No more "Aaron" on the side of caution: The Packers will finally unleash Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) this week.
Every Friday of the NFL season, Bleacher Report has provided you with the top plays in fantasy football. This Week 17 version has been the most fun to write—and not because it is the last.
There are a lot of nuances to analyzing and ranking the options for the regular-season finale, including injuries—read: Adrian Peterson (foot) and Calvin Johnson (knee)—and players potentially getting rested for the postseason (see: running back Jamaal Charles). Also, Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) will finally grace us with his presence again.
This makes this analysis and position-by-position rankings in a six-part slideshow a must-read if you are still setting lineups for the final week.
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.
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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|
You owe Eddie Lacy a big hug for what he has done for you as a rookie; start him in Week 17.
Aaron Rodgers isn't the only Green Bay Packer who has been on watch this week. Even more important to fantasy owners, perhaps, is the health of rookie running back Eddie Lacy.
Head coach Mike McCarthy expects Lacy to play, regardless of whether he takes any snaps in practice this week. Lacy doesn't have to practice to be cleared to play, according to a tweet from the Green Bay Packers' official Twitter account.
If Lacy starts, you have to keep him active in all leagues. He'll be facing the NFL's worst run defense in the Chicago Bears.
Charles Not in Charge
As of this writing, the Kansas City Chiefs have made no announcement they will be sitting their stars with nothing to gain, or lose, this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. History suggests Andy Reid will be resting his stars in that situation this weekend, according to Randy Covitz of The Kansas City Star. It is reason enough to sit Charles in all leagues.
Let's Be Frank: Gore Should Start
There are a few reasons to sit Frank Gore against the Arizona Cardinals, the No. 1 run defense in the NFL and the No. 1 team in fantasy against running backs, according to FF Today. The knee is not one of them. Gore has been limited in practice, according to the official NFL injury report, but he will start for the San Francisco 49ers, who need a victory (and help) to win the NFC West—or just a victory to potentially avoid having to play the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round.
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C.J. Spiller cracked 100 total yards a week ago, so you should feel confident in his involvement in the Bills offense this week at the New England Patriots. That is the fourth-worst rush defense in football.
It is why we like Spiller more than the masses:
- C.J. Spiller
- Shane Vereen
- Trent Richardson
- Shonn Greene
- Jordan Todman
Like Him Less
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz denied benching Reggie Bush for a fumble, but Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News is skeptical. The news Schwartz didn't bench Bush for yet another fumble is reason to be hopeful for him as a fantasy start this week, but we rank him as a low starter.
Bush is among the backs we like less than the consensus this week:
- Eddie Lacy
- Reggie Bush
- Maurice Jones-Drew
- Steven Jackson
- Andre Ellington
|Rank||Running Backs||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||LeSean McCoy||Phi||at Dal||1||0|
|2||Matt Forte||Chi||vs. GB||2||0|
|3||DeMarco Murray||Dal||vs. Phi||3||0|
|4||Knowshon Moreno||Den||at Oak||7||+3|
|5||Adrian Peterson||Min||vs. Det||11||+6|
|6||Marshawn Lynch||Sea||vs. StL||5||-1|
