Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: NFL Week 17

By Ryan Bologna

Week 17 in the NFL is coming up, and hopefully you are preparing for a championship matchup in your fantasy league. Here is who top outlets recommend starting for this weekend’s games.


With much help from Justin Jefferson, Kirk Cousins has had a strong season. He is one of the stronger quarterbacks in a weak NFC. The Vikings are facing the Packers in Green Bay, and the Vikings have seeding to play for. They are hoping to keep the 2 seed and stay ahead of the 49ers. The outlets expect him to have a good game.

The outlets don’t expect Geno Smith to have a strong game. The Seahawks have tailed off as the season goes along, and it won’t get any easier for Smith as he will face a tough Jets defense at home. Both of these teams are playing for their playoff lives, and outlets don’t expect a lot of points from Smith this week.

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NFL.comTrevor Lawrence, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Dak Prescott, Brock PurdyGeno Smith, Deshaun Watson, Sam Darnold, Carson Wentz
ESPNKirk Cousins, Trevor Lawrence, Jared Goff, Justin Herbert, Dak PrescottDaniel Jones, Aaron Rodgers, Geno Smith, Tom Brady, Brock Purdy
CBSJustin Fields, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Aaron Rodgers, Mike WhiteTom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Geno Smith
YahooDak Prescott, Kirk Cousins, Trevor Lawrence, Jared Goff, Justin HerbertDaniel Jones, Geno Smith, Brock Purdy, Tom Brady, Mike White
Sporting NewsJustin Herbert, Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff, Gardner Minshew, Tom BradyGeno Smith, Daniel Jones, Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson

Running Backs

Outlets have been high on Chiefs running backs over the last couple of weeks, and that continues this week with Jerick McKinnon. Isiah Pacheco has had some good games, but McKinnon eats into his carries, and is much more of a receiving back. Outlets think he will have a good game against Denver.

The Ravens will face the Steelers this week, and experts believe that it will not be a productive day for J.K. Dobbins. The Ravens offense has not been very good over the last couple of weeks, and Pittsburgh has been in low-scoring games. Dobbins is probably someone to avoid.

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NFL.comTravis Etienne, Jerick McKinnon, Cam Akers, D’Andre Swift, Tyler AllgeierNick Chubb, Najee Harris, J.K. Dobbins, Raheem Mostert
ESPNCam Akers, Travis Etienne, Miles Sanders, Ezekiel Elliott, David MontgomeryKenneth Walker, Najee Harris, D’Andre Swift, Devin Singletary, Cordarrelle Patterson
CBSTyler Allgeier, Leonard Fournette, Jerick McKinnon, AJ Dillon, Cam Akers, D’Andre SwiftLatavius Murray, Jeff Wilson, Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, Najee Harris
YahooEzekiel Elliott, Cam Akers, Aaron Jones, Kenneth Walker, Miles SandersD’Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins, Tyler Allgeier, D’Onta Foreman, Devin Singletary
Sporting NewsAJ Dillon, Jerick McKinnon, Isiah Pacheco, Leonard Fournette, D’Andre SwiftMiles Sanders, Ezekiel Elliott, Latavius Murray, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards

Wide Receivers

Despite the ineptitude of the Broncos offense, outlets have optimism for Jerry Jeudy. He had a great game against the Chiefs last time around, which was a game that Russell Wilson showed life in. He left the game with a concussion, but could return this weekend.

The outlets aren’t as high on Colts receiver Michael Pittman. He is facing the Giants this weekend, who could clinch a playoff spot with a win at home. The Colts offense looked terrible with Nick Foles at the helm last week, and the Giants could also be getting their number one cornerback in Adoree Jackson back.

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NFL.comChristian Watson, Chris Godwin, Drake London, Jerry Jeudy, D.J. CharkMarquise Brown, Diontae Johnson, Adam Thielen, Donovan Peoples-Jones
ESPNJaylen Waddle, Garrett Wilson, DeVonta Smith, Christian Watson, Jerry JeudyMichael Pittman, Amari Cooper, Diontae Johnson, D.J, Moore, Gabe Davis
CBSGarrett Wilson, Drake London, Jerry Jeudy, D.J. Moore, Allen LazardMichael Pittman, Diontae Johnson, Marquise Brown, Darius Slayton, Davonte Adams
YahooGarrett Wilson, Christian Kirk, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Jerry Jeudi, Brandon AiyukAmari Cooper, Zay Jones, Allen Lazard, Christian Watson, Michael Pittman
Sporting NewsD.J. Moore, Amari Cooper, Brandon Aiyuk, Courtland Sutton, Allen LazardJuJu Smith-Schuster, Zay Jones, Diontae Johnson, Marquise Brown, Donovan Peoples-Jones

Tight Ends

Evan Engram has been an integral part of the Jaguars success over their run in the second half. Trevor Lawrence is looking like people expected out of the draft, and the Jaguars have a game against the Texans coming up. Engram should have plenty of chances to produce this weekend.

David Njoku had high hopes coming into the season, but Deshaun Watson has not been good at all since returning from suspension. Njoku might be a good sleeper next season, but there are better options for you this weekend.

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NFL.comEvan Engram, Dalton Schultz, Cole Kmet, Dawson Knox, Hunter HenryDavid Njoku, Chigoziem Okonkwo, Cade Otton, Shane Zylstra
ESPNGeorge Kittle, Evan Engram, Mark Andrews, Dallas Goedert, Cole KmetPat Freiermuth, David Njoku, Dawson Knox, Tyler Higbee, Dalton Schultz
CBSDawson Knox, Cole Kmet, Tyler HigbeeDarren Waller, Gerald Everett, Noah Fant, Mark Andrews
YahooT.J. Hockenson, Mark Andrews, Evan Engram, Dallas Goedert, Dalton SchultzTyler Higbee, Pat Freiermuth, Cole Kmet, David Njoku, Dawson Knox
Sporting NewsDawson Knox, Dalton Schultz, Taysom Hill, Cole Kmet, Tyler ConklinDavid Njoku, Tyler Higbee, Greg Dulcich, Noah Fant, Gerald Everett
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