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Week 17 Shore Thing Sleepers

by IBT Media Staff

“Shore Thing Sleepers” isn’t your ordinary fantasy football Week 17 start/sit article. Instead, our analyst duo of Seth Woolcock and Nate Polvogt highlight lower-valued players that can provide starting-caliber production for a specific week. These are usually players near the end of your bench or even on the waiver wire/free agency. You can catch an additional sleeper pick live at the end of our weekly in-season Friday podcast episode.

Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues.

Week 17 Start/Sit Consideration: Shore Thing Sleepers

Isaiah Hodgins (WR, New York Giants) | 4.8 Percent

Quietly, Isaiah Hodgins has been a PPR WR1 over the past month. Defenders aren’t respecting him, as shown in his 5.81 average cushion (No. 1 amongst WRs). And Daniel Jones is making them pay, delivering balls at an 88.1 catchable target rate (sixth-best amongst WRs).

With Jones coming off a career-high in completions (30) and Hodgins seeing a career-high 12 targets last week, I like his chances against Colts, who have been the best matchup for opposing WRs over the last month. Seth Woolcock

Trenton Irwin (WR, Cincinnati Bengals) | 0.2 Percent

While he’s not a household name, Bengals wideout Trenton Irwin has entered the fantasy football conversation over the last few weeks. Thrust into the spotlight thanks to a slew of injuries, he has done as much as you would hope for with the unexpected opportunity.

Since making his 2022 debut in Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns, Irwin has been targeted a career-high 21 times, catching 14 of those passes for 219 yards and four touchdowns. While not especially impressive on it’s own, he has three games with double-digit PPR point totals. Last week, he logged 19.5 PPR points and two touchdowns against the Patriots. 

This week, the Bengals host the Buffalo Bills. This game could determine who gets a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. The Bills’ secondary has been middle-of-the-road of late. There are a lot of mouths to feed in this high-powered Cincinnati offense. However, Irwin has proven to be a reliable deep threat and is a candidate to snag another touchdown this week. While his fantasy floor is as low as they come, his boom potential is undeniable. Considering he is rostered in less than one percent of ESPN leagues, he’s worth a free roster add and a potential FLEX play on this championship Sunday. – Nate Polvogt

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