Fantasy Football Advice, Week 17: Bradford, Mendenhall Worthy Of Starts

ST. LOUIS MO - DECEMBER 26: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on December 26 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Rams beat the 49ers 25-17. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Three NFL players to start in your fantasy football lineup on Sunday.

As much as we hate to say it, there is only one week remaining in the NFL regular season. 

We've enjoyed doing our homework in order to fortify your fantasy football lineup, week in and week out. So, with much ado, here is one last helping of suggested "starts" for this weekend's games.

(All statistics for this piece compiled from ESPN Fantasy Football.) 

QB Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams)

Bradford's spectacular season is coming to a close, but he still has one more show to put on. The Rams are in a "win and we're in" situation, and are looking to clinch a postseason berth in front of a national audience on Sunday Night Football.

The Rams passing offense has a favorable matchup against the Seahawks' secondary, which ranks No. 29 in the NFL giving up 257.1 yards per game.

With QB Matt Hasselbeck likely out for Sunday's matchup, we look for a lot of short fields for the Rams, and Bradford being the benefactor.

RB Rashard Mendenhall (Pittsburgh Steelers)

It's safe to say Mendenhall has cemented himself as Steelers' workhorse in the backfield; he's carried the ball 131 times in their last six games.

This week, he will be looking to attack the Browns weak defensive front which ranks No. 26 against the rush, giving up 131.3 yards per game.

When he faced Cleveland earlier in the season, he carried the ball 27 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. Start him.

WR Brandon Lloyd (Denver Broncos)

When QB Tim Tebow took over for Kyle Orton a couple of weeks back, Lloyd's fantasy football production was supposed to rapidly decline.

That never happened.

Last week, Lloyd roasted the Texans' secondary, catching 5 balls for 110 yards. We expect more of the same this week,  as he faces a Chargers' defense that somehow made QB Carson Palmer look good (269 passing yards, completing 76 percent of his passes).

Lloyd has had a tremendous fantasy football season, we expect him to end it on a high note.

Oh, and from all of us here at SB Nation, please have a safe and happy new year!

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