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Week 17 All In Rankings - Why Are You Playing?

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No more street clothes or headsets, Rodgers is back. Photo Tom Lynn /Getty Images
No more street clothes or headsets, Rodgers is back. Photo Tom Lynn /Getty Images

Okay, title aside, hopefully the vast majority of you are here for help with your DFS lineups. I can understand that. What I can't understand is why leagues continue to play in Week 17. Does anyone out there get joy from seeing your star running back benched with nothing to play for (Jamaal Charles owners)? Do you enjoy stressing over whether star players such as Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson will play due to "not risking further injury?"

There is a reason the contest at FantasyPros.com for experts' accuracy only runs through Week 16. It's because Week 17 turns into a kicker-like crapshoot for at least a third of the players.

(Side note: Yours truly finished tied for third - fourth overall if you go the extra decimal place, but who's counting? If you look at the rankings though, the top spot had a 61.1 accuracy percentage. Mine was 60.6, but the point is that even without all of the added concerns for Week 17, around 60 percent is terrific work for rankings. I'd count myself borderline lucky if I hit 60 percent this week).

As you will see, I don't like the Lions players as much as most. I'm not confident that Megatron plays, Reggie Bush sees a full workload or even if Matthew Stafford lasts the entire game. I am expecting ADP to sit, Charles to only see a few snaps and Shane Vereen to be the enigma he always is... but even more so with injury concerns. There are other upside picks I like, as Kyle Orton has plenty of boom/bust potential. I think the Texans might see what they have in Ray Graham (was on the team in the preseason before being brought back), and since he has more talent than Jonathan Grimes, Graham could see an even share of touches. The Packers receivers should return to glory with Aaron Rodgers back, and I am driving the Jerrel Jernigan bandwagon again after saying he'd be the top receiver for the Giants last week.

Again, there is so much conjecture and speculation this week though. Even as experts, we don't have all of the Adam Schefter-level inside information, so we do our best. But, do your best... to make sure your championship is never decided by the mess that is Week 17!

Quarterbacks

Rank Player Team Opp
1 Peyton Manning  DEN at OAK
2 Nick Foles  PHI at DAL
3 Drew Brees  NO vs. TB
4 Aaron Rodgers GB at CHI
5 Cam Newton  CAR at ATL
6 Jay Cutler  CHI vs. GB
7 Andrew Luck  IND vs. JAC
8 Ben Roethlisberger  PIT vs. CLE
9 Philip Rivers  SD vs. KC
10 Russell Wilson  SEA vs. STL
11 Tom Brady  NE vs. BUF
12 Ryan Tannehill  MIA vs. NYJ
13 Colin Kaepernick  SF at ARI
14 Andy Dalton  CIN vs. BAL
15 Ryan Fitzpatrick  TEN vs. HOU
16 Terrelle Pryor  OAK vs. DEN
17 Kirk Cousins  WAS at NYG
18 Kyle Orton  DAL vs. PHI
19 Matthew Stafford  DET at MIN
20 Jason Campbell  CLE at PIT
21 Matt Ryan  ATL vs. CAR
22 Carson Palmer  ARI vs. SF
23 Matt Cassel  MIN vs. DET
24 Eli Manning  NYG vs. WAS
25 Thaddeus Lewis  BUF at NE
26 Joe Flacco  BAL at CIN
27 Chad Henne  JAC at IND
28 Matt Schaub  HOU at TEN
29 Geno Smith  NYJ at MIA
30 Chase Daniel  KC at SD
31 Mike Glennon  TB at NO
32 Kellen Clemens  STL at SEA

