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Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 17: Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson Good Bets Against Broncos

Fantasy football leagues still holding their playoffs will look for all the help they can get on this final Sunday of the regular season. The Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers offer several intriguing possibilities to help teams win their league championships.


Philip Rivers, Chargers: This is a no-brainer. Rivers has been one of the top fantasy quarterbacks this season and was named as a backup on the AFC Pro Bowl team earlier in the week. In his previous game this season against the Broncos, Rivers threw for four touchdowns. Can he repeat that on the road this time?

Status: Start

Tim Tebow, Broncos: Tebow is riding high entering this match-up against one of the best statistical defenses in the league. His 308-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Texans is surely making owners consider him for a start this week. Ride the hot hand.

Status: Start


Ryan Mathews, Chargers: Mike Tolbert is out this week, so Mathews will get the start. The Broncos still can't stop the run.

Status: Start

Knowshon Moreno, Broncos: Moreno has battled a rib injury the last two weeks, missing most of both games. One bad hit and he could be out of most of Sunday's contest.

Status: Sit

Correll Buckhalter, Broncos: Buckhalter picked up the slack when Moreno left the game and had a rushing and a receiving touchdown against the Texans. Interim coach Eric Studesville says he wants to play the hot hand, and that belongs to Buckhalter for the moment.

Status: Start at a flex position


Vincent Jackson, Chargers: Two weeks ago, Jackson lit up fantasy scores when he caught three touchdown passes and had 112 receiving yards. Other than that, Jackson has been quiet in the games he has played (he served a suspension after signing his contract tender in October). The Broncos secondary is poor and Jackson has Rivers throwing the ball to him, potentially leading to a huge day.

Status: Start

Brandon Lloyd, Broncos: The quarterback switch to Tim Tebow has actually helped Lloyd, a Pro Bowl selection, over the last two weeks.

Status: Start


The Chargers are a decent start if they can stop Tebow, but, as usual, stay far, far away from the Broncos. That's a disaster waiting to happen.