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Fantasy Football Standings Week 17: Sleepers, Start, Sit | Brock Purdy, Tyler Allgeier and more

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It’s championship week! Congratulations if you’re here, or even if you’re fighting for third place, the consolation bracket or just to avoid last place. I appreciate you all, every year… unless you’re playing with kickers. Repeating last week’s format, I’ll tackle the marginal starters with good and bad matchups for the Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings. Reminder! Link 101 (below) covers all the weather, initiating/making difficult calls, and more, so give that a read first. Good luck in the last week (for most).

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🚨 ATTENTION 🚨 These are sleepers. They will not mimic my rankings 100%. This is chasing the upside and usually comes with more risk.

Like last week, I’ll mix it up a bit. You don’t need a paragraph per player at this point. So using the APA (link above) I’ll give you some good and bad combinations for starters (aka, sleepers or possible Benchables). This does NOT mean the good ones have to be started or the bad ones have to be put everywhere. These are just a look at potential lead plays and players you might think twice about with a quality replacement in hand.


good pranks

  • Aaron Rodgers, GB – Rodgers is a ground 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 ground, Wilson hit hard with about eight points in three of the last four games, but the Chiefs let Wilson have his second-highest scoring of the season in Week 14.
  • Jared Goff, DET – Goff not only played well outdoors, but also had one of the best games of Week 16 and now returns home to face the Bears.
  • Brock Purdy, SF – Mac Jones is the only quarterback not to hit double-digit points against the Raiders, and Purdy scored between 14.3 and 21.7 points in each of his four appearances.

Bad Matches

  • Taylor Heinicke/Carson Wentz, WSH “Yes, the Browns had the advantage of facing three of the worst quarterbacks in the last four games, but they also limited Joe Burrow and Josh Allen, plus teams can run with them without needing the pass.
  • Deshaun Watson, CLE – In addition to Watson still being rusty, the Commanders have only let one quarterback surpass Justin Fields’ 18.4 points since Week 3, and that was Jalen Hurts scoring 21.8.
  • Derek Carr, LV – When it comes to limiting quarterbacks, few – if any – do it better than the 49ers, allowing just two quarterbacks to top 17.4 points and holding eight to 10.3 points or less.
  • Geno Smith, SEA – Smith’s last two games were pretty bad with lines of 238-1-0 and 215-1-1 against the 49ers and Chiefs, respectively, and now Smith has to try to bounce back against the Jets. They held eight quarterbacks to 14.1 points or less, with no quarterback throwing for more than one touchdown since Week 3.


good pranks

  • Zonovan Knight, NYJ – Knight gets the Seahawks’ favored matchup, but more importantly, Mike White is back at quarterback, who understands using his running backs as receivers.
  • Tyler Allgeier, ATL – Taking the lead from the backfield, he’s 20.1 and 13.7 over the last two games, and Allgeier faces the Cardinals allowing a 27-108-0 running line and a 14-13-107-1 receiving line combined for Leonard Fournette and Rachaad White.
  • Brian Robinson, WSH “Antonio Gibson is devastated, but even if he wasn’t, the Browns are a favorable matchup where teams can lean on each other in the race. Alvin Kamara had volume on his side against them last week going 20-76-1 on the floor.
  • Zack Moss, IND – That seems dangerous given the state of the Colts’ offense, but Moss was the clear lead in Week 16 and saw bell work, plus the Giants struggled with the run all year.

Bad Matches

  • Jeff Wilson/Raheem Mostert, MIA – Wilson returned to lead in Week 16, but it was still a split that could lead to frustrating use, plus we have a matchup against the Patriots defense and Teddy Bridgewater likely at quarterback.
  • Ken Walker, SEA – It’s hard to bench Walker, anywhere, but the Jets’ defense is strong almost everywhere, allowing under 4.0 YPC and nobody but Nick Chubb to reach 18.7 points. Even with 25 touches (22 rushing), Travis Etienne only had 112 yards for 4.5 yards per touch.
  • Gus Edwards, BA – Edwards has been a reliable RB3 but may find it difficult against the Steelers. Edwards went 13-for-66 in Week 14 against them, but Josh Jacobs was repressed a week later as the Panthers did nothing against them, and several teams failed to have a single player run for 70 years.
  • Najee Harris, PIT – On the other hand, Harris has volume on his side, but his Week 14 game against Baltimore was saved with a touchdown (12 of 33 rushing). In fact, the Ravens have only allowed three running backs to rush for 80+ yards and not a single RB has reached 100 (Nick Chubb has fallen short 21 for 99).


