Welcome back, Aaron Rodgers. If you are asking yourself whether you should play him, just answer this question: Would I sit Rodgers in Week 1 of the NFL season if he hadn’t played a snap in the preseason?
No way. Rodgers is your No. 1 pick and your surefire starter for the fantasy football finale.
Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
It’s kind of like riding a bike. He’s been out awhile, and he has a lot of experience to draw on practicing. It’s not like he hasn’t been doing anything. He’s been practicing. Obviously, a game is different from practice, but I’m sure he’ll adjust accordingly.
Ride that bike, Rodgers. Ride that Rodgers, fantasy owners.
Matthew Stafford has been a bust of a starter for fantasy owners, particularly down the stretch, scoring just six points a week ago and failing to crack even double digits in the past three. You have to keep running him out there in Week 17, though. He faces the Minnesota Vikings, a team that has given up the most points in fantasy to quarterbacks to date, per FF Today. We keep him in our top 10 plays.
Matchup Built Rams Tough
It has been a weekly game of avoiding the Seattle Seahawks defense in fantasy football this season, particularly as it pertains to quarterbacks. Kellen Clemens and the St. Louis Rams are next up on the chopping block. You cannot feel good about starting Clemens even in the deepest of two-quarterback formats against the No. 1 team in fantasy versus quarterbacks.
Like Him More
We have to go back to the well on Kirk Cousins. He was a bit disappointing against the Dallas Cowboys a week ago, but the Washington Redskins surely want to stick it to the rival New York Giants in the final week of the season. It is unlikely he returns next year, but Mike Shanahan and Co. are coaching for their NFL futures, so expect an inspired effort here.
Cousins rates as a starter in standard leagues in our rankings and is one of the quarterbacks we like more than the fantasy-analyst consensus below:
Like Him Less
Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs are not expected to play a lot, if at all, with the Chiefs having nothing to gain from Sunday’s result. Heck, it already looked as if the Chiefs were packing it up for the regular season a week ago.
You cannot start Smith, which is why he is among the quarterbacks we like less than the masses this week:
|1||Peyton Manning||Den||at Oak||1||0|
|2||Aaron Rodgers||GB||at Chi||7||+5|
|3||Drew Brees||NO||vs. TB||3||0|
|4||Cam Newton||Car||at Atl||4||0|
|5||Nick Foles||Phi||at Dal||2||-3|
|6||Andrew Luck||Ind||vs. Jac||8||+2|
|7||Tom Brady||NE||vs. Buf||9||+2|
|8||Russell Wilson||Sea||vs. StL||12||+4|
|9||Matthew Stafford||Det||at Min||5||-4|
|10||Philip Rivers||SD||vs. KC||11||+1|
|11||Kirk Cousins||Was||at NYG||18||+7|
|12||Andy Dalton||Cin||vs. Bal||15||+3|
|13||Jay Cutler||Chi||vs. GB||6||-7|
|14||Colin Kaepernick||SF||at Ari||13||-1|
|15||Matt Ryan||Atl||vs. Car||21||+6|
|16||Ryan Tannehill||Mia||vs. NYJ||14||-2|
|17||Ben Roethlisberger||Pit||vs. Cle||10||-7|
|18||Joe Flacco||Bal||at Cin||25||+7|
|19||Eli Manning||NYG||vs. Was||27||+8|
|20||Kyle Orton||Dal||vs. Phi||19||-1|
|21||Matt Cassel||Min||vs. Det||23||+2|
|22||Matt McGloin||Oak||vs. Den||33||+11|
|23||Alex Smith||KC||at SD||22||-1|
|24||Carson Palmer||Ari||vs. SF||28||+4|
|25||Ryan Fitzpatrick||Ten||vs. Hou||16||-9|
|26||Matt Schaub||Hou||at Ten||32||+6|
|27||EJ Manuel||Buf||at NE||29||+2|
|28||Chad Henne||Jac||at Ind||35||+7|
|29||Chase Daniel||KC||at SD||34||+5|
|30||Jason Campbell||Cle||at Pit||20||-10|
|31||Geno Smith||NYJ||at Mia||30||-1|
|32||Mike Glennon||TB||at NO||37||+5|
|33||Kellen Clemens||StL||at Sea||38||+5|
|34||Thaddeus Lewis||Buf||at NE||31||-3|