We are here, it is fantasy football championship week, and if you are reading this, you are in it! First, Congratulations and good luck this week. Let’s remember what got us here and not shy away from what has worked. That includes playing the players that got us here. Defense and Kicker are two areas where you can find an edge on your opponent. They have such variance each week and can be found on the waivers. Here are my Week 17 Fantasy Football rankings!
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Updated Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings: Who Should I Start?
Below are my full positional and flex rankings for Week 17. The table is updated and will continue to update as news comes in, and things change. There are several pieces of news to watch, from Ja’Marr Chase to Jacoby Brissett.
Make sure you are giving us a follow to stay up with the latest news on YouTube, where you can find shorts. My highlighted players below are players I am higher on this week than ECR and players you might be considering starting or sitting. We won’t be discussing Travis Kelce or Christian McCaffrey.
We have you covered, and you can check out all of our rankings on the website. These are my rankings on the FantasyPros ECR. I have highlighted some players that I am higher on than the expert consensus. Good luck this week, and if you want any advice this season, please reach out. The easiest way to find us is by joining our Patreon and our Discord.
Starts of The Week
QB – Jordan Love, GB vs. MIN (15th)
Jordan Love is QB6 on the year, and in the past six games, he has finished in the top 9 four times. He was QB18 the last time these teams faced off, but we have seen a much better Green Bay offense as of late. The rookies have really emerged. Reed, Kraft, and Wicks have all contributed. Aaron Jones is back, and Green Bay can smell the playoffs.
He has improved as the season has come on, playing better under pressure and throwing multiple touchdowns. Love has had at least two touchdowns in six of his last seven games. Jaren Hall gets the start for Minnesota. This could lead to some turnovers and short fields for Love. He is a streaming option in 1QB formats and a solid QB2 in Superflex this week.
QB – Matthew Stafford, LAR @ NYG (18th)
The Los Angeles Rams are one of the most dangerous teams in the league right now. They have had injuries to all of their major pieces, and they are all healthy going into this matchup. Stafford, with a healthy Kyren, Kupp, and Cooper at his disposal, is dangerous.
This is also a plus matchup against a Giants team that is banged up. Giants have struggled since trading away Leonard Williams. They could be without Dexter Lawrence as well as Deonte Banks this week. This offense is too much for this defense. Stafford is a top-10 option this week for me.
Honorable Mentions: Brock Purdy at WAS, Gardner Minshew vs. LV, and Geno Smith vs. PIT
RB – Zamir White, LV vs. IND (29th)
Josh Jacobs is doubtful. Underdog is heavy on the Zamir White projections. I am taking this as a sign that Jacobs is out, and that means White is in my lineups.
He has been incredible since taking over and is a great sign for potential next season. Zamir has scored 17.5 points exactly in each game. White had 17 and 22 carries in the last two weeks, rushing for a combined 213 yards. This is a plus matchup, and as long as Jacobs is out, you need to start Zeus.
RB – D’Andre Swift, PHI vs. AZ (31st)
Swift has been frustrating this year due to his lack of touchdown production. The tush push is a real pain in the ass for Swift fantasy managers. Watching Swift get tackled at the one and seeing Jalen Hurts run it in is a weekly occurrence.
Arizona is one of the best matchups in the league, and they are giving up the second most points to fantasy running backs. Swift will come through this week, and Philadelphia will roll over the Cardinals this week.
Honorable Mentions: Austin Ekeler at DEN, Ty Chandler at GB, Najee Harris at SEA
WR – Rashee Rice, KC vs. CIN (23rd)
This rookie class has been fantastic this season. Rashee Rice has been one of the best wide receivers in football during the second half of the year.
Last week Rice let you down, WR35 finish. But, his prior four games included finishes of WR3, 7, 12, and 22. Rice has received no less than 9 targets in his last five games. Kansas City needs a statement game, and this offense needs Rice to be a big part of it.
WR – Nico Collins, HOU vs. TEN (28th)
C.J. Stroud is back, and that means Nico Collins is back in your lineups. He scored a touchdown last week and didn’t let you down, but you didn’t get the yardage that you are accustomed to this year. In Nico’s last three games with Stroud, he had 65, 104, and 191 receiving yards.
He was targeted 32 times in those three games and caught 23 of those passes. Collins has 7 touchdowns on the year. Look for Stroud to bounce back and Nico to have a big day.
Honorable Mentions: Jayden Reed vs. MIN, Jakobi Meyers at IND, George Pickens at SEA
TE – Darren Waller vs. LAR (27th)
Darren Waller had a ton of hype this offseason, and he has really let us down. The Giants offense was a mess at the beginning of the season and then once he got going, he got hurt. He is finally back, and his best games have actually been with Tyrod Taylor.