|7||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||vs. Cle||6||-1|
|8||Ryan Mathews||SD||vs. KC||9||+1|
|9||Zac Stacy||StL||at Sea||8||-1|
|10||Alfred Morris||Was||at NYG||10||0|
|11||Chris Johnson||Ten||vs. Hou||13||+2|
|12||Eddie Lacy||GB||at Chi||4||-8|
|13||C.J. Spiller||Buf||at NE||22||+9|
|14||Frank Gore||SF||at Ari||20||+6|
|15||Shane Vereen||NE||vs. Buf||25||+10|
|16||Giovani Bernard||Cin||vs. Bal||19||+3|
|17||DeAngelo Williams||Car||at Atl||17||0|
|18||Fred Jackson||Buf||at NE||15||-3|
|19||Rashad Jennings||Oak||vs. Den||14||-5|
|20||Bobby Rainey||TB||at NO||16||-4|
|21||Joique Bell||Det||at Min||24||+3|
|22||Donald Brown||Ind||vs. Jac||27||+5|
|23||Reggie Bush||Det||at Min||12||-11|
|24||Chris Ivory||NYJ||at Mia||23||-1|
|25||Andre Brown||NYG||vs. Was||18||-7|
|26||Ray Rice||Bal||at Cin||29||+3|
|27||Danny Woodhead||SD||vs. KC||33||+6|
|28||Knile Davis||KC||at SD||28||0|
|29||LeGarrette Blount||NE||vs. Buf||34||+5|
|30||Jonathan Grimes||Hou||at Ten||37||+7|
|31||Maurice Jones-Drew||Jac||at Ind||21||-10|
|32||Jamaal Charles||KC||at SD||31||-1|
|33||Trent Richardson||Ind||vs. Jac||43||+10|
|34||Montee Ball||Den||at Oak||32||-2|
|35||Edwin Baker||Cle||at Pit||30||-5|
|36||Shonn Greene||Ten||vs. Hou||46||+10|
|37||James Starks||GB||at Chi||39||+2|
|38||Lamar Miller||Mia||vs. NYJ||45||+7|
|39||Jordan Todman||Jac||at Ind||49||+10|
|40||Steven Jackson||Atl||vs. Car||26||-14|
|41||Darren Sproles||NO||vs. TB||44||+3|
|42||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||Cin||vs. Bal||42||0|
|43||Mike Tolbert||Car||at Atl||47||+4|
|44||Stevan Ridley||NE||vs. Buf||41||-3|
|45||Rashard Mendenhall||Ari||vs. SF||38||-7|
|46||Michael Cox||NYG||vs. Was||48||+2|
|47||Daniel Thomas||Mia||vs. NYJ||51||+4|
|48||Kendall Hunter||SF||at Ari||59||+11|
|49||Andre Ellington||Ari||vs. SF||35||-14|
|50||Bryce Brown||Phi||at Dal||54||+4|
|51||Chris Ogbonnaya||Cle||at Pit||57||+6|
|52||Pierre Thomas||NO||vs. TB||36||-16|
|53||Dennis Johnson||Hou||at Ten||40||-13|
|54||Chris Polk||Phi||at Dal||74||+20|
|55||Matt Asiata||Min||vs. Det||66||+11|
|56||Marcel Reece||Oak||vs. Den||68||+12|
|57||Bernard Pierce||Bal||at Cin||61||+4|
|58||Robert Turbin||Sea||vs. StL||69||+11|
|59||Willis McGahee||Cle||at Pit||58||-1|
|60||Roy Helu||Was||at NYG||64||+4|
|61||Benny Cunningham||StL||at Sea||76||+15|
|62||Bilal Powell||NYJ||at Mia||55||-7|
|63||Mark Ingram||NO||vs. TB||50||-13|
|64||Michael Bush||Chi||vs. GB||63||-1|
|65||Brian Leonard||TB||at NO||73||+8|
|66||Jacquizz Rodgers||Atl||vs. Car||67||+1|
|67||Brandon Bolden||NE||vs. Buf||72||+5|
There is a real chance Calvin Johnson has walked out onto the field while suited up for the last time in 2013.
Calvin Johnson (knee) was limited last week in a game the Detroit Lions had to win against the New York Giants, so you have to consider him highly questionable for a meaningless game against the Minnesota Vikings this week. It makes him a difficult man to trust in fantasy crunch time.
There were reports Johnson was playing through a torn PCL, but he all but denied that to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions have made no decision on whether Megatron will be active Sunday. You should prepare for him not being available at this point.
Dez Right, He Says
Another elite receiver, Dez Bryant (back), has already guaranteed he will play. He told David Moore of The Dallas Morning News: "I'm good; I'm playing. Don't worry about it." What you might worry about is his chemistry with Tony Romo (back) replacement Kyle Orton. The matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, the worst team in fantasy against wide receivers, according to FF Today, and the NFL's third-worst team against the pass, makes Bryant a must-start, regardless of his quarterback.
