Week 17 Fantasy Football Championship Start/Sit

What RBs to Sit/Start Week 17

Clear Starts

  • Austin Ekeler
  • Christian McCaffrey
  • Dalvin Cook
  • Saquon Barkley
  • Tony Pollard
  • Alvin Kamara
  • Nick Chubb
  • Josh Jacobs
  • Aaron Jones

Interesting Borderline Cases

Tyler Allgeier (Start vs Cardinals)

After splitting the backfield with Cordarelle Patterson for much of the latter half of the season, Arthur Smith went all in on Allgeier in week 16, giving him 22 of the team’s 36 carries.

Whether it’s a move for next season or simply an admission of Patterson’s age, Allgeier seems like the clear bellwether back for this Falcons team to finish off the season. To make matters even better for the rookie RB’s fantasy stock heading into Week 17, the Falcons look to take on a sputtering Cardinals team that has graded out as one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, surrendering over 100 yards last week to one of the worst rushing offenses in the NFL in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Zonovan Knight (Start vs Seahawks)

Only the Texans have allowed more yards per carry to opposing running backs than the Seattle Seahawks. Giving up over 7 yards a carry, the Seahawks run defense — and front 7 in general— has been the achilles heel to an otherwise formidable operation.

The Seahawks inability to stop the run is further compounded by the Jets’ desire to run the ball with Knight as much as they can. The Jets have already had their struggles throwing the ball and with the uncertainty surrounding their quarterback situation reaching an all time high, it’s no secret that Saleh will likely look to the run game to stabilize this offense as much as he can.

Better to Sit

Antonio Gibson: Has become the clear number 2 RB behind Brian Robinson in this offense

Latavius Murray: Teams that can run the ball well pose problems to the chiefs, but teams that cannot have not been able to get it going against KC.

Ezekiel Elliot: The Titans red zone run defense has been incredibly impressive and Elliot has become increasingly dependent on TDs for points

What QBs to Sit/Start Week 17

Clear Starts

  • Joe Burrow
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Josh Allen
  • Justin Fields
  • Trevor Lawrence

Interesting Borderline Cases

Sam Darnold (Sit vs Bucs):

After last weeks’ performance against a surging Detroit defense, it’s easy to get sucked in on the Sam Darnold bandwagon. While Sam and this Panthers offense does continue to improve, this weekend is not the weekend to start Darnold.

Whatever else can be said about the Bucs, they still grade incredibly well in coverage and have historically matched up well with this Carolina team. Moreover, this is a game they need and rest assured Todd Bowles game plan will begin and end with making Darnold uncomfortable.

Better to Sit

Carson Wentz: The Browns secondary continues to improve as weeks go on. Expect this offense to revolve more around Brian Robinson in Week 17.

Russell Wilson: Though Wilson did play well against the Chiefs just 3 weeks ago, he only did so once the game seemed out of reach. The Chiefs will be dialed in here as they are still vying for playoff seeding and this Broncos offensive line continues to underperform.
What WRs to Sit/Start Week 17

Clear Starts

  • Justin Jefferson
  • Ja’Marr Chase
  • Tyreek Hill
  • AJ Brown
  • Davante Adams
  • Jaylen Waddle
  • Mike Evans
  • Jerry Jeudy
  • Garrett Wilson

Interesting Borderline Cases

JuJu Smith-Schuster (Sit vs Broncos):

JuJu has been a more than adequate addition to this Chiefs offense, though it’s hard to bank on anyone from this receiving corps getting consistent targets week in and week out. Since Tyreek Hill left, the reality is that this Chiefs offense is much more centered around Travis Kelce and the run game than anything else.

Moreover, this Denver team has generally matched up well with opposing slot receivers.

Allen Lazard (Start vs Vikings)

It’s looking increasingly likely that Christian Watson is going to be out in this one with a hip injury. If this holds, Lazard’s target share should increase somewhat substantially, particularly against a Vikings defense that has struggled in coverage at times.

Better to Sit

Diontae Johnson: Marlon Humphrey has been snake oil for opposing fantasy owners. It is likely this could be Johnson’s matchup come Sunday.y

Darius Slayton: Despite a brief renaissance, Slayton has seen a continual decrease in targets since the emergence of Ritchie James

Zay Jones: The Texans play a steady dose of zone defense, and have done a good job of limiting big plays downfield, an area where Jones has shined.

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