Fantasy Football Week 17: Matt Ryan, Patrick Mahomes and other must starts
Here’s the Week 17, and final, edition of top five quarterbacks to start in fantasy football.
Sadly, this is the final edition of top five QBs to slot into your starting lineup for fantasy football. It has been a great year.
With that, we almost had our first 5/5 on last week’s edition. Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, and Andrew Luck finished as top 10 scorers in ESPN PPR standard scoring leagues.
Lamar Jackson was the lone gunslinger to fall outside of the top 10. Watson led all players listed with his 36.5 fantasy points.
Russell Wilson had 28.5, Mahomes came in one spot behind him with 28.2 and Luck rounded out the top 10 with 21.6. Let’s see who make the final top 10 list of the regular season.
5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts won a late-game nail biter last week against the New York Giants. Andrew Luck led the charge for the team with 357 yards and two scores.
Yes, that was a vintage Luck-type game after he had a very non-Luck game in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys. He has found himself back in prime form.
Luck has had himself a fantastic bounce-back year with 36 passing touchdowns and 4,308 passing yards. This week, he will eye up tough Tennessee Titans defense.
The Titans have only allowed 18 passing scores to opposing signal callers. However, Luck is a mutli-touchdown machine.
Next: 4. Matt Ryan
4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
It has been a very forgettable season for the Atlanta Falcons. Once a team pegged for a Super Bowl, now a team of disappointment.
You would think that the Falcons struggles may be associated with Matt Ryan, right? Nope. He has had an MVP-type season.
Ryan has thrown for 4,546 yards and 33 scores. Need more? He has only thrown six interceptions. The 6-9 Falcons will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road Week 17.
Ryan is coming off a week where he threw three scores for 239 passing yards. The Bucs are tied for second in the league for most passing touchdowns given up to opposing QBs with 31.
Next: 3. Russell Wilson
3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Just when we all thought the Seattle Seahawks were done, they go ahead and prove us wrong. Russell Wilson has brought the Seahawks back to the playoffs with a resurgent season.
The Seahawks are slotted to play Wild Card Weekend right now with a record of 9-6. No one thought the team would have been able to do this after shedding contracts, releasing former players and watching some retire.
Of course, a huge key has been the play of Wilson. He hasn’t thrown for a ton of yards, but he has tossed 34 touchdowns to only six interceptions.
The Seahawks will welcome the Arizona Cardinals to town in Week 17. The Cardinals have only allowed 19 passing touchdowns, but Wilson will exploit them.
Next: 2. Ben Roethlisberger
2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have watched their playoff chances diminish. Last week capped that swoon off as the team lost a heart-breaking game to the New Orleans Saints.
However, Ben Roethlisberger did his part with 29.6 points. He threw for 380 yards and three scores with a pick.
The Steelers are currently in the hunt for a playoff spot with a record of 8-6-1. They will need a win and some help as they prepare to play the Cincinnati Bengals this week.
The Bengals have had a down year, and the Steelers desperately need this win. Not to mention, the Bengals are tied for second with 31 passing scores allowed.
Next: 1. Patrick Mahomes
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
All of a sudden, things have gotten interesting in Kansas City. It looked as though the Chiefs were well on their way to the first seed in the AFC throughout the NFL playoffs.
Now, the Chiefs have dropped some games and sit one game ahead of the New England Patriots. Meaning, don’t be worried about the possibility of the Chiefs benching Patrick Mahomes during the final game.
Mahomes has had a stellar season. He has thrown for 4,816 yards and an incredible 48 touchdowns.
The soon-to-be MVP needs to continue that play against the Oakland Raiders in Week 17. Lock Mahomes in.