Matchup Built Ram Tough II
If you agree it will take a leap of faith to start Kellen Clemens against the Seattle Seahawks, you cannot like any of his targets, either. Seattle is the No. 1 defense against the pass and in fantasy against wide receivers. It makes Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, Stedman Bailey and Brian Quick all easy sits.
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Danny Amendola is coming off just two catches for 45 yards, but he has done his best work with Rob Gronkowski (knee) out this season. You should expect a solid effort out of Amendola against a Bills defense that has been sixth-worst against fantasy wide receivers.
Amendola is among the wideouts we like more than the consensus below:
- Danny Amendola
- James Jones
- Brandon LaFell
- Mike Brown
- Robert Woods
Like Him Less
Is there any player who cost himself more money this season than Hakeem Nicks? He was looking for elite receiver money as a free agent this winter, but he has played like an also-ran. That is exactly what his New York Giants are, too. You cannot trust Nicks in any leagues.
He is justifiably one of the wide receivers we like less than the masses this week:
- Antonio Brown
- Calvin Johnson
- T.Y. Hilton
- Brian Hartline
- Hakeem Nicks
|Rank||Wide Receivers||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Dez Bryant||Dal||vs. Phi||3||+2|
|2||Brandon Marshall||Chi||vs. GB||2||0|
|3||DeSean Jackson||Phi||at Dal||8||+5|
|4||A.J. Green||Cin||vs. Bal||4||0|
|5||Josh Gordon||Cle||at Pit||1||-4|
|6||Demaryius Thomas||Den||at Oak||5||-1|
|7||Alshon Jeffery||Chi||vs. GB||6||-1|
|8||Pierre Garcon||Was||at NYG||7||-1|
|9||Jordy Nelson||GB||at Chi||15||+6|
|10||Eric Decker||Den||at Oak||10||0|
|11||Andre Johnson||Hou||at Ten||14||+3|
|12||Julian Edelman||NE||vs. Buf||13||+1|
|13||Danny Amendola||NE||vs. Buf||30||+17|
|14||James Jones||GB||at Chi||27||+13|
|15||Roddy White||Atl||vs. Car||20||+5|
|16||Mike Wallace||Mia||vs. NYJ||19||+3|
|17||Antonio Brown||Pit||vs. Cle||9||-8|
|18||Vincent Jackson||TB||at NO||16||-2|
|19||Keenan Allen||SD||vs. KC||12||-7|
|20||Marques Colston||NO||vs. TB||17||-3|
|21||Larry Fitzgerald||Ari||vs. SF||18||-3|
|22||Torrey Smith||Bal||at Cin||21||-1|
|23||Anquan Boldin||SF||at Ari||29||+6|
|24||Kendall Wright||Ten||vs. Hou||25||+1|
|25||Michael Crabtree||SF||at Ari||24||-1|
|26||Brandon LaFell||Car||at Atl||38||+12|
|27||Calvin Johnson||Det||at Min||11||-16|
|28||Riley Cooper||Phi||at Dal||22||-6|
|29||Greg Jennings||Min||vs. Det||28||-1|
|30||Mike Brown||Jac||at Ind||54||+24|
|31||Jarrett Boykin||GB||at Chi||34||+3|
|32||Doug Baldwin||Sea||vs. StL||35||+3|
|33||Golden Tate||Sea||vs. StL||37||+4|
|34||Cordarrelle Patterson||Min||vs. Det||31||-3|
|35||T.Y. Hilton||Ind||vs. Jac||23||-12|
|36||Rod Streater||Oak||vs. Den||42||+6|
|37||Brian Hartline||Mia||vs. NYJ||26||-11|
|38||Robert Woods||Buf||at NE||46||+8|
|39||Dwayne Bowe||KC||at SD||48||+9|
|40||DeAndre Hopkins||Hou||at Ten||62||+22|
|41||Miles Austin||Dal||vs. Phi||77||+36|
