Good old Week 17 — a week full of no-name fantasy studs and a week without some of your regular season fantasy horses.
It's the week of rest for teams that have clinched playoff berths (which, thankfully, isn't too common this year), and the week of "seeing what we've got for the future" for teams locked into high draft picks.
So with all this in mind, which players should peak your fantasy appetite this week?
Coming off a game with just one catch for five yards, it seems like an odd time to start Rivera, but a matchup with the Broncos might be just what he needs.
Last time out against the Broncos, Derek Carr threw the ball 47 times, and Rivera led the team in yards with six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. In fact, on the season, the Broncos have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
Look for Rivera to have a game similar to the one Cincinatti's tight end Jermaine Gresham had last week: nine catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.
With news that TJ Carrie is out, look for Denver's No. 2 and 3 wide receivers (Welker and Emmanuel Sanders) to have a big week this weekend. DJ Hayden has played nicely for Oakland recently, but behind him could be a black hole this week — with Chimdi Chekwa and Keith McGill set to fill in.
One week after allowing 207 rushing yards to the Bengals, this might seem like an odd "sit", but keep in mind that Denver has allowed the second-fewest rushing yards per game this season.
There's also the fact that Oakland ran 15 times for 30 yards last time out against Denver, with a long of just six yards. While Oakland will probably run the ball more than 15 times this week (and Murray will surely get a bulk of those carries), I wouldn't count on Murray having a monster week.
Against Peyton Manning? Against the No. 4 offense in the league?
There's a reason this is called a "sleeper", folks, but hear me out.
Anyone who watched Manning last week saw one of his worst performances of the season — maybe even his career — as he threw away a game in crunch time with Matt Schaub-esque passes. Passes so bad that even the Raiders might be able to intercept them!
Yes, Manning threw for 340 yards and 5 touchdowns last time out against Oakland, but that was a different Peyton Manning and a different Oakland defense. If you get points for sacks, I think Oakland could make for a sneaky play this week if Manning continues to turn the ball over — something that a ferocious pass rush forced him to do last week.
Every year someone you've never heard of blows up in Week 17. If this game gets out of hand early on, look for CJ Anderson to get some rest and Thompson to get some garbage time touches as Denver runs out the clock.
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