Liz Loza offers up a couple of players who could create some fantasy damage in Week 17.
LIZ LOZA: You know, there's nothing better for the old blood pressure than pinning your championship hopes on a player that's logged just 57 total snaps on the season. But hey, if your heart held up over the last two years, it's probably fine, just like Ke'shawn Vaughn. In week 16, the Bucs RB2 carried the rock seven times for 70 yards and a score.
He also logged a snap share of nearly 35% with Leonard Fournette and Gio Bernard sidelined. That kind of involvement, in combination with a positive game script-- listen, the Bucs are 13 and 1/2 point favorites-- gives Vaughn flex appeal. Don't forget-- and I'm not sure you could. Matt mentioned a little earlier as well. The Jets have been the most generous team to opposing running backs, allowing an average of over 33 fantasy points per week to the position. Wow!
Well, if you thought Vaughn was kind of a deep dig, how about John Bates? It is possible that you don't even know who that is, so I'm gonna tell you. A fourth round rookie out of Boise State, Bates has managed a snap share above 68% since Logan Thomas tore his ACL in week 13. A lot of people thought that Ricky Seals-Jones would replace Thomas in the starting lineup, but Bates has not only recorded more snaps, he's also run more routes. And he out-targeted RSJ in week 16, converting two of three balls for 45 yards and his first career score. I think he finds the end zone again today versus the Eagles. Philly has been ultra generous to tight ends, allowing the most fantasy points and 12 touchdowns, including one to Evan Engram [LAUGHS] last week to the position. So if you're throwing darts, man, give the big man John Bates--