Fantasy Football Today: Injuries and leaderboard updates for Sunday of Week 17

A little general advice for you today: try not to watch your live score too much.

Playing for a championship is stressful enough, and once you hit the submit button, there’s nothing more you can do about it. So relax, throw your phone on a table out of reach and just watch the games. I promise it will be a nicer way to spend your Sunday than sweating with every change in your probability of winning.

Of course, that’s easier said than done, and either way, you might be stressed out about your roster decisions right now anyway. We’re here to try to help you with the tough questions, and the first thing you should do is read the rest of this newsletter for all the injury updates and my latest rankings. The next thing you should do is contact us directly for assistance. Adam Aizer, Frank Stampfl, and I go live to Fantasy Football Today’s YouTube channel at 11:30 am to answer as many of your questions as possible – literally hundreds of them. Come watch the feed, ask your questions and let us answer you.

And, of course, Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Heath are on CBS Sports HQ until the 1 p.m. matches kick off to answer your questions and keep you up to date with all the news you need to know about the FFT live broadcast. You can also go to Twitter and use the hashtag “#AskFFT”, where our entire team will answer questions all morning. This is what Sunday morning is for.

Here’s the rest of our preview content to get you ready, and check out my updated position rankings at the bottom of the newsletter to help you solve any dilemmas you might run into:


Injury report

  • Outside: Kirk Cousins ​​(COVID), Teddy Bridgewater (concussion), Jared Goff (knee), Lamar Jackson (ankle), Justin Fields (ankle)

Sean Mannion will make his first appearance of the season on Sunday when he starts for Cousins, reducing the entire offense’s advantage against the Packers. Drew Locke and Tim Boyle do the same for the Broncos and Lions.

  • Questionable: Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb)

Fields is questionable for Sunday’s game, but Andy Dalton has already been named a starter for the game against the Giants. Dalton is just a low-end QB2. And, if I had to guess, Jackson and Garoppolo are probably more on the side of the dubious than the dubious. If they’re out, Tyler Huntley and Trey Lance are both top 12 quarterbacks for me.

In: Carson Wentz (COVID),

Wentz was officially cleared on Sunday morning and will start against the Raiders.

QB ranking of week 17

  1. Josh Allen vs. ATL
  2. Tom Brady @NYJ
  3. Patrick Mahomes @CIN
  4. Justin Herbert vs. DEN
  5. Matthieu Stafford @BAL
  6. Dak Prescott vs. ARI
  7. Kyler Murray @DAL
  8. Joe Burrow vs. KC
  9. Aaron Rodgers vs. MIN
  10. Jalen hurts @WAS
  11. Tyler Huntley vs. LAR
  12. Trey Lance vs. HOU
  13. Taysom Hill vs. CAR
  14. Russell Wilson vs. DET
  15. Tua Tagovailoa @TEN
  16. Carson Wentz vs. LV
  17. Ryan Tannehill vs. MIA
  18. Ben Roethlisberger vs. CLE
  19. Derek Carr @IND
  20. Taylor Heinicke vs. PHI
  21. Mac Jones vs. JAX
  22. Andy Dalton vs. NYG
  23. Baker Mayfield @PIT
  24. Matt Ryan @BUF

Ball carriers

Injury report

  • Outside: Antonio Gibson (COVID), Miles Sanders (hand), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (collarbone / shoulder), Tevin Coleman (COVID), David Johnson (COVID)

With Gibson out I would expect Jaret Patterson to be the leader, but Johnathan Williams will have a big role and might actually be the best option for Fantasy as he is more likely to face passing situations while getting a share of work in progress. In PPR in particular, he’s closer to a starting RB than Patterson, who will likely need a touchdown against a tough Eagles defense to be worth using.

With Sanders absent, Jordan Howard and Boston Scott plan to share the time. I would expect Howard to be the “leader” and get more of the goal line, but he and Scott are worth using as low-end RB2 / 3 options. Darrel Williams is the top injury substitute this week as he should have chances on the goal line and third down for the Chiefs; However, he will always part ways with Derrick Gore.

And Michael Carter and Rex Burkhead are expected to be vying for prominent roles in their offenses. I’d rather try my luck on Carter than on Burkhead, despite the latter’s big game in Week 16.

