Fantasy Football Big Board: Complete PPR Player Rankings for Week 17

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksFeatured Columnist IVDecember 28, 2022

Fantasy Football Big Board: Complete PPR Player Rankings for Week 17

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    Travis Etienne
    Travis EtienneRich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    And then there were two.

    In the overwhelming majority of fantasy leagues, Week 17 is the end of the line. It's Championship Week. After weeks and weeks of lineups and trades and breakouts and slumps and joy and misery and all points in between, there are just two teams still at it. By next Monday night, one will be crowned champion.

    It's an exciting time for the fortunate few still alive—just one step short of the goal every fantasy manager shares. One step from the successful completion of a monthslong journey. But it's also a nerve-wracking time. Every lineup decision is critical. Every call can mean the difference between being a champion who lives forever in the annals of fantasy history or a runner-up no one remembers.

    These position-by-position PPR rankings and breakdowns of favorable (and unfavorable) matchups in Week 17 are your ticket to glory. A roadmap to victory in this all-important week.

    Let's get to it.


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    Jalen Hurts
    Jalen HurtsMichael Reaves/Getty Images

    Fantasy managers who had been relying on Jalen Hurts of the Eagles were thrown for a loop recently when fantasy's highest-scoring quarterback through 15 weeks was sidelined by a sprained shoulder. Gardner Minshew was a serviceable fill-in in Week 16, but it appears that Hurts will be back for the Championship Round.

    Well, maybe.

    With the No. 1 seed in the NFC still up for grabs after the Eagles lost in Dallas on Christmas Eve, Philly head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters that Hurts will be a go this week against the Saints if he is medically cleared.

    "We'll see. One day at a time here," Sirianni said. "You know how much he wanted to play last week and how much he did to get his body ready, and again with Jalen, his body deals different than yours and mine. He's going to do everything that he can do to get himself healthy, and if he's healthy, he'll play."

    Hurts is ranked here as though he'll play, but managers need to monitor his availability as we move into the week—and have a Plan B at the ready.


    Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (at DET) (DraftKings DFS Value: $7,900)

    Fields was held mostly in check by the Buffalo Bills last week, but Week 17 should be a different story. The Lions are dead last in the league in total defense and just surrendered a jaw-dropping 570 yards to the Carolina Panthers.

    Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN) (DraftKings DFS Value: $6,000)

    Rodgers hasn't exactly been lighting it up during Green Bay's winning streak—he has just one touchdown pass in each of the last three games. But the Packers need this win in the worst way, and the Vikings have had one of the league's worst pass defenses for most of the season.


    Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU) (DraftKings DFS Value: $6,200)

    Over the last five games, Lawrence has thrown eight touchdown passes against just one interception and ranks third among quarterbacks in fantasy points. But the Texans are a sneaky-bad fantasy matchup, allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the position.

    Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks (vs. NYJ) (DraftKings DFS Value: $5,900)

    Smith has been lightyears better than both Seattle fans and fantasy managers could have reasonably hoped in 2022. But he is just QB16 since the fantasy playoffs started in Week 15, and he draws a tough fantasy matchup for quarterbacks with the Jets.


    Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos (at KC) (DraftKings DFS Value: $5,400)

    Given the season he's had and his putrid outing in Week 16, starting Wilson in a must-win fantasy matchup might seem, um, unwise. But in Week 14 against the Chiefs, Wilson threw for 247 yards and three scores while adding another 57 yards on the ground.


    1. Josh Allen, BUF (at CIN)

    2. Patrick Mahomes, KC (vs. DEN)

    3. Jalen Hurts, PHI (vs. NO) [INJURED]

    4. Dak Prescott, DAL (at TEN)

    5. Justin Fields, CHI (at DET)

    6. Justin Herbert, LAC (vs. LAR)

    7. Lamar Jackson, BAL (vs. PIT) [INJURED]

    8. Joe Burrow, CIN (vs. BUF)

    9. Kirk Cousins, MIN (at GB)

    10. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA (at NE) [INJURED]

