Fantasy Football Week 17 Rankings: Examining Lineup Options After Injury Reports

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2022

Fantasy Football Week 17 Rankings: Examining Lineup Options After Injury Reports

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    Happy new year, football fans! While the calendar has changed over to 2022, the 2021 NFL season is still going strong. Two weeks of regular-season action remain, and Week 17 is set to get underway on Sunday.

    For most season-long fantasy leagues, Week 17 will represent the championship week. Some larger leagues will inevitably run the course of the regular season. However, the final slate is often skipped in fantasy because of the danger of resting starters.

    While no top seeds are locked up—and therefore, teams won't be inclined to rest healthy starters—injuries and COVID-19-related absences will still impact player availability. Here, we'll dive into the latest buzz from Friday's injury report, check out updated flex rankings and examine a couple of potential waiver-wire replacements.

    All rankings and picks are based on point-per-reception (PPR) scoring.

Notable Injuries Heading into Saturday (Offense Only)

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    Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens (ankle)—did not practice

    Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (illness)—did not practice

    Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears (ankle)—questionable (Andy Dalton expected  to start)

    Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns (ankle)—limited in practice

    Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (concussion)—out

    Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions (knee)—doubtful

    James O'Shaughnessy, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (hip)—out

    Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (shoulder)—questionable

    Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams (Achilles)—questionable (unlikely to play)

    Nelson Agholor, WR, New England Patriots (concussion)—out

    Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints (chest)—out

    Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets (calf)—doubtful

    Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants (shoulder)—out

    Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (hand)—out

    Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (thumb)—doubtful


    *A full list of injury updates can be found at

Week 17 Flex Top 50

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    1. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

    2. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

    3. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

    4. Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers

    5. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

    6. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

    7. Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills

    8. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    9. Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

    10. Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

    11. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

    12. Antonio Brown, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    13. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans

    14. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

    15. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

    16. Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens

    17. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

    18. David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

    19. Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

    20. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

    21. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

    22. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    23. Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    24. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

    25. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins

    26. Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    27. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

    28. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions

    29. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

    30. Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

    31. Darrell Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    32. DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks

    33. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys

    34. Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders

    35. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    36. Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots

    37. Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles Rams

    38. Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts

    39. Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans

    40. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    41. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Los Angeles Rams

    42. Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals

    43. D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

    44. Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals

    45. Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

    46. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    47. Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team

    48. Zach Ertz, TE, Arizona Cardinals

    49. DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

    50. Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills

Waiver Targets: Boston Scott and Jordan Howard, RBs, Philadelphia Eagles

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    With starter Miles Sanders out for this week's game against the Washington Football Team, Philadelphia Eagles backs Boston Scott and Jordan Howard become viable flex options off the waiver wire. Scott carried 12 times for 41 yards and a touchdown against the New York Giants last week. Howard carried nine times for 37 yards and caught two passes for 19.

    Scott is the healthier of the two backs, as Howard is officially questionable with a stinger.

    "We obviously do not have to make that decision yet," head coach Nick Sirianni said, per Chris Franklin of "He still has two more days to get better, so he is questionable right now."

    Managers only able to roster one of the backs should target Scott first because of Howard's uncertain status. However, both could see significant action—if healthy—against a middle-of-the-road run defense.

    Washington has allowed the 16th-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, but if the Eagles get an early lead, they could look to salt away the game on the ground. Given how well Philadelphia has been playing lately (5-1 in the last six games), that's precisely how I see things unfolding.

    Howard is rostered in 24 percent of Yahoo leagues and 13 percent of ESPN leagues. Scott is rostered in 29 percent and 20 percent of Yahoo and ESPN leagues, respectively. The New York Giants have allowed the 12-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends.


    *Fantasy roster information and points allowed via FantasyPros.  

Waiver Target: Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears

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    Managers scrambling to find a tight end for the fantasy playoffs—perhaps those who have missed Darren Waller over the last month—should look to Chicago Bears pass-catcher Cole Kmet.

    While the second-year tight end isn't a fantasy star just yet, he's been fairly reliable over the past month. He's had at least three receptions in each of his last five games and has topped the 40-yard mark in four of those.

    It'll be back to Andy Dalton at quarterback for the Bears this week, as rookie Justin Fields is questionable but unlikely to play.

    "We'll continue to get Justin going and do everything that he can to get ready for next week," coach Matt Nagy said, per Larry Mayer of the team's official website.

    In his past two games with Dalton under center (Weeks 12 and 13), Kmet caught a combined 11 passes for 106 yards. He should have a fair PPR floor this weekend, though managers shouldn't bank on touchdown upside.

    Kmet has just two professional touchdowns and none this season. He is rostered in 31 percent of Yahoo leagues and 38 percent of ESPN leagues.