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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings for Week 17

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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 StartAaron Rodgersvs Chicago BearsQB1
Must StartJosh Allen*vs Miami DolphinsQB2
StarterLamar Jacksonvs Cincinnati BengalsQB3
StarterRyan Tannehillvs Houston TexansQB4
StarterTom Bradyvs Atlanta FalconsQB5
StarterDeshaun Watsonvs Tennessee TitansQB6
StarterKirk Cousinsvs Detroit LionsQB7
StarterRussell Wilsonvs San Fransisco 49ersQB8
 StarterJalen Hurtsvs Washington Football TeamQB9
StarterKyler Murrayvs Los Angeles RamsQB10
StarterJustin Herbertvs Kansas City ChiefsQB11
Low-End StarterDrew Breesvs Carolina PanthersQB12
Low-End StarterPhilip Riversvs Jacksonville JaguarsQB13
StreamerAndy Daltonvs New York GiantsQB14
StreamerMatt Ryanvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersQB15
StreamerMatthew Stafford*vs Minnesota VikingsQB16
Deep League StreamerDerek Carrvs Denver BroncosQB17
Deep League StreamerDaniel Jonesvs Dallas CowboysQB18
Deep League StreamerMitch Trubiskyvs Green Bay PackersQB19
Leave on the BenchDrew Lockvs Las Vegas RaidersQB20
Leave on the BenchChad Hennevs Los Angeles ChargersQB21
Leave on the BenchBaker Mayfieldvs Pittsburgh SteelersQB22
Leave on the BenchTeddy Bridgewatervs New Orleans SaintsQB23
Leave on the BenchSam Darnoldvs New England PatriotsQB24
Leave on the BenchTua Tagovailoavs Buffalo BillsQB25
Leave on the BenchAlex Smith*vs Philadelphia EaglesQB26
Leave on the BenchBrandon Allenvs Baltimore RavensQB27
Leave on the BenchCam Newtonvs New York JetsQB28
Leave on the BenchMike Glennonvs Indianapolis ColtsQB29
Leave on the BenchTaysom Hillvs Carolina PanthersQB30
Leave on the BenchC.J. Beathardvs Seattle SeahawksQB31
Leave on the BenchJohn Wolfordvs Arizona CardinalsQB32
Leave on the BenchMason Rudolphvs Cleveland BrownsQB33

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.

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