It's Week 17 of the NFL season. Not everyone is still playing fantasy football, some of you won your championship matchup in Week 16, but if you're still grinding away this is the piece for you. Heck, even if you just want to follow football an you're interested in some of the better matchups of the week, or just how your “guy” might fare given history, the Week 17 matchup piece is for you.
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NOTE: All points refer to a PPR setup.
NOTE II: Do the best that you can to follow reports about which players may be rested in a meaningless Week 17 for some teams.
Drew Brees threw for 322 yards an a score in Week 2 against the Bucs. The last three weeks he has thrown six touchdown passes while averaging 329 passing yards a game.
In three career starts Kirk Cousins has thrown for a total of 907 passing yards. He faces a Giants club that allows only 228 passing yards a week while intercepting 15 passes in 15 games.
With 217 yards and two scores Andy Dalton will record Bengals' team records in both categories for a single season. He faces a Ravens club that has allowed, per week, 227 passing yards and 1.5 passing scores. Dalton has killed it in December with 10 scores and just one interception in his last four December starts.
Over the last seven weeks of the NFL season Ryan Fitzpatrick is ranked in the top-5 at the quarterback position which is I'm sure a shock to everyone. This week he faces Houston, a club that has allowed 29 scores and has intercepted only six balls. Oddly, they have allowed the third fewest passing yards a week (198).
Since Week 9 Nick Foles has been the #4 QB in fantasy football. He has 25 touchdown passes and two interceptions on the year. He faces the Cowboys, the second worst defense in football against the quarterback (they've allowed 31 passing scores on the year as well).
Mike Glennon has thrown 14 touchdowns an only five interceptions in his past 10 games. The Saints figure to make life tough on him as they are currently allowing the 4th fewest points to QBs this season.
It sounds like Case Keenum will be under center for the Texans in Week 17. Too bad too cause Matt Schaub has enjoyed facing the Titans in his career (over his last four outings he's thrown 10 scores an only one interception).
Andrew Luck has the third most wins by any QB in his first two seasons and the second most passing yards. He only need six yards to set the record. He'll get there this week facing a Jaguars team that allows 244 yards a week through the air. The Jags have also been burned for 28 passing scores.
Peyton Manning is the first QB every to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 scores in a season. He's also had five games this season of four scores and no interceptions. Anyone's guess how much he plays in Week 17 though.
Aaron Rodgers is back and I don't know how you can sit him given that Randall Cobb is back and that Eddie Lacy is expected to try and play through his ankle issue. Oh, there is also the fact that if the Packers win the game they make the playoffs. The last two times he's faced the Bears he's thrown for six scores an only one interception.
Ben Roethlisberger is 8-0 at home in his career against the Browns with 26 touchdown passes. In his past six games overall this season he's tossed 14 scores an only two interceptions proving that he is damn locked in right now.
Matt Ryan threw for 219 yards and one score against the Panthers in their first meeting. He also tossed three picks. He did look good against the Niners last week though with 348 yards passing and two scores, though he has only six touchdown passes his last five games this season.
Matthew Stafford needs 67 passing yards for the 3rd straight 4,500 yard seasons. The last three times he's faced the Vikings he's thrown for at least 300 and the Vikes are currently allowing an average of 294 yards passing a week (not to mention a league worst 36 passing scores). So much of Stafford's value comes down to the health of Calvin Johnson.
Ryan Tannehill appears to be in line to play this weekend. He faces the Jets and is aiming for a third straight start at home with at least 300 passing yards. With 291 yards he will join Dan Marino as only the second Fish QB to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. The Jets are allowing the 14th most points to QBs in fantasy, a middle of the pack ranking.