipsed 200 yards passing in just one out of four games.


Running backs


Zonovan Knight, Jets: While he had a three-game stretch of 46 rushes for 230 yards, the rookie has just 19 rushes for 21 yards over the last two weeks. His good matchup with the Seahawks might be too good to pass up.


Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots: He followed up his 172-yard game against the Raiders with a 30-yard game against the Bengals. Stevenson faces the Dolphins in the fantasy playoffs finale.


Jamaal Williams, Lions: The veteran has been really good in place of D'Andre Swift for a lot of the season. But he's rushed for fewer than 40 yards in each of the last four games. He left the game last week with a leg injury, so he may not even face the Bears.


Wide receivers


Zay Jones, Jaguars: He had just one catch for 14 yards in the win over the Jets after having a huge game against the Cowboys. I'd have a hard time trusting him going into a game against the Texans, since he had just three catches for 12 yards against them the last time.


Davante Adams, Raiders: Adams hasn't scored in three games and has just 43 receiving yards over the last two games. I would probably gamble on him having some success against the 49ers this week.


Garrett Wilson, Jets: With Zach Wilson back at quarterback last week, Garrett Wilson had just 30 receiving yards on four receptions. Thankfully, Mike White will start again, and that should help the receiving Wilson bounce back against the Seahawks.




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