There’s a reason most season fantasy football leagues don’t play into Week 17. There will a handful of teams resting key players for the final, most notably the Ravens.
The AFC’s top seed won’t be making fantasy’s 2019 top league-winning QB, Lamar Jackson, available to run or pass in reality. Baltimore also won’t be taking any chances on running back Mark Ingram with his calf strain before the playoffs. Minnesota and Buffalo are two other locked-in playoff teams.
The Decider is still breaking down the schedule to provide one more week of start/sit lineup decisions and DFS picks for the 2019 NFL season. Sporting News NFL writer Vinnie Iyer breaks down the matchups and helps you pick the players you should deploy or avoid in Week 17.
WEEK 17 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football Week 17 Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (vs. LAC), Deshaun Watson, Texans (vs. TEN), Russell Wilson, Seahawks (vs. SF), Drew Brees, Saints (at CAR), Dak Prescott, Cowboys (vs. WAS), Aaron Rodgers, Packers (at DET), Jameis Winston, Buccaneers (vs. ATL)
Ryan Tannehill, Titans (at HOU). He continued his hot QB1 run against the Saints and with everything on the line here, he can put up another pleasing game against this defense.
Matt Ryan, Falcons (at TB). He put up big yardage in a big win but didn’t have the touchdowns. He gets those this week.
Carson Wentz, Eagles (at NYG). He has rebounded from a tough few months to put up solid numbers out of necessity and creativity of late, and this matchup remains as good as it was in Week 14.
Tom Brady, Patriots (vs. MIA). He can probably hit 250 and 2 playing off the running game with the offense starting to find some answers at the right time.
Daniel Jones, Giants (vs. PHI). He was throwing quarters and half-dollars against the Redskins. He gets his turn at this secondary and can do better than Eli did.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (vs. SEA). The numbers have underwhelmed of late because of turnovers and not enough TDs. That changes against a depleted D.
Jared Goff, Rams (vs. ARI). He destroyed the Cardinals in Arizona, and he will take out his non-playoff emotions on them.
Drew Lock, Broncos (vs. OAK, $5,800 on DraftKings, $7,100 on FanDuel). The Raiders don’t have answers for his main weapons downfield. The rookie will be aggressive to return good value.
Case Keenum, Redskins (at DAL, $4,500 on DraftKings, $6,800 on FanDuel). Here’s your well-priced fill-in for Dwayne Haskins. The Cowboys’ D has been giving and the game script calls at least for solid garbage production.
Andy Dalton, Bengals (vs. CLE), Baker Mayfield, Browns (at CIN
WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:
Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Fantasy Football Week 17 Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Josh Allen, Bills (vs. NYJ). Buffalo has been non-committal to resting players, but let’s assume it would take every precaution with its QB.
Kyler Murray, Cardinals (at LAR). They look like they might go with him to finish his rookie season with a bad hamstring, but that should curtail his running if he goes, and the matchup can be tricky for a suddenly run-oriented offense.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings (vs. CHI). His numbers have gone downhill in a hurry with the other offensive issues, and there’s no reason for Minnesota to play him here.
Philip Rivers, Chargers (at KC). He’ll be motivated to show he can still bring it in 2020 but the Chiefs’ red-hot defense will have other ideas.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins (at NE). Don’t force the Fitzmagic in this bad matchup.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars (vs. IND). Minshew Mania has been dragged down quickly to the point you can’t use him in a good matchup.
Mitchell Trubisky, Bears (at MIN). You can put up numbers on the Vikings’ secondary, but their front will want to have a rebound home tuneup before the playoffs.
Sam Darnold, Jets (at BUF), Jacoby Brissett, Colts (at JAX)
WEEK 17 DFS:
DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! GPP | FD Cash | Values
Fantasy Football Week 17 Start ‘Em: Running backs
Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (vs. NO), Dalvin Cook, Vikings (if he plays, or Alexander Mattison, or Mike Boone, vs. GB), Saquon Barkley, Giants (vs. PHI), Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (vs. WAS), Aaron Jones, Packers (at DET), Derrick Henry, Titans (if he plays, at HOU), Leonard Fournette, Jaguars (vs. IND), Alvin Kamara, Saints (at CAR), Nick Chubb, Browns (at CIN), Le’Veon Bell, Jets (at BUF), Todd Gurley, Rams (vs. ARI), Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, Chargers (at KC), Joe Mixon, Bengals (vs. CLE), Josh Jacobs (if he plays, or DeAndre Washington, at DEN), Miles Sanders, Eagles (at NYG), Kenyan Drake, Cardinals (at LAR), Marlon Mack, Colts (at JAX)
Sony Michel and James White, Patriots (vs. MIA). The Patriots have reinvented their offense again by having much of it flow through their backs with some wide receiver limitations. The matchup also is great for Michel and White, and there is also more hope for strong production from their swing No. 3 back (see below).
