Originally written on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 12/24/14

Knile Davis – RB, Kansas City Chiefs –  I can’t imagine a scenario where Jamaal Charles has any more than 10 touches against San Diego, meaning that Davis could find his biggest workload of the season. San Diego is a bottom 10 matchup for RBs and Davis hasn’t rolled over the competition in his limited action this season, but with a steady diet of carries he could do some damage. In a 12 touch outing in Week 14, Davis produced 10.7 fantasy points against Washington with 47 total yards. A similar workload this week, with 10-14 opportunities could be expected and 50 yards with a chance to score isn’t an outlandish projection for Davis. Kyle Orton – QB, Dallas Cowboys – Orton is stepping in for Tony Romo this weekend and any player chucking balls to Dez Bryant should land on your radar. With that said, the Dallas backup has only thrown 15 passes over the past two seasons and wasn’t particularly strong in 2011 when he did play. There is potential there for a strong outing, but I’d trust some more reliable options this week before using Orton against an Eagles pass defense that has looked strong in all outings but Week 16 against Minnesota. Only two QBs have topped 20 fantasy points against the Eagles since Week 5. Terrelle Pryor – QB, Oakland Raiders – While his agent would tell you, in a roundabout way, that we shouldn’t expect much from Pryor this weekend he has an exploitable matchup. Denver should be expected to build a lead, and Oakland should be expected to have to pass. Against the Broncos earlier this year, Pryor posted his second highest QB Rating of the season and his best YPA (10.0), throwing for 281 total yards and a touchdown. Over the last three weeks, Denver has done a nice job of stopping opposing QBs, holding all of their opponents under 16 points, but down a defensive lineman (Von Miller) against a mobile QB, they could have som troubles this week. Montee Ball – RB, Denver Broncos – If we’re expecting Oakland to have to pass a lot, it means that we are expecting Denver to be leading late and a) running the ball while b) pulling their starters. That could mean work for C.J. Anderson as well, but Ball should still find a healthy workload against a Raiders D that has been incredibly generous to RBs over the past month. Even outside of Jamaal Charles’ five score outing, they’ve given up 6 TDs to RBs over that span. With Denver looking to secure top seed, and Ball looking to take advantage of his opportunities, while Oakland has nothing to play for you can expect a strong outing from Ball. Joe Banyard – RB, Minnesota Vikings – It isn’t looking good early in the week for either Adrian Peterson (who was removed this week due to injuries) or Toby Gerhart, and Week 15 TD anomaly Matt Asiata inactive last week, it looks like Joe Banyard may draw the start. The Lions have struggled against the run of late (just don’t tell Andre Brown) and if we can project Banyard for 14-17 touches against them, you could do worse when looking for a Week 17 value plug in. Aaron Rodgers – QB, Green Bay Packers – We’ll have to wait for a boxing day special on this one, but owners who have waited patiently on Rodgers may find his fake services available to them this week. A decision is coming on Thursday. Enter Draft Street's $1000 NFL Free Roll | Signup & Deposit to receive a 100% Bonus up to $200 The post Christmas Gifts: Players in for a boost in playing time ready to help in Week 17 appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.


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