Week 17 Sleepers: Ryan Grant and More Players That Will Blow Up

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 23: Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers breaks into the open and runs down to the two yard line of the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field on December 23, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tom Lynn /Getty Images)
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Most fantasy football seasons are over, but a handful of leagues run into Week 17 (and some beyond). This is exactly why we are still here to guide you in making smart decisions on the waiver wire in order to win a championship.

With the 2012 campaign winding down, there are a surprising amount of teams still left with something to play for. Whether it’s something as minute as a spirit-lifting win before the offseason, or as impactful as a bye on the line, you can count on nearly every player on every squad giving their all.

Let’s take a look at some potential point-producing players at key positions that aren’t owned in many fantasy leagues.


QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (at New England Patriots)

The rookie signal-caller has made huge strides over the past few weeks and has a great matchup against the Pats in Week 17.

Tannehill is undoubtedly going to go into 2013 as the starter, and emphatically putting together an elite game against a top opponent in the division will put the exclamation mark on a decent rookie season.

We aren’t saying Tannehill will have eye-popping numbers, but it would be reasonable to expect over 300 yards and two touchdowns from the young man. It all hinges on him remaining mistake free.


RB Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers (at Minnesota Vikings)

Grant stunned everyone when he reemerged as a real threat for the Packers last week—the first time since 2009.

He had a few touches in Week 15 against the Bears, but didn’t make a real impact until last week’s drubbing of the Tennessee Titans. Grant had 20 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the 55-7 massacre.

We expect the Packers will continue to evaluate the recently re-acquired back in the season finale against the Vikings. If Grant is running at a high level, it gives the team another dimension going into the playoffs and fantasy owners a huge boost.

Count on Grant grabbing 15-plus carries and generating at least 75 yards and a score.


WR Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Tennessee Titans)

The Jags rookie wideout was looking like a bust until recently, when he finally started creating separation and getting reliable targets from Chad Henne.

He now has a chance to show his stuff as a true No. 1, with Cecil Shorts III hitting IR.

We foresee Blackmon getting at least five receptions for over 80 yards and at least one touchdown against a poor Titans team that gave up 55 points to Green Bay.