Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 17: Jaguars vs. Colts

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts are preparing for the playoffs, while the Jaguars are preparing for another offseason.

A few weeks ago, it was looking bad for the Indianapolis Colts. Despite clinching a playoff spot, they had lost three of five game, allowed 32.2 points per game in that time, and was looking like a prime candidate for a first-round playoff elimination. In the last two weeks, though, the Colts have won two games by a combined score of 48-10, including a convincing win over the also playoff-bound Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16. Sunday, they look to finish the regular season off with a three-game winning streak as they travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars in a 1 p.m. ET game. Here's a look at the playoff contributors that could matter:


Start in every league: Andrew Luck, Adam Vinatieri, Defense/special teams

Start if you're desperate: Donald Brown, T.Y. Hilton

Bench: Trent Richardson, Griff Whalen, Coby Fleener

Though he hasn't been the most consistently dominant fantasy quarterback, Luck still comes in No. 3 at the position in fantasy scoring. He's averaged 17.6 points per game, and put up 18 the last time the Colts faced the Jaguars. He ought to have a fine game Sunday. ... Even though he missed his second field goal in three games Sunday, Vinatieri has put up double-digit fantasy points in three of four and four of six. He's a top-tier kicker, even at his age. ... The Colts' defense has rebounded from an awful stretch to put up fine scoring in the last month. Against a subpar Jacksonville offense, it ought to be a top-10 play at worst.

Brown had a huge game Sunday, putting up 22 fantasy points, but that came on the heels of five combined points in Weeks 14 and 15. He's capable of a big game, but he's also capable of a no-show. ... Hilton hasn't had a big fantasy day since Week 10. His production has improved the last couple weeks, but for now he's a low-end flex play.

Richardson has scored double-digit fantasy points just once since Week 5, and only twice all season. Even against a Jacksonville defense that struggles, it's impossible to put any faith there. ... Whalen has been the team's No. 2 receiving target the last couple games, but he still has a lot to prove before he's worth anything in fantasy. ... Fleener has scored zero points in consecutive games and only has eight fantasy points in his last four. He's fallen out of usability.


Start in every league: ...

Start if you're desperate: Marcedes Lewis

Bench: Chad Henne, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jordan Todman, Mike Brown, Ace Sanders, Josh Scobee, Defense/special teams

There just isn't anyone on Jacksonville at this point in the season to rely on in fantasy. Lewis, with touchdowns in four straight games and 40 fantasy points in that time, is as close as it comes, and even he hasn't gone for more than 54 yards all season.

Henne still hasn't put up more than 15 fantasy points in a game all season. ... It looks like Jones-Drew will go, even as his hamstring isn't fully healed. That means he will likely be too hobbled to be reliable in fantasy, and he will take too many touches away from Todman to expect either guy to produce. ... Brown had a big game in Week 16, and Sanders has been fairly regularly targeted of late, but you'd want far more from either guy to toss either out there in Week 17. ... Scobee just doesn't get the kicking opportunities to accumulate many points. ... The Jaguars' defense hasn't scored in double figures since Week 12 and has only done so twice all season.

More fantasy football news from SB Nation:

Get live advice daily in the Fantasy War Room

Today's fantasy football player updates

Week 17 fantasy football position rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.