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Matthew Hill’s Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings

Week 17 fantasy football rankings

If you made it to Championship Week chances are good you have few decisions to make regarding what is likely a stacked starting lineup. However, with this being the “last call” for a full slate of meaningful games, my Week 17 rankings will once again be a deep dive at each position for DFS enthusiasts.

This article features my complete rankings for the week, as well as blurbs highlighting players I have above or below consensus, according to how my rankings match up with the FantasyPros Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR).

My initial rankings are based on my first impressions of the players based on matchups and recent trends. Look for updated rankings and additional player blurbs throughout the week as new information presents itself.

Top 20 Quarterbacks

Rank Name Team Position Opp Kickoff
1 Josh Allen BUF QB @ CIN Mon 8:30pm ET
2 Patrick Mahomes II KC QB vs DEN Sun 1:00pm ET
3 Joe Burrow CIN QB vs BUF Mon 8:30pm ET
4 Justin Herbert LAC QB vs LAR Sun 4:25pm ET
5 Justin Fields CHI QB @ DET Sun 1:00pm ET
6 Dak Prescott DAL QB @ TEN Thu 8:15pm ET
7 Jared Goff DET QB vs CHI Sun 1:00pm ET
8 Trevor Lawrence JAC QB @ HOU Sun 1:00pm ET
9 Kirk Cousins MIN QB @ GB Sun 4:25pm ET
10 Aaron Rodgers GB QB vs MIN Sun 4:25pm ET
11 Daniel Jones NYG QB vs IND Sun 1:00pm ET
12 Gardner Minshew II PHI QB vs NO Sun 1:00pm ET
13 Tom Brady TB QB vs CAR Sun 1:00pm ET
14 Brock Purdy SF QB @ LV Sun 4:05pm ET
15 Mike White NYJ QB @ SEA Sun 4:05pm ET
16 Geno Smith SEA QB vs NYJ Sun 4:05pm ET
17 Deshaun Watson CLE QB @ WAS Sun 1:00pm ET
18 Teddy Bridgewater MIA QB @ NE Sun 1:00pm ET
19 Russell Wilson DEN QB @ KC Sun 1:00pm ET
20 Sam Darnold CAR QB @ TB Sun 1:00pm ET
  • I understand the matchup is great and his rushing ability gives Justin Fields a high weekly floor, but his ECR of QB3 is too high. Fields has only surpassed 200 yards passing twice this season, and Chicago may be limiting his rushing attempts down the stretch (less than nine carries in two of the past three games). He lands at QB6 in my early rankings.
  • Jared Goff has finished as the QB4, QB4, QB17 and QB2 during the past four weeks and gets a plus matchup vs. Chicago in Week 17. His ECR of QB9 is several spots too low.
  • In his first start of the year, Gardner Minshew went on the road against a tough Dallas defense and threw for 355 yards with three touchdowns, finishing as Week 16’s QB5. He now gets a home game against New Orleans and has an early consensus ranking of QB14. I have him as a low-end QB1 in a plus matchup. 
  • Mike White returns from injury to take on Seattle in a potential shootout. In White’s first three starts, he finished QB6, QB7 and QB22.

 

