The Fantasy Flavor Week 17 Start Rankings

December 26, 2008 | Thyrl Nelson

Well it’s week 17, and for most of us the fantasy season ended either quite some time ago, or for a fortunate few, just last week. In the event that your league plays through week 17 though, here are the week 17 start rankings for every position. It’s the top 50 running backs, top 75 wide receivers, top 35 tight ends, plus all of the projected starters at quarterback, kicker and defense / special teams ranked for this week.

 

The rankings were gotten using the fantasy flavor formula, which is basically 2 parts player performance, and 1 part defensive expectations against them, with adjustments made for injuries and anomalies. Each player’s formulary rankings are listed in parentheses behind the player, the lower the number, the better that player projects.

 

We’ll bring back the positional power rankings for the final ranks next week, along with some year ending fantasy awards too. Until then, good luck this week.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

1. Jay Cutler (8)

2. Aaron Rodgers (8)

3. Kurt Warner (17) *be careful, he may not play the whole game

4. Phillip Rivers (21)

5. Drew Brees (26)

6. Tyler Thigpen (31)

7. Chad Pennington (34)

8. Matt Cassel (35)

9. Tony Romo (38)

10. Matt Schaub (40)

11. Peyton Manning (41) *be careful, he may not play the whole game

12. Shaun Hill (45)

13. Donavan McNabb (45)

14. Jeff Garcia (48)

15. Brett Favre (48)

16. Matt Ryan (48)

17. Joe Flacco (51)

18. Kyle Orton (53)

19. David Garrard (56)

20. Jason Campbell (56)

21. Trent Edwards (56)

22. Eli Manning (57) *be careful, he may not play the whole game

23. Ryan Fitzpatrick (57)

24. Seneca Wallace (59)

25. Ben Roethlisberger (60) *be careful, he may not play the whole game

26. Jake Delhomme (60)

27. Tavaris Jackson (70)

28. Marc Bulger (71)

29. Dan Orlovsky (79) *not much difference no mater who is QB

30. JaMarcus Russell (83)

31. Kerry Collins (85) *be careful, he may not play the whole game

32. Bruce Gradkowski (96)

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

1. Michael Turner (9)

2. DeAngelo Williams (20)

3. Matt Forte (20)

4. Chris Johnson (25) *playing time could be an issue

5. Stephen Jackson (27)

6. Brian Westbrook (28)

7. LaDanian Tomlinson (29)

8. Thomas Jones (34)

9. Clinton Portis (34)

10. Adrian Peterson (35)

11. Steve Slaton (41)

12. LenDale White (43) *playing time could be an issue

13. Ryan Grant (43)

14. Kevin Smith (46)

15. Brandon Jacobs (47) *playing time could be an issue

16. Larry Johnson (50)

17. Maurice Jones-Drew (52) *keep an eye on injury status

18. Pierre Thomas (53)

19. Marshawn Lynch (54)

20. LeRon McClain (60)

21. Ronnie Brown (61)

22. Cedric Benson (62)

23. Sammy Morris (64)

24. Marion Barber (68) *keep an eye on injury status

25. Kevin Faulk (70)

26. Willis McGahee (72)

27. Warrick Dunn (72)

28. Joseph Addai (73) *playing time could be an issue

29. Willie Parker (76) *playing time could be an issue

30. Dominic Rhodes (77) *could benefit if they rest starters

31. Jonathan Stewart (78)

32. Tim Hightower (79)

33. Mewelde Moore *could benefit if they rest starters

34. Derrick Ward (81)

35. Darren McFadden (91)

36. Tatum Bell (92)

37. Jamal Lewis (93)

38. Chester Taylor (97)

39. Leon Washington (100)

40. Deuce McAllister (101)

41. Ben-Jarvis Green Ellis (102)

42. Justin Fargas (103)

43. Ricky Williams (107)

44. LaMont Jordan (108)

45. Julius Jones (109)

46. Maurice Morris (113)

47. Darren Sproles (113)

48. Cadillac Williams (114)

49. Tashard Choice (117) *much better if Barber doesn’t play

50. Jerious Norwood (117)

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

1. Anquan Boldin (4) *playing time could be an issue

2. Larry Fitzgerald (8) *playing time could be an issue

3. Steve Smith (9) *CAR

4. Andre Johnson (20)

5. Greg Jennings (20)

6. Roddy White (27)

7. Randy Moss (33)

8. Calvin Johnson (34)

9. Brandon Marshall (37)

10. Antonio Bryant (38)

11. Bernard Berrian (39)

12. Santana Moss (39)

13. Hines Ward (41) *playing time could be an issue

14. Vincent Jackson (44)

15. DeWayne Bowe (44)

16. Eddie Royal (49)

17. Kevin Walter (50)

18. Terrell Owens (51)

19. Marques Colston (57)

20. Wes Welker (57)

21. Reggie Wayne (58) *playing time could be an issue

22. Santonio Holmes (61) *playing time could be an issue

23. Lee Evans (63)

24. TJ Houshmandzadeh (66)

