Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks to Trust in Championship Week

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2012

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 16:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to throw against the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on December 16, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The toughest fantasy football week of the season is the last one. Fortunately, here is some help for when you need it the most.

Most leagues end on Week 16 due to the fact that many teams rest their starters in Week 17. However, owners that enjoy the challenge of late adjustments will still be playing as NFL teams fight for the playoff spots.

While you might want to stick with players that have been leading you to glory all year, the best options are players still trying to play for something. That means Matt Ryan should be benched, even if he is facing a juicy matchup. 

Just because his coach said he will play to win, things could change by the time the second quarter rolls around.

Despite the limited number of options, there are still plenty of quarterbacks you can trust to have a better-than-average day on Sunday. 


Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Even though his team lost to the New Orleans Saints, Tony Romo played one of his best games of his career last week. He threw for 416 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

This week, he once again gets to face an inferior defensive secondary in the Washington Redskins. Only one player failed to top 200 yards against this unit, and he was able to score three touchdowns.

Romo and Robert Griffin III will likely have a tough individual battle as both quarterbacks try to bring their team a NFC East title.

Regardless of who wins, fantasy owners around the country will be happy if Romo is in their lineup. 


Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Last week, Russell Wilson proved that he will have a big day regardless of what defense is trying to stop him. He threw four touchdown passes against the normally-immovable defense of the San Francisco 49ers.

While the St. Louis Rams have a solid defense, Wilson is on a hot streak that cannot be stopped.

The Seahawks have already clinched a playoff berth, but the team is still playing for seeding and possibly a division title. This should be enough to keep the starters in throughout the game.

Between the quarterback's ability to throw and use his legs, he will be a solid fantasy play in Week 17. 


Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Although the Carolina Panthers are not playing for anything other than pride, Cam Newton has been playing too well to ignore.

In the last five games, the second-year quarterback is averaging 27.6 fantasy points per game in standard leagues. His worst performance in that stretch was 17 points.

This week, he is facing the New Orleans Saints, a team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. In two of the last three weeks, quarterbacks threw four touchdown passes against them.

It is tough to imagine anyone having a better day than Newton in Week 17.


Full Rankings

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Cam Newton Panthers NO
2 Aaron Rodgers Packers MIN
3 Drew Brees Saints CAR
4 Tony Romo Cowboys WAS
5 Robert Griffin III Redskins DAL
6 Peyton Manning Broncos KC
7 Russell Wilson Seahawks STL
8 Matt Schaub Texans IND
9 Eli Manning Giants PHI
10 Ryan Tannehill Dolphins NE