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Week 17 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Broncos vs Chargers in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Max Staley
Week 17 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers game.
Week 17 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers game. / Bob Levey/GettyImages

The Los Angeles Chargers will be looking to rebound from the surprising Week 16 upset against the Houston Texans when they take on the Denver Broncos in Week 17 action. Los Angeles enters this one as a 6.5-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Fantasy Football Playoffs Advice

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this divisional showdown.

Austin Ekeler Fantasy

Start Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Austin Ekeler missed last week, but you should put him right back into your lineups in Week 17. He was activated off the COVID list and removed from the injury report, suggesting that he should be pretty much at full strength. Even if he's in a timeshare against a stout Broncos' defense, Ekeler should be just fine. The last time he faced Denver, Ekeler turned 20 opportunities into 99 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. Start Ekeler with confidence this week.

Javonte Williams Fantasy

Start Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos: Los Angeles' run defense hasn't been able to stop a nose bleed this season. The Chargers have the league's worst run defense by DVOA and have surrendered top-five PPR production to opposing RBs. That should be a problem against Javonte Williams, even while he's stuck in a timeshare with Melvin Gordon. Williams has proven to be one of the most explosive RBs in football, forcing a league-best 58 missed tackles this season. He has a chance to run wild against the Chargers' leaky run defense, as we saw when he recorded 111 yards from scrimmage and a TD against this defense in Week 12.

Mike Williams Fantasy

Sit Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: It looks like Mike Williams will be making his return after missing Week 16 due to COVID. He might be a bit too risky to start this week, though. Williams has been held under 62 receiving yards in three of his last four games. He has also only found the end zone once since Week 6. Williams is just too much of a boom-or-bust option, and he's been falling more on the "bust" side of things a lot recently.

Jerry Jeudy Fantasy

Sit Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy hasn't broken out the way many hoped he would this season. He has seen six targets or fewer in each of his last five appearances, averaging just 41.8 receiving yards per game in that time. Jeudy just isn't producing right now, and Denver is likely to lean on the run game to exploit this Chargers' defense. If you have other options, Jeudy is best left on the bench.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.