25. Derrick Mason (66)

26. Donald Driver (66)

27. Laverneus Coles (66)

28. Lance Moore (69)

29. Mark Bradley (70)

30. Mushin Muhammad (71)

31. DeSean Jackson (73)

32. Jehrico Cotchery (74)

33. Justin Gage (75) *playing time could be an issue

34. Issac Bruce (75)

35. Steve Breaston (80) *could benefit if they rest starters

36. Deion Branch (91)

37. Malcolm Floyd (94)

38. Mark Clayton (94)

39. DeVery Henderson (95)

40. Chris Chambers (98)

41. Michael Jenkins (99)

42. Braylon Edwards (100)

43. Kevin Curtis (103) *keep an eye on injury status

44. Ted Ginn Jr. (104)

45. Nate Washington (105) *could benefit if they rest starters

46. Marvin Harrison (112) *playing time could be an issue

47. Robert Meachem (113)

48. Donnie Avery (117)

49. Josh Reed (117)

50. Devin Hester (120)

51. Jabar Gafney (121)

52. Antoine Randle-El (121)

53. Amani Toomer (124) *playing time could be an issue

54. Tory Holt (125)

55. Koren Robinson (125)

56. Tony Gonzalez (126)

57. Bryant Johnson (129)

58. Marty Booker (132)

59. Chansi Stuckey (132)

60. Reggie Brown (135)

61. Patrick Crayton (137)

62. Brandon Stokley (143)

63. Dennis Northcutt (146)

64. Jeherme Urban (148) *could benefit if they rest starters

65. Josh Morgan (151)

66. Hank Baskett (151)

67. Bobby Wade (151)

68. Domenik Hixon (154) *could benefit if they rest starters

69. Brandon Lloyd (154)

70. Roy Williams (157)

71. James Hardy (159)

72. Johnnie Lee Higgins (161)

73. Ike Hilliard (164)

74. Harry Douglass (165)

75. Steve Smith (170) *NYG could benefit if they rest starters

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

1. Antonio Gates (10)

2. Tony Gonzalez (17)

3. Jason Witten (18)

4. Anthony Fasano (19)

5. Dallas Clark (20) *playing time could be an issue

6. Tony Scheffler (21)

7. Joey Haynos (29)

8. John Carlson (35)

9. Kevin Boss (36)

10. Owen Daniels (38)

11. Greg Olsen (39)

12. Daniel Graham (39)

13. Donald Lee (42)

14. Visanthe Schiancoe (44)

15. Martellus Bennett (44)

16. Zach Miller (47)

17. Billy Miller (49)

18. David Martin (55)

19. Chris Cooley (57)

20. Heath Miller (57)

21. Jerramy Stevens (58)

22. Todd Heap (63)

23. Dustin Keller (64)

24. Alex Smith (64)

25. Bo Scaife (68)

26. LJ Smith (72)

27. Mercedes Lewis (73)

28. Derrick Fine (74)

29. Jeremy Shockey (77)

30. Desmond Clark (77)

31. Robert Royal (80)

32. Benjamin Watson (83)

33. Vernon Davis (85)

34. George Wrighster (85)

35. Michael Gaines (87)

 

 

KICKERS

 

1. Stephen Gostkowski (9)

2. Rob Bironas (13)

3. Jason Elam (16)

4. David Akers (20)

5. Mason Crosby (28)

6. Jon Carney (31)

7. Nate Kaeding (32)

8. Garrett Hartley (34)

9. John Kasay (34)

10. Rian Lindell (35)

11. Phil Dawson (44)

12. Neil Rackers (45)

13. Shaun Suisham (45)

14. Matt Bryant (46)

15. Jay Feeley (46)

16. Ryan Longwell (47)

17. Kris Brown (47)

18. Josh Brown (50)

19. Matt Stover (52)

20. Matt Prater (54)

21. Robbie Gould (57)

22. Jeff Reed (64)

23. Joe Nedney (65)

24. Dan Carpenter (66)

25. Olindo Mare (66)

26. Jason Hanson (69)

27. Shayne Graham (69)

28. Sebastian Janikowski (71)

29. Nick Folk (73)

30. Connor Barth (81)

31. Josh Scobee (83)

32. Adam Vinatieri (92)

 

 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

 

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (12)

2. Baltimore Ravens (16)

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22)

4. New York Giants (23)

5. Green Bay Packers (24)

6. Philadelphia Eagles (25)

7. Chicago Bears (25)

8. Tennessee Titans (27)

9. New York Jets (32)

10. Arizona Cardinals (35)

11. Dallas Cowboys (36)

12. Atlanta Falcons (37)

13. Miami Dolphins (42)

14. Cleveland Browns (42)

15. Minnesota Vikings (47)

16. Oakland Raiders (51)

17. San Francisco 49ers (51)

18. San Diego Chargers (57)

19. Indianapolis Colts (58)

20. Washington Redskins (58)

21. Cincinnati Bengals (59)

22. Carolina Panthers (60)

23. Kansas City Chiefs (61)

24. New England Patriots (62)

25. Seattle Seahawks (68)

26. Buffalo Bills (68)

27. New Orleans Saints (71)

28. Houston Texans (73)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (76)

30. Denver Broncos (88)

31. St. Louis Rams (89)

32. Detroit Lions (89)

 

As always remember to check the injury report before finalizing your lineups, and have fun and go with your gut. Good Luck this week.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

 

 

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