Freaks and Cheeks: Week 17 Of Your Fantasy Picks

Freaks and cheeks fantasy picks

Although Ezzus has been my son in fantasy football leagues dating back to high school, I have to give him props for beating me in the first ever edition of Freaks and Cheeks. He now has a 6-point lead on me going into the final week of the NFL season, and this is his victory lap. 

Even though the competition is over, we would still like to help out the few fantasy owners that are playing for something in Week 17.

From the Mind of the Depressed Hebrew Hammer:

Freak: Laviska Shenault Jr.

Even though the Jags officially have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft wrapped up, they still have something important to play for in Week 17. The team that has bullied them and the rest of the division since the days of Peyton Manning comes to town in a win-or-go-home scenario. 

Why would the Jags bend over and potentially let the Colts into the playoffs? They won’t, and this is why I expect them to give them all they have left. But, James Robinson and D.J. Chark Jr. will miss the contest, leaving few options for the Jags to utilize. Shenault should see plenty of action, and should be the guy the Jags lean on in this potential trap game. 

Freak: Alexander Mattison

Mattison will be the feature back against the Detroit Lions on Sunday with Dalvin Cook out. This means he will inherit the potential fantasy MVP’s insane workload, and should see plenty of action. 

The Lions have nothing to play for at this point other than a better draft pick, so Mattison should have no issue with racking up an endless amount of fantasy points. 

Freak: Amari Cooper

The Cowboys have a legitimate shot at winning the NFC East on Sunday. The Football Team could crush the Cowboys dreams with a win on Sunday, but that is the late night game. 

so, this means the Cowboys will have to play as if it is a win-or-go-home type matchup. Look for Andy Dalton to lean on his primary receiver against the lowly Giants’ secondary throughout the contest. 

Before I begin, I need to address the fake news that was stated above. I have not been Alan’s son in fantasy football. However, I actually have a career winning record of .650 against the horrible fantasy manager. You can decide who is father and son in this rivalry. 

From the Winning Mind of Ezzus: 

Freak: Jamison Crowder 

Again, ESPN projects Crowder to score only 12 fantasy points and I’m not sure why. Sam Darnold is playing for his career this week. This helps Crowder’s production as he’s Darnold’s favorite receiver. 

If Darnold sucks it up again, he’s either going to be traded or cut. He needs to play well if he wants a chance to start somewhere next year. If not, he’ll mostly be a backup to start the year. But, Darnold will be motivated to play well and it only helps Crowder. Don’t be a fool and sit Crowder. He’s in the perfect situation to help win a week 17 championship. 

Freak: Jarvis Landry 

Last week, Landry should have gone off against the horrible Jets. But, COVID-19 ruined that chance. Landry is now back and just in time for a playoff push. 

The Browns are playing for a playoff spot against the Steelers, who are resting players this week. If the Browns win they’re in; I think they win the game and it starts and ends with Landry having a good game. While, ESPN projects Landry to only score 13 points, I think he could have over 20 points. Don’t let that production be left on your bench. 

Cheeks: Alexander Mattison 

ESPN thinks Mattison will score 16 points this week and I think that’s way too high. The Vikings aren’t playing for anything as they are eliminated from the playoffs. They probably aren’t all that motivated to win the game. If they are, I can see them throwing the ball more than they run it. Mattison is not Dalvin Cook and should not be your replacement for him. 

If you’re looking for a sneaky play to get you a playoff victory, Mattison is not it. Stick with the players who got you in the championship. Always start your stars.  Mattison is only startable if you’re desperate I can see his ceiling being 10 points. 



AKA the Hebrew Hammer | Undrafted free agent out of SUNY Oswego | Co-founder, Podcast Co-Host and Lead Journalist for The Challenge Sports | Overly optimistic Nets and Colts fan | Wrote an unpublished erotic novela in high school | Have been balls-deep in the ESPN comment section since I was conceived | Have been blocked on twitter 39 times and counting | Once told a girl to do a back flip on the dance floor and she busted her ass | Favorite beer: Miller High Life | Racist: No

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