    11. Jared Goff, DET (vs. CHI)

    12. Aaron Rodgers, GB (vs. MIN)

    13. Trevor Lawrence, JAX (at HOU)

    14. Geno Smith, SEA (vs. NYJ)

    15. Brock Purdy, SF (at LV)

    16. Daniel Jones, NYG (vs. IND)

    17. Mike White, NYJ (at SEA)

    18. Deshaun Watson, CLE (at WAS)

    19. Tom Brady, TYB (vs. CAR)

    20. Russell Wilson, DEN (at KC)

    21. Mac Jones, NE (vs. MIA)

    22. Colt McCoy, ARI (at ATL) [INJURED]

    23. Kenny Pickett, PIT (at BAL)

    24. Davis Mills, HOU (vs. JAX)

    25. Baker Mayfield, LAR (at LAC)

    26. Taylor Heinicke, WAS (vs. CLE)

    27. Nick Foles, IND (at NYG)

    28. Andy Dalton, NO (at PHI)

    29. Sam Darnold, CAR (at TB)

    30. Jarrett Stidham, LV (vs, SF)

Running Backs

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    Josh Jacobs
    Josh JacobsMichael Owens/Getty Images

    The absolute last thing fantasy managers want is for a player being counted on in a must-win contest to lay a big fat egg.

    Unfortunately, there were several at the running back position in Week 16.

    It started on Christmas Eve. Quite a few fantasy managers had ridden Josh Jacobs of the Raiders to a spot in the fantasy playoffs, only for Jacobs to post his worst fantasy stat line of the entire season against the Steelers. It was even worse in Cincinnati, where Rhamondre Stevenson's late fumble landed the Patriots running back outside the top 50 at the position in PPR points.

    The (not even a little) fun continued the next day, when Aaron Jones of the Packers managed just 34 total yards against the Dolphins on eight touches.

    Could some of those backs rebound in Week 17? Sure.

    But for folks who got bounced from the playoffs as a result of those duds, it's too little, too late.


    Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU) (DraftKings DFS Value: $6,400)

    In each of the last two games, Etienne has surpassed both 20 touches and 100 total yards. Three in a row is a real possibility against the Texans—Houston is dead last in the league in run defense and first in PPR points allowed to running backs.

    David Montgomery, Chicago Bears (at DET) (DraftKings DFS Value: $6,900)

    When last we saw the Detroit run defense, it was allowing D'Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard of the Panthers to both sail past 100 rushing yards in a game in which the Lions allowed a staggering 320 yards on the ground. That's rather a lot.


    D'Onta Foreman, Carolina Panthers (at TB) (DraftKings DFS Value: $5,700)

    Foreman was a week-winner for managers who started him in Week 16, gashing the Lions for 165 yards and a touchdown. But there's a big difference between facing Detroit's league-worst defense and facing a Tampa unit surrendering the fourth-fewest PPR points to running backs.

    Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. SF) (DraftKings DFS Value: $7,400)

    It's almost impossible to sit a top-five fantasy back. But fantasy managers have to be realistic about Jacobs in Week 17 against a 49ers defense giving up a league-low 75 rushing yards and the fewest PPR points to running backs—especially with Jarrett Stidham in line to start under center.


    Royce Freeman, Houston Texans (vs. JAX) (DraftKings DFS Value: $4,600)

    Freeman's two yards per carry last week doesn't exactly inspire the warm and fuzzies. But he saw 17 touches in that game and faces a Jaguars team this week that has given up the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs.


    1. Christian McCaffrey, SF (at LV)

    2. Austin Ekeler, LAC (vs. LAR)

    3. Saquon Barkley, NYG (vs. IND)

    4. Dalvin Cook, MIN (at GB)

    5. Travis Etienne Jr., JAX (at HOU)

    6. Nick Chubb, CLE (at WAS)

    7. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE (vs. MIA)

    8. James Conner, ARI (at ATL)

    9. Joe Mixon, CIN (vs. BUF)

    10. David Montgomery, CHI (at DET)

    11. Kenneth Walker III, SEA (vs. NYJ)

    12. Alvin Kamara, NO (at PHI)

    13. Josh Jacobs, LV (vs. SF)

    14. Cam Akers, LAR (at LAC)

    15. Tony Pollard, DAL (at TEN)

    16. Najee Harris, PIT (at BAL)

    17. Miles Sanders, PHI (vs. NO)

    18. Aaron Jones, GB (vs. MIN) [INJURED]

    19. Tyler Allgeier, ATL (vs. ARI)

    20. Brian Robinson Jr., WAS (vs. CLE)

    21. Leonard Fournette, TB (vs. CAR)

    22. Latavius Murray, DEN (at KC)

    23. Zonovan Knight, NYJ (at SEA)

    24. Jerick McKinnon, KC (vs. DEN)

    25. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (at TEN)