Running Backs

Rank Standard Player Team Opp Rank PPR Player Team Opp
1 LeSean McCoy  PHI at DAL 1 LeSean McCoy  PHI at DAL
2 Eddie Lacy  GB at CHI 2 Matt Forte  CHI vs. GB
3 Matt Forte  CHI vs. GB 3 Eddie Lacy  GB at CHI
4 DeMarco Murray  DAL vs. PHI 4 DeMarco Murray  DAL vs. PHI
5 Marshawn Lynch  SEA vs. STL 5 Marshawn Lynch  SEA vs. STL
6 Zac Stacy  STL at SEA 6 Knowshon Moreno  DEN at OAK
7 Knowshon Moreno  DEN at OAK 7 Le'Veon Bell  PIT vs. CLE
8 Le'Veon Bell  PIT vs. CLE 8 Zac Stacy  STL at SEA
9 Ryan Mathews  SD vs. KC 9 Andre Brown  NYG vs. WAS
10 Andre Brown  NYG vs. WAS 10 Ryan Mathews  SD vs. KC
11 Chris Johnson  TEN vs. HOU 11 Chris Johnson  TEN vs. HOU
12 Rashad Jennings  OAK vs. DEN 12 Rashad Jennings  OAK vs. DEN
13 Alfred Morris  WAS at NYG 13 Reggie Bush  DET at MIN
14 Reggie Bush  DET at MIN 14 Maurice Jones-Drew  JAC at IND
15 Bobby Rainey  TB at NO 15 Fred Jackson  BUF at NE
16 Fred Jackson  BUF at NE 16 Giovani Bernard  CIN vs. BAL
17 DeAngelo Williams  CAR at ATL 17 Bobby Rainey  TB at NO
18 Maurice Jones-Drew  JAC at IND 18 Alfred Morris  WAS at NYG
19 Giovani Bernard  CIN vs. BAL 19 DeAngelo Williams  CAR at ATL
20 C.J. Spiller  BUF at NE 20 Steven Jackson  ATL vs. CAR
21 Frank Gore  SF at ARI 21 Pierre Thomas  NO vs. TB
22 Steven Jackson  ATL vs. CAR 22 Joique Bell  DET at MIN
23 Chris Ivory  NYJ at MIA 23 Ray Rice  BAL at CIN
24 Joique Bell  DET at MIN 24 C.J. Spiller  BUF at NE
25 Edwin Baker  CLE at PIT 25 Edwin Baker  CLE at PIT
26 Ray Rice  BAL at CIN 26 Knile Davis  KC at SD
27 Knile Davis  KC at SD 27 Frank Gore  SF at ARI
28 Donald Brown  IND vs. JAC 28 Matt Asiata  MIN vs. DET
29 Matt Asiata  MIN vs. DET 29 Shane Vereen NE vs. BUF
30 LeGarrette Blount  NE vs. BUF 30 Darren Sproles  NO vs. TB
31 Ray Graham  HOU at TEN 31 Danny Woodhead  SD vs. KC
32 Pierre Thomas  NO vs. TB 32 Andre Ellington  ARI vs. SF
33 Montee Ball  DEN at OAK 33 Donald Brown  IND vs. JAC
34 Jonathan Grimes  HOU at TEN 34 Montee Ball  DEN at OAK
35 Shane Vereen  NE vs. BUF 35 Chris Ivory  NYJ at MIA
36 Andre Ellington  ARI vs. SF 36 Trent Richardson  IND vs. JAC
37 Danny Woodhead  SD vs. KC 37 LeGarrette Blount  NE vs. BUF
38 Jamaal Charles  KC at SD 38 Jamaal Charles  KC at SD
39 Rashard Mendenhall  ARI vs. SF 39 Ray Graham  HOU at TEN
40 Stevan Ridley  NE vs. BUF 40 Bilal Powell  NYJ at MIA
41 Trent Richardson  IND vs. JAC 41 Michael Hill  TB at NO
42 Darren Sproles  NO vs. TB 42 Jonathan Grimes  HOU at TEN
43 Shonn Greene  TEN vs. HOU 43 Stevan Ridley  NE vs. BUF
44 Lamar Miller  MIA vs. NYJ 44 Rashard Mendenhall  ARI vs. SF
45 Joe Banyard  MIN vs. DET 45 Chris Ogbonnaya  CLE at PIT
46 James Starks  GB at CHI 46 Lamar Miller  MIA vs. NYJ
47 Bilal Powell  NYJ at MIA 47 Mike Tolbert  CAR at ATL
48 BenJarvus Green-Ellis  CIN vs. BAL 48 Joe Banyard  MIN vs. DET
49 Michael Hill  TB at NO 49 James Starks  GB at CHI
50 Mike Tolbert  CAR at ATL 50 Shonn Greene  TEN vs. HOU
51 Willis McGahee  CLE at PIT 51 Roy Helu  WAS at NYG
52 Chris Ogbonnaya  CLE at PIT 52 BenJarvus Green-Ellis  CIN vs. BAL
53 Darren McFadden  OAK vs. DEN 53 Jason Snelling  ATL vs. CAR
54 Daniel Thomas  MIA vs. NYJ 54 Daniel Thomas  MIA vs. NYJ
55 Roy Helu  WAS at NYG 55 Brian Leonard  TB at NO
56 Jordan Todman  JAC at IND 56 Jordan Todman  JAC at IND
57 Peyton Hillis  NYG vs. WAS 57 Cyrus Gray  KC at SD
58 Bryce Brown  PHI at DAL 58 Willis McGahee  CLE at PIT
59 Mark Ingram  NO vs. TB 59 Darren McFadden  OAK vs. DEN
60 Robert Turbin  SEA vs. STL 60 Mark Ingram  NO vs. TB
61 Bernard Pierce  BAL at CIN 61 Peyton Hillis  NYG vs. WAS
62 Cyrus Gray  KC at SD 62 Bernard Pierce  BAL at CIN
63 Marcel Reece  OAK vs. DEN 63 Marcel Reece  OAK vs. DEN
64 Jason Snelling  ATL vs. CAR 64 Robert Turbin  SEA vs. STL
65 Brian Leonard  TB at NO 65 Bryce Brown  PHI at DAL
66 Michael Cox  NYG vs. WAS 66 Fozzy Whittaker  CLE at PIT
67 Kendall Hunter  SF at ARI 67 Michael Cox  NYG vs. WAS
68 Michael Bush  CHI vs. GB 68 Michael Bush  CHI vs. GB
69 Chris Polk  PHI at DAL 69 Chris Polk  PHI at DAL
70 Joseph Randle  DAL vs. PHI 70 Stanley Havili  IND vs. JAC

