Here we are faithful readers, the fantasy championship round. If you are here looking for a replacement or to block for your opponent because you are playing in the game of games this upcoming week: Congratulations! You have just one step left before you can grab the idol and run like mad from the falling temple. If you have been reading all season, I wanted to take a second to thank you all for making my first season as a fantasy analyst and writer with Razzball a (I think?) success. Special thank you’s to my faithful weekly commenters William Hung, Water Boy, Mike, OldMilwaukeePounders, Miles Proudfoot, JC, Packers2018, toolshed, Ralph, Russowl, Achilles, William Trill Cauley-Stein, and I Am Not A Smart Man. Helping you and all our readers has been a privilege and the absolute joy of my year. Before I hop in Jock Lindsey’s UBF-2 seaplane and ride off into the off season, here are a few recommendations for players you might find worth adding for the final week.

 

QUARTERBACK

Tua Tagovailoa | Miami Dolphins | 41% Rostered

If you are reading this statement, Tua Tagovailoa escaped the Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints without injury. If you are not reading this statement, wait, what that makes no sense. Tagovailoa is the only some what widely available quarterback I would trust this week with a championship on the line if you need a quarterback. The Tennessee Titans have been abysmal against opposing quarterbacks in 2021 and Tagovailoa has really started to take form. I am not worried about Tagovailoa’s seemingly unimpressive statline against the Saints Monday night. The Dolphins defense was seemingly in control the entire game which allowed Tagovailoa to manage the game rather than take it over. 

 

RUNNING BACK

Boston Scott | Philadelphia Eagles | 15% Rostered

Jordan Howard | Philadelphia Eagles | 16% Rostered

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders left the game Sunday with a fractured bone in his hand. I would venture to say he will not be suiting up in Week 17, even though there is still a chance he plays. Boston Scott did not see much work in the game until Sanders left. He ended up outcarrying him though and fellow back Jordan Howard, who also left with an injury. Howard should be back next week as his injury was a stinger. The Eagles play the Washington Football Team who allowed multiple touchdowns to the Cowboys in last Sunday’s blowout loss.

 

Darrel Williams | Kansas City Chiefs | 60% Rostered

Another week and another injury to Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s troublesome sophomore campaign. Whether in tandem or in relief, Darrell Williams still seemed to outshine him on Sunday. If Edwards-Helaire were to miss the game on Sunday, Williams would shoulder the work with a matchup against the Bengals who are allowing 23.9 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.

 

Rex Burkhead | Houston Texans | 14% Rostered

I wouldn’t put your fantasy championship hopes squarely in the lap of Rex Burkhead. Still with the amount of players headed to the COVID list, it might not be a terrible idea to use a bench spot on the veteran back in case one of your studs is declared out last minute. Burkhead continued the running back dominance of the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday with 149 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. The 49ers are a much better team against the run, but Burkhead has shown a good floor when given the workload.

 

WIDE RECEIVER

Zay Jones | Las Vegas Raiders | 1% Rostered

Zay Jones has quietly been a target machine the last five weeks, averaging just over seven per game. The Raiders will face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17 who are giving up just over thirty-five fantasy points per game to opposing receivers. During the five game stretch, Jones has yet to score a receiving touchdown and it could very well be his time come Sunday.

 

KJ Osborn | Minnesota Vikings | 34% Rostered

It is a tale as old as time, Adam Thielen is injured, so go pick up KJ Osborn. Five receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown last Sunday for the second-year receiver from the University of Miami. Thielen is expected to miss Week 17’s must-win matchup with their division rival Green Bay Packers. Osborn should be a dependable WR3 in his absence.

 

Marquez Vales-Scantling | Green Bay Packers | 40% Rostered

Allen Lazard | Green Bay Packers | 16% Rostered

I am expecting a shoot-out, weather permitting, on Sunday between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. It is a must-win game for both teams as the Packers are trying to lock up the number one seed in the NFC and the Minnesota Vikings are hanging on to their wildcard hopes. If Valdes-Scantling returns from the COVID list, I am firing him up without hesitation. Lazard would have WR3 upside if MVS misses his second straight game.

 

TIGHT END

Cole Kmet | Chicago Bears | 34% Rostered

Cole Kmet has really started to break out for the Chicago Bears. I sang his praises earlier in the preseason in my A Man For Early Seasons series. He decided to show up late to the party which listen, I am just glad he is here. Heading into next year, with the retirement of Jimmy Graham looming, he will be a tight end I will target in drafts. As it pertains to this season, his matchup against the Giants in Week 17 has me ranking him as a borderline TE1. Leading up to last week’s matchup against the Eagles, the Giants had allowed touchdowns to tight ends in back to back weeks.

