For the vast majority of the fantasy football world, Week 17 represents championship week – the one for all the marbles. Do you go with the players who got you here, even if they have difficult matchups? Or can you trust some of the streaking players who have been playing well off the waiver wire? The lineup decisions you make this week could come back to haunt you all offseason, or they could be the difference-maker in you winning a title. In this article, I’ll share my rankings and my thoughts on some of the most-discussed players in start/sit decisions this week.
NFL Week 17 Quarterback Rankings
- Kyler Murray: There’s going to be some concern over Kyler Murray this week after he has been held under 22 fantasy points in each of his last three games, but you can’t bench him. Unless you happen to have Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes hanging around on your bench, you’re starting Murray in your championship regardless of matchup.
- Trey Lance: With Jimmy Garoppolo set to miss an extended amount of time, Trey Lance is the starting quarterback for the 49ers until further notice. As a run-heavy quarterback who compares to his North Dakota State predecessor Josh Allen, Lance will have a great chance to produce against a weak Texans’ defense. He’s my favorite streamer of the week.
- Russell Wilson: The Seahawks may not have won last week, but Russell Wilson had over 16 fantasy points for the fourth time in five weeks. This week, he faces a beatable Lions’ defense. While he hasn’t had his usual upside since returning from injury, Wilson should produce in this matchup and is worth starting.
- Tom Brady: It may feel wrong, but benching Tom Brady isn’t the worst idea this week. Sure, he faces a Jets defense with one of the worst secondaries in the league. However, with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans absent, the team doesn’t have the same level of offensive firepower, and Brady’s upside suffers as a result. He’s as safe as they come, but if you need better upside, you can play other options.
NFL Week 17 Running Back Rankings
- Rashaad Penny: I was a bit skeptical of Penny’s fantasy value last week, but he dominated the snap share and had 17 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown. While he didn’t catch a pass, he’s clearly the team’s top running back moving forward, and he should be started against a weak Detroit run defense.
- Dare Ogunbowale: With James Robinson injured and Carlos Hyde still out, Dare Ogunbowale has suddenly entered the realm of fantasy value. Don’t expect a monstrous performance against the Patriots, but if you need a safe 10 PPR points, he’s likely good for that. He’s the best waiver wire option at the position this week.
- Darrel Williams: Clyde Edwards-Helaire is out for the foreseeable future, leaving Darrel Williams as the team’s starter. A matchup against the Bengals isn’t ideal, but Williams has over 11 PPR points in three of his last four and six of his last eight games; he’s a safe bet to hit that number again.
- Devin Singletary: The Bills have made Singletary a much bigger part of the offense lately as he has 17+ touches in each of the past two weeks. This week against the Falcons, Buffalo should have a very positive game script, and I’m banking on Singletary getting plenty of work to propel him to another solid fantasy finish.
NFL Week 17 Wide Receiver Rankings
- Amon-Ra St. Brown: From seemingly out of nowhere, rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown has emerged as one of the most consistent receivers in fantasy football – he has been the WR5 in PPR points over the last three weeks. D’Andre Swift’s likely return this week could steal some targets from St. Brown, but I still like him as a solid WR2 option.
- Tyler Boyd: While Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins have been lighting the league on fire, Tyler Boyd had quietly been incredibly productive as well, with double-digit PPR points in four straight weeks. The Chiefs’ secondary is tough, but with all of the attention on Chase and Higgins, Boyd should have plenty of opportunity for another solid game.
- Brandon Aiyuk: The 49ers’ second-year wideout has been playing much better lately with 14+ PPR points in two of his last three games, but now the 49ers have an unknown variable of Trey Lance getting the start this week. The matchup against the Texans is good on paper, but it’s hard to bank on the run-first QB Lance having a massive pass volume in a game where San Francisco should be leading comfortably.
- D.J. Moore: It’s been another year where poor quarterback play has held back D.J. Moore, one of the best receiving talents in the NFL, but there is good reason for optimism this week. The Saints allow the tenth-most fantasy points to WRs this year and I trust Sam Darnold to get the ball to Moore more than I did Newton. You can start him as a low-end WR2.
NFL Week 17 Tight Ends Rankings
- Gerald Everett: Much to the chagrin of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett managers, Gerald Everett has become a massive part of the Seattle offense in recent weeks. He has 10+ PPR points in three straight games and now faces Detroit who are bad defensively across the board. Fire up Everett again as a low end TE1 with top-five upside.
- Foster Moreau: Just when I wrote that you can’t trust Moreau in your lineup for the rest of the year, he started a two-game streak with 10+ PPR points. With Darren Waller out this week again, Moreau can be trusted against a Colts’ defense that has struggled against the tight end this year.
- Cole Kmet: Despite having 5+ targets in five straight games, Kmet has only broken through the double-digit PPR line in two games. The Giants are an exploitable defense, but with the added variable of the unknown starting quarterback, I’m looking elsewhere for streaming value this week.
- Rob Gronkowski: Plenty of fantasy players were disappointed with a paltry outing from Gronkowski last week, but he still has a better chance of scoring a touchdown than practically anyone at the position and he could be in for a monstrous game against the Jets. Don’t overthink it, just put your faith in Brady and Gronk.