Wide Receivers

Rank Standard Player Team Opp Rank PPR Player Team Opp
1 Demaryius Thomas  DEN at OAK 1 Brandon Marshall  CHI vs. GB
2 Brandon Marshall  CHI vs. GB 2 Demaryius Thomas  DEN at OAK
3 Dez Bryant  DAL vs. PHI 3 Josh Gordon  CLE at PIT
4 A.J. Green  CIN vs. BAL 4 Pierre Garcon  WAS at NYG
5 Pierre Garcon  WAS at NYG 5 Dez Bryant  DAL vs. PHI
6 Josh Gordon  CLE at PIT 6 Antonio Brown  PIT vs. CLE
7 Antonio Brown  PIT vs. CLE 7 A.J. Green  CIN vs. BAL
8 Eric Decker  DEN at OAK 8 Andre Johnson  HOU at TEN
9 Jordy Nelson  GB at CHI 9 Jordy Nelson  GB at CHI
10 Alshon Jeffery  CHI vs. GB 10 Eric Decker  DEN at OAK
11 DeSean Jackson  PHI at DAL 11 Julian Edelman  NE vs. BUF
12 Andre Johnson  HOU at TEN 12 Alshon Jeffery  CHI vs. GB
13 Julian Edelman  NE vs. BUF 13 Keenan Allen  SD vs. KC
14 Keenan Allen  SD vs. KC 14 DeSean Jackson  PHI at DAL
15 Marques Colston  NO vs. TB 15 Marques Colston  NO vs. TB
16 Vincent Jackson  TB at NO 16 Roddy White  ATL vs. CAR
17 Roddy White  ATL vs. CAR 17 Larry Fitzgerald  ARI vs. SF
18 Larry Fitzgerald  ARI vs. SF 18 Kendall Wright  TEN vs. HOU
19 Mike Wallace  MIA vs. NYJ 19 Vincent Jackson  TB at NO
20 Torrey Smith  BAL at CIN 20 James Jones  GB at CHI
21 James Jones  GB at CHI 21 Mike Wallace  MIA vs. NYJ
22 T.Y. Hilton  IND vs. JAC 22 Greg Jennings  MIN vs. DET
23 Michael Crabtree  SF at ARI 23 Michael Crabtree  SF at ARI
24 Brian Hartline  MIA vs. NYJ 24 Riley Cooper  PHI at DAL
25 Riley Cooper  PHI at DAL 25 Anquan Boldin  SF at ARI
26 Greg Jennings  MIN vs. DET 26 Brian Hartline  MIA vs. NYJ
27 Kendall Wright  TEN vs. HOU 27 T.Y. Hilton  IND vs. JAC
28 Anquan Boldin  SF at ARI 28 Torrey Smith  BAL at CIN
29 Cordarrelle Patterson  MIN vs. DET 29 Harry Douglas  ATL vs. CAR
30 Jarrett Boykin  GB at CHI 30 Cordarrelle Patterson  MIN vs. DET
31 Brandon LaFell  CAR at ATL 31 Danny Amendola  NE vs. BUF
32 Marvin Jones  CIN vs. BAL 32 Jerrel Jernigan  NYG vs. WAS
33 Jerrel Jernigan  NYG vs. WAS 33 Brandon LaFell  CAR at ATL
34 Robert Woods  BUF at NE 34 Jarrett Boykin  GB at CHI
35 Michael Floyd  ARI vs. SF 35 Michael Floyd  ARI vs. SF
36 Nate Washington  TEN vs. HOU 36 Robert Woods  BUF at NE
37 Doug Baldwin  SEA vs. STL 37 Nate Burleson  DET at MIN
38 Kris Durham  DET at MIN 38 Mike Brown  JAC at IND
39 Aaron Dobson  NE vs. BUF 39 Marvin Jones  CIN vs. BAL
40 Danny Amendola  NE vs. BUF 40 Nate Washington  TEN vs. HOU