|42||Hakeem Nicks||NYG||vs. Was||33||-9|
|43||Rueben Randle||NYG||vs. Was||40||-3|
|44||Mohamed Sanu||Cin||vs. Bal||82||+38|
|45||Ace Sanders||Jac||at Ind||63||+18|
|46||David Nelson||NYJ||at Mia||74||+28|
|47||Harry Douglas||Atl||vs. Car||39||-8|
|48||Andre Holmes||Oak||vs. Den||53||+5|
|49||Santonio Holmes||NYJ||at Mia||80||+31|
|50||Nate Washington||Ten||vs. Hou||47||-3|
|51||Emmanuel Sanders||Pit||vs. Cle||41||-10|
|52||Da'Rick Rogers||Ind||vs. Jac||51||-1|
|53||Lavon Brazill||Ind||vs. Jac||91||+38|
|54||Marquise Goodwin||Buf||at NE||93||+39|
|55||Marlon Brown||Bal||at Cin||66||+11|
|56||Tavon Austin||StL||at Sea||85||+29|
|57||Michael Floyd||Ari||vs. SF||32||-25|
|58||Justin Hunter||Ten||vs. Hou||64||+6|
|59||Marvin Jones||Cin||vs. Bal||36||-23|
|60||Donnie Avery||KC||at SD||69||+9|
|61||Nate Burleson||Det||at Min||52||-9|
|62||Terrance Williams||Dal||vs. Phi||60||-2|
|63||Jerricho Cotchery||Pit||vs. Cle||49||-14|
|64||Chris Givens||StL||at Sea||100||+36|
|65||Ted Ginn||Car||at Atl||55||-10|
|66||Tiquan Underwood||TB||at NO||87||+21|
|67||Jerome Simpson||Min||vs. Det||83||+16|
|68||Jeremy Kerley||NYJ||at Mia||65||-3|
|69||Lance Moore||NO||vs. TB||78||+9|
|70||Santana Moss||Was||at NYG||73||+3|
|71||Kenny Stills||NO||vs. TB||76||+5|
|72||Andre Roberts||Ari||vs. SF||86||+14|
|73||Greg Little||Cle||at Pit||95||+22|
|74||Kris Durham||Det||at Min||50||-24|
|75||Vincent Brown||SD||vs. KC||96||+21|
|76||Darrius Heyward-Bey||Ind||vs. Jac||105||+29|
|77||Jason Avant||Phi||at Dal||81||+4|
|78||Rishard Matthews||Mia||vs. NYJ||70||-8|
The matchup against the Arizona Cardinals is too good to consider sitting Vernon Davis in Week 17.
The San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis frustrated fantasy owners to no end, going catchless Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons, but you have to keep him active in all leagues. He is matching up this week against the Arizona Cardinals, the worst team in fantasy against tight ends, per FF Today.
The Cardinals have given up 1,070 yards and 15 touchdowns to the position, which are league highs in both categories. Davis is a must-start in this most favorable of matchups.
Fauria to Get Lions' Share
Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is out and Calvin Johnson (knee) will be questionable, so you have to expect a big performance out of the Detroit Lions' Joseph Fauria. He was a touchdown vulture early in the season, but a lot of different kinds of targets should come his way because of the injuries ahead of him. It certainly helps that the Minnesota Vikings have given up 78 receptions to tight ends this season.
Purple Tight End Eaters
It has been a bad year for Vikings tight ends. Kyle Rudolph (foot) and John Carlson (concussion) have both been placed on season-ending IR this month. Next up are Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford. Neither is a fantasy-viable option, particularly against a Lions defense that has allowed a league-low one touchdown to tight ends this season.
