Last week’s matchup against the Saints wasn’t so good for Tannehill and Brown, despite the former throwing three touchdowns and extending his run of consecutive games with two or more touchdowns to six. The pair showed just a single glimpse of what they can do last time out, connecting for just one 34-yard reception. But keep faith in the pair on Sunday when they face a Houston Texans defence ranked 30th against the pass and 28th in total defence.
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Saints receiver Thomas has been this year’s outstanding receiver. The 26-year-old wideout has the league’s most receiving yards (1,688), easily the most receptions (145) and the third most touchdowns (9). If Lamar Jackson wasn’t playing so well, maybe Thomas’ name would be mentioned in a few MVP conversations. Thomas proved his class yet again in Week 16, notching up 101 yards and a touchdown over 10 receptions. Sunday’s opponents, the Carolina Panthers, show to be a favourable matchup – they’re ranked 25th in total defence.
Broncos tight end Fant isn’t usually a name that comes to mind when picking your fantasy lineup, but Week 17 is different. Fant has averaged 9.3 fantasy points over his last three games and could be worth a punt at £5,600 when he faces the Oakland Raiders’ 25th-ranked pass defence on Sunday, especially if he can bump up your score by 10 points while freeing up some cash for elsewhere.
Dallas wideout Cooper flopped in last week’s make-or-break post-season decider against the Eagles, catching just four of his 12 target for 24 yards. Cooper is a talented receiver that simply isn’t finding the endzone right now – he has a total 6.8 fantasy points in his past two games and has caught just a single touchdown in his last six matches.
The Packers are probably best known for their lightning offence under the stewardship of all-time great quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but it’s their defence that should command your fantasy attention on Sunday. For the second week in a row, I’m backing the defence that faces the Lions, who have struggled on offence without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Detroit now rank 17th in total offence, eighth in passing and 22nd in rushing, making them somewhat one-dimensional and a team that relies on the quality of its quarterback. Green Bay will be licking their lips as they sit fourth in the league for most interceptions (16) and have given up an average of just 19.53 PPG this season.