Fantasy Football Rankings Week 17: Sleepers, starts, sits | Brock Purdy, Tyler Allgeier and more

It’s championship week! If you’re here, or if you’re playing to avoid third place, a consolation bracket or last place, congratulations. I thank you all every year… if you don’t play for kicks. Repeating last week’s format, I’ll talk about the fringe starters who match up well and poorly in the Week 17 fantasy football rankings. Reminder! The 101 link (below) covers everything from weather to starting/sitting difficult calls, so read that first. Good luck with the last week (most of it).

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Fantasy Football 101 (weather, lineups, trades, more)
All in Football (video pod)

Week 17 2022 Fantasy Football Sleepers

🚨 ATTENTION 🚨 These are sleepers. They will not mimic my rank 100%. It continues to grow and often carries more risk.

Like last week, I’m going to mix it up a bit. No need for a single player paragraph at this point. So, using APA (link above), I’ll give you good and bad matches for peripheral startups (i.e. sleeper or available bench). This does not mean that the good must necessarily begin, or that the bad must be hinted at everywhere. They’re just potential good matches and quality trades that might make you think twice about players.


Good matches

  • Aaron Rodgers, GB – Rodgers has been a floor game this season, but at least the Vikings have given every quarterback double-digit fantasy points this year…after Rodgers’ 3.7 in Week 1.
  • RUSSELL WILSON, DEN – Speaking of the floor, Wilson has been hit hard by scoring around eight points in three of the past four games, but the Chiefs allowed Wilson to record his second-highest point total of the season in Week 14.
  • Jared Goff, DET β€” Goff not only played well out there, but had one of his best games in Week 16 and now returns home to face the Bears.
  • Brock Purdy, SF β€” Mack Jones is the only guard without double-digit scoring against the Raiders, and Purdy is 14.3 to 21.7 in four starts.

Bad matches

  • Taylor Heinicke / Carson Wentz, WSH – Yes, the Browns have had the advantage of facing three of the worst quarterbacks in the last four games, but they’ve limited Joe Barrow and Josh Allen, and teams can run on them without needing to pass.
  • Deshaun Watson, CLE – Not only is Watson still rusty, but the Commanders have only led quarterback Justin Fields’ 18.4 points since Week 3 and Jalen Hurtz’s 21.8 points.
  • Derek Carr, LV – When it comes to limiting quarterbacks, few players, if any – have done better than 49, with just two quarterbacks leading the way at 17.4 points and 8 at 10.3 points or less.
  • Geno Smith, SEA – Smith’s past two games against the 49ers and Chiefs have been pretty poor with 238-1-0 and 215-1-1 lines, respectively, and now Smith has to try to rebound against the Jets. They haven’t taken more than one point guard since Week 3 and have eight quarterbacks with a 14.1 rating or less.
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Good matches

  • Zonovan Knight, New York – Knight gets a favorable run from the Seahawks, but more importantly, Mike White returns to quarterback and understands how to use his running backs as receivers.
  • Tyler Allgeier, ATL – Leading the backfield, he has averaged 20.1 and 13.7 points in the last two games against the Allgaier Cardinals, and Leonard Fournette has compiled receiving lines of 27-108-0 and 14-13-107-1. and Rachaad White.
  • Brian Robinson, WSH – Antonio Gibson had a solid hit, but even if he wasn’t, the Browns are a good matchup for teams to lean against the running back. Alvin Kamara went 20-76-1 against them last week.
  • Zach Moss, IND – Given the Colts’ injury situation, this seems dangerous, but Moss saw a clear lead in Week 16 and saw the work as a bellwether, and the Giants have struggled against the run all year.