Like Him More
We are putting our money where our words are with respect to the Lions' Fauria. We rank him as one of the sleeper plays of the week and one of the tight ends we like more than the masses:
- Antonio Gates
- Ryan Griffin
- Joseph Fauria
- Heath Miller
- Andrew Quarless
Like Him Less
Delanie Walker was limited to four catches for 35 yards last week, numbers that put him just outside the realm of a fantasy starter at tight end. That is where he sits in our rankings below. He was among the tight ends we like less than the consensus this week, too:
- Delanie Walker
- Coby Fleener
- Tim Wright
- Marcedes Lewis
- Zach Ertz
|Rank||Tight Ends||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Jimmy Graham||NO||vs. TB||1||0|
|2||Julius Thomas||Den||at Oak||3||+1|
|3||Vernon Davis||SF||at Ari||2||-1|
|4||Greg Olsen||Car||at Atl||4||0|
|5||Jason Witten||Dal||vs. Phi||6||+1|
|6||Tony Gonzalez||Atl||vs. Car||5||-1|
|7||Antonio Gates||SD||vs. KC||10||+3|
|8||Martellus Bennett||Chi||vs. GB||7||-1|
|9||Charles Clay||Mia||vs. NYJ||9||0|
|10||Ryan Griffin||Hou||at Ten||12||+2|
|11||Joseph Fauria||Det||at Min||15||+4|
|12||Dennis Pitta||Bal||at Cin||11||-1|
|13||Delanie Walker||Ten||vs. Hou||8||-5|
|14||Heath Miller||Pit||vs. Cle||18||+4|
|15||Coby Fleener||Ind||vs. Jac||13||-2|
|16||Andrew Quarless||GB||at Chi||20||+4|
|17||Zach Miller||Sea||vs. StL||27||+10|
|18||Michael Hoomanawanui||NE||vs. Buf||30||+12|
|19||Tim Wright||TB||at NO||17||-2|
|20||Tyler Eifert||Cin||vs. Bal||32||+12|
|21||Jermaine Gresham||Cin||vs. Bal||23||+2|
|22||Marcedes Lewis||Jac||at Ind||14||-8|
|23||Jared Cook||StL||at Sea||29||+6|
|24||Zach Ertz||Phi||at Dal||21||-3|
|25||Logan Paulsen||Was||at NYG||26||+1|
|26||Rob Housler||Ari||vs. SF||40||+14|
|27||Brandon Myers||NYG||vs. Was||19||-8|
|28||Brent Celek||Phi||at Dal||25||-3|
|29||Ladarius Green||SD||vs. KC||39||+10|
|30||Scott Chandler||Buf||at NE||24||-6|
|31||Jeff Cumberland||NYJ||at Mia||38||+7|
|32||Jacob Tamme||Den||at Oak||31||-1|
The loss of Von Miller (knee) hurts the Denver Broncos' chances in the postseason, certainly, but they have gotten along without him before and can again.
Fantasy owners might not like the loss of a premier pass-rusher, but that matchup against the Oakland Raiders is too favorable to ignore. The Broncos remain a start without Miller.
Sticking with the Lions
The Detroit Lions likely let you down last week against the New York Giants, the worst team in fantasy against defense/special teams, per FF Today, but they have to remain active in most formats against the Minnesota Vikings. That is the fourth-worst team in fantasy against defense/special teams.
Resting Chiefs Make Chargers a Good Play?
You can be wary of Andy Reid sitting Kansas City Chiefs, but it shouldn't be enough for you to consider the San Diego Chargers defense/special teams. Scheme, offensive line play and ball control/maintenance have made the Chiefs the toughest opponent in fantasy against defense/special teams. It shouldn't change much even if the starters play a limited amount of snaps.
Like Them More
The Arizona Cardinals were able to man up against the 12th man in Seattle last week, so you have to be at least a bit optimistic about the St. Louis Rams holding up here, too.
The Rams are among the units we like more than the consensus:
- Detroit Lions
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Cleveland Browns
- New York Jets
- Green Bay Packers
Like Them Less
The New Orleans Saints have been a pleasant surprise defensively this season, but they have struggled in recent weeks and are facing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that hasn't been all that bad against defense/special teams this season.
