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Week 17 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Falcons vs Bills in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Devon Platana
Week 17 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Atlanta Falcons vs Buffalo Bills matchup, including Cordarelle Patterson and Stefon Diggs.
Week 17 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Atlanta Falcons vs Buffalo Bills matchup, including Cordarelle Patterson and Stefon Diggs. / Todd Kirkland/GettyImages

The NFL's slate of Week 17 matchups includes an inter-conference showdown between the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills. FanDuel Sportsbook is favoring Buffalo to win by a landslide, listing the Bills as 14.5-point favorites.

Fantasy Football Playoffs Advice

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 17 showdown.

Cordarelle Patterson Fantasy

Start Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Cordarrelle Patterson has been one of fantasy's breakout players this season. With that being said, he's been relatively quiet on the ground lately, carrying the ball 18 times over his last two games for 32 yards and a touchdown. Fortunately, he has a good chance at finding success against a Buffalo defense struggling to stop the run. The Bills have surrendered an average of 164.8 rushing yards over their last four games, as well as seven rushing TDs over that stretch. Start Patterson with confidence this week.

Stefon Diggs Fantasy

Start Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills: Stefon Diggs had a solid showing in a tough matchup against the New England Patriots last week, finishing as the WR9 in PPR formats. Considering how the Patriots are the fifth-best team against wideouts this season, Diggs should have no issue with the Falcons. Atlanta is giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2021. With FanDuel Sportsbook projecting the Bills to win by big, Diggs should be heavily featured in the passing game once again.

Kyle Pitts Fantasy

Sit Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts has been living up to fantasy expectations this season, entering Week 17 as the TE5. Keeping that in mind, he has a difficult matchup this weekend. The Bills are a top-3 team against tight ends, holding the position to just 34.9 passing yards per game and three total TDs on the year. While Pitts has had at least 61 yards in each of his last three outings, Buffalo is a much more difficult team than the ones he faced in that stretch. Not many fantasy managers have the luxury of a backup option at tight end, since the position is so thin, but if you're one of those lucky few then you might want to consider it.

Isaiah McKenzie Fantasy

Sit Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Buffalo Bills: Fifth-year wideout Isaiah McKenzie had a career performance last week, hauling in 11-of-12 targets for 125 yards and a touchdown. Nevertheless, there's a good chance he won't do that again this week. After all, he had never played more than 29% of offensive snaps this season before Week 16 (85%). He should also see his usage go down now that the Bills have activated Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis from COVID protocol. At the end of the day, McKenzie is too risky of a pick at this point in the fantasy playoffs.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.