We had one of our best weeks in a while last week, going 3-0 during a pivotal time of the season to push us to 64-66 on the year. If your playing this week, you are either in your league championship in an ESPN league (if so congratulations on making it this far), or playing in the Daily Fantasy Leagues hoping to win just a little more this year. Either way, we are here to help, so with that we begin Start ’em Up for week 17:

QB- Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders (Fanduel Price- $7000, DraftKings Price- $5100)

Smith is one of those quarterbacks who will probably never get the respect he truly deserves, even though he is about to finish a season where he led his team back from a 1-5 start and the loss of one of the best running backs in the league (Jamaal Charles), to win nine straight games and make the playoffs while also being in position to possibly win the AFC West, which is impressive by any stretch of the imagination. This week he takes on a susceptible Raiders defense that has given up either a touchdown pass or 300 passing yards in all but one game this season and has nothing left to play for. The Chiefs could win the division with a win here and a Broncos loss, so at the very least you know he has a ton riding on this game. Quality start this week.

RB- Demarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (FD- $5900, DK- $4000)

As much as Murray has had an awful season in Philadelphia, you have to be intrigued at his chances this week, now that Chip Kelly has been fired, as its pretty obvious Murray never really had a chance in his offense. The Giants defense is one of the worst in the league against the run, so the opportunity was always there, but now with Pat Schurmur calling the plays this week, he has a legitimate shot to make it up to owners who thought he was still a top-15 back this season by playing like one in the final week.

WR- Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks (FD- $6500, DK- $5200)

The fourth year pro has really turned on the gas over the last half of the season, with five 100-yard games over his last seven and being targeted heavily and consistently on a weekly basis. While the match up against the Seahawks may not be the most attractive on paper, we know Seattle can be beaten on the road, and the Cardinals are playing for a shot at home-field advantage in the playoffs if they win and Carolina loses, so head coach Bruce Arians will be pulling out all the stops, and that includes unleashing a big game from Floyd, who looks poised to be the No. 1 receiver for the Cardinals when Larry Fitzgerald finally hangs them up. Expect big things this week out of Floyd.

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