Top 50 Running Backs

Rank Name Team Position Opp Kickoff
1 Christian McCaffrey SF RB @ LV Sun 4:05pm ET
2 Austin Ekeler LAC RB vs LAR Sun 4:25pm ET
3 Saquon Barkley NYG RB vs IND Sun 1:00pm ET
4 Dalvin Cook MIN RB @ GB Sun 4:25pm ET
5 James Conner ARI RB @ ATL Sun 1:00pm ET
6 Travis Etienne Jr. JAC RB @ HOU Sun 1:00pm ET
7 Josh Jacobs LV RB vs SF Sun 4:05pm ET
8 Rhamondre Stevenson NE RB vs MIA Sun 1:00pm ET
9 Joe Mixon CIN RB vs BUF Mon 8:30pm ET
10 Nick Chubb CLE RB @ WAS Sun 1:00pm ET
11 Kenneth Walker III SEA RB vs NYJ Sun 4:05pm ET
12 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB @ TEN Thu 8:15pm ET
13 Brian Robinson Jr. WAS RB vs CLE Sun 1:00pm ET
14 Alvin Kamara NO RB @ PHI Sun 1:00pm ET
15 Miles Sanders PHI RB vs NO Sun 1:00pm ET
16 David Montgomery CHI RB @ DET Sun 1:00pm ET
17 Cam Akers LAR RB @ LAC Sun 4:25pm ET
18 Jerick McKinnon KC RB vs DEN Sun 1:00pm ET
19 Aaron Jones GB RB vs MIN Sun 4:25pm ET
20 Leonard Fournette TB RB vs CAR Sun 1:00pm ET
21 Tyler Allgeier ATL RB vs ARI Sun 1:00pm ET
22 Najee Harris PIT RB @ BAL Sun 8:20pm ET
23 D’Andre Swift DET RB vs CHI Sun 1:00pm ET
24 AJ Dillon GB RB vs MIN Sun 4:25pm ET
25 J.K. Dobbins BAL RB vs PIT Sun 8:20pm ET
26 Isiah Pacheco KC RB vs DEN Sun 1:00pm ET
27 Zonovan Knight NYJ RB @ SEA Sun 4:05pm ET
28 Hassan Haskins TEN RB vs DAL Thu 8:15pm ET
29 Devin Singletary BUF RB @ CIN Mon 8:30pm ET
30 D’Onta Foreman CAR RB @ TB Sun 1:00pm ET
31 Zack Moss IND RB @ NYG Sun 1:00pm ET
32 Rachaad White TB RB vs CAR Sun 1:00pm ET
33 Raheem Mostert MIA RB @ NE Sun 1:00pm ET
34 James Cook BUF RB @ CIN Mon 8:30pm ET
35 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL RB vs ARI Sun 1:00pm ET
36 Michael Carter NYJ RB @ SEA Sun 4:05pm ET
37 Jamaal Williams DET RB vs CHI Sun 1:00pm ET
38 Jeff Wilson Jr. MIA RB @ NE Sun 1:00pm ET
39 Gus Edwards BAL RB vs PIT Sun 8:20pm ET
40 Latavius Murray DEN RB @ KC Sun 1:00pm ET
41 Chuba Hubbard CAR RB @ TB Sun 1:00pm ET
42 Royce Freeman HOU RB vs JAC Sun 1:00pm ET
43 Kareem Hunt CLE RB @ WAS Sun 1:00pm ET
44 Samaje Perine CIN RB vs BUF Mon 8:30pm ET
45 Khalil Herbert CHI RB @ DET Sun 1:00pm ET
46 Malik Davis DAL RB @ TEN Thu 8:15pm ET
47 Kenneth Gainwell PHI RB vs NO Sun 1:00pm ET
48 Joshua Kelley LAC RB vs LAR Sun 4:25pm ET
49 Chase Edmonds DEN RB @ KC Sun 1:00pm ET
50 Jaylen Warren PIT RB @ BAL Sun 8:20pm ET
  • Tyler Allgeier has logged double-digit carries in four straight games, including 17 and 18 rushes in the past two games. Even more encouraging for Allgeier’s floor and ceiling was his Week 16 passing game usage, bringing in four of five targets for 43 receiving yards. With a home game vs. Arizona on tap, Allgeier could be an unlikely Championship Week hero. 
  • D’Onta Foreman paced Carolina in carries (21), Chuba Hubbard saw the most targets (nine), and Raheem Blackshear found the end zone on one of his three carries. While it was impressive all three turned in ceiling games the same week (Foreman RB5, Hubbard RB21, Blackshear RB31), I am not chasing last week’s career-best performances. As long as the Panthers remain committed to using all three backs one or more of them will be due for major regression at Tampa Bay. 
  • Nick Chubb has four straight weeks of less than a dozen PPR points, which includes smash spots like at Houston and last weekend’s arctic home game vs. New Orleans. Chubb continues to play a limited role in the passing attack (eight targets in the past five games) and has a near-even red zone carries split with Kareem Hunt (Chubb’s six carries to Hunt’s four) during the past three games. You love the rushing volume (45 carries past two weeks), but if he does not catch passes and if Hunt continues to be used near the goal line, Chubb will have difficulty hitting his ceiling at Washington. 
  • With nothing to play for in Week 17, there is speculation Tennessee may opt to sit Derrick Henry to have him fully rested for the Week 18 game vs. Jacksonville for the AFC South title. I expect an increased opportunity for Hassan Haskins, the only other Titans running back to see the field in Week 16, and if Henry were to sit, Haskins would vault into my top 20.
  • Latavius Murray providing consistent flex/RB3 production at age 32 has been one of the surprises of the fantasy season. With Chase Edmonds coming off IR and seeing a 40% snap share in his first game back, Murray can no longer be counted on as a high-floor option, especially as big underdogs at Kansas City where Edmonds may be asked to take on a more significant role.