41 Hakeem Nicks  NYG vs. WAS 41 Kris Durham  DET at MIN
42 Harry Douglas  ATL vs. CAR 42 Doug Baldwin  SEA vs. STL
43 Golden Tate  SEA vs. STL 43 Hakeem Nicks  NYG vs. WAS
44 Mike Brown  JAC at IND 44 Aaron Dobson  NE vs. BUF
45 Rod Streater  OAK vs. DEN 45 Jeremy Kerley  NYJ at MIA
46 Nate Burleson  DET at MIN 46 Golden Tate  SEA vs. STL
47 Jerricho Cotchery  PIT vs. CLE 47 Rod Streater  OAK vs. DEN
48 Da'Rick Rogers  IND vs. JAC 48 Jerricho Cotchery  PIT vs. CLE
49 Rueben Randle  NYG vs. WAS 49 Rueben Randle  NYG vs. WAS
50 Andre Holmes  OAK vs. DEN 50 Junior Hemingway  KC at SD
51 Ted Ginn Jr.  CAR at ATL 51 Da'Rick Rogers  IND vs. JAC
52 Andre Caldwell  DEN at OAK 52 Ted Ginn Jr.  CAR at ATL
53 Aldrick Robinson  WAS at NYG 53 Dexter McCluster  KC at SD
54 Junior Hemingway  KC at SD 54 Eddie Royal  SD vs. KC
55 Terrance Williams  DAL vs. PHI 55 Donnie Avery  KC at SD
56 Eddie Royal  SD vs. KC 56 Andre Holmes  OAK vs. DEN
57 Jeremy Kerley  NYJ at MIA 57 Terrance Williams  DAL vs. PHI
58 DeAndre Hopkins  HOU at TEN 58 DeAndre Hopkins  HOU at TEN
59 Donnie Avery  KC at SD 59 Ace Sanders  JAC at IND
60 Marlon Brown  BAL at CIN 60 Andre Caldwell  DEN at OAK
61 Denarius Moore  OAK vs. DEN 61 Griff Whalen  IND vs. JAC
62 Justin Hunter  TEN vs. HOU 62 Santana Moss  WAS at NYG
63 Stedman Bailey  STL at SEA 63 Rishard Matthews  MIA vs. NYJ
64 Griff Whalen  IND vs. JAC 64 Markus Wheaton  PIT vs. CLE
65 Domenik Hixon  CAR at ATL 65 Santonio Holmes  NYJ at MIA
66 Markus Wheaton  PIT vs. CLE 66 Marlon Brown  BAL at CIN
67 Lance Moore  NO vs. TB 67 Emmanuel Sanders  PIT vs. CLE
68 Dexter McCluster  KC at SD 68 Aldrick Robinson  WAS at NYG
69 T.J. Graham  BUF at NE 69 Justin Hunter  TEN vs. HOU
70 Jermaine Kearse  SEA vs. STL 70 Domenik Hixon  CAR at ATL
71 Tiquan Underwood  TB at NO 71 Stedman Bailey  STL at SEA
72 Ace Sanders  JAC at IND 72 Jermaine Kearse  SEA vs. STL
73 Jacoby Jones  BAL at CIN 73 Jacoby Jones  BAL at CIN
74 Rishard Matthews  MIA vs. NYJ 74 Kerry Taylor  JAC at IND
75 Santana Moss  WAS at NYG 75 Vincent Brown  SD vs. KC
76 Vincent Brown  SD vs. KC 76 Denarius Moore  OAK vs. DEN
77 Emmanuel Sanders  PIT vs. CLE 77 Mohamed Sanu  CIN vs. BAL
78 Santonio Holmes  NYJ at MIA 78 T.J. Graham  BUF at NE
79 Jerome Simpson  MIN vs. DET 79 Jerome Simpson  MIN vs. DET
80 Mohamed Sanu  CIN vs. BAL 80 Marquise Goodwin  BUF at NE

