Fantasy Football Week 17 Sleepers & DFS: Mike Evans finally ready to deliver Championship week

Mike Evans has been a bust this season. The former Fantasy Stallion hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 4, and he heads into Week 17 against Carolina having scored nine or fewer PPR points in five of his last seven games.

But there’s reason for hope against the Panthers – if you can stomach Evans starting your Fantasy Championship. Carolina lost its two best cornerbacks in Donte Jackson (Achilles) and Jaycee Horn (wrist), and receivers have been crushing the Panthers since Jackson was injured in Week 10 (Horn was injured in Week 10). 16).

In Carolina’s last five games, eight receivers — Demarcus Robinson, Courtland Sutton, Marquise Goodwin, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Diontae Johnson, DJ Chark and Amon-Ra St. Brown — have scored at least 13 PPR points against the Panthers. And Evans even had nine catches for 96 yards on 15 targets against Carolina when these teams first met in Week 7.

He also has a big history against the Panthers with 37 catches for 462 yards and four touchdowns in his last five games with Carolina, and he’s scored at least 18 PPR points in every game over that span. And he’s within 83 yards of his ninth straight season with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

It’s hard to trust Evans in your fantasy league, but it could be worth it this week given his history against the Panthers, as well as Carolina’s injuries in the secondary. Tom Brady also has the chance of a rare good game, and Chris Godwin should continue to play well. You can also consider Russell Gage as a sleeper considering the game.

Every Friday, you can find this column about sleepers and DFS games on DraftKings and FanDuel. I’ll also include our Fantasy Football Today Friday show ratings on CBS Sports HQ, which gives a game-by-game breakdown of starts, seats, favorite props, and favorite DFS games. This should help you with some composition decisions each week.

Week 16 Sleepers

Week 17 preview


These are game previews from our Fantasy Football Today show on CBS Sports HQ Friday from me, Adam Aizer and Dave Richard. Player accessories are from Caesars Sportsbook.

Jaguars at Texans (Dave Richard)

Broncos at Chiefs (Adam Aizer)

  • Injuries to note: Greg Dulcich (hamstring), Courtland Sutton (hamstring), Jerry Jeudy (ankle)
  • Start or Sit: Start Juju Smith Schuster
  • DFS Game: Jerry Jeudy (DraftKings $6,400 / FanDuel $7,000)
  • Accessory to play: Russell Wilson on 1.5 touchdown passes (+172)

Dolphins at the Patriots (Jamey Eisenberg)

Colts at Giants (Dave Richard)

Cardinals at Falcons (Adam Aizer)

Bear to Lions (Jamey Eisenberg)

Eagle Saints (Dave Richard)

Panthers at Buccaneers (Adam Aizer)

  • Injury to note: None
  • Start or Sit Down: Start Mike Evans
  • DFS Game: Leonard Fournette (DraftKings $5,600 / FanDuel $7,000)
  • Prop to play: D’Onta Foreman on 60.5 rushing yards (-117)

Browns at Commanders (Jamey Eisenberg)

49ers at Raiders (Dave Richard)

Jets at Seahawks (Adam Aizer)

Vikings at Packers (Jamey Eisenberg)

Rams at Chargers (Dave Richard)

DFS Compositions


QB: Jared Goff (against CHI) $5,600
DO: Leonard Fournette (vs CAR) $5,600
RB: Tyler Allgeier (vs ARI) $5,300
WR: Amon-Ra St. Brown (vs. CHI) $7,800
WR: Keenan Allen (vs LAR) $7,000
WR: Richie James (vs IND) $4,300
TE: Cole Kmet (to DET) $4,500
FLEX: Travis Etienne (at HOU) $6,400
Summer Time: 49ers (at LV $2,900)

I love the Lions at home this week, and Goff should be able to connect with St. Brown for a big game against the Bears. I’ll bring Kmet back to the other side, and he had four catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns against Detroit when those teams met in Week 10.

Fournette should be a monster in the passing game against the Panthers, and Allgeier is my start to the week against the lowly Cardinals. I also expect Etienne to have a big game against the Texans, who award the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year.

Allen is on fire for the Chargers, and he should avoid Jalen Ramsey for the Rams. And James should enjoy a great game against the Colts, making him a steal at his price.


QB: Mike White (at SEA) $7,000
RB: Brian Robinson (vs CLE) $6,900
RB: Tyler Allgeier (vs ARI) $6,700
WR: Tyreek Hill (to NE) $9,000
WR: Jahan Dotson (vs CLE) $6,100
WR: Elijah Moore (at SEA) $5,300
TE: Travis Kelce (vs DEN) $8,300
FLEX: Isiah Pacheco (vs. DEN) $6,300
DST: Patriots (vs. MIA $4,000)

Hopefully White has a big road game in Seattle, and it’s been a good game for quarterbacks lately. I’ll stack it here with Moore, who had six catches for 60 yards on 10 targets the last time White started Week 14 at Buffalo.

Going cheap with White and Moore, I can spend on Hill and Kelce. Hope Hill gets overlooked because Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) is out in New England, but Hill has been terrific in two appearances with Teddy Bridgewater this season in Week 4 at Cincinnati (10 catches for 160 yards on 14 targets) and week 6 against Minnesota (12 catches for 177 yards on 15 targets).

Dotson had four total touchdowns in four games with Carson Wentz starting to open the season, so hopefully the ratio stays the same in Week 17 against Cleveland. And I love Robinson this week with Antonio Gibson (knee). I will also play Allgeier in this range depending on its edge and price.

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