    26. Jamaal Williams, DET (vs. CHI)

    27. Rachaad White, TB (vs. CAR)

    28. D'Andre Swift, DET (vs. CHI)

    29. JK Dobbins, BAL (vs. PIT)

    30. Isiah Pacheco, KC (vs. DEN)

    31. D'Onta Foreman, CAR (at TB)

    32. Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL (vs. ARI)

    33. Devin Singletary, BUF (at CIN)

    34. Raheem Mostert, MIA (at NE)

    35. AJ Dillon, GB (vs. MIN)

    36. Zack Moss, IND (at NYG)

    37. Hassan Haskins, TEN (vs. DAL)

    38. Khalil Herbert CHI (at DET)

    39. Deon Jackson, IND (at NYG)

    40. James Cook, BUF (at CIN)

    41. Antonio Gibson, WAS (vs. CLE)

    42. Chuba Hubbard, CAR (at TB)

    43. Royce Freeman, HOU (vs. JAX)

    44. Jeff Wilson Jr., MIA (at NE)

    45. Kareem Hunt, CLE (at WAS)

    46. Michael Carter, NYJ (at SEA)

    47. Gus Edwards, BAL (vs. PIT)

    48. Damien Harris, NE (vs. MIA) [INJURED]

    49. Tyrion Davis-Price, SF (at LV)

    50. Dare Ogunbowale, HOU (vs. JAX)

Wide Receivers

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    Stefon Diggs
    Stefon DiggsMichael Reaves/Getty Images

    For a good chunk of the 2022 season, the top tier at wide receiver contained four names—Stefon Diggs of the Bills, Tyreek Hill of the Dolphins, Davante Adams of the Raiders and Justin Jefferson of the Vikings.

    That two of those players pulled a vanishing act in Week 16 was not ideal.

    Jefferson was his usually dominant self, hauling in 12 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. Hill wasn't great, but his four grabs for 103 yards weren't terrible, either.

    But due in part to terrible weather in Chicago, Diggs was a non-factor against the Bears, notching just two catches for 26 yards on two targets. And as bad as that was, Adams' night in Pittsburgh was worse—a combination of bad weather and worse quarterback play limited him to two catches for 15 yards…on nine targets.

    Now, all four of those wideouts are must-starts in Week 17. All are capable of the kind of massive stat lines that can win fantasy championships.

    But Diggs and Adams likely cost quite a few managers a chance to play for one last week.


    Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos (at KC) (DraftKings DFS Value: $6,400)

    The Denver passing game has admittedly been a catastrophic disaster most of the 2022 season, but as was already mentioned, Russell Wilson had one of his best games of the season in Week 14 against the Chiefs. So did Jeudy, who caught nine passes for 73 yards and three touchdowns.

    Christian Watson, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN) (DraftKings DFS Value: $5,900)

    This recommendation comes with a caveat: Watson missed the second half of last week's win over the Dolphins with a hip injury. But he has a chance to play in Week 17, and he should feast against one of the softest secondaries in the NFL if he does.


    Christian Kirk, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU) (DraftKings DFS Value: $6,000)

    Over the first 10 weeks of the 2022 season, Kirk was seventh in PPR points among receivers. Since Week 11, Kirk is 43rd in fantasy points at the position. Not a positive trend, nor one likely to reverse against a Texans defense that has surrendered the third-fewest fantasy points to receivers.

    DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (vs. NYJ) (DraftKings DFS Value: $6,900)

    Tyler Lockett (hand) could return to action as early as this week, which could portend a dip in target share for Metcalf. Add in "Sauce" Gardner's coverage and a Jets defense that has allowed the second-fewest PPR points to receivers, and Metcalf is a risky WR2 play in Week 17.


    Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. SF) (DraftKings DFS Value: $4,000)

    It's hard to believe that Renfrow topped 100 catches and 1,000 yards last season, but he was actually decent last week in Pittsburgh, posting a 4/42/1 line on seven targets. The 49ers are very good defensively, but the team has been relatively generous to opposing fantasy wideouts.


