Week 17 is a lot different than every other week in the fantasy season, and a big part of why a lot of people are against playing a week 17 championship.
A lot of teams have nothing to play for this week. Whether they have locked up a playoff spot or they have no chance of getting in. Also when players out of the race are dinged up with just one game left, teams will just send them to the IR to free up the roster spot and sign someone.
This means a lot of backups and players you have never heard of winning people championships when stars who brought you there like Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are on waivers.
I don’t like getting on my high horse and saying one league format is better than another, but I really recommend looking at wrapping up your fantasy leagues before week 17.
You might be wondering where the little projection line is this week. With so much up in the air and playing time just a complete unknown this week I feel it is better to leave it out.
With that being said, good luck to those of you out there hunting for a fantasy championship this week.
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Matthew Stafford vs. Packers: This is a must win game for both teams. With all the quarterbacks that either aren’t going to play a whole game or benched completely, Stafford is an easy top-10 play.
Blake Bortles @ Colts: A nice matchup and his team really played well last week. Neither team has anything to play for, but Bortles should still have a decent day against the Colts who haven’t been good on defense.
Eli Manning @ Redskins: I would be pretty shocked if he plays more than a half.
Alex Smith @ Chargers: Normally I would be all over Alex Smith in week 17. A really safe guy. Nothing special, but not going to kill you, and heading into the week they have something to play for. The issue is with the Dolphins playing in an early game and the Chiefs late, the Chiefs might have the fourth seed locked up before their game and Smith doesn’t play a full game.
Thomas Rawls @ 49ers: He looks like he is going to play after leaving last week with an injury. The matchup is amazing and the Seahawks have a lot to play for with a potential first round bye on the line.
Rob Kelley vs. Giants: One of the guys locked into a pretty decent workload this week. The Redskins need a win to get into the playoffs so there will be no resting Fat Rob. Tough matchup or not, when you combine the player with the fact that he is going to play he is a must start.
Alfred Blue @ Titans: Blue was fine last week, just fine. He had a touchdown run that helped boost his fantasy total for yards, and obviously the score. I would be shocked if Miller played, and Blue should be the one to handle the majority of the work in his absence.
Jacquizz Rodgers vs. Panthers: Now that we know going into the week Doug Martin isn’t going to play, we know we can get the Bucs top back. Rodgers is going to be the lead back and has done well when given the lead back role.
Ezekiel Elliott @ Eagles: I can’t start him. Not nearly enough of a workload this week. He might dress and not even play five snaps.
Todd Gurley vs. Cardinals: He had the bounce back week last week, but it won’t continue in a really bad matchup with the Cardinals.
Spencer Ware @ Chargers: I think the Chiefs have the fourth spot and a trip to Houston locked up before they have to play Sunday. I would assume the Chiefs do what they can to rest him by using all of their backs.
Chris Hogan @ Dolphins: The Patriots have a lot of the pass catchers limited or out this week. Brady is still going to be playing and the Dolphins corners leave a lot to be desired. Hogan might end up being the best of the bunch this week.
Allen Robinson @ Colts: Sigh. After doing nothing almost all season he puts up his highest catch and yardage totals – weeks after you probably should have dropped him. He gets a nice matchup with the Colts this week, and maybe getting rid of Bradley will be good for him. Nope. I am not bitter at all.
Dez Bryant @ Eagles: Catching on? I am sitting anyone on the Cowboys assuming I have even a semi decent option.
DeAndre Hopkins @ Titans: Another player with almost no reason for him to play a lot, other than to get on the same page as the new quarterback.
Jordan Reed vs. Giants: I get it. He hasn’t done anything since Thanksgiving. Tight End is such a crap shoot that I will take the chance Reed scores 15, than go for a “safe” option that can get me 40 yards with a 25 percent chance at a touchdown.
Antonio Gates vs. Chiefs: Looks like he is leaning towards coming back next year so the narrative of getting him the touchdown record goes out the door, sort of. I still think he is a must play if you have him.
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