Week 17 Offensive Sleepers

A look at the best under the radar plays of Week 17


Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago (at Minnesota) - Trubisky was a Week 16 bust, but he is still playing to create momentum in 2020 and keep his job as the Bears starting quarterback. The Vikings, on the other hand, had one of the flattest performances of the season in Week 16 and appear to be looking ahead to a wild card matchup that was clinched when the Rams lost to the 49ers last week. The Vikings pass defense has been suspect all season and Trubisky had been successfully airing it out of the last month before being grounded in Week 16.

Drew Lock, Denver (vs Oakland) - The Raiders defense has looked good against Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco and Ryan Finley this season and that’s about it. Sam Darnold, Chase Daniel, Jacoby Brissett, and Gardner Minshew have all thrown for multiple scores against them this year, and they’ve allowed four games of at least 391 passing yards. Lock has been playing well since taking over except when he was in a winter wonderland against Kansas City.

Robert Griffin III III, Baltimore (vs Pittsburgh) - Lamar Jackson will sit in Week 17, opening the door for Griffin to build his resume as a potential bridge quarterback or second chance starter in 2021 after his contract is up, or possibly creating a trade market for his service this offseason. The Steelers are still playing for a playoff spot and will present a stiff test for Griffin, but the built-in rushing upside of the Ravens offense gives him a high ceiling.

Brett Hundley, Arizona (at Los Angeles Rams) - Kyler Murray could still play on his injured hamstring and foul up Hundley’s outlook, but as long as the Cardinals are conservative with their franchise quarterback and let Hundley start, the Arizona backup could put himself back on the NFL’s radar. Hundley will be a free agent next year and he appeared to be eager to pull down the ball and run last week in relief of Murray, which gives him some upside this week.

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