 

Gerald Everett | Seattle Seahawks | 42% Rostered

Gerald Everett has back to back games with over sixty yards and touchdowns in two out of the last three weeks. For managers streaming tight end, Everett is an excellent option this week against the Detroit Lions. The Lions give up the tenth most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Seattle Seahawks | 50% Rostered

Detroit has given up the 7th most fantasy points to opposing DSTs and a home game against the dome savvy Lions should be an exploitable matchup for the Seattle Seahawks. If you are streaming DSTs, which who isn’t these days? The Seahawks are an excellent matchup for Week 17.

 

Chicago Bears | 16% Rostered

As long as the New York Giants keep rolling out Mike Glennon and/or Jake Fromm, I’ll keep recommending you start the DST opposing them. The Bears get the free space this week and should perform nicely in the last home game of their season.

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Maya Buttreeks
Maya Buttreeks
1 year ago

Been a magical year!

Footballer_Mike
Footballer_Mike
1 year ago

Thanks man for all your work!

PPR, into the championship thanks to Gesicki’s egg!

NOT a chance in hell I start Thielen, so do I risk Michael Gallup w/ the low floor, or pick up Kendrick Bourne, Isaigh McKenzie or MVS?

Thanks again Happy New Year!

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
1 year ago

MVS good pickup if he plays. mckenzie only if both gab davis (pretty sure out) and beasley stay out.

Achilles
Achilles
1 year ago

1 PPR 0.2 PPC

QB: Herbert
RB: Zeke, N Harris
WR: Tyreek, Pittman, Waddle
TE: Higbee
Flex: Lockett
Flex: J Howard
DST: MIA

Bench:
A Mattison, T Pollard, B Snell
V Jefferson
Conklin
KC

Just $8 FAAB left—

QB: Trey Lance
RB: Ogunbowale, D Gore
WR: McKenzie , Hilton, Pringle , K Toney
TE: A Hooper
DST: CHI, GBP

Planning to drop KC defense. I don’t know about dropping B Snell or anyone else. Please who shall I go after from Lance, Ogunbowale, McKenzie, CHI or anyone above. $8 is not enough to outbid my opponents. Thanks for all the advice !

Achilles
Achilles
1 year ago
Reply to  thejoeywright

Thanks. This is redraft league and opponent has Hurts at QB. I am not positive on getting Ogunbowale and expect him gone for higher bid. Anu secondary targets to spend $8 on? Also, keep Benny Snell or drop him along with KC,

Achilles
Achilles
1 year ago
Reply to  thejoeywright

Thanks Joey. Is Jimmy G expected to miss this week? With all the Covid chaos, I have picked up Benny Snell last week to cover myself. Flexed Mattison last week but D Cook might be back this week. I am not excited about my second flex options J Howard / V Jefferson/ T Pollars

What's a Drexl?
What's a Drexl?
1 year ago
Reply to  Achilles

big odds against jimmer g playing this week.

What's a Drexl?
What's a Drexl?
1 year ago

odds seemingly up that jimmer has a chance at this week lately though, at least compared to a few days back when it sounded like surgery might happen this week. here’s my guess, they make us all wait till sat (lance plays), then the surgery wait till middle of next week (or later), see if i can call it (and numerous more “reports” that he doesn’t need the surgery, like the one today)

Achilles
Achilles
1 year ago

1 PPR Super Flex 6 Points/Pa TDs

QB: K Murray
RB: Mixon, R Penny
WR: Tyreek, AJ Brown. Amari
TE: Kittle
Flex: C Patterson
S Flex: Teddy

Bench:
Taysom Hill, Cam Newton
CEH, Javonte , Dillon , E Mitchell

Planning to drop Cam Newton and don’t know about CEH. No FAAB left…

Trey Lance
Rex Burkhead, Ogunbowale
McKenzie
Uzomah

Please advise which order shall I place the bids? Drop both Cam and CEH? Thanks

Achilles
Achilles
1 year ago
Reply to  thejoeywright

Thank you! I was 1-4 and made few trades to land Mixon , AJ Brown. Getting Patterson , E Mitchell off waivers helped as well. I agree with your assessment on Javonte and Hope Teddy suits up this week.

I am going against a Juggernaut who has Mahomes, Burrow— C Kupp, Higgins— Ekeler, N Harris, C Edmonds, Gronk and it won’t be easy.

I am afraid 3rd place teams will spend $ on Trey Lance. Do you like anyone else off waivers? I’ll drop Cam Newton for sure. Wait for CEH news before dropping him?

Achilles
Achilles
1 year ago
Reply to  thejoeywright

Sam Darnold is the only other QB available. Even Ian Book, N Foles, D Lock have been rostered here.

Ogunbowale, Burkhead, McKenzie, Uzomah the best available.

Achilles
Achilles
1 year ago
Reply to  Achilles

Does Sam Ehlinger become 2nd best option after Trey Lance ?

Pat
Pat
1 year ago

Do you prefer the Bears def over the 49’s def? Thanks

Pat
Pat
1 year ago
Reply to  thejoeywright

Thank you!
How about Rashad Penny v. Det lions or Sony Michel v Baltimore?
I have Cupp, Deebo, Diggs, and Antonio Brown. Would you rank them in this order?

packers2018
packers2018
1 year ago

Good morning, Joey.