We don't rate the Saints defense as a start in standard leagues, and it is among the units we like less than the masses:
- Indianapolis Colts
- Tennessee Titans
- Arizona Cardinals
- New Orleans Saints
- Pittsburgh Steelers
|Rank||Defenses and Special Teams||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Seattle Seahawks||Sea||vs. StL||1||0|
|2||San Francisco 49ers||SF||at Ari||3||+1|
|3||Carolina Panthers||Car||at Atl||2||-1|
|4||Cincinnati Bengals||Cin||vs. Bal||4||0|
|5||New England Patriots||NE||vs. Buf||6||+1|
|6||Miami Dolphins||Mia||vs. NYJ||5||-1|
|7||Detroit Lions||Det||at Min||19||+12|
|8||Kansas City Chiefs||KC||at SD||12||+4|
|9||Denver Broncos||Den||at Oak||10||+1|
|10||Indianapolis Colts||Ind||vs. Jac||8||-2|
|11||Tennessee Titans||Ten||vs. Hou||9||-2|
|12||St. Louis Rams||StL||at Sea||13||+1|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||Ari||vs. SF||11||-2|
|14||Cleveland Browns||Cle||at Pit||17||+3|
|15||New Orleans Saints||NO||vs. TB||7||-8|
|16||New York Jets||NYJ||at Mia||22||+6|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Pit||vs. Cle||15||-2|
|18||Green Bay Packers||GB||at Chi||27||+9|
|19||San Diego Chargers||SD||vs. KC||16||-3|
|20||Baltimore Ravens||Bal||at Cin||25||+5|
Blair Walsh was a more impressive fantasy option as a rookie, but he can come through for you this week.
It is Week 17 and this is the kickers slide. There is not much to gain from analyzing the minutia here. We will attempt to do so anyway.
Blair Walsh Project
The Minnesota Vikings' sophomore kicker, Walsh, has had a down season in fantasy terms, but he finishes with the best matchup on the board. The Detroit Lions have allowed the most field goals this season, and that includes the goose-egg week in the Philadelphia blizzard a few weeks ago.
Arizona Rising? Not This Week
The Arizona Cardinals have been a surprise late-season contender, but that matchup against San Francisco is a bad one for their postseason hopes. It is an especially bad one for kicker Jay Feely. The 49ers have allowed the fewest points to kickers this season.
Like Him More
Mason Crosby was arguably the No. 1 kicker in fantasy when Aaron Rodgers was throwing passes for the Green Bay Packers earlier this season. You have to like Crosby with Rodgers returning.
Crosby is among the kickers we like more than the consensus this week:
- Dan Bailey
- Phil Dawson
- Mason Crosby
- Blair Walsh
- Ryan Succop
Like Him Less
Adam Vinatieri is a much more productive option at home in the Indianapolis Colts' dome, but his inconsistency makes him a fringe fantasy option in our book.
Vinatieri is among the kickers we like less than the masses:
- Nick Novak
- Adam Vinatieri
- Graham Gano
- David Akers
- Shayne Graham
|1||Stephen Gostkowski||NE||vs. Buf||2||+1|
|2||Matt Prater||Den||at Oak||1||-1|
|3||Steven Hauschka||Sea||vs. StL||4||+1|
|4||Dan Bailey||Dal||vs. Phi||7||+3|
|5||Justin Tucker||Bal||at Cin||6||+1|
|6||Phil Dawson||SF||at Ari||9||+3|
|7||Mason Crosby||GB||at Chi||12||+5|
|8||Nick Novak||SD||vs. KC||5||-3|
|9||Blair Walsh||Min||vs. Det||16||+7|
|10||Ryan Succop||KC||at SD||14||+4|
|11||Alex Henery||Phi||at Dal||15||+4|
|12||Adam Vinatieri||Ind||vs. Jac||3||-9|
|13||Graham Gano||Car||at Atl||10||-3|
|14||Caleb Sturgis||Mia||vs. NYJ||20||+6|
|15||David Akers||Det||at Min||11||-4|
|16||Robbie Gould||Chi||vs. GB||17||+1|
|17||Shaun Suisham||Pit||vs. Cle||19||+2|
|18||Rob Bironas||Ten||vs. Hou||23||+5|
|19||Shayne Graham||NO||vs. TB||8||-11|
|20||Sebastian Janikowski||Oak||vs. Den||24||+4|
|21||Greg Zuerlein||StL||at Sea||31||+10|
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