Season long fantasy football leagues ended last week for the most part, with a few hanging on for the NFL regular season finale this week. But that means most of you season long grinders are looking for more fantasy action, and you’ll find it right here on Daily Joust.
If you’re ready to keep your 2012 fantasy football season alive, then you’re probably ready to take home some cash, too. In order to do that, you’ll probably need to have a grasp on the latest fantasy football value buys. Here are our favorite sneaky plays for week 17:
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers ($157k)
Rivers has been sketchy for most of the year, but he could end the season in dramatic fashion against a weak Raiders defense. I like him to go for 300+ yards and 2-3 scores.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles ($148k)
Believe it or not, Michael Vick is back under center for Philly, as Nick Foles has a broken hand and is out for the rest of the year. Vick will try to end 2012 on a high note against the Giants.
Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers ($72k)
Alex Green is expected back, but Grant did score twice last week and the Packers should continue to try to run the ball as they head into the playoffs.
Jacob Hester, RB, Denver Broncos ($72k)
Hester has scored twice the past two weeks and could be a nice find again against a soft Chiefs defense in the season finale.
Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens ($57k)
Baltimore doesn’t have a whole lot to play for with the NFC North already locked up, and pierce ran for over 100 yards in mop-up duty last week. We could see similar results this week.
Randy Moss, WR, San Francisco 49ers ($55k)
Mario Manningham is done for the year with a torn up knee, which means Moss will see way more playing time for the 49ers. Don’t be shocked to see him end the regular season on a high note as the 49ers fight to hold onto the NFC West division crown.
Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis Colts ($72k)
Avery is hit or miss, but the Colts face the Texans this week in what could be a shootout. He’s not the worst WR3 you can find for the price.
Martellus Bennett, TE, New York Giants ($63k)
Bennett always has potential, and this week he’s facing a beatable Eagles defense in a must-win game for New York.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Denver Broncos ($64k)
Tamme isn’t always the most reliable option, but he’s still involved in the offense and head coach John Fox says his starters won’t be resting as the Broncos chase down a first round bye. He’s facing the Chiefs, too, so he has solid upside in the final week of the season.
Olindo Mare, K, Chicago Bears ($73k)
The Bears need to win yet to reach the playoffs, and they should do so against an inferior and dispirited Lions team. Mare should have plenty of chances to rack up points in a big game for Chicago.
Greg Zuerlein, K, St. Louis Rams ($71k)
Legatron has been very solid the past two weeks, so there’s little reason to shy away from him now. The Rams aren’t likely to score a ton of touchdowns against a strong Seattle defense, but field goal tries should come aplenty.
Baltimore Ravens DEF/ST ($74k)
Baltimore faces the Bengals in week 17 in a pretty meaningless game. Both sides could rest their starters a bit, but either way the Ravens could bottle up Cincy pretty good in this one. They absolutely crushed the Bengals in the season opener.
Pittsburgh Steelers DEF/ST ($55k)
I know Pittsburgh hasn’t been all that on defense lately, but they face a sketchy Browns defense to end the year. Neither team has a ton to play for, but you can bet this will be one the Steelers don’t want to give away. Look for some turnovers out of Brandon Weeden and a low-scoring contest, overall.