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Week 17 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Panthers vs Saints in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Max Staley
Week 17 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints in the fantasy football playoffs.
Week 17 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints in the fantasy football playoffs. / Chris Graythen/GettyImages

The New Orleans Saints will look to keep their playoff hopes alive when they take on the Carolina Panthers at home in Week 17. New Orleans is a 6.5-point favorite over Carolina, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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

Taysom Hill Fantasy

Start Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints: Taysom Hill will be making his return to the field this week, and he should be returning to your lineup as well. We've seen him make three starts at QB this season, putting up at least 20 fantasy points in two of those three. Hill has seen 11 carries in each of those three games, and his rushing ability should be a problem for a Carolina run defense that ranks No. 20 by DVOA. The 31-year-old's rushing output should give him a nice fantasy day even if he struggles as a passer once again.

Panthers Defense Fantasy

Start the Carolina Panthers Defense: The Panthers' defense isn't nearly as good as it was at the beginning of the year, but this looks like a nice bounce-back spot for Carolina. The Panthers generate pressures at the fifth-highest rate in the league (27.6%). Stalwart left tackle Terron Armstead appears to be in danger of missing this game, and that could allow this pass-rushing unit to get home early and often. Mix in the fact that Hill has thrown 4 interceptions and fumbled twice across his three starts, and Carolina has a chance to rack up fantasy points this weekend.

Marquez Callaway Fantasy

Sit Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints: Marquez Callaway went off for 112 yards in Week 15, but that's not likely to happen again. This passing game isn't likely to produce enough to justify starting any Saints' pass-catcher. Hill has failed to top 175 passing yards in two of his three starts. He tossed 4 interceptions in the only game he was able to eclipse that mark, still finishing with just 264 yards. If Hill is producing that little through the air, it'll be tough to trust any New Orleans receiver.

DJ Moore Fantasy

Start DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers: DJ Moore has fallen off over the past few weeks, but the volume is still there. He has seen 11-plus targets in back-to-back games, turning those 23 looks into 11 receptions for 103 receiving yards. The volume might be enough to keep him in your lineup, but he's not likely to be particularly effective on Sunday, either. Those last two games came against elite pass defenses in the Buffalo Bills (No. 2 in pass defense DVOA) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 4). He'll now face the Saints, who rank No. 7 in that regard. If you have the bench flexibility, you might want to think about benching Moore. Plus, getting Sam Darnold back in the lineup may do more harm than good.

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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.