Fantasy Football Week 17: Top Plays at Every Position

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.

Stafford Infection

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:

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Russell Wilson
  3. Kirk Cousins
  4. Matt Ryan
  5. Joe Flacco

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. Matthew Stafford
  2. Jay Cutler
  3. Ben Roethlisberger
  4. Alex Smith
  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Week 17 Quarterbacks Rankings – Eric Mack
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

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