Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 17: Edwin Baker should be featured

Jeff Zelevansky

Will fantasy owners want to take a chance on a featured back for a bad team?

Sometimes it's strength in numbers. Some backs in the NFL can rack up big numbers on just a handful of touches, while others could still get 20 touches and not do much with them. Cleveland Browns running back Edwin Baker would likely fall into the latter part of that statement, but that's OK.

Baker carried the ball 17 times for 64 yards against a terrific New York Jets rushing defense in Week 16. He added two receptions for 12 yards and hit pay dirt on one of his 17 carries to help separate himself as the go-to back.

The Browns are not confident in rolling with Chris Ogbonnaya, so they are likely going to give Baker a featured role against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite their rep, the Steelers have been gashed over their last three, and the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins both ran for more than 125 yards. What's more, they allowed five TDs to running backs over that span.

Fantasy impact: It's a road game and the Browns aren't a powerhouse, but Baker is still worth a look as a low-end RB2. Sometimes a player getting a featured load is all fantasy owners can ask for in Week 17.

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