Week 17 Pickups: Players That Will Be Fantasy Studs in Season Finale

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 24, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 23:   Mark Ingram #28 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown with  Jahri Evans #73 against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Finding gems for your fantasy football finale requires attention and luck. You must watch all the teams, injuries and trends in hopes of finding that secret weapon to give your squad the edge.

Once you've done all your "expert" analysis, you can only hope you were right. After taking a gander at Week 16 in the NFL, these three players could be solid Week 17 pickups.


Matt Leinart

No, this is not a joke.

With Carson Palmer in danger of missing Sunday's season finale against the San Diego Chargers, head coach Dennis Allen made it clear that Leinart would be the starter, per the San Jose Mercury News.

If Leinart manages the game and connects with players like Darrius Heyward-Bey, he can have a decent fantasy day. Palmer was averaging 284 yards per game through Week 15. If Leinart produces anywhere close to that, he can help you through a tough spot.

If you're in a league that allows for two starting quarterbacks, or if you were starting Palmer, Leinart is a good option.


Mark Ingram

Ingram is slowly becoming the Saints' feature back. He had double-digit carries for the third consecutive game. He also found the end zone for the second straight week.

He isn't likely to put up a 25 or 30-point fantasy performance, but if you're in a bind at the flex position, Ingram is an option.

He is currently only 31 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports fantasy leagues (league involvement required to see this page). There is a good chance he could be available in your league.

The Saints finish at, and Ingram could have a decent game against the Panthers defense. He had 53 yards against them in the first matchup, and the Saints had a total of 163 on the ground in that game.


Alshon Jeffery

The Chicago Bears have been targeting Brandon Marshall entirely too often. His 113 receptions is more than all the other receiver/tight ends the Bears have combined. The need to get other receivers involved is apparent.

Jeffery's emergence began in the second half against the Green Bay Packers in Week 15. He was called for three pass interference calls, but he also drew a huge defensive pass interference. 

The Bears continued to incorporate him in Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals. He only had one reception for 35 yards, but he drew another pass interference, and was targeted four times. If the Bears had been in more passing situations against the Cardinals, Jeffery would have seen more action.

Jeffery will continue to be a target for Jay Cutler down the field in the season finale.

His size and the attention Marshall requires makes it just a matter of time before Jeffery comes up big. Look for him to have a solid game in the season finale.


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