Tight Ends

Rank Standard Player Team Opp Rank PPR Player Team Opp
1 Jimmy Graham  NO vs. TB 1 Jimmy Graham  NO vs. TB
2 Vernon Davis  SF at ARI 2 Tony Gonzalez  ATL vs. CAR
3 Julius Thomas  DEN at OAK 3 Vernon Davis  SF at ARI
4 Tony Gonzalez  ATL vs. CAR 4 Greg Olsen  CAR at ATL
5 Greg Olsen  CAR at ATL 5 Julius Thomas  DEN at OAK
6 Jason Witten  DAL vs. PHI 6 Jason Witten  DAL vs. PHI
7 Martellus Bennett  CHI vs. GB 7 Charles Clay  MIA vs. NYJ
8 Charles Clay  MIA vs. NYJ 8 Martellus Bennett  CHI vs. GB
9 Antonio Gates  SD vs. KC 9 Delanie Walker  TEN vs. HOU
10 Delanie Walker  TEN vs. HOU 10 Antonio Gates  SD vs. KC
11 Dennis Pitta  BAL at CIN 11 Ryan Griffin  HOU at TEN
12 Ryan Griffin  HOU at TEN 12 Coby Fleener  IND vs. JAC
13 Coby Fleener  IND vs. JAC 13 Jordan Cameron  CLE at PIT
14 Jordan Cameron  CLE at PIT 14 Dennis Pitta  BAL at CIN
15 Marcedes Lewis  JAC at IND 15 Marcedes Lewis  JAC at IND
16 Heath Miller  PIT vs. CLE 16 Heath Miller  PIT vs. CLE
17 Tim Wright  TB at NO 17 Andrew Quarless  GB at CHI
18 Joseph Fauria  DET at MIN 18 Tim Wright  TB at NO
19 Brandon Myers  NYG vs. WAS 19 Scott Chandler  BUF at NE
20 Andrew Quarless  GB at CHI 20 Zach Miller  SEA vs. STL
21 Zach Miller  SEA vs. STL 21 Joseph Fauria  DET at MIN
22 Scott Chandler  BUF at NE 22 Brandon Myers  NYG vs. WAS
23 Zach Ertz  PHI at DAL 23 Zach Ertz  PHI at DAL
24 Mychal Rivera  OAK vs. DEN 24 Ladarius Green  SD vs. KC
25 Fred Davis  WAS at NYG 25 Brent Celek  PHI at DAL
26 Brent Celek  PHI at DAL 26 Jared Cook  STL at SEA
27 Jared Cook  STL at SEA 27 Jacob Tamme  DEN at OAK
28 Ladarius Green  SD vs. KC 28 Logan Paulsen  WAS at NYG
29 Jacob Tamme  DEN at OAK 29 Mychal Rivera  OAK vs. DEN
30 Logan Paulsen  WAS at NYG 30 Anthony Fasano  KC at SD
31 Jeff Cumberland  NYJ at MIA 31 Robert Housler  ARI vs. SF
32 Anthony Fasano  KC at SD 32 Fred Davis  WAS at NYG
33 Robert Housler  ARI vs. SF 33 Jeff Cumberland  NYJ at MIA
34 Kellen Winslow  NYJ at MIA 34 Kellen Winslow  NYJ at MIA
35 Ed Dickson  BAL at CIN 35 Ed Dickson  BAL at CIN

