Week 17 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings (PPR): Tom Brady crushing his easy matchups

Last week, Tom Brady topped quarterback fantasy points from 348 passing yards and four passing touchdowns to get himself 29.92 fantasy points against the Detroit Lions. This upcoming week is the final week for the regular season, which means it is the last week for fantasy football championships. Whether your championship stems for two weeks or this is the first and last week of fantasy championships, check out the rankings for quarterbacks in fantasy football next week. Next week will be tough to rank, considering some quarterbacks, such as Patrick Mahomes, may not play the entirety of their games.

RankTierNameAverage Points Week 17 Opponent
11Tom Brady20.62ATL
21Aaron Rodgers24.08@ CHI
31Deshaun Watson23.3TEN
42Lamar Jackson22.61@ CIN
52Ryan Tannehill21.46@ HOU
62Kirk Cousins18.66@ DET
73Josh Allen25.18MIA
83Justin Herbert22.13@ KC
94Patrick Mahomes25.36LAC
104Russell Wilson23.64@ SF

Tier One Quarterbacks

Tom Brady had an excellent week last week against the Detroit Lions, who have allowed eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Brady and the Buccaneers put up 34 points in the first half, which lead to Tom Brady sitting for a lot of the second half of play. Nonetheless, Brady still had just under 30 fantasy points on the week and placed second on the week in fantasy points for quarterbacks. He will be taking on the Atlanta Falcons next week, who have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks and wide receivers this season.

Aaron Rodgers had an excellent game in the snow at home versus the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night of week 16. Rodgers threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception. He put up 25.14 fantasy points in week 16, which was the sixth most for a quarterback on the week. He and the Packers will be taking on the Chicago Bears next week, who he put up 25.34 fantasy points on early in the year. He will be competing to try to lock up the NFC playoff bye with a win in that game.

Deshaun Watson put up a great outing against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, throwing for 324 yards, three touchdowns, and rushing the ball for 38 yards. He put up the third-most fantasy points for quarterbacks on the week behind Tom Brady for 26.76 points. After having seen J.J Watt’s powerful post-game speech that was filled with frustration about his team, it looks as if the Texans will be playing hard next weekend against the Tennessee Titans to keep them from winning the AFC South. Watson and his crew should have a great game considering the Titans have allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and wide receivers this season.

Tier Two Quarterbacks

Lamar Jackson put up 183 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and 80 rushing yards on the New York Giants last game. Jackson recorded 21.32 fantasy points to secure him the 11th spot in the weekly fantasy standings. Jackson and the Ravens still need to fight to remain in the playoffs, as there are five teams in the AFC that have a 10-5 record as of this week. Jackson will be taking on the Cincinnati Bengals next week, in what should be an easy win. The Bengals have a poor rushing defense, which is a great sign for Lamar heading into the week.

Ryan Tannehill was kept quite contained against the Packers in the snow at Lambeau Field on Sunday night. Tannehill threw for just 121 yards and two total touchdowns while being intercepted twice in the game. The Titans are one of the five teams in the AFC that have a 10-5 record and are in a dog fight with the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC South title. Luckily, the Titans will play the Houston Texans next week, who have allowed the tenth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the fifth most to receivers. The last time these two teams played, the Titans won with a Derrick Henry touchdown in overtime.

Kirk Cousins is ranked quite high in the quarterback rankings due to his matchup with the Detroit Lions next week. The Detroit Lions have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the tenth most to wide receivers. Last week, Kirk Cousins threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns against the elite defense of the New Orleans Saints. But, against the Lions’ injured secondary, Kirk and his band of elite skill players should fair well for fantasy football.

Tier Three Quarterbacks

Josh Allen has averaged 25.18 fantasy points this season with one of the best quarterback averages for fantasy football. On Monday night, he crushed the Patriots, putting up 32.3 fantasy points. Next week, he will be taking on the Miami Dolphins, who allowed over 34 fantasy points to Josh Allen in week two of this season.

Justin Herbert had a seriously tough outing against the Denver Broncos, where he threw for 253 yards and just one passing touchdown. That got him just 16.72 fantasy points for the 19th spot in the fantasy standings last week. Herbert has continued to hover around the top ten in the past few weeks and could still make a late appearance at the party in week 17. He will take on the Kansas City Chiefs next week, who just allowed Matt Ryan to put up 300 yards and two touchdowns against them. Herbert could have a great game if the Chiefs rest their starters for the playoffs.

Tier Four Quarterbacks

Patrick Mahomes’s status for week 17 is uncertain, but because a loss would not hurt the Chiefs’ chances of snatching the number one seed in the AFC, I can only assume the worst. Mahomes had a tough outing against the Atlanta Falcons that came down to a missed field goal for the tie from Younghoe Koo at the end of the game. He still put up the 14th most fantasy points last week with 19.22 points. I would not get my hopes up about his performance next week. But, if he does play even one half of football, the Chargers have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and Mahomes could take advantage.

Russell Wilson had a minimally used game against the Los Angeles Rams last game with just 225 passing yards and two total touchdowns. This still got him 13th on the fantasy standings for 19.9 fantasy points. Wilson and the Seahawks have a chance to take over the first seed in the NFC playoffs next week with a win over the 49ers and a Packers’ loss to the Chicago Bears. The 49ers’ defense will be tough, but the Seahawks have a large motive to win that game.

Honorable Mentions

Kyler Murray had a struggle-filled game last week against the San Francisco 49ers. Murray threw for 275 yards and ran for 70 yards, but failed to create any touchdowns in the game while turning the ball over once. It has come up this week that Kyler Murray’s status is questionable for next week’s game due to a lower leg injury, so his potential for fantasy does not look well for the top ten against the Los Angeles Rams.

I have played football, baseball, hockey, golf, and basketball separately when I was young. Now I run cross country and track for DePaul University. My favorite part about sport is the mental strength. I am a big fan of all of the Chicago sports teams that don’t end in “Cubs.”

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