  • Legitimately questionable: James Conner (heel), Cam Akers (Achille), Kareem Hunt (knee), Alex Collins (abdomen)

I guess Akers is more on the side of the doubt, while Collins will probably have little of a role even if he’s active. Conner’s presence is important, as Chase Edmonds is one of the top six RBs if Conner is out. If Conner is playing they are more in the RB2 / 3 range with Edmonds being preferred in PPR in particular. Hunt is in that RB2 / 3 range if he plays too.

Probably in: Damien Harris (hamstring), Elijah Mitchell (knee), Melvin Gordon (hip / knee), Javonte Williams (knee), Jordan Howard (dart)

I guess Harris is here after playing last week, especially since we haven’t heard of a specific setback. However, because it’s the Patriots, we really don’t know. Rhamondre Stevenson is expected to return from the COVID list, and I expect them to share the work, but keep an eye out for inactive in case any of them are inactive by surprise.

Mitchell presents a difficult decision. He was a must-have option before his injury, and the question now is whether he will return to the leader or whether he will be timeshare with Jeff Wilson. I’m afraid it’s the latter, so I’m wary of trusting Mitchell if I can avoid him, especially with Lance at QB likely to play a big role in the end zone.

Reports from Sunday say Howard will be active and both Williams and Gordon will play.

RB ranking of week 17

  1. Jonathan Taylor vs. LV
  2. Austin Ekeler v DEN
  3. Dalvin Cook @GB
  4. David Montgomery vs. NYG
  5. Chase Edmonds @DAL
  6. Alvin Kamara vs. CAR
  7. Josh Jacobs @IND
  8. Joe Mixon vs. KC
  9. Sony Michel @BAL
  10. Ronald Jones @NYJ
  11. Nick Chubb @PIT
  12. Najee Harris vs. CLE
  13. By André Swift @SEA
  14. Ezekiel Elliott vs. ARI
  15. Darrel Williams @CIN
  16. Rashaad Penny vs. DET
  17. Aaron Jones vs. MIN
  18. Devin Singletary vs. ATL
  19. Javonte Williams @LAC
  20. Saquon Barkley @CHI
  21. Michael Carter vs. TB
  22. AJ Dillon vs. MIN
  23. Damien Harris vs. JAX
  24. Cordarrelle Patterson @BUF
  25. Melvin Gordon @LAC
  26. Onta Foreman vs. MIA
  27. Devonta Freeman vs. LAR
  28. Jeff Wilson vs. HOU
  29. Dare Ogunbowale @NE
  30. Kareem Hunt @PIT
  31. Jordan Howard @WAS
  32. Boston Scott @WAS
  33. Rex Burkhead @SF
  34. Jaret Patterson vs. PHI
  35. Jonathan Williams vs. PHI
  36. Myles Gaskin @TEN
  37. Rhamondre Stevenson vs. JAX
  38. Jamaal Williams @SEA
  39. Ameer Abdullah @NO
  40. Mark Ingram vs. CAR
  41. Devontae Booker @CHI
  42. Alexander Mattison @GB
  43. Mike Davis @BUF
  44. James Conner @DAL
  45. Chuba Hubbard @NO
  46. Brandon Bolden vs. JAX
  47. Justin Jackson vs. DEN
  48. Cam Akers @BAL

Wide receivers

  • Outside: Adam Thielen (ankle), Jerry Jeudy (COVID), Tim Patrick (COVID), Nelson Agholor (concussion), Jamison Crowder (calf), Tre-Quan Smith (chest), Josh Reynolds (COVID), Tajae Sharpe (COVID) , Kalif Raymond (COVID), Kadarius Toney (shoulder), Jaelon Darden (COVID), Darius Slayton (COVID), Emmanuel Sanders (knee)
  • Legitimately questionable: Marquise Brown (illness), N’Keal Harry (hip), Jakobi Meyers (thigh), Rondale Moore (ankle), Devin Duvernay (ankle)
  • Intended to play: Mike Evans (hamstrings), Antonio Brown (ankle), Courtland Sutton (illness)

Evans is expected to play but will likely be on an instant account if he does. He apparently had conditioning issues after contracting COVID during training, so expect them to use it sparingly, probably in the red zone primarily. That makes him a boom-or-bust WR3 for me. Antonio Brown is in the WR top 10 if he plays, although there is apparently more concern than last week after a midweek setback. He is expected to play, however, according to early reports from Sunday.