    1. Justin Jefferson, MIN (at GB)

    2. CeeDee Lamb, DAL (at TEN)

    3. Tyreek Hill, MIA (at NE)

    4. Stefon Diggs, BUF (at CIN)

    5. Ja'Marr Chase, CIN (vs. BUF)

    6. A.J. Brown, PHI (vs. NO)

    7. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET (vs. CHI)

    8. Keenan Allen, LAC (vs. LAR)

    9. Chris Godwin, TB (vs. CAR)

    10. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI (at ATL)

    11. Jerry Jeudy, DEN (at KC)

    12. Jaylen Waddle, MIA (at NE)

    13. Mike Williams, LAC (vs. LAR)

    14. Amari Cooper, CLE (at WAS)

    15. Terry McLaurin, WAS (vs. CLE)

    16. Mike Evans, TB (vs. CAR)

    17. Davante Adams, LV (vs. SF)

    18. Tee Higgins, CIN (vs. BUF)

    19. DK Metcalf, SEA (vs. NYJ)

    20. Michael Pittman Jr., IND (at NYG)

    21. Brandon Aiyuk, SF (at LV)

    22. DeVonta Smith, PHI (vs. NO)

    23. Christian Kirk, JAX (at HOU)

    24. Garrett Wilson, NYJ (at SEA)

    25. Diontae Johnson, PIT (at BAL)

    26. D.J. Moore, CAR (at TB)

    27. JuJu Smith-Schuster, KC (vs. DEN)

    28. Zay Jones, JAX (at HOU)

    29. Marquise Brown, ARI (at ATL)

    30. Tyler Lockett, SEA (vs. NYJ) [INJURED]

    31. Courtland Sutton, DEN (vs. KC)

    32. Brandin Cooks, HOU (vs. JAX)

    33. Christian Watson, GB (vs. MIN) [INJURED]

    34. Jakobi Meyers, NE (vs. MIA)

    35. Drake London, ATL (vs. ARI)

    36. Gabriel Davis, BUF (at CIN)

    37. George Pickens, PIT (at BAL)

    38. Allen Lazard, GB (vs. MIN)

    39. Adam Thielen, MIN (at GB)

    40. Michael Gallup, DAL (at TEN)

    41. Richie James Jr., NYG (vs. IND)

    42. Chris Moore, HOU (vs. JAX)

    43. Hunter Renfrow, LV (vs. SF)

    44. Demarcus Robinson, BAL (vs. PIT)

    45. Darius Slayton, NYG (vs. IND)

    46. Tyler Boyd, CIN (vs. BUF)

    47. Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE (at WAS)

    48. Kendrick Bourne, NE (vs. MIN)

    49. Jahan Dotson, WAS (vs. CLE)

    50. DJ Chark, DET (vs. CHI)

Tight Ends

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    George Kittle
    George KittleMichael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

    So far, much of this week's column has focused on big names who came up short last week—on guys who left fantasy managers in the lurch at the most inopportune of times.

    But in the interest of accentuating the positive, it's only fair to single out at least one big name who did the opposite.

    For a good portion of the 2022 campaign, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle was a disappointment relative to his draft slot—due in part to injury, Kittle barely ranked inside TE1 territory. But the second half has been another story. Since Kittle returned from his bye in Week 10, only Travis Kelce of the Chiefs has more PPR points.

    In the fantasy playoffs, Kittle has kicked it into overdrive. After lighting up the Washington Commanders for six catches, 120 yards and two touchdowns last week, Kittle is the highest-scoring tight end in fantasy over the last two weeks, and he has topped 25 PPR points in both of those games.

    If Kittle can post another fat line in Championship Week, he will earn a spot in fantasy lore as one of the players who led managers to glory in 2022.


    Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU) (DraftKings DFS Value: $4,400)

    If you bump it back to the last three weeks, then it's Engram who leads all tight ends in PPR points—he has two 100-yard games over that span and hasn't recorded fewer than seven receptions or less than 14 PPR points over that span.

    Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (at DET) (DraftKings DFS Value: $4,500)

    Kmet has admittedly been an up-and-down fantasy option this season, and he hasn't found the end zone since Week 10. However, as it happens that Week 10 game was against the Lions, and Kmet caught four passes for 74 yards and two scores last time out against Detroit


    Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. NO) (DraftKings DFS Value: $4,700)

    Goedert looked good in his return from injury last week, and he appears to have a good rapport with Gardner Minshew. But for whatever the reason, the Saints just don't allow fantasy points to tight ends—only one team has given up less in 2022.

    David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (at WAS) (DraftKings DFS Value: $4,100)

    Njoku's production has been trending in the wrong direction—since posting a 7/59/1 line in Week 14, his fantasy output has declined in back-to-back weeks. A rebound isn't especially likely against the Commanders, who are dead last in PPR points given up to the position.


