Fantasy Football 2017 – Week 17 & More

First of all I want to thank everyone for their support throughout the year.  It means more to me than you know and we couldn’t do what we do without your support.

For most of us the 2017 fantasy football season is over, so hopefully everyone had a successful run to a championship!  If your league isn’t over yet we are still hear to help, so while we won’t have formal rankings we will be answering any lineup questions you have.  Just comment here and we’ll respond.

Thanks again for a great 2017 and looking for to 2018 and beyond!

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

There is no reason not to stream since there’s no more “next week’. At this point in the season all we care about is the here and now; Week 16. With that in mind let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Jets
  3. Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Francisco
  5. Chicago Bears – vs. Cleveland
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  7. Los Angeles Rams – at Tennessee Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 16: Martavis Bryant, Demarco Murray, Blake Bortles & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

 

Quarterbacks
Start – Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Francisco

It’s Week 16 and you are preparing to play for your fantasy title.  Five months ago if we had said that Bortles would nearly be a must play option, arguably a better choice than Tom Brady, we would’ve been called certifiable.  Today though?  It’s simply a fact and one that’s clear looking at his performances the past three weeks:

  • vs. Indianapolis – 309 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • vs. Seattle – 268 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • vs. Houston – 326 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

I know it feels like we are beating a redundant drum, but owners of Robbie Gould certainly aren’t ignoring the kicker position. On this championship week, let’s take a look at who can help you secure those crucial points. Fantasy football never goes smoothly or as expected, and in the playoffs it feels like that is only more magnified. Here are how our options rank:

  1. Chris Boswell  – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  2. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens- vs. Indianapolis
  3. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  5. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  6. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
  7. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Nothing like the fantasy football season coming to a close on Christmas Day. If you want a nice Christmas present for yourself, then these rankings may help get you there. With a few injuries at the top we have some shake up, but this is how I see it all breaking down:

  1. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ NY Jets
  2. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh
  3. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans
  5. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay
  6. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Miami Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end has been one of the more frustrating positions to fill all season long, so why would we expect championship week to be any different?  The return of Greg Olsen has definitely helped add to the depth of trustworthy options, but there continues to be questions up and down the board and with your title hanging in the balance those are further magnified.  Who should we trust?  Who should we ignore?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
  3. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Oakland
  4. Eric Engram – New York Giants – at Arizona
  5. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  6. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  7. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at Cincinnati Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Dance with who you brought here. In other words, before I go crazy spouting cliches don’t get too cute. You know who your top options at the position are, who has had recent success and who is going to get the most touches. Be aware of match-ups and look to exploit those, but with a championship on the line try and resist the urge to over think things.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the running backs rank for the coming week:

  1. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – at Tennessee
  2. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  3. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
  4. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
  5. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  6. Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Jets
  7. Kenyan Drake – Miami Dolphins – at Kansas City Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you are still standing you are likely preparing for your championship game.  The toughest decision is going to be if you stick with the guy that got you here (even if they face some risk) or do you go to the hot hand with the favorable matchup?  All bets are off at this point and you generally simply do what you need to do.  How does that leave our rankings?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Dallas
  3. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Jets
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  5. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  6. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  7. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Francisco Read more

Dynasty Stock Report: Looking At The Long-Term Outlook For Marquise Goodwin & Keelan Cole

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Fantasy owners are always looking to find the next star back, and in dynasty leagues that means grabbing any glimmer we see.  Let’s look at two wide receivers who enjoyed big days in Week 15 to try to determine their outlook for both 2017 and beyond:

 

Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers – Wide Receiver
Over his first four seasons in the NFL Goodwin totaled 49 receptions and 780 yards, though that was while playing for the Buffalo Bills.  Listed at 5’9” and 179 lbs. it would be easy to ignore him, though over the past three games with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback he’s suddenly exploded onto the scene:

  • Week 13 – 8 receptions for 99 yards
  • Week 14 – 6 receptions for 106 yards
  • Week 15 – 10 receptions for 114 yards Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Davis, JuJu Smith-Schuster & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 15′s Sunday action I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit?  Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – Wide Receiver
Adam Schefter (via Twitter) is reporting:

“Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, questionable for Sunday’s game vs Jaguars due to a toe injury, will play, per source.”

It’s hard to justify sitting Hopkins, though everything appears to be stacking up against him:

  1. He’s clearly not 100%
  2. T.J. Yates taking over at quarterback
  3. Jacksonville has allowed the fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers on the season Read more