Fantasy Football Week 18 Rankings: Final Season Position-by-Position Review

Jake RillFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 8, 2022

Fantasy Football Week 18 Rankings: Final Season Position-by-Position Review

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    For many fantasy football managers, the 2021 season is over. A lot of leagues typically hold their championship matchups during the penultimate week of the NFL campaign, which this year was Week 17.

    However, some leagues go through the end of the regular season, meaning there will be some fantasy championship matchups taking place during Week 18. And it can be difficult to know who to start, as there are some teams that will be resting players for the playoffs because they've already clinched a spot in the postseason.

    Still, there are plenty of players who should get a full workload. So it'll be important for fantasy managers to identify which players are safe starts and which ones are not.

    Here are some positional rankings for Week 18, along with several sleeper players to consider starting.

Quarterbacks

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    1. Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen vs. NYJ

    2. Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert at LV

    3. Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray vs. SEA

    4. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes at DEN

    5. Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford vs. SF

    6. New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill at ATL

    7. Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott at PHI

    8. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts vs. DAL

    9. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson at ARI

    10. Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill at HOU

          

    Sleeper to Consider: Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill at HOU

    Tannehill has been an inconsistent fantasy performer this season, making him a risky start most weeks. However, he has a favorable matchup in Week 18 against the Texans in a game that the Titans may need to win in order to secure the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

    Last week, Tannehill had two touchdown passes in Tennessee's win over Miami, marking the first time he threw multiple TD passes in a game since Week 8. But Tannehill has been a threat to get into the end zone using his legs, as he has seven rushing touchdowns this season, including one in both Weeks 14 and 15.

    Houston is allowing 383.1 total yards per game, the fourth most in the NFL. So Tennessee's offense should have a big game, making Tannehill a worthwhile streaming option for Week 18.

Running Backs

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    For many fantasy football managers, the 2021 season is over. A lot of leagues typically hold their championship matchups during the penultimate week of the NFL campaign, which this year was Week 17.

    However, some leagues go through the end of the regular season, meaning there will be some fantasy championship matchups taking place during Week 18. And it can be difficult to know who to start, as there are some teams that will be resting players for the playoffs because they've already clinched a spot in the postseason.

    Still, there are plenty of players who should get a full workload. So it'll be important for fantasy managers to identify which players are safe starts and which ones are not.

    Here are some positional rankings for Week 18, along with several sleeper players to consider starting.

Wide Receivers

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    For many fantasy football managers, the 2021 season is over. A lot of leagues typically hold their championship matchups during the penultimate week of the NFL campaign, which this year was Week 17.

    However, some leagues go through the end of the regular season, meaning there will be some fantasy championship matchups taking place during Week 18. And it can be difficult to know who to start, as there are some teams that will be resting players for the playoffs because they've already clinched a spot in the postseason.

    Still, there are plenty of players who should get a full workload. So it'll be important for fantasy managers to identify which players are safe starts and which ones are not.

    Here are some positional rankings for Week 18, along with several sleeper players to consider starting.

Tight Ends

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    For many fantasy football managers, the 2021 season is over. A lot of leagues typically hold their championship matchups during the penultimate week of the NFL campaign, which this year was Week 17.

    However, some leagues go through the end of the regular season, meaning there will be some fantasy championship matchups taking place during Week 18. And it can be difficult to know who to start, as there are some teams that will be resting players for the playoffs because they've already clinched a spot in the postseason.

    Still, there are plenty of players who should get a full workload. So it'll be important for fantasy managers to identify which players are safe starts and which ones are not.

    Here are some positional rankings for Week 18, along with several sleeper players to consider starting.

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