Week 17 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks Sunday Night Football Game

Jason Schandl
Raheem Mostert runs the ball against the Rams in Week 16.
Raheem Mostert runs the ball against the Rams in Week 16. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

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 not a concern in this matchup, though, as this game will decide the winner of the NFC West.

With that in mind, here is some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Sunday night's matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Travis Homer, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Stepping up when Chris Carson got injured last week, Travis Homer became the Seattle Seahawks' lead back by default. The only healthy RB on the team, he racked up five carries and eight targets on just 28 snaps in Week 16. The Hawks have brought back Marshawn Lynch (more on him later), but Homer is still a good bet to see significant usage this week, especially in the passing game.

Start Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Raheem Mostert has held onto the 49ers' lead back role, and he's generated consistent fantasy value. Playing over 50 percent of the team's offensive snaps in each of the last four games, he's averaged 13.5 carries, 1.8 targets and 17.6 PPR fantasy points per game. That efficiency could take a hit this week, but it's still easy to like the value the Niners' No. 1 RB brings. Mostert checks in at RB20 in our Week 17 PPR fantasy football rankings.

Sit Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch might be in for more rushing volume than Homer, but for Week 17 even that's no guarantee. Lynch is 33 years old and hasn't played a game in over a full calendar year after he landed on the IR after Week 6 last year. Even if he is able to be an effective rusher, it could take him a game or two to get up to speed, and betting on him this week against the 49ers' second-ranked defense (by Football Outsiders' DVOA metric) is not a wise move.

Sit Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers: A rushing TD salvaged Deebo Samuel's fantasy output in Week 16. His volume remained fairly low, though, making it hard to trust him. In five games since Emmanuel Sanders returned to playing a snap share above 50 percent, Samuel has averaged just 4.6 targets and 2.8 receptions per game. The Seahawks rank 12th in pass defense DVOA, making that low volume especially concerning.

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