Phillip Lindsay, Broncos (vs. OAK). Lindsay came through against the Lions’ sieve of a defense, and the Raiders continue to be more giving against the run. Royce Freeman also can be effective with a chance for another score.
Raheem Mostert, 49ers (vs. SEA). He’s been getting the job done consistently with the mini-lead role, and they’ll lean on him in their most important game after what Drake did to the Seahawks’ defense.
Damien Williams, Chiefs (vs. LAC). He’s looking like their standout backfield option again, and the Chargers just got gashed by the Raiders.
Adrian Peterson, Redskins (at DAL). This might be his swan song, and the native Texan will be motivated to run hard to get at least another score.
Carlos Hyde, Texans (vs. TEN). He ran through them well the first time, and they’ll want to stay a little more grounded after not getting anything going in Tampa.
Kareem Hunt, Browns (at CIN). Both Browns’ backs are bound to finish well after the Ravens’ wall.
Latavius Murray, Saints (at CAR). The Panthers’ run defense stinks and he’ll get in on the fun with Kamara.
Kerryon Johnson, Lions (vs. GB, $4,500 on DraftKings, $4,500 on FanDuel). Johnson returned from his knee injury and got decent volume in Denver. He should get more key touches here to yield some viable cash game points.
Rex Burkhead, Patriots (vs. MIA, $4,500 on DraftKings, $6,200 on FanDuel). Rex has had a huge effect on the Patriots of late because of his power back/wideout hybrid nature. He should remain busy right along with Michel and White and his recent TD love can’t be ignored.
MORE: Which players are sitting out Week 17?
Fantasy Football Week 17 Sit ‘Em: Running backs
All Falcons (at TB). Devonta Freeman had a huge game against the Jaguars but still ceded key touches to Brian Hill, and Qadree Ollison is still around. That’s not appealing against the Bucs’ run defense.
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All Ravens (vs. PIT). Gus Edwards and Justice Hill take over for Ingram for one week, but the Steelers are extremely stingy against the run to trust a unknown backfield split.
All Steelers (at BAL). Here we go again with Benny Snell Jr., Kerryth White and Jaylen Samuels. No thanks even with the Ravens sitting Brandon Williams.
All Bills (vs. NYJ). There’s no reason to play Devin Singletary or Frank Gore too much here with the seed locked up, and the Jets’ run defense is strong.
All Bears (at MIN). David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen step into a really tough matchup.
All Seahawks (at SF). Travis Homer, Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin step into a tough matchup.
All Buccaneers (vs. ATL). The Falcons have been better against the run of late, so Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber don’t sound good.
All Dolphins (at NE). Myles Gaskin is banged up, Patrick Laird is fading and the Patriots’ run defense is very good.
Fantasy Football Week 17 Start ‘Em: Wide receivers
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (vs. TEN), Michael Thomas, Saints (at CAR), Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (vs. LAC), Davante Adams, Packers (at DET), Julio Jones, Falcons (at TB), Keenan Allen, Chargers (at KC), Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (vs. SF), Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, Cowboys (vs. WAS), Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, Browns (at CIN), Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, Rams (vs. ARI), Allen Robinson, Bears at MIN), D.J. Moore, Panthers (if he plays, vs. NO), Julian Edelman, Patriots (vs. MIA), Courtland Sutton, Broncos (vs. OAK), DeVante Parker, Dolphins (at NE), D.J. Chark, Jaguars (vs. IND), A.J. Brown, Titans (at HOU), Breshad Perriman, Buccaneers (vs. ATL), Kenny Golladay, Lions (vs. GB)
Terry McLaurin, Redskins (at DAL). He’s back with Keenum and the volume should be high in the second half against the Cowboys.
Tyler Boyd, Bengals (vs. CLE). He blew up in a smash spot at the Dolphins and will keep it going here.
Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel, 49ers (vs. SEA). The Seahawks’ secondary is injury-riddled, and this duo’s speed and quickness can provide major problems.
Darius Slayton and Golden Tate, Giants (vs. PHI). Slayton should rebound in a matchup he owned in Week 14, and Tate continues to have a high floor with Jones dealing.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts (vs. JAX). Hilton will be motivated to finish a tough season on a high against a team he likes to torch.
Jamison Crowder, Jets (at BUF). He burned them in Week 1 and with the Bills’ strong secondary maybe sitting, Robby Anderson also has more viability should Tre’Davious White sit.