Top 65 Wide Receivers

Rank Name Team Position Opp Kickoff
1 Justin Jefferson MIN WR @ GB Sun 4:25pm ET
2 Ja’Marr Chase CIN WR vs BUF Mon 8:30pm ET
3 Stefon Diggs BUF WR @ CIN Mon 8:30pm ET
4 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET WR vs CHI Sun 1:00pm ET
5 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR @ TEN Thu 8:15pm ET
6 Tyreek Hill MIA WR @ NE Sun 1:00pm ET
7 A.J. Brown PHI WR vs NO Sun 1:00pm ET
8 Keenan Allen LAC WR vs LAR Sun 4:25pm ET
9 Tee Higgins CIN WR vs BUF Mon 8:30pm ET
10 Chris Godwin TB WR vs CAR Sun 1:00pm ET
11 Jaylen Waddle MIA WR @ NE Sun 1:00pm ET
12 DeVonta Smith PHI WR vs NO Sun 1:00pm ET
13 Garrett Wilson NYJ WR @ SEA Sun 4:05pm ET
14 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR @ KC Sun 1:00pm ET
15 Mike Williams LAC WR vs LAR Sun 4:25pm ET
16 Davante Adams LV WR vs SF Sun 4:05pm ET
17 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR @ LV Sun 4:05pm ET
18 DK Metcalf SEA WR vs NYJ Sun 4:05pm ET
19 Amari Cooper CLE WR @ WAS Sun 1:00pm ET
20 Mike Evans TB WR vs CAR Sun 1:00pm ET
21 Christian Kirk JAC WR @ HOU Sun 1:00pm ET
22 DJ Moore CAR WR @ TB Sun 1:00pm ET
23 Allen Lazard GB WR vs MIN Sun 4:25pm ET
24 Drake London ATL WR vs ARI Sun 1:00pm ET
25 Terry McLaurin WAS WR vs CLE Sun 1:00pm ET
26 JuJu Smith-Schuster KC WR vs DEN Sun 1:00pm ET
27 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR @ NYG Sun 1:00pm ET
28 Marquise Brown ARI WR @ ATL Sun 1:00pm ET
29 Zay Jones JAC WR @ HOU Sun 1:00pm ET
30 Chris Olave NO WR @ PHI Sun 1:00pm ET
31 Gabe Davis BUF WR @ CIN Mon 8:30pm ET
32 Diontae Johnson PIT WR @ BAL Sun 8:20pm ET
33 DJ Chark Jr. DET WR vs CHI Sun 1:00pm ET
34 Brandin Cooks HOU WR vs JAC Sun 1:00pm ET
35 Jakobi Meyers NE WR vs MIA Sun 1:00pm ET
36 Jahan Dotson WAS WR vs CLE Sun 1:00pm ET
37 George Pickens PIT WR @ BAL Sun 8:20pm ET
38 Courtland Sutton DEN WR @ KC Sun 1:00pm ET
39 Greg Dortch ARI WR @ ATL Sun 1:00pm ET
40 Curtis Samuel WAS WR vs CLE Sun 1:00pm ET
41 Romeo Doubs GB WR vs MIN Sun 4:25pm ET
42 Adam Thielen MIN WR @ GB Sun 4:25pm ET
43 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE WR @ WAS Sun 1:00pm ET
44 Tyler Lockett SEA WR vs NYJ Sun 4:05pm ET
45 Darius Slayton NYG WR vs IND Sun 1:00pm ET
46 Isaiah Hodgins NYG WR vs IND Sun 1:00pm ET
47 Michael Gallup DAL WR @ TEN Thu 8:15pm ET
48 Rashid Shaheed NO WR @ PHI Sun 1:00pm ET
49 Richie James Jr. NYG WR vs IND Sun 1:00pm ET
50 Elijah Moore NYJ WR @ SEA Sun 4:05pm ET
51 Joshua Palmer LAC WR vs LAR Sun 4:25pm ET
52 K.J. Osborn MIN WR @ GB Sun 4:25pm ET
53 Chris Moore HOU WR vs JAC Sun 1:00pm ET
54 Mack Hollins LV WR vs SF Sun 4:05pm ET
55 Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC WR vs DEN Sun 1:00pm ET
56 Tyler Boyd CIN WR vs BUF Mon 8:30pm ET
57 Russell Gage TB WR vs CAR Sun 1:00pm ET
58 Van Jefferson LAR WR @ LAC Sun 4:25pm ET
59 Treylon Burks TEN WR vs DAL Thu 8:15pm ET
60 Demarcus Robinson BAL WR vs PIT Sun 8:20pm ET
61 Corey Davis NYJ WR @ SEA Sun 4:05pm ET
62 Parris Campbell IND WR @ NYG Sun 1:00pm ET
63 Alec Pierce IND WR @ NYG Sun 1:00pm ET
64 Tutu Atwell LAR WR @ LAC Sun 4:25pm ET
65 Olamide Zaccheaus ATL WR vs ARI Sun 1:00pm ET
  • Even with Detroit’s receiving corps getting healthy, Amon-Ra St. Brown continues to receive massive volume, having seen at least nine targets in every game since Week 12. St. Brown secured 10 of 11 targets for 119 yards when he played at Chicago in Week 10. 
  • Keenan Allen has been PPR gold the past four weeks, turning his 51 targets into 37 receptions for 370 total yards, finishing as the WR12, WR9, WR19 and WR9. He led all Week 16 receivers with an insane 47% target share. He is a low-end WR1 with upside vs. the Rams. 
  • Chris Godwin has received at least eight targets in 10 straight games, seeing double-digit targets in eight games this season. Despite Tampa Bay’s offensive inconsistencies, Godwin’s weekly floor has been elite. With a home game on tap against a Carolina defense that has been ripped by wide receivers all year, Godwin’s his a high ceiling to go with his elevated floor. 
  • Brandin Cooks returned from a three-game absence to receive nine targets, securing four catches for 34 yards and a touchdown. Cooks should once again be a high-volume play vs. Jacksonville. 
  • Adam Thielen has seen six, eight, four and five targets during his last four games. With Justin Jefferson putting up an MVP-caliber season, T.J. Hockenson heating up and KJ Osborn becoming more involved, Thielen has become a touchdown-or-bust player.
  • Rashid Shaheed did not put up big numbers in horrible conditions, but he did lead New Orleans in targets (five) and appears to have settled into the Saints’ No.1 wide receiver chair with Chris Olave out with a hamstring. If Olave sits again, Shaheed is a flex-worthy WR4 with upside. 
  • Josh Palmer has seen his targets (six, five, three) and snap share (76%, 69%, 59%) steadily decline as the passing attack has consolidated between Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler. Palmer is simply not seeing enough volume to trust in your lineup. 
  • The Falcons’ targets continue to be heavily consolidated between Drake London and Olamide Zaccheaus. While London has been heating up, seeing 23 targets the past two weeks, Zaccheus has deep flex value against Phoenix after his seven Week 16 targets, the second time in his past four games that he has had at least seven balls thrown his way. Both London and Zaccheus are undervalued as the WR29 and WR83 in the early ECR.