good pranks

  • Christian Watson, Allen Lazard, Romeo Doubs, GB – If Watson is out, Lazard and Doubs are close to mandatory matches. And if Watson plays, he’s tied with Lazard and Doubs as worthy advantage plays. All three Giants receivers had 9.9+ points last week against Minnesota, and in Week 14, four Detroit receivers had 10.4+ points against those Vikings.
  • Brandin Cooks, Chris Moore, HOU – Cooks is a solid WR3 while playing, and while the Jaguars stopped the Jets, it was Zach Wilson and the bad weather. The Jaguars allowed two double-digit wideouts in five games and two of them had three wideouts reach that mark.
  • Russell Gage, Mike Evans, TB “Gage supplanted Evans as No. 2, at least in production. If you’re looking for a reason to risk Evans’ lead (I can’t believe I just said that), the Panthers are ready for the picking after allowing Goff to light them up…out in the open.
  • Rashid Shaheed, NO “That’s only if Chris Olave is out, as I would only risk one Saints receiver a week. Santos will have to go through to face the eagles, and has been more susceptible in the second half of the season.

Bad Matches

  • Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel, WSH – Back to the Browns duel, McLaurin and Dotson can be difficult to bench, but no matter the quarterback, there’s more risk than usual.
  • Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE – Same goes for the Browns’ double, as the Commanders have only allowed Justin Jefferson to top 13.1 points since Week 7.
  • Van Jefferson, LAR – Sure, the Rams lit up the Broncos, but that wasn’t due to any wide-ranging performances, and the Chargers blocked opponents more often since everyone got healthy.
  • Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, NYJ – Even with White back, it’s risky to bet on Davis or Moore, as the Rams, 49ers and Chiefs have not had WR top 31 yards against Seattle in the last three weeks. Additionally, only 13 receivers have reached 10 points against the Seahawks, none topping 18.2 and five teams without double-digit scoring.


good pranks

  • Cole Kmet, CHI — Good match, no worries about the weather, and Kmet has 24 goals in his last four games.
  • Dalton Schultz, DAL – Schultz has been quiet the last two games, but has had 10+ points in four of the previous six games, and the Titans have given up some of this year’s biggest tight end games (Evan Engram and Mo Alie-Cox, anyone?).
  • Gerald Everett, LAC — Six double-digit tight end scores allowed since Week 8 by the Rams.

Bad Matches

  • Logan Thomas, WSH – Only three tight ends double-digit scores against the Browns (again, teams don’t need them), and one of them was Taysom Hill, running to 9-56-1.
  • Tyler Higbee, LAR – Higbee is back in relevance with Baker Mayfield but may find it difficult this week, again, due to the Chargers clash. Like the Browns, they only allowed three double-digit scores… though, one of those was Kelce’s monster play.
  • Hayden Hurst, CIN “Assuming he comes back, it would be risky to use Hurst out of injury and against the Bills. Only Kelce — this guy must be good, huh — scored more than 8.0 points against them.

Week 17 Fantasy Football Predictions

🚨 ATTENTION 🚨 These may differ from my ratings, and my rankings are the order in which I would start players out of context added, like “Needs higher edge even if it’s risky”. Also, based on 4-point TDs for QB, 6-point rest and Half-PPR

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***These are NOT Updated Sunday morning, FYI***

Fantasy Football Week 17 Standings


  • We could have found a solution to the ranking widget issue using Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three scores work and are editable by me (unlike before), and the widget allows you to scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers! YAY!
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  • DST ratings are on the Default Score tab

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