Campbell continues to play poorly to close out the season. His yardage declined for the second straight game last week as he threw for a paltry 144 yards and 0 TDs in the win over the Eagles. He's topped 230 yards passing only once in his past eight games. The 49ers have a poor pass defense (224.3 yards per game) but Campbell's poor play is too much to ignore so he isn't a good reach despite the favorable matchup on paper. Keep him benched.
Portis appears to be running out of steam. Although he scored last week, he rushed for only 70 yards on 22 carries against the Eagles. He has only one TD in his past eight games and has been held under 80 yards rushing in six of his past seven. The 49ers allow 105.6 rushing yards a game so Portis has a good chance to do well if he has some spring to his step. Given his recent struggles it's best not to get carried away with your expectations, though. He should be a solid RB2 but there may not be much upside left with him as the season comes to a close.
With Portis hobbling a bit last week, Betts was more involved than usual, rushing seven times for 23 yards and catching five passes for 43 more. He'll likely get 8-10 touches at least again this week to keep Portis fresh. His role as a receiver in the passing game gives him mild flex value in PPR leagues and that's the only thing he should be considered in as long as Portis is able to play.
Moss had another quiet game last week, catching five passes for only 28 yards in the win over the Eagles. He has been held under 75 yards receiving in each of the past seven games and has only one touchdown in that span. The 49ers will give up production in the passing game so Moss has a chance to put together a decent game at the very least. It's best not to expect anyone in this offense to go off given its struggles but Moss has some upside as a WR3 this week so he's a viable starting option.
Randle El had another miserable game last week, catching only one pass for the second game in a row. He has only seven receptions in his past three games and with Campbell struggling there's no reason to think Randle El will regain the mild PPR value he held early in the season. He shouldn't be started in any league this week.
Cooley continues to be brought down by Campbell's poor play. He caught only four passes for 28 yards last week and has been held under 55 yards receiving in five of his past six games. He also has just one touchdown catch the entire season. On paper, this is a fine matchup for the Redskins' passing game but with Campbell playing poorly, Cooley is riskier than usual so if you have a more productive option go in that direction this week.
Suisham has offered little value for fantasy owners in recent weeks. He scored only four points last week and has just 15 in his last three games. The Redskins' offense is sputtering and Suisham isn't producing so he's a poor fantasy option this week.
The Redskins continue to play tough defense but they don't generate many scoring opportunities for their fantasy owners. The matchup is favorable again for them this week as the Niners lack a dynamic offense and have a hobbling star RB in Frank Gore. But there's little reason to believe the Redskins will be a standout option this week when they've spent the entire season disappointing their fantasy owners.
Hill struggled early last week and was nearly benched, but he regrouped in the second half to lead the Niners to the win over St. Louis. He finished with 216 yards and 2 TDs, the second time in three weeks he's thrown two touchdown passes in a game. He's topped 200 yards passing in six of his last seven games but the matchup is tough this week as Washington allows only 190.5 passing yards a game. Even at home, Hill lacks the talent to overcome this tough defense so find another option this week.
Gore sat out his second straight game last week with an ankle injury but the Niners believe he'll be able to play this week. His return will be a boost for the San Francisco offense but the combination of him being at less than 100 percent and a tough Washington run defense (93.7 yards a game) makes him less desirable than usual. If he's close to full strength you know he'll be very active so he'll be tough to sit. But it's best to temper your expectations this week and consider Gore more of a RB2 as opposed to his usual RB1 self.
Foster came up real small last week despite having a great matchup against the Rams. He started in place of Gore but rushed for only 36 yards on 12 carries. Gore is expected to return this week and even if his touches are somewhat limited Foster shouldn't be started in any league.
Bruce continues to defy Father Time. He caught seven passes for 61 yards and a TD last week and has caught at least five passes in each of the past five games. He's also topped 60 yards receiving in each of those games with three TDs. He's playing great but this is a tough matchup as the Redskins don't allow much in the passing game. Bruce likely won't go off but he's been a strong WR2 for over a month now so he's well worth starting given how active he's been and will continue to be.
Johnson hash had some modest success in recent weeks. He caught four passes for 60 yards in Week 16 and has 15 receptions in his past three games. He's been very active but this is a tough matchup and he's not looking very good this week even as a WR4 in larger leagues. Play it safe and look elsewhere for a WR option on Sunday.
Morgan had a rare good game last week against the Rams, catching two passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. He has only 17 receptions this season and hasn't garnered a consistent role in the passing game. Facing a tough Washington pass defense isn't the week to gamble on him so keep him benched.
Davis' miserable fantasy season is about to come to an end. He had another lackluster game in Week 16, catching only one pass for 17 yards. He has only 28 receptions this season and ranks as one of this year's biggest TE busts. Don't expect a revival in Week 17.
Nedney managed only five points last week in the 49ers' win over the Rams. He has scored only 20 points the past three games and lacks upside given San Francisco's lack of talent offensively. The Niners tend to play better at home so they could have some success moving the ball before stalling in the Red Zone. That gives Nedney some mild potential this week but he's not a strong option by any means. Find another starter if you can.
The 49ers continue to struggle defensively. They are giving up 23.8 points per game and even a matchup against the struggling Jason Campbell doesn't make them very enticing. They should get after Campbell and force him into a mistake or two but stopping Clinton Portis won't be easy. It's best not to gamble your Week 17 hopes on a defense that has been one of the league's worst this year.