    Tyler Conklin, New York Jets (at SEA) (DraftKings DFS Value: $2,900)

    It's next to impossible to get excited about any Jets pass-catcher when Zach Wilson is "leading" the offense. But Mike White has been cleared to start under center just in time for a fantastic matchup for Conklin with the Seahawks.


    1. Travis Kelce, KC (vs. DEN)

    2. George Kittle, SF (at LV)

    3. T.J. Hockenson, MIN (at GB)

    4. Mark Andrews, BAL (vs. PIT)

    5. Dalton Schultz, DAL (at TEN)

    6. Evan Engram, JAX (at HOU)

    7. Pat Freiermuth, PIT (at BAL)

    8. Dallas Goedert, PHI (vs. NO)

    9. Darren Waller, LV (vs. SF)

    10. Juwan Johnson, NO (at PHI)

    11. Dawson Knox, BUF (at CIN)

    12. Greg Dulcich, DEN (at KC)

    13. Gerald Everett, LAC (vs. LAR)

    14. Tyler Higbee, LAR (at LAC)

    15. David Njoku, CLE (at WAS)

    16. Tyler Conklin, NYJ (at SEA)

    17. Jordan Akins, HOU (vs. JAX)

    18. Noah Fant, SEA (vs. NYJ)

    19. Cole Kmet, CHI (at DET)

    20. Taysom Hill, NO (at PHI)

    21. Hayden Hurst, CIN (vs. BUF) [INJURED]

    22. Trey McBride, ARI (at ATL)

    23. Shane Zylstra, DET (vs. CHI)

    24. Hunter Henry, NE (vs. MIA)

    25. Robert Tonyan, GB (vs. MIN)

    26. Mike Gesicki, MIA (at NE)

    27. Daniel Bellinger, NYG (vs. IND)

    28. Anthony Firkser, ATL (vs. ARI)

    29. Chigoziem Okonkwo, TEN (vs. DAL)

    30. Cade Otton, TB (vs. CAR)

Kickers and Defenses

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    Kayvon Thibodeaux
    Kayvon ThibodeauxStephen Maturen/Getty Images

    With just one week left in the season in most fantasy leagues, it appears to be a three-team race for the title of No. 1 fantasy defense.

    The leader (and fairly prohibitive favorite) is the New England Patriots, who are eighth in total defense, fifth in scoring defense, lead the AFC in sacks with 50 and pace the conference in takeaways with 25. Barring a no-show in Week 17 and a big week from another team, the Pats will finish the year with the most points at the position.

    However, should the Pats struggle a bit against the Dolphins this week, it's possible that the Dallas Cowboys or San Francisco 49ers could catch them. Both NFC playoff teams have done a good job pressuring quarterbacks and taking the ball away in 2022, and both (on paper, anyway) have more favorable matchups.


    Tyler Bass, Buffalo Bills (at CIN)

    It's not especially surprising that Bass has piled up the fantasy points in 2022—rumor has it the Bills are pretty good offensively. This week's game against a Bengals team allowing the third-most fantasy points to kickers has more than a little shootout potential.

    New York Giants Defense (vs. NYG) (DraftKings DFS Value: $3,900)

    If you watched any of last Monday night's game between the Colts and Chargers, you know why the Giants are a solid fantasy play in Week 17. In that game, the Colts managed fewer than 200 yards of offense, scored just three points and turned the ball over three times.


    Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. SF)

    Even after a couple of down weeks, Carlson is still a respectable fourth in fantasy points among kickers for the season. But his late-season swoon could be set to continue against a 49ers team that ranks last in fantasy points given up to kickers this season.

    Denver Broncos Defense (at KC) (DraftKings DFS Value: $2,200)

    For much of the 2022 season, the Broncos defense fared well while the offense struggled. But the defense collapsed last week against the Rams, and now Denver has to travel to Kansas City to face Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.


    Atlanta Falcons Defense (vs. ARI) (DraftKings DFS Value: $2,700)

    The Falcons rank 28th in total defense, 23rd in scoring defense and 28th in fantasy points. But the Cardinals are beat up at quarterback and surrendering the eighth-most fantasy points to defenses this season.


