Week 17: Start 'Em

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Week 17: Start 'Em

While we're not projecting starting type stats for these players, they have good potential and could surprise. This week's picks include Profiled players include Andrew Luck, Montee Ball, Giovani Bernard, Donald Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders.

Looking for a QB this week to help you win the championship, look no further than Andrew Luck. The Colts are still holding out hope they can get a first round bye, so they will do what they can to win the game and then wait and see what happens with the other games. With that being said, you can expect Luck to do his part in trying to help the Colts win. He should have no problem putting up at least 250 yards and two touchdowns, like he did when he faced this week's opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, earlier in the season.

While Knowshon Moreno stole the show in the Denver backfield this season, I think Denver got enough of a look at rookie Montee Ball to know they have a future with him. While Ball didn't get that many carries and was mainly used as a change of pace to Moreno, he still was able to gain 610 total yards and scored four touchdowns. Denver is likely going to want to make sure that Moreno is fresh for the playoffs, so look for them to give Ball more touches this week so they can rest Moreno and give Ball more game experience. Look for Ball to get into the end zone this week.

The Bengals' plan when they drafted him was not to overuse rookie Giovani Bernard, having him split touches with the Law Firm -- despite Bernard showing he had bigger play ability; the Bengals held strong to this, so both would be fresh come playoffs. Bernard has proven to be a weapon in the passing game as well as the running game -- he already has 51 receptions for 463 yards and three touchdowns. The Bengals face the Ravens this week, in a big game that will help decide a lot in the playoffs. Last time Bernard faced the Ravens he totaled 95 yards with eight receptions and a touchdown.

It is definitely a surprise to most that despite the Colts' trade for Trent Richardson, it is Donald Brown that has become the go-to RB in Indianapolis. Brown has not only been the more consistent back, he has been the more explosive back. Brown is coming off his best game of the season, as he totaled 110 yards and scored two touchdowns and will look to make some more big plays this week as the Colts face the second worst rush defense in the NFL, Jacksonville. Brown makes for a solid start at RB2 or flex.

Emmanuel Sanders will be hitting free agency at just the right time. Sanders has already surpassed his career high in all receiving categories and will look to add to it this week vs. the Browns. Look for shut down corner Joe Haden to cover Antonio Brown, leaving Sanders to make the plays. Last time these two teams met, Sanders had six receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Look for much of the same this time around. Sanders' value is higher in PPR leagues. He did slip and fall in the game against Green Bay, so follow his practice situation. If he plays, start him.