Marquise Brown is the bigger question here, as he would be in the top 20 WR for me if he plays, but there is certainly a risk that his conditioning might not be where it should be. However, he had 14 targets for 10 catches in his previous game with Tyler Huntley to start and should be a good PPR option if he plays.

By the way, Gabriel Davis is still a viable starter with Sanders absent. Don’t neglect it.

WR ranking of week 17

  1. Cooper Kupp @BAL
  2. Davante Adams v MIN
  3. Keenan Allen vs. DEN
  4. Stefon Diggs vs. ATL
  5. Deebo Samuel vs. HOU
  6. Diontae Johnson vs. CLE
  7. Tyreek Hill @CIN
  8. Justin Jefferson @GB
  9. Antonio Brown @NYJ
  10. AJ Brown vs. MIA
  11. Tee Higgins vs. KC
  12. Jaylen Waddle @TEN
  13. CeeDee Lamb vs. ARI
  14. Ja’Marr Chase vs. KC
  15. Brandin Cooks @SF
  16. Renfrow Hunter @IND
  17. Russell Gage @BUF
  18. Marquise Brown vs. LAR
  19. Amon-Ra St. Brown @SEA
  20. Tyler Lockett vs. DET
  21. Amari Cooper v ARI
  22. DJ Moore @NO
  23. Christian Kirk @DAL
  24. Michael Pittman vs. LV
  25. DK Metcalf vs. DET
  26. Odell Beckham Jr. @BAL
  27. Jarvis Landry @PIT
  28. Terry McLaurin vs. PHI
  29. Mike Williams vs. DEN
  30. Mike Evans @NYJ
  31. Gabriel Davis vs. ATL
  32. Tyler Boyd vs. KC
  33. Brandon Aiyuk vs. HOU
  34. DeVonta Smith @WAS
  35. DeVante Parker @TEN
  36. Chase Claypool vs. CLE
  37. Michael Gallup vs. ARI
  38. Jakobi Meyers vs. JAX
  39. Marvin Jones @NE
  40. Kenny Golladay @CHI
  41. Van Jefferson @BAL
  42. KJ Osborn @GB
  43. Darnell Mooney vs. NYG
  44. Cole Beasley vs. ATL
  45. Allen Lazard vs. MIN
  46. Courtland Sutton @BAC
  47. AJ Green @DAL
  48. Braxton Berrios vs. TB

Tight ends

  • Outside: Darren Waller (knee / COVID), Jared Cook (COVID), Hayden Hurst (COVID), James O’Shaughnessy (hip), Nick Vannett (COVID), Dan Arnold (COVID / knee), Tyler Kroft (COVID),
  • Questionable: Tyler Conklin (hamstrings), Jack Doyle (ankle)

There really aren’t a lot of moving parts here, but Conklin seems like a pretty risky player in my eyes, given his inconsistent production and the injury. If you’re looking for a deep league streamer, Stephen Anderson will start for the Chargers with Cook and Darnold Parham.

TE ranking of week 17

  1. Mark Andrews vs. LAR
  2. Travis Kelce @CIN
  3. George Kittle vs. HOU
  4. Rob Gronkowski @NYJ
  5. Kyle Pitts @BUF
  6. Dallas Goedert @WAS
  7. Dalton Schultz v ARI
  8. Noah Fant @LAC
  9. Zach Ertz @DAL
  10. Mike Gesicki @TEN
  11. Dawson Knox vs. ATL
  12. Gerald Everett vs. DET
  13. Tyler Higbee @BAL
  14. James O’Shaughnessy @NE
  15. Cole Kmet vs. NYG
  16. Hunter Henry vs. JAX
  17. Ricky Seals-Jones vs. PHI
  18. Foster Moreau @IND
  19. Austin Hooper @PIT
  20. Tyler Conklin @GB
  21. Mo Alie-Cox vs. LV
  22. Stephen Anderson v DEN
  23. David Njoku @PIT
  24. John Bates vs. PHI

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