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Exploiting the Matchups: A Golden Opportunity

Luke Hoover

Luke Hoover has covered fantasy football for since 2011 and is most proud of recommending Victor Cruz as a starter in his breakout game against the Eagles. He's a lifelong fan of Notre Dame, the Packers and, unfortunately, the Knicks.

One week to go and what feels like 188 injured stars later and we’re finally faced with the last week of the 2017 campaign. If you’re still alive, you likely were carried by one or more of a half-dozen stud running backs and maybe one of the three truly consistent pass catchers. Perhaps you made all the right start decisions and earned this more than those opponents that simply rode Todd Gurley, a Saints tailback or DeAndre Hopkins to get this far. Either way, if you’re playing in the last week of the regular season, you’re still a few crucial decisions away from a title.

Maybe more than any week on the fantasy calendar, opportunity is king in Week 17. Teams rest players, injuries open doors to unlikely heroes and motivations run the gamut from “get me the bleep to the offseason” to “let’s do this” for teams in do-or-die games for their playoff lives. My recipe for success in the final stanza is this: ride hot hands, take advantage of extreme matchups (a.k.a. feed on injury-

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