Week 17 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens

Max Staley
Devlin Hodges has thrown six combined interceptions across his last two starts.
Devlin Hodges has thrown six combined interceptions across his last two starts. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images
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Week 17 is always a tricky one for fantasy football. Not every team has something to play for, and we end up seeing a lot of high-profile players get rested. That's certainly the case in this one, at least for Baltimore, as the Ravens will be without key contributors like Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, are playing for a Wild Card berth, so anyone who is healthy should be safe to use. With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Week 17 game between the Steelers and Ravens.

Start James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: With James Conner's status up in the air, and Devlin Hodges starting in place of Mason Rudolph again, there's not much to like about Pittsburgh's offense from a fantasy perspective. James Washington has seen plenty of volume recently though, tallying 19 targets across his last two games. Against a shorthanded Ravens' defense, Washington has a chance to turn that volume into production here.

Start Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Gus Edwards' fantasy outlook will get a boost now that Mark Ingram is officially out in Week 17. While Justice Hill should get plenty of involvement as well, Edwards played 41 percent of the snaps and handled 13 touches last week, while Hill played 18 percent and saw six touches. Edwards will likely serve at the team's lead back in Week 17, and that volume will make him a solid play, even in a tough matchup against Pittsburgh.

Sit JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: JuJu Smith-Schuster hasn't had the fantasy season many were projecting he would, and it's tough to trust him in Week 17. He hasn't recorded more than 50 receiving yards in a single game since Week 8, and did not impress in his return from injury last week. JuJu was held to two catches for 22 receiving yards despite playing 79 percent of the snaps. Even if they're shorthanded, the Ravens are still the fourth-best passing defense by Football Outsiders' DVOA metric, and this doesn't look like a good bounce-back spot for JuJu.

Sit Justice Hill, RB, Baltimore Ravens: As mentioned above, Edwards projects to be Baltimore's lead back this week, and Hill might not see enough volume to be fantasy viable. Against a Pittsburgh defense that checks in as the third-best defense against the run by DVOA, Hill's uncertain role in the offense (seven touches last week) makes him difficult to trust in Week 17.


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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.

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