Justin Watson, Buccaneers (vs. ATL). It’s elementary he’ll be involved with Perriman again.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (vs. LAR). He was decent in the first game against them, scored last week and he should be their most reliable target in what could be his final NFL game.
Greg Ward, Eagles (at NYG, $4,700 on DraftKings, $5,600 on FanDuel). Ward remains their easy top wideout, and the price remains nice for a great matchup.
Kenny Stills, Texans (vs. TEN, $4,600 on DraftKings, $5,800 on FanDuel). Stills will need to do more damage in a good spot with Will Fuller unlikely to play.
Chris Conley, Jaguars (vs. IND, $4,500 on DraftKings, $5,800 on FanDuel). Conley has scored three TDs in two weeks and can end strong against a weakened secondary with Chark a little slowed.
Allen Lazard, Packers (at DET), Russell Gage, Falcons (at TB), Tre’Quan Smith, Saints (at CAR)
Fantasy Football Week 17 Sit ‘Em: Wide receivers
DK Metcalf, Seahawks (at SF). They forgot about him with Patrick Peterson on him, and he’s bound to get the Richard Sherman treatment outside.
JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington, Steelers (at BAL). Duck Hodges is bad on the front end so you can’t trust them in the back.
Mike Williams, Chargers (at KC). The Chiefs’ secondary is for real, and it doesn’t allow many big plays.
Christian Kirk, Cardinals (at LAR). The ankle is not right, and he could see some Jalen Ramsey.
Tyrell Williams, Raiders (at DEN). He did well in Week 1, but Chris Harris Jr. can slow him down at home.
N’Keal Harry, Patriots (vs. MIA). He’s got more buzz, but the volume can’t be trusted in a run-heavy game.
Brandin Cooks, Rams (vs. ARI). Cooks will probably draw a revamped Peterson, so don’t expect another trip to the end zone.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers (vs. NO). So much for Will Grier being a gunslinger who can actually get the ball to him downfield.
Fantasy Football Week 17 Start ‘Em: Tight ends
George Kittle, 49ers (vs. SEA), Travis Kelce, Chiefs (vs. LAC), Darren Waller, Raiders (at DEN), Zach Ertz, Eagles (if he plays, at NYG), Hunter Henry, Chargers (at KC), Austin Hooper, Falcons (vs. TB), Jared Cook, Saints (at CAR)
Dallas Goedert, Eagles (vs. NYG). Goedert ripped the Cowboys and may be needed even more than usual if Ertz can’t play through his battered ribs.
Jonnu Smith, Titans (at HOU). With Corey Davis, concussed they will lean on him more with Brown in a fine matchup.
Jacob Hollister, Seahawks (at SF). The 49ers are still weak against the tight end because of their zone coverage and maybe another week of no Jaquiski Tartt.
O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (vs. ATL). Look for more key targets for him in a very nice spot
Noah Fant, Broncos (vs. OAK). The Raiders have struggled to cover the tight end all season.
Jason Witten, Cowboys (vs. WAS). There’s a good chance he gets a short score in what might be his final game.
Irv Smith Jr., Vikings (vs. CHI, $2,800 on DraftKings, $5,200 on FanDuel). Minnesota should rest key receivers and veteran Kyle Rudolph so Smith can take advantage of a bad tight end defense at home in rookie regular-season finale.
Fantasy Football Week 17 Sit ‘Em: Tight ends
Greg Olsen, Panthers (vs. NO). No, no, no with Grier.
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (at NE). The Patriots will put Stephon Gilmore on Parker and then work to take away a guy who scored twice last week.
Jack Doyle, Colts (at JAX). He’s been a forgotten man of late even without Eric Ebron.
Kaden Smith, Giants (vs. PHI). He did score last week, but the Eagles have been pretty good covering tight ends all season.
Darren Fells, Texans (vs. TEN). He’s put up the TDs a while back sporadically but you can’t trust him in this rematch.
Tyler Eifert, Bengals (vs. CLE). Don’t bank on him randomly scoring again for them.
Fantasy Football Week 17 Start ‘Em: Defenses
Patriots (vs. MIA), Saints (at CAR), Steelers (vs. BAL), Chiefs (vs. LAC), Packers (at DET), Ravens (vs. PIT), 49ers (at SEA), Falcons (at TB), Colts (at JAX), Rams (vs. ARI)
Jets (at BUF, $2,700 on DraftKings, $3,200 on FanDuel).
Fantasy Football Week 17 Sit ‘Em: Defenses
Vikings (vs. CHI), Bills (vs. NYJ), Browns (at CIN), Eagles (at NYG), Broncos (vs. OAK), Cowboys (vs. DAL), Seahawks (at SF), Chargers (at KC), Texans (vs. TEN), Titans (at HOU)