Bad matches

  • Jeff Wilson/Rahim Mostert, MIA – Wilson returns as the lead in Week 16, but it’s still a split that could lead to disappointing usage, and we could be facing the Patriots defense and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
  • Ken Walker, Sea β€” Walker is hard to hit anywhere, but the Jets defense is strong almost everywhere, allowing less than 4.0 YPC and 18.7 points to no one other than Nick Chubb. Travis Etienne had 25 carries (22 rushing) but averaged 4.5 yards per touch, or just 112 yards.
  • Gus Edwards, BAL – Edwards is a reliable double RB3, but he might find it difficult to play against the Steelers. Edwards went 13-for-66 against them in Week 14, but Josh Jacobs was sacked a week after the Panthers did nothing against them, and few teams in 70 years have failed to rush a player.
  • Naji Harris, PRC – Harris, on the other hand, has more upside, but saved his game against Baltimore in Week 14 (12-for-33). In fact, the Ravens have allowed 3 rushers of 80+ yards and not one RB has reached 100 (Nick Chubb came up just short of 21-99).
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Wide receiver

Good matches

  • Christian Watson, Allen Lazard, Romeo Dubs, GB – If Watson is not available, Lazard and Daubs must start. If Watson plays, he’s a good matchup with Lazard and Daubs. All three Giants receivers averaged 9.9+ against Minnesota last week, while Detroit’s four receivers recently averaged 10.4+ against these Vikings in Week 14.
  • Brandin Cooks, Chris Moore, HOU – Cooks is a solid WR3 as long as he’s playing, and Zach Wilson as the Jaguars stopped the Jets, and the weather was horrible. The Jaguars have allowed double-digit turnovers in five games, hitting three points in two of them.
  • Russell Gage, Mike Evans, TB – Gage is second to Evans, at least in production. If you’re looking for a reason to risk Evans’ upside (I can’t believe I just said that), the Panthers are ready to pick after letting Goff light them up outside.
  • Rashid Shaheed, NO β€” I’ll only risk one Saints receiver per week, so I’ll only do so if Chris Olave isn’t available. The Saints have to pass to compete with the Eagles, and they were more susceptible in the second half of the season.

Bad matches

  • Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel, WSH – Back to the Browns game, McLaurin and Dotson can be tough to bench, but regardless of the quarterback, they’re more of a risk than usual.
  • Amari Cooper, Donovan and Jones, CLE – Ditto for the Browns duo, as the Commanders have allowed Justin Jefferson to pass just 13.1 points since Week 7.
  • Van Jefferson, LAR – Sure, the Rams lit up the Broncos, but it wasn’t because of any wide-ranging performance, and the Chargers have shut out opponents more often now that everyone is healthy.
  • Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, New York – Even with White, gambling on Davis or Moore is risky because the Rams, 49ers and Chiefs haven’t had a WR top 31 yards against Seattle in the last three weeks. Plus, against the Seahawks, just 13 receivers scored 10 points, none topped 18.2, and five teams didn’t score in double figures.
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Tight end

Good matches

  • Cole Kmet, CHI – Good game, no weather problem, Kmet scored 24 goals in last four games.
  • Dalton Schultz, DAL β€” Schultz has been quiet the last two games, but has 10+ points in four of the previous six games, and the Titans have given up some of their toughest games of the year (Evan Engram and Mo Ali-Cox, who?).
  • Gerald Everett, LAC – Six double-digit tight ends allowed by the Rams since Week 8.

Bad matches

  • Logan Thomas, WSH – Only three double-digit scores against the Browns (again, teams don’t need it), and one of those was Tysom Hill, who rushed for 9-56-1.
  • Tyler Higbee, LAR – Higbee is starting to reconnect with Baker Mayfield, but it will be tough to see in the Chargers’ matchup this week. Just like the Browns, they only allowed three points in double digits…however, one of those was Kelce’s monster game.
  • Hayden Hurst, CIN – Assuming he’s back, using Hurst against the Bills would be risky. Only Kelce β€” the guy should be good, lol β€” averaged more than 8.0 against them.

Week 17 Fantasy Football Projections

🚨 WARNING 🚨 These may differ from my ratings, and my rank is the order in which I start my players Out of additional context like “need the highest growth even with risk”. And based on 4-point TDs for QB, 6-point rest, half PPR

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***These NO Updated Sunday morning, FYI***

Week 17 of Fantasy Football


  • We may have found a solution to the ranking widget problem with Fantasy Nation (via Football Diehards). All three points work and I can edit (unlike before) and the widget allows you to scroll on Android (browser) without using two fingers! OH!
  • Updates regularly, so check the lineup until it’s locked.
  • The DST ranking is under the Standard Score tab

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