 

Top 22 Tight Ends

Rank Name Team Position Opp Kickoff
1 Travis Kelce KC TE vs DEN Sun 1:00pm ET
2 George Kittle SF TE @ LV Sun 4:05pm ET
3 T.J. Hockenson MIN TE @ GB Sun 4:25pm ET
4 Evan Engram JAC TE @ HOU Sun 1:00pm ET
5 Mark Andrews BAL TE vs PIT Sun 8:20pm ET
6 Dalton Schultz DAL TE @ TEN Thu 8:15pm ET
7 Dallas Goedert PHI TE vs NO Sun 1:00pm ET
8 David Njoku CLE TE @ WAS Sun 1:00pm ET
9 Taysom Hill NO TE @ PHI Sun 1:00pm ET
10 Cole Kmet CHI TE @ DET Sun 1:00pm ET
11 Tyler Higbee LAR TE @ LAC Sun 4:25pm ET
12 Pat Freiermuth PIT TE @ BAL Sun 8:20pm ET
13 Darren Waller LV TE vs SF Sun 4:05pm ET
14 Dawson Knox BUF TE @ CIN Mon 8:30pm ET
15 Hayden Hurst CIN TE vs BUF Mon 8:30pm ET
16 Noah Fant SEA TE vs NYJ Sun 4:05pm ET
17 Tyler Conklin NYJ TE @ SEA Sun 4:05pm ET
18 Gerald Everett LAC TE vs LAR Sun 4:25pm ET
19 Juwan Johnson NO TE @ PHI Sun 1:00pm ET
20 Daniel Bellinger NYG TE vs IND Sun 1:00pm ET
21 Jelani Woods IND TE @ NYG Sun 1:00pm ET
22 Chigoziem Okonkwo TEN TE vs DAL Thu 8:15pm ET
  • Mark Andrews continues to be ranked as a top-four tight end each week despite not finishing as a high-end TE1 since Week 6. In the last three weeks, he has finished as the TE23, TE24 and TE20, including a two-catch, 17-yard performance vs. the same Steelers defense he gets this week. 
  • During the past four weeks, Evan Engram has finished as fantasy’s TE3, TE1, TE17 and TE7. Engram secured six of 10 targets for 69 yards vs. Houston in Week 5. 
  • Noah Fant has scored in back-to-back games while being limited to snap shares of 53% and 55%. Fant may see more snaps with Will Dissly headed to IR. 
  • Tyler Conklin is back on the streaming radar with White under center and going against a Seahawks defense that has been gashed by tight ends all year. Seattle has allowed a tight end to reach double-digit fantasy points nine times this season.

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