The Rams are in the top five in yards allowed to the tight end position. Waller, with Tyrod, has gone five for 43 and seven for 98 yards. He is a streaming option this week with a great matchup.
Honorable Mentions: Trey McBride at PHI, Isaiah Likely vs. MIA, Chigoziem Okonkwo at HOU
D/ST – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. CAR (30th)
Targeting bad offensive lines and bad quarterbacks is a great weekly strategy for streaming defenses. Carolina and Bryce Young have fit the bill every week this year.
They are currently number two on the season for most fantasy points allowed to defense and specialist teams. At this point, they are allowing over 11 points per game to the position. I am targeting them each week for the fantasy football playoffs if I can.
Honorable Mentions: HOU vs TEN, LAR at NYG, DEN vs. LAC, GB at MIN
Sits of The Week
QB – Jake Browning, CIN at KC (3rd)
The clock struck midnight on Jake Browning last week, and it was ugly. He has no Ja’Marr Chase, and if you watched the game, a lot of those interceptions were tipped. Three of the four were tipped, but he still had four interceptions and struggled. He gets a tougher opponent this week, and it’s still questionable if Ja’Marr Chase can play.
Browning gets a slight bump if Chase is in, but you still can’t trust him this week against a Kansas City defense that is allowing the 3rd fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks.
QB – Jacoby Brissett/Sam Howell vs. SF (5th)
San Francisco is a tough matchup for any quarterback. Now we have Jacoby Brissett with a tight hamstring or Sam Howell with a broken confidence. This is just not a great combination. Howell has been benched two weeks in a row mid-game, and he is struggling badly.
This is not the Washington defense he faces in practice. San Francisco is allowing the 5th least amount of points to the position. Chase Young is hungry for revenge, I am sitting both these guys.
RB – Khalil Herbert, CHI at ATL (2nd)
Khalil Herbert bounced back and had a monster last week, most likely on your bench. Do not chase points! Herbert faces a tough Atlanta defense that is allowing the second least amount of points to fantasy running backs. He has Justin Fields, Roschon Johnson, and D’Onta Foreman to compete with.
He isn’t a must-sit, but there are far better options you should turn to this week. Herbert finished inside the top 24 only twice this year, don’t do it.
RB – Chuba Hubbard, CAR at JAX (19th)
Hubbard is a floor play due to the volume, and he has been getting a ton of it. You love to see the volume. You just wish it was on a better offense. He gets you a safe 11-12 points each week, and you do not have to sit him this week. But, to win your championship, you are shooting for upside, and Hubbard just has not had it.
The lack of pass-catching and scoring opportunities lowers his ceiling. Also, Jacksonville has also allowed the sixth least rushing yards on the season.
WR – Terry McLaurin, WAS at SF (20th)
Terry McLaurin has been hit or miss this year, and Howell’s struggles have held him down recently. He only performed with Brissett, and that saved him from a really rough week. McLaurin has had one top-five performance in the past three weeks.
This is great, but the other two weeks, he was WR52 and WR46. Prior to that, he had three weeks of WR38, WR46, and WR23. He has been a top-24 option only five times this year. Terry isn’t so scary this week.
WR – Diontae Johnson, PIT at SEA (21st)
If you look at all of the player props and projections, Diontae has fallen quite a bit. His last three weeks have been duds. He is ice cold, catching only two for 15 last week.
Mason Rudolph is chucking it deep and that fits George Pickens’ game a bit better. Diontae is a WR3 for me this week and someone that I am only playing in deep leagues. Seattle can be beaten, but this is just not a bet I want to take this week.
TE – Tucker Kraft, GB at MIN (2nd)
Tucker Kraft has been playing great and has stepped up with Christian Watson injured. But Minnesota is a tough matchup, and Kraft is a streaming option at best this week. They are allowing the second least amount of fantasy points to the tight end position.
They have not allowed a tight end to score a touchdown in three straight weeks. Kraft has been a great fill-in to help you, but you should be able to find a better option this week.
D/ST – Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (11th)
The Miami Dolphins are not an offense you want to start any defense against. Baltimore is great and a defense you typically want to start. They were ferocious last week in a tough matchup against San Francisco. Miami is just a tough matchup. They are not allowing a lot of points to fantasy defenses.
They don’t turn the ball over a lot, and they are extremely efficient in the endzone. On top of that, they are a big play machine with the track team they put out on Sundays. Baltimore helped get you here, but let someone else take the baton this week.