    1. Justin Tucker, BAL (vs. PIT)

    2. Tyler Bass, BUF (at CIN)

    3. Brett Maher, DAL (at TEN)

    4. Cameron Dicker, LAC (vs. LAR)

    5. Jake Elliott, PHI (vs. NO)

    6. Younghoe Koo, ATL (vs. ARI)

    7. Graham Gano, NYG (vs. IND)

    8. Riley Patterson, JAX (at HOU)

    9. Matt Gay, LAR (at LAC)

    10. Robbie Gould, SF (at LV)

    11. Daniel Carlson, LV (vs. SF)

    12. Harrison Butker, KC (vs. DEN)

    13. Evan McPherson, CIN (vs. BUF)

    14. Greg Zuerlein, NYJ (at SEA)

    15. Ryan Succop, TB (vs. CAR)

    16. Nick Folk, NE (vs. MIA)

    17. Jason Myers, SEA (vs. NYJ)

    18. Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU (vs. JAX)

    19. Matt Prater, ARI (at ATL)

    20. Mason Crosby, GB (vs. MIN)

    21. Greg Joseph, MIN (at GB)

    22. Eddy Pineiro, CAR (at TB)

    23. Michael Badgley, DET (vs. CHI)

    24. Chase McLaughlin, IND (at NYG)

    25. Cade York, CLE (at WAS)


    1. Philadelphia Eagles (vs. NO)

    2. Dallas Cowboys (at TEN)

    3. San Francisco 49ers (at LV)

    4. New York Giants (vs. IND)

    5. Baltimore Ravens (vs. PIT)

    6. New England Patriots (vs. MIA)

    7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CAR)

    8. Los Angeles Chargers (vs. LAR)

    9. Cleveland Browns (at WAS)

    10. Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)

    11. Arizona Cardinals (at ATL)

    12. Miami Dolphins (at NE)

    13. Washington Commanders (vs. CLE)

    14. Kansas City Chiefs (vs. DEN)

    15. Seattle Seahawks (vs. NYJ)

    16. Buffalo Bills (at CIN)

    17. Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)

    18. Atlanta Falcons (vs. ARI)

    19. Detroit Lions (vs. CHI)

    20. Carolina Panthers (at TB)

    21. Las Vegas Raiders (vs. SF)

    22. Chicago Bears (at DET)

    23. New York Jets (at SEA)

    24. Indianapolis Colts (at NYG)

    25. Minnesota Vikings (at GB)

Top 100 Players Overall/Flex Rankings

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    CeeDee Lamb
    CeeDee LambCooper Neill/Getty Images

    Before we get to the top 100 players of Week 17 (al list that can be of assistance when comparing different positions for consideration as flex starters), it's time for the ever-popular disclaimer and bit of advice.

    The disclaimer never changes—you won't find any quarterbacks on this list. If your league has a superflex spot and you have two of the top 20 or so quarterbacks rostered, you're probably going to want to flex one.

    Do not flex Nick Foles. Nick Foles brings only sadness.

    The bit of advice is this: Play this week like your season depends on it, because it does. This isn't the week to be overly cautious. Or overly careless. Take a look at how may points both you and your opponent have averaged this year. The farther in the black you are, the more the goal becomes to hit that average—to lean on safer, high-floor plays. If you're in the red, though, ceiling and upside are king. You have to be willing to risk a low score to post a high one sometimes.

    Finally, lest it go unsaid, congratulations for reaching the Championship Game. It's little consolation to the folks who will lose this week, but making it this far is considerably more difficult than winning this one game. The latter is mostly luck. The former takes more skill.

    Now go get that championship!


    1. Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN (at GB)

    2. Christian McCaffrey, RB, SF (at LV)

    3. Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC (vs. LAR)

    4. CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL (at TEN)

    5. Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG (vs. IND)

    6. Tyreek Hill, WR, MIA (at NE)

    7. Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF (at CIN)

    8. Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN (at GB)

    9. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, CIN (vs. BUF)

    10. Travis Etienne Jr., RB, JAX (at HOU)

    11. A.J. Brown, WR, PHI (vs. NO)

    12. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET (vs. CHI)

    13. Keenan Allen, WR, LAC (vs. LAR)

    14. Travis Kelce, TE, KC (vs. DEN)

    15. Nick Chubb, RB, CLE (at WAS)

    16. Chris Godwin, WR, TB (vs. CAR)

    17. Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE (vs. MIA)

    18. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI (at ATL)

    19. Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN (at KC)

    20. James Conner, RB, ARI (at ATL)

    21. Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA (at NE)