I survived barely but hey I’m in the league championship game.
One of our rules is only one waiver claim a week, no faab. I get last choice.

I have Lamar and Huntley along with Stafford in a super flex league.
I have to waive one for a chance at Trey Lance.

Thinking Huntley. Do you agree?

Toolshed
Toolshed
1 year ago

Boyd, palmer, Mckenzie, lazard. How would you rank them this week in .5 ppr. Mckenzie came out of nowhere but has a great matchup. Boyd has been good lately, but kc defense has been pretty decent over the last month. Not sure if mvs is playing this week. I know Mike williams is out for LAC.

And woukd you prefer chic or phi def this week? Thanks

Toolshed
Toolshed
1 year ago
Reply to  Toolshed

You can also throw j Meyers from ne in that mix. Thanks

Toolshed
Toolshed
1 year ago
Reply to  thejoeywright

Thanks and thank you for the shout out. I enjoyed reading your content. I ended up slogging through this year and making it to finals. Your help is appreciated.

Misformookie
Misformookie
1 year ago

Going into the championship I’ve got a glut of RB in good matchups and only so many I can start. This is a standard league; who are you starting at RB2 and flex to win it all? Current lineup and bench below

Qb: Murray
Wr1: Adams
Wr2: waddle
Rb1: Taylor
Rb2: Montgomery
Te: andrews
Flex: Jones ii

Bench:
Rb options: penny, Damien Harris, foreman, Mitchell if he starts
Wr options: amari Cooper, m brown, metcalf

Ian
Ian
1 year ago

Thanks for heads up. Would you start Chicago over Dallas?
Please convince me that one of (scoreless on week 16)j Taylor Cooper Kupp N Harris will score this week. Yes I have all three but still nervous!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Got a couple of 60%ers available. Jacobi Meyers and Amon St Brown. Which one should I put a claim in for?

Clokwerc
Clokwerc
1 year ago

K. Osborn, K. Toney, D. PArker, and Van Jefferson, choose 3.

My RB’s are Montgomery, Gibson, Mitchell, Ekeler, RoJo, and Penney. My TE is Schultz and D is NE. I also have 2ks, Bass & Tucker. Need to win, came in 2nd 4X UGH!!! I’m thinking D.Mont, Ekeler, and maybe Rojo vs NYJ, Penney vs Det, Gibson vs Phi, or Mitchell vs Hou. Hard to choose 3 Rbs. – Choose 3

My QB is K.Murray but I’m scared to play him but Tua, Trey, Fields & Jones are left on waivers. I need Help winning this Chip!!!! – Choose 1

Kamal Ferris
Kamal Ferris
1 year ago

Deebo with Lance at Qb
or
Ja’mar Chase?

Worried that Lance will be good for his own stats, but that Deebo will not get as many looks as he does with Jimmy.

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Any word on whether or not Prater will have his regular holder? If not, he’s an easy replacement for me

Toolshed
Toolshed
1 year ago

So the plot thickens. The new covid rules means gabroel davis and maybe mile williams are back. Woukd you start daivs or williams over boyd? I have a feeling that the bills and Allen are going to go off. Thanks

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

PPR, crazy for thinking TB will not sue Gronk, get up big and kill me? Bench Gronk, start Knox, move Gallup or MVS to flex

Clokwerc
Clokwerc
1 year ago

I forgot to add a player… I have J. Waddle so choose 2..

K. Osborn , D. Parker, and Van Jefferson, K. Toney, choose 2.
I like the Monty, Ekeler, and RoJo pix for the rbs.

TE: Schultz
Def: NE

IDP: Jordyn Brooks (LB)/Sea
K: Bass vs Tucker??

HELP!!
LOL

Montezuma's Revenge ... right now
Montezuma's Revenge ... right now
1 year ago
Reply to  Clokwerc

if you want somebody who’s actively doing stuff (not only that this is the best stuff on the internet that i’ve ever heard of for IDP stuff, and he ranks highly every year, i wish they signed him at razzball really)

https://idpguru.com/

he’s got j.brooks LB 4 this week (that’s EVEN with wagner at 1st) so sounds like an easy hold there even in a start 1 IDP player league.

– i just reobtained osborn from the theilen injury off waivers in one spot where i probably had him 2 other times and am also starting over parker there at flex 2. would also start over van jeff with theilen def out now. toney’s a damn shame, should be an easy bench hold in non deep dynasties even with shallow benches, but probably can’t be from corona listed guys/injuries and how utterly awful NYG’s QB’ing is (even some of the d.jones’ games too, but far worse since and NOT ONE good game since)

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
1 year ago

Hey man!

What DEF do you like for this week?

PHI
SF
MIA
CHI
IND

Thank you as always!