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Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

This is it. Just one more week that we need to hear about kickers until next season. Or at least until the debate begins as to whether or not we should eliminate the position for 2017.

But not so fast.

We still should not overlook the position, as the upper level kickers can average about nine to ten points per game with the potential for a 15 point week. That could mean the difference between a championship and a painful second place finish. Let’s take a look at how the kickers rank for this week:

  1. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  4. Cairo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  5. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  6. Stephen Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  8. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – at Denver Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Stop me if you have heard this before; expected point totals will continue to go down as we get closer to kickoff. To close out the season, all of the games will be taking place on Sunday, and there aren’t many teams who don’t know (or have control) of where they will be next weekend.

Since last week’s games, all we have seen is a steady parade of offensive skill position players who will be bystanders to close out the regular season. That means offense will be at a premium and the risk involved with most defenses should be at a minimum. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  2. Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  3. Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
  4. Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles
  5. Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  6. Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

If you’re paying attention and playing this week then you are clearly playing for something big. Week 17 can be a tricky one to navigate because you never know what a team’s mindset is going into the week and who will play, and who will play part of the game and sit the rest, etc. That said, we’re still here for you and we’re still giving you our best effort as we rank the top receivers played for the week:

  1. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Detroit
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans
  3. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina
  5. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta
  6. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco
  7. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ Miami
  8. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Ray Kuhn

Things have not been easy this year at the tight end position, and things will likely not get better this week. If there is anything good to takeaway here, and it’s really just an optimistic point of view, it’s that things aren’t going get anymore difficult for the last week of the season. Let’s jump into the rankings:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  4. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  5. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  6. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  7. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  8. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  9. Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  10. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Chicago Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

This is not going to be an easy week. In fact, it might be the most challenging week there is… Challenging might not necessarily be the right word to use, maybe frustrating or nerve wracking might be more like it.  If you are still playing it means one of two things: Either you have reached the championship, and in that case congratulations, or you are setting a DFS lineup to help ease the pain of the fantasy football season being over.

Regardless of what brings you here, it is commendable as there is nothing like filling out a Week 17 lineup. We already have an abundance of players sidelined as there is no reason to risk further injury when the game means nothing, and more inactive players will likely come this weekend.

The rankings below are based on what we know at this point, but also are very much subject to change based on who actually takes the field. If you are setting a lineup make sure to monitor who will be actually taking the field and try to read the tea leaves as to what the usage will be. We’ll try to note of the situations that might look a little different than they did last week as there are certainly opportunities for value out there. Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries and the potential for playoff bound teams to rest their starters makes Week 17 one of the toughest to predict.  For now we are ranking the quarterbacks as if they are going to be utilized as usual, but keep a close eye on the news as that easily may not be the case.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the rankings for the coming week:

  1. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  4. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  6. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  7. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  9. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  10. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Entering the season kickers were not receiving much, if any, respect. There was talk about eliminating the position entirely from fantasy leagues, and as a whole they didn’t do much to help their cause. Last week though, with weather becoming more of an issue across the league, kickers had a very good week. With fantasy championships on the line, let’s hope they can make it two in a row. Here is how the kickers rank for Week 16:

  1. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  2. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  3. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  4. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. Indianapollis
  5. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland
  6. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys -vs. Detroit
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Due to multiple factors we have quite an interesting slate of games from an over/under perspective. Weather will once again be an issue, and it likely will cause game totals to continue to fall as we get closer to Saturday. There are 12 games with an over/under of 44.5 or lower as of Wednesday night, and just four games are expected to be over 46.5 points with three match-ups expecting a combined total of between 52 and 53 points.  That means plenty of opportunity for defensive success, or at the very least there isn’t too much risk. Let’s take a look at how things rank:

  1. New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  2. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  3. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
  4. Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  5. San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland
  6. New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  7. Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Championship week, the most anticipated and nerve wracking time of the year for fantasy football players. If you are still playing for something this week that means you’re either in the semi-finals or finals, so congratulations. To take that last step you need to have the best team possible and hopefully we can help you out with that as we look at the top receiving options of the week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  2. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Philadelphia
  3. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans
  4. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Oakland
  5. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota
  6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina
  7. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis
  9. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona
  10. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. NY Jets Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the frustrating nature of the tight end position (maybe not quite to the extent of kickers), though as the season has worn on a nice group of dependable options has developed.  Are they going to post a dud on occasion?  Absolutely, but you can say that about anyone.  Now the question is who to trust with your fantasy title on the line.  Let’s take a look:

  1. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  3. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  4. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Chicago
  6. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  7. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Houston
  8. Ladarius Green – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  9. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  10. Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets Read more