    22. Joe Mixon, RB, CIN (vs. BUF)

    23. Mike Williams, WR, LAC (vs. LAR)

    24. Amari Cooper, WR, CLE (at WAS)

    25. David Montgomery, RB, CHI (at DET)

    26. Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS (vs. CLE)

    27. Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEA (vs. NYJ)

    28. George Kittle, TE, SF (at LV)

    29. Mike Evans, WR, TB (vs. CAR)

    30. Davante Adams, WR, LV (vs. SF)

    31. Alvin Kamara, RB, NO (at PHI)

    32. Tee Higgins, WR, CIN (vs. BUF)

    33. Josh Jacobs, RB, LV (vs. SF)

    34. DK Metcalf, WR, SEA (vs. NYJ)

    35. Cam Akers, RB, LAR (at LAC)

    36. Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND (at NYG)

    37. Tony Pollard, RB, DAL (at TEN)

    38. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF (at LV)

    39. Najee Harris, RB, PIT (at BAL)

    40. DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI (vs. NO)

    41. Christian Kirk, WR, JAX (at HOU)

    42. Miles Sanders, RB, PHI (vs. NO)

    43. T.J. Hockenson, TE, MIN (at GB)

    44. Aaron Jones, RB, GB (vs. MIN) [INJURED]

    45. Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ (at SEA)

    46. Tyler Allgeier, RB, ATL (vs. ARI)

    47. Brian Robinson Jr., RB, WAS (vs. CLE)

    48. Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT (at BAL)

    49. D.J. Moore, WR, CAR (at TB)

    50. Leonard Fournette, RB, TB (vs. CAR)

    51. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC (vs. DEN)

    52. Mark Andrews, TE, BAL (vs. PIT)

    53. Latavius Murray, RB, DEN (at KC)

    54. Zay Jones, WR, JAX (at HOU)

    55. Zonovan Knight, RB, NYJ (at SEA)

    56. Jerick McKinnon, RB, KC (vs. DEN)

    57. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL (at TEN)

    58. Marquise Brown, WR, ARI (at ATL)

    59. Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA (vs. NYJ) [INJURED]

    60. Jamaal Williams, RB, DET (vs. CHI)

    61. Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN (vs. KC)

    62. Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL (at TEN)

    63. Rachaad White, RB, TB (vs. CAR)

    64. Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU (vs. JAX)

    65. D'Andre Swift, RB, DET (vs. CHI)

    66. Christian Watson, WR, GB (vs. MIN) [INJURED]

    67. Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE (vs. MIA)

    68. JK Dobbins, RB, BAL (vs. PIT)

    69. Evan Engram, TE, JAX (at HOU)

    70. Drake London, WR, ATL (vs. ARI)

    71. Isiah Pacheco, RB, KC (vs. DEN)

    72. Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF (at CIN)

    73. D'Onta Foreman, RB, CAR (at TB)

    74. Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL (vs. ARI)

    75. George Pickens, WR, PIT (at BAL)

    76. Allen Lazard, WR, GB (vs. MIN)

    77. Devin Singletary, RB, BUF (at CIN)

    78. Adam Thielen, WR, MIN (at GB)

    79. Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA (at NE)

    80. Pat Freiermuth, TE, PIT (at BAL)

    81. Michael Gallup, WR, DAL (at TEN)

    82. AJ Dillon, RB, GB (vs. MIN)

    83. Richie James Jr., WR, NYG (vs. IND)

    84. Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI (vs. NO)

    85. Zack Moss, RB, IND (at NYG)

    86. Hassan Haskins, TEN (vs. DAL)

    87. Chris Moore, WR, HOU (vs. JAX)

    88. Khalil Herbert, RB, CHI (at DET)

    89. Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV (vs. SF)

    90. Deon Jackson, RB, IND (at NYG)

    91. Demarcus Robinson, WR, BAL (vs. PIT)

    92. James Cook, RB, BUF (at CIN)

    93. Darren Waller, TE, LV (vs. SF)

    94. Darius Slayton, WR, NYG (vs. IND)

    95. Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS (vs. CLE)

    96. Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN (vs. BUF)

    97. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, CLE (at WAS)

    98. Chuba Hubbard, RB, CAR (at TB)

    99. Kendrick Bourne, WR, NE (vs. MIN)

    100. Royce Freeman, RB, HOU (vs. JAX)

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    Gary Davenport is a two-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association Football Writer of the Year. Follow him on Twitter at @IDPSharks.