Week 17 QB Player Rankings
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1. Aaron Rodgers (vs Chi)
History hasn't been very kind to Aaron "it out" Rodgers when it comes to the Bears, but lately, the Packers QB seems to have ignored those voices of the past. Earlier this year in Chicago, Rodgers threw for over 300 yards for the first time in his career. Last week against the Giants, Rodgers set a new regular season high for yards passing in a game despite playing a team that had given up just one 300 yard passer on the season.
In a game Green Bay has to win if they want their season to continue, bet on Aaron "it out" to ditch history class once again and lead your fantasy team to victory.
2. Peyton Manning (vs Ten)
Manning may have a bit of trouble in the clutch beyond Week 17, but we're not beyond Week 17 yet, are we? The Colts need a win to secure themselves a spot in the playoffs, and you can bet Manning will do whatever it takes to extend his postseason streak to nine years.
In his last three games against the Titans, he's averaged 299.3 yards and two TDs. Count on seeing at least those numbers this Sunday, and likely more.
3. Philip Rivers (@ Den)
The Chargers have nothing to play for, but Rivers certainly does. After starting the season on fire averaging 331.1 yards per game through the first eight games, Philip has dropped off in the second half to average just 249.7 yards per game, bringing his total to 4,397, just 39 yards behind the league leader (Peyton Manning).
I guarantee you Rivers wants that league passing title pretty f'ing bad, and against one of the worst defenses in the league, who are likely to be without their best player (Champ Bailey), he'll have every chance to get it.
4. Ben Roethlisberger (@ Cle)
Roethlisberger put up 22.8 fantasy points (standard scoring) against Cleveland in their first meeting this year by tossing up three TDs on 257 yards. The Browns are currently falling apart after losing to both the Bills and Bengals during their recent three-game skid and you can bet Big Ben smells blood in the water.
The Steelers need a win to clinch the AFC North division and a first-round bye, and you can bet the headstrong Pittsburgh QB will make sure he has his say in the matter.
5. Drew Brees (vs TB)
Brees has put up less than 14 fantasy points just once this year, with that game coming four months ago back in the first week of the season.
The last time he faced the Bucs, he tossed up 263 yards and three TDs in Tampa Bay. This time he gets them at home, where he has averaged 205.9 yards and 2.3 TDs on the year.
The Saints may go with a run-first attack against the league's fifth-worst rush D, but you can be sure that Cool Brees will take you to Disney World in the end.
6. Matt Schaub (vs Jax)
Schaub has been on a tear lately, throwing up four straight 300-yard games while averaging two TDs per contest during that time. Even without the mighty Andre Johnson last week, he still managed to get 16.4 fantasy points while completing almost 70 percent of his passes.
In his Week 10 game against the Jags, he threw for 314 yards and two TDs, numbers that will likely repeat themselves this coming Sunday.
7. Joe Flacco (vs Cin)
Flacco is on the verge of a career high for passing yards, while he's already set his personal mark in TDs with 25. Baltimore has a chance to clinch the AFC North and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win and a Pittsburgh loss, so you know Flacco won't be pulling any punches in this one.
His numbers in Baltimore (243 yards, 1.9 TDs per game) far exceed what he has put up on the road (224.5 yards, 1.5 TDs), so look for some nice home cookin' for your fantasy team this weekend.
8. Sam Bradford (@ Sea)
There's been talk that Sam the Ram might be the best rookie QB the NFL has ever seen, although the last four weeks might say otherwise (one TD, five INTs). Week 17 will give him one last chance to prove himself as St. Louis looks for its first playoff berth since 2004, when they squeaked in with an 8-8 mark under coach Mike Martz. If they do, they will coincidentally have the same 8-8 record as that 2004 squad.
Back in Week 4, Bradford had his second best fantasy game of the year (20.4 points) against these same Seahawks, so with Seattle being beaten like a drum lately (they've allowed 37.3 points/game over the last three weeks), I hardly expect him to do any worse.