Every week, our Yahoo fantasy football crew will reveal their boldest predictions for the action ahead. Injuries and COVID have made the fantasy landscape as turbulent as ever. Lean on our analysts to identify some surprise Week 17 performances to help you make the championship round.
Dalton Del Don: Cooks was averaging 10.5 targets, 7.5 catches, 101.5 yards and 1.0 touchdown over his previous two games before going on the reserve/COVID-19 list and should be fully recovered after returning to practice this week. Davis Mills has been playing well, getting 7.5 YPA with a 5:1 TD:INT line over the last three games that have all come against top-15 pass defenses. Facing a San Francisco pass-funnel defense that shuts down the run yet has allowed the second-most fantasy points to his primary side over the last month, expect Cooks to finish as a top-10 WR this week.
Yahoo DFS Salary: $18
Scott Pianowski: It’s time to push Gerald Everett into the Top 10 of the tight end position, where he belongs. He has a touchdown or 60 yards in four of his last five starts, and if you grade all the tight ends since Week 10, he stands at TE8. The Lions are one of the weaker seam-coverage teams in the league, so let’s call for 60-plus yards and another spike for Everett this week. That will land him in the Top 5 this week at a top-heavy position. It’s not Mark Andrews, but it’s something.
Yahoo DFS Salary: $15
Matt Harmon: I was stunned by how many Sony Michel start/sit questions I got last week. To me, it was clear Michel had established himself as at least the 1A of the Rams backfield. I was actually too conservative. Michel handled all five of the running back touches on the first drive for the Rams against the Vikings and capped it off with a goal-line carry. Michel looked more like a bell cow back than a simple 1A of a committee. Now that Darrell Henderson has been placed on IR, Michel will only further dominate the backfield. Cam Akers is a fascinating story to follow and…