Kickers/Defenses

Rank Player Team Opp Rank Team Opp
1 Stephen Gostkowski  NE vs. BUF 1 Seattle Seahawks  vs. STL
2 Matt Prater  DEN at OAK 2 Carolina Panthers  at ATL
3 Steven Hauschka  SEA vs. STL 3 Miami Dolphins  vs. NYJ
4 Adam Vinatieri  IND vs. JAC 4 Cincinnati Bengals  vs. BAL
5 Nick Novak  SD vs. KC 5 San Francisco 49ers  at ARI
6 Justin Tucker  BAL at CIN 6 Indianapolis Colts  vs. JAC
7 Dan Bailey  DAL vs. PHI 7 New England Patriots  vs. BUF
8 Phil Dawson  SF at ARI 8 New Orleans Saints  vs. TB
9 Mason Crosby  GB at CHI 9 Denver Broncos  at OAK
10 Alex Henery  PHI at DAL 10 Tennessee Titans  vs. HOU
11 Blair Walsh  MIN vs. DET 11 Pittsburgh Steelers  vs. CLE
12 Graham Gano  CAR at ATL 12 Washington Redskins  at NYG
13 Robbie Gould  CHI vs. GB 13 San Diego Chargers  vs. KC
14 Shayne Graham  NO vs. TB 14 Arizona Cardinals  vs. SF
15 Ryan Succop  KC at SD 15 Detroit Lions  at MIN
16 Kai Forbath  WAS at NYG 16 New York Giants  vs. WAS
17 Rob Bironas  TEN vs. HOU 17 Kansas City Chiefs  at SD
18 Shaun Suisham  PIT vs. CLE 18 New York Jets  at MIA
19 Dan Carpenter  BUF at NE 19 Cleveland Browns  at PIT
20 Mike Nugent  CIN vs. BAL 20 Buffalo Bills  at NE
21 David Akers  DET at MIN 21 Chicago Bears  vs. GB
22 Caleb Sturgis  MIA vs. NYJ 22 Philadelphia Eagles  at DAL
23 Josh Brown  NYG vs. WAS 23 Baltimore Ravens  at CIN
24 Josh Scobee  JAC at IND 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at NO
25 Nick Folk  NYJ at MIA 25 St. Louis Rams  at SEA
26 Randy Bullock  HOU at TEN 26 Green Bay Packers  at CHI
27 Matt Bryant  ATL vs. CAR 27 Minnesota Vikings  vs. DET
28 Jay Feely  ARI vs. SF 28 Houston Texans  at TEN
29 Sebastian Janikowski  OAK vs. DEN 29 Jacksonville Jaguars  at IND
30 Rian Lindell  TB at NO 30 Dallas Cowboys  vs. PHI
31 Greg Zuerlein  STL at SEA 31 Atlanta Falcons  vs. CAR
32 Billy Cundiff  CLE at PIT 32 Oakland Raiders  vs. DEN