This year more than ever it has been difficult to make decisions about fantasy football lineups because of injuries, byes, and Covid-19 concerns. With players like Patrick Mahomes and Ben Roethlisberger sitting out this week championship fantasy teams could be largely affected and could force teams to start emergency options.
This week is the second week of championship week in a majority of leagues and players may have two quarterbacks on their roster that they have been flipping between all season. Deciding between the two could be the difference between winning and losing. For owners who have to stream a quarterback this week, it may be difficult to choose who to put into the lineup.
Here are quarterback rankings for Week 17 of the 2020 NFL Season.
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starter- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
Low-End Starter- a player who should be started in most lineups but can possibly bottom out and finish below average on a given week.
Streamer- a player who could be a perfect replacement for a starter for a week or two. Starting this player may not win you your lineup but they will make sure that your production out of that position will not lose you your matchup either.
Deep League Streamer- a player who could fill a void at a position in a deeper league. Their ceiling may be close to average point production at the position but their floor is enough to get through the week.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Aaron Rodgers||vs Chicago Bears||QB1|
|Must Start||Josh Allen*||vs Miami Dolphins||QB2|
|Starter||Lamar Jackson||vs Cincinnati Bengals||QB3|
|Starter||Ryan Tannehill||vs Houston Texans||QB4|
|Starter||Tom Brady||vs Atlanta Falcons||QB5|
|Starter||Deshaun Watson||vs Tennessee Titans||QB6|
|Starter||Kirk Cousins||vs Detroit Lions||QB7|
|Starter||Russell Wilson||vs San Fransisco 49ers||QB8|
|Starter||Jalen Hurts||vs Washington Football Team||QB9|
|Starter||Kyler Murray||vs Los Angeles Rams||QB10|
|Starter||Justin Herbert||vs Kansas City Chiefs||QB11|
|Low-End Starter||Drew Brees||vs Carolina Panthers||QB12|
|Low-End Starter||Philip Rivers||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||QB13|
|Streamer||Andy Dalton||vs New York Giants||QB14|
|Streamer||Matt Ryan||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB15|
|Streamer||Matthew Stafford*||vs Minnesota Vikings||QB16|
|Deep League Streamer||Derek Carr||vs Denver Broncos||QB17|
|Deep League Streamer||Daniel Jones||vs Dallas Cowboys||QB18|
|Deep League Streamer||Mitch Trubisky||vs Green Bay Packers||QB19|
|Leave on the Bench||Drew Lock||vs Las Vegas Raiders||QB20|
|Leave on the Bench||Chad Henne||vs Los Angeles Chargers||QB21|
|Leave on the Bench||Baker Mayfield||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||QB22|
|Leave on the Bench||Teddy Bridgewater||vs New Orleans Saints||QB23|
|Leave on the Bench||Sam Darnold||vs New England Patriots||QB24|
|Leave on the Bench||Tua Tagovailoa||vs Buffalo Bills||QB25|
|Leave on the Bench||Alex Smith*||vs Philadelphia Eagles||QB26|
|Leave on the Bench||Brandon Allen||vs Baltimore Ravens||QB27|
|Leave on the Bench||Cam Newton||vs New York Jets||QB28|
|Leave on the Bench||Mike Glennon||vs Indianapolis Colts||QB29|
|Leave on the Bench||Taysom Hill||vs Carolina Panthers||QB30|
|Leave on the Bench||C.J. Beathard||vs Seattle Seahawks||QB31|
|Leave on the Bench||John Wolford||vs Arizona Cardinals||QB32|
|Leave on the Bench||Mason Rudolph||vs Cleveland Browns||QB33|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
QB2 Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Since the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers are resting some of their star players on Sunday it is likely that the Buffalo Bills could as well. If that is the case Matt Barkley could replace Josh Allen during this game. If there is a chance Allen could be benched he becomes a risky start for this week because he is playing against the tough Miami defense.
QB16 Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Not only is Matthew Stafford recovering from a rib and thumb injury, but now he is dealing with an ankle issue. The crazy part is that Stafford hasn’t been ruled out for this week either despite having nothing to play for with Detroit out of the playoff race. If Stafford doesn’t suit up Chase Daniels will become QB25 between Tua Tagovailoa and Alex Smith.
QB26 Alex Smith, Washington Football Team
Despite releasing Dwayne Haskins, the Washington Football Team still may be without their starting quarterback Alex Smith who has been dealing with a calf injury. If Smith cannot go, Taylor Heinicke will be QB33 on the week right above Mason Rudolph.