Players sitting in Week 17 are the disadvantage of fantasy football championships that keep the league week in the final regular week of the NFL. Any team that has already locked up the playoffs is more motivated to keep players out to avoid injury that results in the post-season. The NFL playoff picture still has many moving parts, but fantasy owners can find some sleepers and busts to help with difficult starting / seating decisions by looking at what we already know about AFC and NFC postseason seeding.
WEEK 17 NOT RATING:
Quarterback | Running back Wide receiver Tight end D / ST | Kicker
2019 NFL playoff picture, how it impacts fantastic football
The following is a breakdown between the teams for the teams to play in Week 17. Underneath each team is a look at how the various fantastic values are influenced by the potential of the teams to rest their players. As the news comes out all week about players standing out, the analysis will be updated to reflect that.
AFC Playoff Picture
Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson Sitting Out, Robert Griffin III Fantasy Show
With their 16-week win over the Browns, the Ravens are closing in on the first seed of the AFC. This means that no matter what happens in Week 17, Baltimore will have a home advantage throughout the postseason AFC to go along with the first round bye.
Lamar Jackson is the biggest fantasy name affected by this development. The Ravens have announced Jackson will stay in Week 17. Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback for Baltimore. Against a strong Steelers defense playing for a playoff spot, the RG3 is no better than a second quarterback in 2QB championships in Week 17. Push the Pittsburgh D / ST, too, with Jackson out.
The Ravens could also choose to place their top picks elsewhere. Mark Ingram is already injured, so Baltimore announces he will lose, leaving Gus Edwards and Justice Hill behind. Hill is the most interesting PPR option, while Edwards is the most interesting in regular leagues. In the WR, Marquise Brown could sit out, but that won’t lift the other receivers to fantastic ground. And at the TE, Mark Andrews will be the most likely candidate. If Andrews is sitting, lift Hayden Hurst to the TE1 line, thanks to his big play.
New England Patriots: Week 17 fantasy prospect for Tom Brady, Julian Edelman
The Patriots still have to win to secure a first round. This means you have to wait for Brady and the partner. be in the field. Edelman is battling a knee injury, so he could stay out of action as soon as the Pats feel safe against the dolphins. If Edelman is active, it’s still a good fantasy game against Miami, but watch out for a possible low count – he’ll need to produce early if the Patriots erase the dolphins.
WEEK 17 PPR GRADES:
Running back Wide receiver Tight end
Kansas City Chiefs: Week 17 fantasy prospect for Patrick Mahomes
The Chiefs can secure a first round with a New England win and loss. That means the Chiefs will take on Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce as usual, hoping to make the first round of the playoffs. The back of the KC may be one to avoid, but especially if LeSean McCoy is active in Week 17.
Houston Texans: Week 17 only slight difference in sowing
The Texans can move up to three seeds with a win and a loss to Kansas City. Moving up to three will guarantee a first round against the non-profit card team. The Texans could choose to play safe on any player with a hit in the week, but if there is no news of a particular type, expect Houston to approach Week 17 as usual.
Bill O’Brien said the Texans are “playing to win” in Week 17 and are not planning to rest, though they will watch Will Fuller V and Kenny Stills, both dressed in Week 16. Ian Rapoport has already reported that Fuller will miss Week 17.
Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen, John Brown could sit out Week 17
The accounts are locked as seed no. AFC 5, no matter what happens in Week 17. That means Buffalo could choose to rest completely on players like Allen, Brown and Devin Singletary. They could also play them for half or a quarter before pulling them. If we rely on them, this is the nightmare scenario, unless you know it is happening and start it just to get half the action.
If Buffalo was sitting with Allen, Matt Barkley would start from the QB. Frank Gore would absorb plenty of credit if Singletary sat down, making Gore a potential role in FLEX, if that happened. And if the accounts sit brown, Robert Foster’s heavy threat would probably start from the outside and be an interesting DFS knife.
Play-off image for Titans, Steelers, Raiders impact on fantastic start / seating
All these teams have everything to play for. Tennessee is in the driver’s seat and has won, while the other two need help. Expect any players on the edge of the game to try to get the match in Week 17 – meaning Derrick Henry, James Conner and Josh Jacobs could all be promoted to injury. If the trio is active, it’s hard to put them into fantasy shows, despite the hits.
NFC player table
San Francisco 49ers: Week 17 determines the first round or wild card
Given last week’s matchup with the Seahawks, the 49ers could either lock the top seed in the NFC with a win or move to a wild spot with losses. This is a great race to reach the final week of the season. Expect the 49ers to roll with all their nails, and no one is struggling to get injured to worry, anyway.
New Orleans Saints: Michael Thomas, Drew Bruce push week 17 for the first time
The Saints can finish with a first round after Week 17 or not. This means that they will use all the usual players for their usual distribution. After all, Michael Thomas should receive a small allowance as New Orleans wants to extend the season’s record. Fantasy owners can finally feel better about Alvin Kamara after he scored twice a week 16.
Green Bay Packers: There are no worries for players sitting outside
The Packers will still have a first round shot at Week 17 if they win Monday Night Football in Week 16. If they lose, there will still be a division title to play to get at least one home game.
Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones and Davante Adams will be fantasy championships in Week 17, especially when you consider the favorable matchup with the Lions.
Philadelphia Eagles: A win claims NFC East for Carson Wentz
The Eagles have been beaten as they are, but they expect all the nails to come on the field in Week 17 after a huge week 16 win over Dallas. Philadelphia secures division title with victory in New York against Giants. Wentz, Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Greg Ward Jr. should play their usual roles in the last week of the regular season.
Seattle Seahawks: Could Marshawn Lynch help Seattle’s chances in the playoffs?
The Seahawks still have a division title to play in Week 17 after a bad loss to the Cardinals in Week 16. A win gives Seattle the top spot in the NFC West and beats San Francisco off its podium.
The biggest story outside of Seattle is at the back where Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise made for the season. Lynch visits the Seahawks, according to multiple reports, and will be an RB upgrade over current potential starter Travis Homer. If Lynch is going to sign, it will be a speculative FLEX game, while Homer has FLEX value in PPR formats as it happens.
Minnesota Vikings: They expect Dalvin Cook to sit out week 17 without much online
The Vikings are in the playoffs, no matter what happens in Week 17. One Monday night football wins over the Packers in Week 16 would make things more interesting, but the likely scenario is that Minnesota only plays for one of the the two wild card spots, not a huge swing in the scheme of things.
Because it probably won’t be much for the Vikings to play, expect Cook to sit out Week 17 – and possibly join the bench by Alexander Mattison. That would mean another start for Mike Boone, this time against the bears.
Dallas Cowboys: Need help making play-offs, Dak Prescott should play
The Cowboys could still get to the playoffs with some help, so they won’t give up the season. This means that the injury to Prescott’s public will be another week. Prescott played Week 16 against the Eagles, though it’s hard to say if that was the injury. At least, downgrade Dak slightly, but it’s still a QB1 for a great matchup with the Redskins.
Outside playoff teams waterproof the players
The Bengals finally put A.J. Green for the injured reserve heading into Week 17, which is basically what everyone saw coming. Expect other teams not listed above to be careful with players struggling with injury and possibly close them for the rest of the season. Below, we will track players who have been excluded from Week 17 by non-playoff teams.
A.J. Green. Green ends up losing the entire season thanks to an ankle injury sustained in a poor field at Dayton in the preseason. Blah.