It’s championship week! Congratulations if you’re here, or even if you’re playing for third place, just to avoid the consolation bracket or last place. I appreciate you all, every year… unless you play with balls. Repeating last week’s format, I’ll explore the franchise starters with good and bad matchups for the Week 17 fantasy football rankings. Reminder! The 101 link (below) touches on all things weather, start/stop tough calls, and more, so read it first. Good luck with the final week (for most).
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Like last week, I’m going to mix it up a bit. At this point you don’t need a clause per player. So, using APA (link above) I’ll give you some good and bad matches. For beginners (aka, sleepers or possibly a bench). This does not mean that the good ones should start or that the bad ones should be placed everywhere. These are easy to copy plays and players who may think twice about the quality replacement they have.
- Aaron Rodgers, GB — Rodgers has been a floor game this season, but at least the Vikings have given up double-digit fantasy points to every quarterback this year… well… after Rodgers’ 3.7 points in Week 1.
- Russell Wilson, DEN – Speaking of the floor, Wilson has been hit hard with eight points in three of the last four games, but the Chiefs allowed Wilson to record his second-highest point total of the season in Week 14.
- Jared Goff, Det – Not only did Goff play well away from home, he had one of his best Week 16 games and now heads home to face the Bears.
- Brooke Purdy, S.F – Mack Jones is the only quarterback who hasn’t reached double-digit points with the Raiders, and Purdy has averaged between 14.3 and 21.7 per start.
- Taylor Heinecke/Carson Wentz, WH – Yes, the Browns have faced three of the worst quarterbacks in the last four games, but they’ve also limited Joe Burrow and Josh Allen, and teams can run against them without needing to pass.
- Deshaun Watson, CLE – Not only is Watson still rusty, but the Chiefs have allowed 18.4 points since Week 3 to top Justin Fields’ 18.4 points and Jalen Hurts’ 21.8 points.
- Derek Carr, L.V – When it comes to limiting quarterbacks, few – if any – do it better than the 49ers, who allow only two quarterbacks to reach 17.4 points, and eight to 10.3 points or less.
- Geno Smith, Sea – Smith’s last two games were poor with streaks of 238-1-0 and 215-1-1 against the 49ers and Chiefs, and now Smith must try to bounce back against the Jets. Since Week 3, they’ve held eight quarters to 14.1 points or less.
- Zonova Knight, New York – Knight finds the ideal matchup for the Seahawks, but most importantly, Mike White is back at quarterback, which helps the running back’s use as a receiver.
- Tyler Alger, ATL – The backfield has taken the lead with 20.1 and 13.7 over the last two games, and Algiers faced the Cardinals with a 27-108-0 rushing line and a 14-13-107-1 receiving line thanks to the addition of Leonard Fournette and Rashad White.
- Brian Robinson, WSH – Antonio Gibson is down, but even without him, the Browns are a comfortable matchup that teams can lean on in the run. Alvin Kamara was 20-76-1 against them on the ground last week.
- Zack Moss, IND – This feels risky in the state of the Colts’ offense, but Moss was the clear leader in Week 16 and saw bell-like performances, plus the Giants have struggled against the run all year.
- Jeff Wilson / Raheem Mostert, MI – Wilson is back at the helm in Week 16, but it was still a separation that could lead to a disappointing usage, plus we have a matchup with the Patriots defense and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback.
- Ken Walker, sea – It’s tough to bench Walker anywhere, but the Jets’ defense is solid everywhere, holding up under 4.0 YPC and no one other than Nick Chubb putting up 18.7 points. Even with 25 touches (22 rushing), Travis Etienne had just 112 yards for 4.5 yards per touchdown.
- Gus Edwards, ball – Edwards was a reliable floor RB3, but he could find it tough against the Steelers. Edwards went 13-for-66 in Week 14.
- Naje Harris, P.I.T – On the other hand, Harris has volume in his favor, but his game against Baltimore in week 14 is saved by a touchdown (12-for-33 rushing). In fact, the Ravens only allowed three running backs to rush for 80+ yards and no RB hit 100 (Nick Chubb came up short at 21-for-99).
- Christian Watson, Allan Lazard, Romeo Doubs, GB – If Watson is out, Lazard and Doubs must start. And if Watson plays, he’s locked in with Lazard and Dobbs as eligible upside plays. All three wide receivers averaged 9.9+ points last week against Minnesota, and just like in Week 14, four Detroit receivers averaged 10.4+ points against these Vikings.
- Brandin Cooks, Chris Moore, HOLD – Cooks is a solid WR3 as long as he doesn’t play, and when the Jaguars stopped the Jets, it was Zach Wilson and awful weather. The Jaguars have allowed two double-digit wideouts in five games and two of those three wideouts have hit that mark.
- Russell Gage, Mike Evans, TB – Gage Evans at no. 2, at least on production. If you’re looking for a reason to threaten Evans upside (like I just said, I can’t believe it), the Panthers are ripe for the picking after letting Goff shine for them outdoors.
- Rashid Shahid, no – This only happens if Chris Olave is out, because I only risk one Saints receiver a week. The Saints will have to come through to contend with the Eagles, and they have become more vulnerable in the second half of the season.
- Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel, WSH — Back in the Browns matchup, McClarin and Dotson could be tough to bench, but regardless of the quarterback, there’s more danger than usual.
- Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE – Same goes for the Browns duo, as the Chiefs have allowed Justin Jefferson to average 13.1 points since Week 7.
- From Jefferson, LAR – Of course the Rams beat the Broncos. But it wasn’t because of any wide-ranging performance, and the Chargers locked down opponents multiple times after everyone was healthy.
- Corey Davis, Elias Moore, NYJ – Even with White back, the Rams, 49ers and Chiefs haven’t had a WR top 31 yards in the past three weeks against Seattle, so it’s risky to gamble on Davis or Moore. On top of that, only 13 receivers have reached 10 points against the Seahawks, none better than 18.2, and five teams don’t have a scorer in double figures.
- Cole Kmet, Chi – Good match, no weather threat, and Kmet has 24 goals in last four games.
- Dalton Schultz, DAL – Schultz has been quiet the last two games but has had 10+ points in four of six games, and the Titans have given up some great tight ends this year (Evan Ingram and Mo Alli-Cox anyone?).
- Gerald Everett, L.A.C — Six double-digit tight ends allowed by the Rams since Week 8.
- Logan Thomas, WSH – Three double-digit scores from tight ends against the Browns (again, teams don’t need them) and one of them was Tessom Hill, rushing for 9-56-1.
- Tyler Higbee, LAR – Higbe is back in the mix with Baker Mayfield but could find it tough this week, again in light of the Chargers matchup. Like the Browns, they only allowed three double-digit points…however, one of those was Kelsey’s monster game.
- Hayden Hurst, C.I.N – Assuming he comes back, it’s risky to use Hurst with injuries and bills. Only Kelce — that guy must be good, huh — scored more than 8.0 points against them.
Week 17 fantasy football predictions
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Week 17 fantasy football rankings
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- We may have found a solution to the rankings widget issue using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three effects are customizable by me (unlike before) and the widget allows you to scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers. Whoa!
- Updated regularly, so check back until the lineup locks.
- DST grades are under the Standard Grading tab.
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