Fantasy Football On Target: Plenty of action left for Week 17

by Tim Heaney on December 24, 2013 @ 05:24:36 PDT

 

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For a complete listing of targets and touches, check out our Statistics Analyzer and Utilizations pages.

Write-ups labeled with WW are waiver wire targets. Find more fantasy football risers in our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire.

Bull's eye

Heading into the final regular-season week, typically a fantasy wasteland, there are some heated postseason races, with numerous contenders in must-win spots to make the field. Nearly every team that has already qualified can net a higher seed -- some, a bye and/or home-field advantage.

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo
No mo' Romo?

The only team locked in for January that can't improve its situation is the Kansas City Chiefs. Jamaal Charles, Alex Smith and Dwayne Bowe are at risk of sitting for at least part of Week 17. Andy Reid, who has a history of letting his studs take a breather, is at least thinking it over.

Charles, the most pertinent member of this discussion, shouldn't be benched in most cases, but tempering his expectations to that of a No. 2 running back will help split the difference. Knile Davis would see plenty of action if Charles is rested, so pick up the rookie if you're desperate.

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Head coach Jason Garrett says otherwise, but Tony Romo (back) is likely done for the season. Kyle Orton would step in if they must deactivate No. 9.

Though he lacks Romo's trademark elusiveness and creativity, Orton is a lot more capable than most backups, which should at least keep Dallas Cowboys targets afloat. Dez Bryant must be played on his talent alone; Jason Witten could be a frequent target with quick darts. The Philadelphia Eagles would be misguided not to stack the box against DeMarco Murray, so he could be in for a statistical setback.

Another big fantasy name could sit out the last week, as well. Check out the wideouts section for more.

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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

During baseball and football season, he appears on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Thursdays and Sundays, and every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.

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